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Conversion MB L1500S into a Borgward 1000Z
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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:24 AM UTC
Great!
That is magic: how to transform a MB into a Borgward!

I see the louvers have suffered some damage as well. Probably you need some weathering there to "justify" that

About the rhomboid: it has to be that way, asymmetrical?

Undeniable beautiful conversion!
Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:05 AM UTC
Looking good with the colour on Thomas!
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Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 12:41 AM UTC
Thomas,
Excellent progress with each detail added.

Joel
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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 09:42 PM UTC
I continued the build with finishing the Borgward emblem on the hood front. I did paint the vehicle´s frontlights inside with silver Color, then put a white painted (converted Panzerfaust projectile) bulb inside each light and sealed it with kristal klear. First I had the Intention to use Voyager´s light set for the Opel Blitz which I did already bought - but I discoverd the Diameters of the lenses are different... anyway this way they do look more realistic in my humble opinion.


Then I painted the wheels with Vallejo Panzer Aces 306 DARK RUBBER - an excellent color for tires.


I also finished the flatbed and attached the rear mudguards. This is the look after I dryfitted it onto the truck



Of course These Actions didn´t occured without any losses - I did damaged the left and right blinker at the cabin´s rear and broke them off again and again.... I will leave them off now until the very end.


To be continued
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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 08:51 PM UTC

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Thomas,
Just read through your build, and I'm really quite impressed. Your scratch building, and detailing is certainly remarkable. Your solution to the grill louvers really is a game changer.
And with some paint going on, it's really starting to look quite exceptional.



Thank you for the flowers and welcome aboard Joel!
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 01:42 AM UTC
Thomas,
Just read through your build, and I'm really quite impressed. Your scratch building, and detailing is certainly remarkable. Your solution to the grill louvers really is a game changer.
And with some paint going on, it's really starting to look quite exceptional.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 12:10 AM UTC
Thomas, some cracking progress!

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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 10:14 AM UTC
Great progress there! One got to love those louvers.
I bet in the shade is a case of beer as well - as counter-weight for hammock, what else

Waiting for further updates.

Gabriel
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Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:20 PM UTC
this weekend was painting time! First I did sprayed semigloss black over the undercarriage and the pillars


Then a careful masking occured



After this I applied the early ARAL blue color at the upper vehicle´s surfaces.


After demasking everything looks like this:



Parallel to this I also painted the seat cushions in black and airbrushed a leather brown over it to give it a lightly worn look


Thats it for today - temperatures are already high again and my workers left for taking a break from the heat at a shadowy place inside the hammock with the dog slumbering beside


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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 07:03 AM UTC
Gentlemen, the building stage of my truck is finished. I did finished some small remaining parts as the mirror



the horn (this was made out of an ELEFANT white metal and etched set I had in stock


The flatbed


And this is the final look of the vehicle. Some parts are just bluetacked for separat painting later:








Next will be the painter´s work
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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018 - 06:52 AM UTC

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nice touch with the louvers Thomas

Thank you Russel; we will see how everything looks after the first primer coating


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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 09:41 AM UTC
nice touch with the louvers Thomas
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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 06:16 AM UTC

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Very nice solution for the louvers. That answers one of my mute questions, as I never found a good workable solution to that problem. You gave me the answer. Thank you!

Gabriel



Hehe you´re welcome Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 05:27 AM UTC
Very nice solution for the louvers. That answers one of my mute questions, as I never found a good workable solution to that problem. You gave me the answer. Thank you!

Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 04:36 AM UTC
Well, during my holidays I had the chance to spend some more time at the truck and I was not lazy. Biggest "problem" for me were the specific vertical gill plates of the Borgward which runs along the whole hood. I tried leadfoil from a good whine bottle and cutted some slots with the hobby knife.


After this I rolled over the slots with a pen to make the gill plates look like gill plates.


In the end everything looks like this. I think you will better see everything when there is a primer coat over them later.



Oh and I made the small clamps for the hood, the Winker (I actually don´t know the correct english translation for the early blinkers). Then I did made the footboards and some cabin interior.


And, not forgotten, the jack which will be placed later inside the driver´s cabin.


