I’ve made a start on the Alfetta.
For unboxing see here - Unboxing Model Factory Hiro 1/12 Tipo 158 Alfetta
Given the cost of the kit I was a bit unprepared for the condition of some of the white metal components.
The chassis is supplied in two parts that must be joined together. This is a concession to offering two types -
158 and 159 that have different rear chassis. You get only the parts you need for your chosen model .
Here is what the main chassis front section looked like when first unwrapped-
Very disconcerting - fortunately Michael ( cosimodo) has built a few of these kits and through the benefit of his experience assured me the metal was very soft and can be manipulated with your fingers without breaking.
Indeed in a few minutes time I had it looking a whole lot better -
Very helpful for these kits is a glass flat surface plate
and an assortment of precision ground machinist’s blocks for checking trueness and squareness.
A little more tweaking brought all mostly in line . While the softness of the metal is an advantage when it needs to be straightened it also allows it to be easily deformed from handling.
I purchased a couple of these organizers to keep the parts in as I work them in hopes to minimize further distortion.
Here is what you can expect in the way of fit from some of the white metal as it comes from the box before tweaking . This is the large main fuel tank .
I am going to order a metric scale as the locations for holes , etc are given in mm.
A big shoutout to Cosimodo for the help and moral support as I begin to feel my way around this new genre.
In contrast to the Just completed Lotus project , I have no doubt that this kit will be worth the effort.
To be continued…