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Gallery-04 - P3 Alfa Romeo

This is the last of the 1932 P3 Alfa Romeo miniatures to be built,

and is now in my own collection. Many of the parts were left

over from the nine previous examples built over the past 36 years. 

I normally keep a full photographic record of the building as a

matter of interest and for use on this web site.  I had thought that

this had been done, and the build was in fact up on the web site

when a collector of my work, desirous of having copies of the

photos for his own collection, informed me otherwise, by which

time the actual model I was currently building was almost

complete, as you see it here.

So I have endeavoured to show as much as I can by showing it

being stripped down, ready for the cleaning and painting before

the final assembly.  The previous Galleries, show something of the

original build, and creating of the parts.

The chassis frame is machined from .062” brass plate. with a .030” thick rolled brass flange silver soldered to the top and bottom, to form the usual ‘U’ section chassis frame. There is on the inside of the P3 chassis frame a perforated stiffening plate, in this case .030” brass sheet soft soldered in place. Added to this are the cross members, fabricated from .060” brass plate and round bars, as can be seen in the photo’s in Gallery-2.   Brass plate, sheet and blocks being used throughout to create the remainder of the parts, assembled in the early stages, if of complex shape, with the aid of silver solder, with the smaller parts added with the aid of soft solder.  If smaller parts are soft soldered to larger ones, the solder is used to stop the parts from separating, the actual holding is always accomplished with the aid of small brass pins, which are also used to locate the parts.  Once located, a small sliver of soft solder is placed between the parts, then heated to melt the solder and fix the part in place.

The creation of the engines, spoked wire wheels and tyres have all been covered in detail in preceding Build Galleries, the techniques are always the same, it being just the individual detailing that changes. This also applies to the body and hood and cowl panels, the working of them over the master patterns, being the same, just the shapes change.  In the case of the P3 the two most complicated parts were the fuel tank at the rear and the front apron, both of which were covered last month.  The drivers seat is mounded in resin from a master pattern and rubber mould - the techniques also being covered in earlier projects.


For those looking for more information on the construction of the Falls of Clyde, I am running a ‘Log’ on the building of it on the ‘Model Ship World’ web site.

Check out < > and search for ‘Falls of Clyde’

Most of the photos will  be the same as here, but there will I hope be more insight into the actual working of the materials and building of the model.

Four photos are added at the start of each month and relevant text on the building.  It should be running for a considerable time to come, and hopefully will not repeat what I have here too much.