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#1 Posted : 08 January 2020 09:28:25

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Wishing all a happy and productive modelling new year.BigGrin
My recent build of the Italeri Fiat 806 has sparked an interest in older F1 cars of which the Alfa Romeo 158 ( Alfetta ) is a significant example. The type 158 and its successor the 159 took 47 wins out of 54 starts. When Formula one became a world championship series in 1950 the winner of the very first GP ( European GP at Silverstone in May ) was this Alfa with Giuseppe Farina at the wheel. He went on to win the first world championship drivers title ( there were only 7 races that counted toward the championship that year one of which was the Indy 500 which few competitors went to because it needed such a different kind of car ! ). The 158 is a primarily a pre-war design with a supercharged straight eight 1.5l engine.
This kit is an MFH multi-media 1/12 scale model. Predominantly die cast with a resin body. The build is going to be quite a challenge and will take many months ( based on my experience with 1/20 MFH builds ).
So here we go....

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#2 Posted : 08 January 2020 09:36:25

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The parts of this kit do not come attached to the casting sprues . They are packed in a number of plastic bags. ( must be a tedious job to ensure that all parts are present ).
The instructions are good quality as are the decal sheets.
My first job will be to identify the parts and store according to the instructions step number. This will make sure everything is there.BigGrin
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#3 Posted : 08 January 2020 09:40:35

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Now this Love looks VERY interesting Drool Love Drool
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#4 Posted : 08 January 2020 10:52:21

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Very nice, I’ve had my eye on this kit myself. Will be watching with interest.BigGrin Cool

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#5 Posted : 08 January 2020 11:05:47

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That looks like an amazing kit.
I have no doubts that will create another stunner.
I also love the older F1 cars so I'll be watching with keen interest.

Roy.
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#6 Posted : 08 January 2020 23:17:40

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Going to enjoy following this one Malc, good luck with the build....Cool Cool

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#7 Posted : 09 January 2020 03:03:04

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oooh I started this but didnt have the skills so put it on hold.It will be great to watch someone as talented as you take this on.

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#8 Posted : 10 January 2020 06:08:56

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Malc

That looks to be a very complicated kit to build.

I love the look of these older race cars and will be very interested in seeing how you build something like this.

Just looking at the instruction sheet you posted were it will have you using templates to cut aluminium sheet looks difficult enough.

Hope it all goes well for you.

Tony
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#9 Posted : 15 January 2020 10:15:52

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Thanks guys for looking in and commenting. It is going to be a challenge....

@Tony, fortunately the templates are not for sheet Aluminium. They are for self adhesive Aluminium foil ( phew ) Cutting sheet would have presented problems.
Malc.
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The individual parts are not numbered or attached to a sprue so my first task is to go through each of the assembly stages and identify the bits and pieces. I’ve then put each set in a plastic bag with the stage number marked on it. This is also a good way to check that everything is there. ( It’s not unknown for parts to be missing from MFH kits ).

Here's the parts for stages 1,2 and 3.

Malc.
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All parts present BigGrin and ready to begin BigGrin
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Hi Malc,
A belated Happy New yearBlushing
Good luck with your new project. I will defiantly be following!!!
Kind regards,
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Garth wrote:
Hi Malc,
A belated Happy New yearBlushing
Good luck with your new project. I will defiantly be following!!!
Kind regards,
Garth


Happy new year to you as well Garth. !!
Thanks for looking in.
Malc
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That looks like a project and a half.
I have no doubt you'll make an epic build of it.

Roy.
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I just pulled mine out. I’ve got the 159. There are some truly amazing builds of this kit out there.
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roymattblack wrote:
That looks like a project and a half.
I have no doubt you'll make an epic build of it.

Roy.


Hi Roy. It's certainly not a kit to be taken lightly BigGrin but I'll give it my best shot !
Malc.
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I just pulled mine out. I’ve got the 159. There are some truly amazing builds of this kit out there.


Hi Mark. Thanks for looking in. Yes there's a couple of very impressive builds to be found. It's incredible what some model builders achieve.

I hope you can start your 159. Would be great to see another one progress.

Malc.

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So...on to part 1. This covers the major parts of the engine and supercharger.

I'm doing as much pre-assembly and dry fitting as possible. There's at least a hundred holes to be drilled and some tapped across the whole model. It's also important to look ahead from each assembly stage to judge if there's some wiring hole or pipe fitting that would almost impossible to create further down the line.

The block and head are resin cast but the rest is white metal which I'm prepping with a magnetic tumbler ( I put some notes on that in the "Model making know how" section ).
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All parts polished and ready for painting.
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