Roger Zimmermann

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

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Hi Mike!

Thank you for watching this post. If you intend to see all the pages, you need some spare time, time which cannot be used on your own 1:1 scale project!

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Hi Roger

I will try and make time in the afternoons, as at my age and bad health,, working in the workshop until lunchtime is enough for me. It may take me a few weeks to get to the point where I started following your posts. 1:1 scale is as small as I could go. I do not have the patience or the skills to even attempt the amazing work that you achieve. Thanks for recording your work.

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Thanks Gary and Pat! I had to play with lamps to do the pictures (outside would be good, but it's too cold); some undesirable reflections are apparent on the windshield; I could not avoid them. Fortunately, despite artificial illumination, the paint problem I related a few days ago are not visible. It depends greatly how the light is illuminating the body.

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3 hours ago, Mike Macartney said:

Hi Roger

I will try and make time in the afternoons, as at my age and bad health,, working in the workshop until lunchtime is enough for me. It may take me a few weeks to get to the point where I started following your posts. 1:1 scale is as small as I could go. I do not have the patience or the skills to even attempt the amazing work that you achieve. Thanks for recording your work.

Ah! Mike, age and good health are rarely associated, unfortunately. I really admire that at your age you are still restoring cars. After restoring 3 cars, I decided that it was enough. Sure, my cars are/were a little larger and parts heavier than the one you are working on. So I came back at what I did in my youth, scale models!

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So is it finished? It looks finished in those amazing photos, Roger. Happy new year, and congratulations! Thank you for allowing us to join you on this amazing journey.

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Not quite: the Continental letters are still not glued on the hood and trunk. It will be done during this month; I have to do a guide first. Therefore, the completion is near!

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Where is the next update? Don't worry, it will come soon! In between, I may have something for you: the story about the restoration of my '56 Cadillac Biarritz. It's in the same forum, with the title: 1956 Cadillac Biarritz: to restore or not?

Comments and or questions are welcome!

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To glue the letters on the trunk lid without a guide would certainly be very difficult; therefore, I had to do something. The picture is the result of my thinking; I “just” have to glue the letters now! Before I got to construct that guide, I had to brood about the spacing of the letters. On the left side, there is an “I” which is narrower than the other letters. The “N” in the middle of the word must be in the middle of the car, therefore, the distance between each letter on the left side will be larger than on the right side. Unfortunately, I don’t have any more a Mark II to check, but I see no other alternative. Maybe it will not be noticeable; we’ll see.

 

 

 

1066 jig.JPG

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You could try placing the letters on some low tack double sided tape and then on the trunk lid first!

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Good solution, I was thinking at that too. As I had more than one day to do that template (I'm working very slowly now), I'll go tomorrow with what I have!

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Roger

All I can say is you are the best. Wonderful build and I am sad to see it so close to finished. 

Enjoy it, you deserve it and enjoy it. Thanks for the journey and build. You are a PROFESSIONAL.

Best health this year and my your desires be yours.

Nelson

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14 hours ago, Spinneyhill said:

If this one is anything to go by, letters are equally spaced.

 

They cannot: all letters have more or less the same length (they are 18 mm to 18.3mm, except the letter "I" which is significantly narrower at 8mm). The letter "N" in the middle of the word is exactly on the car's centerline; the letters "C" and "L" are at the same distance from the emblem. Therefore, the distance between the letters at the left group is slightly larger than the distance between letters at the right side. As the distance between letters is rather large, our eyes don't perceive a difference.

Of course, I'm open for another theory!

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I see now, we are talking at cross purposes, LoL! You are using distances between letters, I am using distance between centres of letters! The same number of letters are on each side in the same arc so they are at equal centre distances on the arc. If it were in type, is it called monospaced? - each letter fits inside the same sized invisible box, like from a typewriter, but the letters themselves occupy different amounts of that box.  

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I see your theory; maybe you are right. I will first glue the letters, one letter at the time, waiting 5 to 8 minutes for the glue to set before the next one will be glued, etc. I will be using, after the tests I did, a 2 k glue, which means preparing the smallest quantity as possible for 1 letter, repeating that process for the 10 remaining letters. A busy day!

If the word is OK to the eye, I may try your method for the hood. Here the letters have more space between each other; it may not be important if there is a variation.

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As the jig is ready, why wait longer to glue the letters? To avoid scratches on the paint, I glued a piece of paper at the “B” side of the jig. Then, I attached it temporarily on the trunk and I tried if the first letter, the middle “N” would fit. As the jig was not following the curve from the trunk lid, the letter went a bit under the jig. I tried to restore its position with a screwdriver and I heard “tic” and no N anymore. Nothing around the car…No good at all. As I had no clue about the possible path, I began to search on the floor in the supposed way; I found nothing. Nothing? Not true: I found a partly finished part from a hinge which flew years ago! After maybe two hours without positive result, I decided to remove the jig and correct its shape. And what did I saw? The “N”! It did not fly away, but went under the jig! What a relief!

Indeed, I could glue 3 letters each time; therefore I had to prepare less 2 K glue. I will have to clean a bit the lid (I put too much glue at the first letter); I will wait 1 or 2 days to do that.

Indeed, I’m satisfied; the distance between letters may not be the same left and right, but it’s hard no notice it.

 

 

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1068 Name plate ready.JPG

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Yeah, that really looks good and it only looks better after Spinneyhill's picture of a "real" Mark II.   I keep going back and forth between them and it is truly mind boggling... you'd think that *something* would be misplaced or not scaled correctly on the model... not so.  The 'L' is a nice detail... I would have placed it further down to the chrome bar, roughly in line with the 'C', instead it is a little higher up.  If you look at the "real" Mark II you'll notice that it is also a little higher up.   I guess that's the difference between aligning on centers and edges.  Great detail.

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Roger....I think your deck lid fits better than on the real car!

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