The brittle plastic steering column from MINIART broke of Course and had to be replaced with an Evergreen pipe


The etched dashboard is also prepared for painting


Thats it for this evening guys!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 01:10 AM UTC
Well, very good progress against the elements!


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@Gabriel: Actually I visited the Caribbean (Columbus Island Bahamas, St. Lucia, Guadelupe and my favourite, Dominica) before and I didn´t felt it was too hot. Maybe I catched a comfortable time there . But when it is getting too hot my european stamina goes down rapidly. My best work-temperatur is around 21°C.



I was obviously joking. After the initial shock, the European stamina learn how to deal with the 28-29C "working temperature". Strictly in modelling area, the humidity and the salt in the air are the enemies... Clear coats, metallic paints, some glue brands and carbon steel tools are the usual victims.

KUTGW!
Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 11:47 AM UTC

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@Russel: We had here around 40° Celsius for quite some time here and we are not used to this hot temperatures. Although I do live in a stone house which keeps usually cool inside for some time - but after some days the coolness was gone and you still feel the heat in the night. Additionally to that I work in a temporary substitute Office room which has no air condition and during the day temperatures were around 31° Celsius there...

@Gabriel: Actually I visited the Caribbean (Columbus Island Bahamas, St. Lucia, Guadelupe and my favourite, Dominica) before and I didn´t felt it was too hot. Maybe I catched a comfortable time there . But when it is getting too hot my european stamina goes down rapidly. My best work-temperatur is around 21°C.



I feel your pain Thomas

the fact that you've been able to get some bench time in is definitely worth a few as reward!
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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 08:22 AM UTC
Some more sanding occurred today and after some time I was able to prime the pillars with an gloss black enamel color... and voila!



Looks like Borgward pillars now, right? I´m very satisfied until now. when everything is dry I will finish up the hood and its gill plates. After this the cockpit.


:-H
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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 07:42 AM UTC
Ok temperatures dropped yesterday to more comfortable 25°Celsius and I was daring to work over the pillars. I smeared some putty over the needed areas, diluted it with water and try to level it evenly as much as possible. The beginning looked like this:




Today, after the putty was thoroughly dried I started to grind and sand the putty further down to make the surfaces more even. This is the result after 1200 grade sand paper treadment. More fine paper will come tomorrow. Maybe I will need to spray some paint on it to see the areas I need to improve





already looks more like a Borgward now, eh?
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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 07:29 AM UTC
@Russel: We had here around 40° Celsius for quite some time here and we are not used to this hot temperatures. Although I do live in a stone house which keeps usually cool inside for some time - but after some days the coolness was gone and you still feel the heat in the night. Additionally to that I work in a temporary substitute Office room which has no air condition and during the day temperatures were around 31° Celsius there...

@Gabriel: Actually I visited the Caribbean (Columbus Island Bahamas, St. Lucia, Guadelupe and my favourite, Dominica) before and I didn´t felt it was too hot. Maybe I catched a comfortable time there . But when it is getting too hot my european stamina goes down rapidly. My best work-temperatur is around 21°C.
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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018 - 03:28 AM UTC
Haha!

Thomas, if you'd be in Caribbean like me you'll give up modelling?

Well, there is certainly some work still to be done on Mercedes-to-be-Borgward but the progress is there and is palpable! Keep plodding!

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 01:26 PM UTC
I feel your pain Thomas!

When it gets hot here in Australia, there's not really ,much you can do unless you're lucky to have an airconditioner!

Top marks for getting in a bit of bench time all the same!
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 08:26 AM UTC
Sorry Gentlemen! Because of the really hot weather here in Germany the last days I was unable to sit at the working bench.

But today I continued a little bit and started with the grill and hood conversion. So far I am satisfied with the dry fitting although some problems are still not solved yet.



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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 05:57 PM UTC
some great scratch building Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 12:00 AM UTC
Audaces Fortuna iuvat!

Daring slashing, good result! The gaps you have there after surgery are smaller than the gaps I had to deal with in my last Hobby Boss armored car OOB . And now let's see the pillars!

Gabriel