Roger Zimmermann

Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

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Roger. I use a vinyl with an adhesive backing (sticker type material) that can be printed on with an ink jet printer. If you have a way to import the real decal image into a program that you can scale it down you could print it on the printable vinyl. Not sure whats available in Switzerland. I do it all the time for the plaques I make. Just a thought.

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Martin, I have a printer, but just black/white! As I wrote earlier, I have no intention to begin with decals. Sometimes, farming out is a good decision. Anyway, thanks for the idea!

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Roger,

 

If you cannot find anyone in your area, there are plenty of guys that can make the decals.  If you have the 1:1 decals, they can scale them down to 1:12 and print them off on decal material.  Here in San Diego, I know of an individual who can assist you if needed.

 

Randy

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It’s time to do another report…As the weather was fine locally; I decided to begin the seats, made with wood, working outside. Why? working with wood is creating a lot of dust, doing that outside is a method to spare a lot of cleaning!

As I’m not well equipped for woodwork, to get where I’m today took a lot of time. Plus, there was some remodeling in the flat: I had to take out the office/workshop all which was stored: tools, plastic scale models of cars and planes, clothing and so on. It’s incredible what I could store in such a small room! Once the floor was ready, almost everything came back again, usually cleaned. I’m glad it’s behind me!

Back to the seats: the inserts are not yet prepared; I will have also to install the motors for the windows and front seat with the hope that the motors will have the necessary room.

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Roger,

Looks like  you had to dismantle the car to work on the interior.  Will the seats be sprung authenticating the real seats?  there are voids in the middle of the seats.  With your talent for making springs, I am guessing that the centers of the seat bottoms and seat backs will be "wired" for spring action giving the feel of the real seats.  I am just guessing as we will have to wait and see what you do here with the forms.  We can only contemplate what you are going to do.  Looking forward to the next post showing us what is next.

 

Randy

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Indeed, the body was removed for the paint preparation. However, I thought it was maybe better to look for the seats before the car is painted! If the front seat could be done outside, the rear seat has to be shaped by trying to put it inside. I'm glad I did that now and not later.

Contrary to your hope, the inserts will be wood to. Sure, springs could be done, but space, especially for the rear seat, is critical due to the window's motors. I prefer to have an original look as near as possible v/s a soft feel at the seats.

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I'm really glad I began the seats before the paint was done, because I have a really bad surprise: if the motor for the front seat has enough space under the wood seat, it's not the case at the rear: the location I choose to attach the motors to the body it not good: the rear of the motor is higher than the seat...the first picture is showing it, the motor is not lying on the rear floor but on the rise to clear the frame. I will have to move the motors near the car's center as it can be seen on the second picture, and adapt the output shaft with a bearing. Now, the roof is there, I will have some more difficulties to make the correction...

 

 

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Just what you need.  Another issue to work out.  We will see what you come up with to solve this problem.

 

Randy

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I am not seeing it in person, but it looks like a sleeve on the shaft to extend it may be the easiest solution. As always, I am certain that you will find some very ingenious way to make it work.

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Thank you for the idea; unfortunately, the "new" position of the electric motor is making an angle to the mechanism of the window. I need a flexible connection and due to the length of the shaft, a bearing near the window as the torque to open or close the window may crate problems.

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Roger,

 

I have seen very small universal joints that will suffice without losing the torque of the drive motor.  The key  is to find the right combination of universal and thrust bearing(s) at the window mechanism.  And that is where you will succeed as you have a better "handle" on the issue.  We can only speculate what you are up against.  It is another to be there in person with the problem at hand, mulling over how you are going to attack the problem.  With the micro industries all over the world now, so many options are available compared to 15 years ago.  I am sure that the needed parts are out there or..........you will build them yourself !

We will await the end of September to see what you have come up with.   

 

Randy

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The solution came yesterday: a helicoidal spring with the proper inside diameter! It's enough to transmit the available torque and allow the second shaft to have the desired angle and no variation at he rotation speed! (even if this not so important here). Plus, it's easy to do!

