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The subject of this last 2.3 Alfa Romeo’s, is the Touring Spider. 

A return to the first car of this build series, except for the finned

cover and two spare wheels.  The cover is formed from a single

triangle of copper sheet, slightly flared, with small wires

soldered in place to represent the ribs.  The parts then pinned

and soft soldered to the top rear of the body, and the fin added

to that.  There are many photos of these finned covers on the

internet, all slightly different as to the shape of the cover and

the shape of the fin, so one has to take one’s pick, as to what

you fancy.  All that can be seen in the 1934 photos, is that there

is a fined cover in place, the photos having been taken at an

almost straight on rear view.

The building of the miniature has followed the practice set out for the previous models, it being built largely from the spare parts left over from them.  Hence the two painted wheels on the left side.

After stripping and cleaning the parts, they are all readied for painting by fitting each with a handle.  This can be anything long enough to hold and support the item through the painting stages - from dowel rod for the wheels, to forceps and wire for the other parts.  After the painting process has been completed, I prefer to leave the parts for several days, to harden off, then where necessary, to rub down with very light paper, any blemishes that become apparent, before polishing with several grade of fine car polish.

I have always used cellulose paints, one, because this is as used on the original vehicles, and secondly, because it is a very convenient paint to use.  The practice now is to use modern paints and provide the gloss with a high gloss transparent finish.  As a very old hand, the finish for me looks artificial, it is machine made, straight from the spray gun.  Cars of this vintage were never finished in this way, it was a hand finish, that would bring up a deep gloss, not as shiny as the new finishes, but much more pleasing to MY eye for the period.


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.