July 2011

Some final ... final details to complete the scale model

 

July 8th 2011: The enthusiasm of the almost finished Furgone was too much for me apparently. First I forgot to add the windscreen wipers and jets which were eventually added on June 26th and after having a thorough look at the "finished" model I've now realised another important item which I forgot. The indicator lights on the front wings!!!!!! The Minichamps base model had these indicator lights incorporated in the zamac die-cast body and painted on. At the beginning of this project at the end of 2010 these casted lights were removed from the wings to be replaced by proper plastic orange coloured lights. I can't imagine how I could forget such an important detail.

The smallest round lights available from well known kit maker "Meri kits" will be used for this purpose. The indicator lights are applied with quick drying glue. Due to the very small size there is no other way then to apply them with a knife. First the light is dropped in the glue with its back side and the light is picked up with the knife by pressing it gently into the soft plastic front of the light. The position for the lights is determined by using a picture of the actual vehicle. The lights are attached swiftly to the right hand and left hand wing. As the final finishing touch clear orange paint is applied to the indicator lights to resemble the actual lights. This small and final detail finished the Alfasud Giardinetta Furgone "assistenza tecnica" 1:43 project. It has been a very interesting experience and I'm very satisfied with the end result.

Current status without indicator lights on front wings, how stupid.

 

Picking up tiny Meri indicator light by gently pushing knife into soft plastic coating.

 

Applying Meri indicator light to right hand front wing.

 

Applying clear orange coat to Meri indicator light on left hand side.

 

Applying clear orange coat to Meri indicator light on left hand side.

 

Improved status with indicator lights applied, .... finished.

 

Improved status with indicator lights applied, .... finished.

 

Improved status with indicator lights applied, .... finished.

 

Comparison of base model and handmade Furgone.

Comparison of base model and handmade Furgone.

Comparison of base model and handmade Furgone.

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