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Bravo Roger,

Always the engineer with the ability to solve the problem.  We will await the pictures to see where the motor will mount and how the "shaft(s)" will function.

 

Randy

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The motors have now a new place well under the seat (I tested this time!). The side module for the windows is elongated, offering that way a “bearing” for the shaft. The attached pictures are showing the new configuration; I “just” have now to make a new lever and a hub at the motor to attach the spring acting as a universal joint. Working inside the car, compared to the situation before the roof was soldered, is not so dramatic.

 

 

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Roger, could you flip the lever at the window so that it pointed downward, then mount the lever driven by the motor down at the floorboard with it pointing upward to allow the shaft to remain lower and straighter ? This would change the direction of the window from the current motor rotation but that's not an issue since you are already rotating the motor both directions, it would just mean that the old "up" rotation is now the "down" and vise versa.

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Thanks for the idea Paulie! This suggestion would require more modifications and an elongated side module extension to locate the bearing at a lower point. I'm too far now in the present modifications to follow your advise. That shaft going up has no impact anymore to the seat; as I wrote, I checked! It has also the benefit to be at the right angle to the side module wich means that the lever at the end of the shaft will be moving parallel to the side module/panel.

I rechecked again your idea: unfortunately, the body reinforcement is in the way for the lever to be flipped down: I need a movement of about 100°; if I pull the lever towards the center of the car, the conflict with the arm rest is programmed!

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That was the one concern I had looking at the photos, it looked like my idea may not work because of the distance the arm was traveling.

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Well Hooray !

Another problem solved.  And it was a big one.  I am glad that you were able to find a working solution that will not hamper or compromise the operation of the window.  

 

The first time that an admirer is looking at the model and you depress the switch and the window rolls up or down, the expression on their face(s) will be....... amazement.  Much like the first time that we saw your site and the construction steps of the model.  

 

The Continental has come a long way since you were casting the tires.  I am still amazed as to how you got the lettering in the molds, finishing up with perfect little 1:12 tires.  The detail is phenomenal. And the work on the hubcaps........Truly a work of art.  it boggles the mind to see the detail that is added at each step.    

 

It is always cool to see you overcome the issues and filling us in on how you accomplished the task.      

 

Randy

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Bad news this afternoon: my "universal joint" with a spring is not good. The motor is too strong and wind/unwind the spring. I will do universal joint.

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It’s not the first time I did universal joints; there is always a lot of machining, therefore time consuming. As you see on the pictures, the RH rear quarter motor/transmission is ready. I had some issues not related to the new position as I could not lower the window completely or, when completely down, it would not go up…Fortunately, after a lot of trying I found the reason: there was an interference between the guide head and a rivet. With a distance piece pushing the guide away from the base plate, the window is getting down. A longer link between the transmission and the crank for the window, it’s going up too! I got also a small benefit on top of that: the movement up and down is smoother than before. Now, I can do the same for the LH quarter window

 

 

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After about one month at the plating company, the fourth batch is back yesterday afternoon. At first, it seems that all the parts are well plated. The small cage with the parts to be nickeled is back too. I hope that I did not forget something and this is the last batch…

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Roger,

 

We are all gratified to see that the window motor drive issue is sorted out and that there was success with your efforts.  It is always good to read and see your solution for the problem at hand.  That was a big problem solved.  Now the seats can be fitted and finished to complete the rear seating area.  Amazement always follows every  time that we log onto your site.  Now with cool weather setting in, we can return to seeing progress being made with the Continental.  I am sending you at article in this months Hemmings Classic Cars.  They are featuring a 1956 Continental.  Many stories have been written about the Continental but this man owns one that is very nice.  It has the original interior and the engine bay is refurbished.  It is very informative to see what a 1:1 Continental engine and accessories looks like.  I will scan the article and send it to you.

 

Looking forward to the next post.

 

Randy 

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