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Building a 1/20 scale Lancia D-50 #10

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Its been a while since I posted any pics of the D-50. I'm slowly making some progress on the body work. The resin cockpit sides have been epoxied to the white metal top pieces that hold the instrument gauges and the cold air duct. They need to be filled and sanded a bit more. I bought some pins to simulate the rivets but they are still too big. If I cut the heads off them, then it looks to scale but then you need to figure out how to ca glue them in.
In the meantime, I've been working on the seat and wheels. The seat is a piece of resin but the kit supplies a 2x3 " piece of super-soft suede sticker material to cover it and the headrest in. I made a series of small patterns out of masking tape to cover the seat, and transferred them to the material. In the end it took 10 pieces to cover the seat and 1 more for the headrest.
The wheels are a lot of fun to make up. Each wheel is made up of a turned aluminum hub and spinner, 3 rim pieces and then 6 photo etch spoke sets. The spokes can be broken down into 3 sets that are glued together. There is a slight notch in each set to help with aligning the spokes properly. The photo etch is flat but once you glue it all up, the hub helps the various spokes bend in the proper direction to give it the right conical look. Also the drum brakes are finned . One photo etch piece on the inner face and then 4 pieces of different diameters on the outer faces. Once they are dry I'll try to drill and plumb them for flexible and hard brake lines to the 2 wheel cylinders.
Todd
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