Some good progress - just very slow as every part of this kit requires extra work. Not really difficult, quite enjoyable in fact, but time consuming.
Fitted the lower body to the chassis. Stuck the radiator in place. Made some floor mats, partly to look good but mainly to cover the holes where the chassis joined the body. The steering column is typical of this kit - too long. The wheel would be touching the drivers chest so it will need to be shortened. Chromed all the bits and pieces. Finished the folded tonneau cover.
It is actually not too far from the finish line. (famous last words!!)
Thanks for your kind comments regarding Belle.
Really getting there now Upper body fitted. Dashboard and other bits and pieces glued in place. Home made rear pads fixed. I am not sure whether those rear pads were fitted to original vehicles or are just part of restoration. They do seem quite common on refurbished cars.
Had a quick look at how the bonnet fits. Looks like there may be problems so even at this stage it may end up as a shelf queen
Hi all Ian and John - thanks for the encouraging words.
So I slept on it and did some thinking. Not something I do much!! Now the 1930s SS100 had a 4 piece bonnet which fitted snuggly between the chrome radiator and the scuttle. As in this reference photo.
The kit, have I mentioned that it is hopeless, provides a coil of thin, black plastic tube. This is fitted between the mudguards and the body as a seal. The real car had a similar seal there in the same way. The kit also tells you to run a length of this tube across the scuttle as in this picture from the side of the box.
Wrong, wrong, wrong!! That is why the bonnet sections don't fit without the tube. They are too short. Anyway I have used thin styrene to extend the front of the bonnet pieces. I wanted as smooth a join as possible so painted on Mr Surfacer 500 and sanded it back. Hopefully under primer and the green the join shouldn't be too noticeable. And they fit . The white blob is a replacement rivet 'cause I got carried away and sanded off the original
I have also fitted the lights etc to the front and painted the number plates. Also made a GB decal for the plate on the other side. I have seen that in a few reference photos.
So we are another step closer to a finished model. Thanks for your continued support.
Thanks for your kind words
Simon it is a sink mark More noticeable in the photo that in reality. I should deal with it but I think it will be left. Didn't even notice it until I saw the photo.
The bonnet fits. Just dry fitted although the two top sections are tacked together and the centre hinge is fixed. The ends still need sorting.
Gentlemen you are too kind - but I do appreciate your comments.
Right folks - drum role and applause from the cheap seats - 'tis done Bonnet still to add but it is painted. Just needs a long time to dry being enamel.
The kit is best described as "an enjoyable challenge" but don't expect too much. I will stuck some more piccies on the Completed Civilian Vehicle forum in a day or so.
Thanks for all your support - it really did keep me going.