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November 2017


We now come to the final model of the P3 Alfa Romeo, built in 2015, 36 years after the first in 1979,  this being  number 10 of the series built over these years - and this being for my own collection.  The other nine were built in twos and threes over this period, it being a very popular subject with collectors and for my self.


It has always been my practice to make more parts than I need for the subject in hand, particularly small parts needing a lot of setting up of machines and tooling. as they are always the more vulnerable to breakage, in the final fitting out of the model.  On the basses that the time taken to add an extra one with the current setting, would be much less than if I had to start again from scratch, just for that one replacement part, half way through the finally assembly.


Luckily I have never had many breakages over the years, so my spare’s boxes have been growing in size year by year for the past 40 years.  On retirement I found that with all these spare parts available, I could build myself a substantial collection with out too much trouble, of those subjects that I had found of particular interest, the P3 bing one of them, by using up all - or most - of the spare parts that I had accumulated.


In this case there was about 40% of the parts already made, together with all of the tooling and original patterns.  As each project seems to wipe clean my mind as to ‘how that was made’ on the previous project. Coming back after several years and sorting through what is available, can be as daunting, or more so, than starting from scratch.  The reason being that sometimes it is a case of having to think backwards, with the drawing and half the parts, there can be a case of, ‘just how did I get to that stage’.


As each project has progressed, so the techniques and methods of working have changed very slightly in some cases .  So if I find that I have half an axle made and some of the fittings, it can become time consuming to try and rethink just how it did originally go together.  Where as, looking at it for the first time, after several projects further down the line, one can sometimes approach it from an entirely different angle, where by the parts in the hand would not fit at all.  There main reason for this is that complicated items such as axels or engine parts can have several machining stages, where by to arrive at the final shape, with some of the first stage holding parts are removed as new shapes are added.  This by several stages of silver soldering new parts to the original.  By the time the item is finished, there can be little evidence left, as to, in what shape it was when it started life.


The major difference from this P3, the last of the series’ to that of the first is that I now use copper for the rear fuel tank, rather than the aluminium, that I had so much trouble with trying to solder on the earlier miniature.  Copper is so much more easy to work, that unless the finish is for an actual bare metal aluminium finish, then if it is to be painted, it is much better to go for brass and or copper as the base material to work the part from.


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An After Sales Service to my book readers

Should you have found inspiration, ideas, or just picked up new techniques from my books, plans, and/or web site Galleries, and have photos of your work built as a result, and would like to give me the honor of showing them to others here, please drop me a line, and I will let you know how to proceed.

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NOTE - Very poor photo copies of some of my books (among a number of others) have been sold on eBay as originals, and eBay, up to this point in time, are protecting the criminals, even though they have ample evidence of my copyright infringement. Should any one have had dealings with- Nicholas Thomas alias - phantomoftheauction09 - and/or  Michael Thomas alias plaininspain9 - or anyone else passing off fake copies of my books, I would be most pleased to hear from them.  eBay UK have now removed both of the above individuals, from their web site, but will not, as yet, provide me with the details I need to put them permanently out of business.  Until they do my advice is DO NOT SHOP FOR BOOKS ON eBAY-UK - Go to AMAZON and get satisfaction.

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I am often asked about the availability of plans.  The following web sites have been brought to my attention, and I am pleased to pass them on here. Some of my own plans are available in my books.  For details, click on the ‘Books’ button on the ‘Home Page’


<http://www.carblueprints.narod.ru>

<http://www.the-blueprints.com/>

http://www.smcars.net/

http://leander.mutsaers.us/

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