My old "500"

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The battery: my intention was to redo every little detail of my old car based on my memory, but there are some things I just cannot remember. One of them is the battery. It was a component subject to be substituted so there wasn't really THE battery, the only and one to represent. So for this detail I turned again on the web and choose a model suitable for installation on a Fiat 500 even if this is not necessarily the one installed on my car when I drove it.

Anyway the basic, and somewhat implausible shape provided by Hachette, didn't seem appropriate to me
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So I started cutting away the upper section (the body shape is, after all, acceptable) and replacing the "cap" with pieces of plasticard.

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The most difficult part was to recover the cable connectors (that I liked) from the cutted section.

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Once added the last details, battery is ready for painting

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Drawn the various labels on computer and printed them on glossy self-adhesive plastic sheet, the new battery is ready for installation.

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Are the squares on your cutting mat 1 x 1 cm or inch? I guess it is the first... How is it that your prints come out so sharp?
 
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The battery: my intention was to redo every little detail of my old car based on my memory, but there are some things I just cannot remember. One of them is the battery. It was a component subject to be substituted so there wasn't really THE battery, the only and one to represent. So for this detail I turned again on the web and choose a model suitable for installation on a Fiat 500 even if this is not necessarily the one installed on my car when I drove it.

Anyway the basic, and somewhat implausible shape provided by Hachette, didn't seem appropriate to me
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So I started cutting away the upper section (the body shape is, after all, acceptable) and replacing the "cap" with pieces of plasticard.

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The most difficult part was to recover the cable connectors (that I liked) from the cutted section.

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Once added the last details, battery is ready for painting

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Drawn the various labels on computer and printed them on glossy self-adhesive plastic sheet, the new battery is ready for installation.

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Geeze! That battery is awesome!! ;)
 

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An update in this long-term project (still waiting to have all parts in hand... now at 90%)

This time I made some sewing... I'm not a tailor but have some friends...

My old 500 had an ugly set of red seat covers. Since my objective is to add as much details as I'm able to remember I couldn't avoid this.

I started with some prototypes measured directly over the seats.
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A first "dress fitting"

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After some corrections I realized a real paper pattern (it's available if someone of you would like to test it on another 1:7 model car)

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The squares was traced directly on the fabric with an ink pen

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Here comes the friend: I cannot sew with good results (see photos above) so I asked to my colleague Marisa (she is very clever with needle and thread) some help. The result was truly remarkable.

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In some spots I helped myself with double sided adhesive tape to keep fabric in place without folds

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Anterior seat covers was held in place by elastic bands and I reproduced also this detail.

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...and this is the result

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Absolutely similar to the original. I'm very pleased with my seats.

See you soon!

T.
 

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Your adding some excellent touches to this model. At that scale, they will really show, and make your model unique.. Very nice!! :Bravo:
 

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Absolutely fabulous! :) Thank you for re-uploading the pictures. I have deleted the orphaned links, now everything looks smooth and clean again. ;)
 
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Absolutely fabulous! :) Thank you for re-uploading the pictures. I have deleted the orphaned links, now everything looks smooth and clean again. ;)
Thanks RF! It will be a long and tedious work to restore every image in all old threads but, a little bit at a time, it needs to be done. We have here a big treasure to preserve and I feel it's my duty, as a thread owner, to restore all the contents I still have on my disks for the people to come. Thanks to your precious advices the task is easier than expected so... Like you said in a recent post, there's no hurry, available time is little, other people need our presence in the world out there, but, with some patience, we are going to have back ALL our Zealot as before... No... not AS before... Much BETTER than before! :)
 

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That's the spirit, mate! I know how much work it is; I still have to tackle many of my older threads, too. I'd love to see the Shuttle thread restored - and this time I will save everything immediately!!! :)
 
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Hi all my friends... COVID lockdown didn't raise the time to work on my model, au contraire... as I work in hospital (precisely in our hospital clinical lab) I was VERY busy doing COVID tests instead of being locked in my house building my 500 during last months.
Anyway I wasn't stopped at all, I realized several little details but I hadn't the time for share my progress here with you.
Here is some news from my desk covering the work done since my last building update.


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This is a perfect copy of the original San Marino registration document directly from 80's

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And those are the insurance and tax labels on the windscreen.

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This is the driver external rear mirror (that was not provided by model manufacturer)

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This is the tool box (a really nice detail, I remember very well the original one)

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...the jack, detailed and wheatered...
 

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The tension regulator, a detail for the engine hood that was not provided at all.

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And the keys! This is a real madness... I reproduced the exact details on every key taking the drawings from the original FIAT user's manual and printing on transparent autoadhesive plastic foil.

Now it's the time to start thinking to paint the car in the real color it was mine: dark blue.

Paint the metallic chassis was a real nightmare (it's a strange metal alloy that doesn't retain any kind of paint. I had to try several different primers before finding one who doesn't fall away from the metal at any little touch).

Now the car is going to look like the real one every day a little more...

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Still to be polished...
 

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Hi all my friends... COVID lockdown didn't raise the time to work on my model, au contraire... as I work in hospital (precisely in our hospital clinical lab) I was VERY busy doing COVID tests instead of being locked in my house building my 500 during last months.
Anyway I wasn't stopped at all, I realized several little details but I hadn't the time for share my progress here with you.
Here is some news from my desk covering the work done since my last building update.


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This is a perfect copy of the original San Marino registration document directly from 80's

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And those are the insurance and tax labels on the windscreen.

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This is the driver external rear mirror (that was not provided by model manufacturer)

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This is the tool box (a really nice detail, I remember very well the original one)

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...the jack, detailed and wheatered...

I have 4 of those exact jacks, also two Mercedes Benz versions. A great way to lift a car fully in the air. My M.G. Midget is 50/50 balanced on the jack points. I had the car in the air for 6 months, just to see if anything would bend, fortunately nothing did. Didn't have the same luck on my 450Sl, the jack hole mount was rusted one one side, on the inner frame (of the outer rail). :)