Detailed Model Cars

A Monster Is Born

 

This is the beginning of an homage to the Merlin-powered Rolls-Royces that have captured

the imagination of car enthusiasts around the world.  The engine is based on a 1:8 scale kit of

 the Allison V-12 that was an American development of the Merlin.  The resin kit is a result of Tim Floyd's

efforts (www.tdrcatalog.com) with a rapid prototyping machine and is a delight.

This early production kit did not contain photos, but luckily one of the prototype Rolls-Royce

 hot rods was in a nearby collection.  The owner was kind enough to start the mighty Merlin and

 even offered a ride.  Alas, schedules and timing conspired, and in a short time the car was sold. 

In the photo above, holes are being drilled for metal fasteners--

lots of metal nuts and bolts--that were sourced from Model Motorcars, Ltd.

Here a cam cover is being drilled for 1mm bolts.  The surface of the castings

 requires some smoothing before painting.

This is a photo of the sump after some paint and hardware have been applied. 

 In this case 00-90 plated Phony Nuts from MMLtd. were used.

There are plenty of similarities between the Allison engine and the Merlin in the prototype,

but it was decided "In for a penny, in for a pound" so the engine in this model will be a

supercharged Allison--with no apologies offered.

Plenty of holes to drill, and lots of sanding to do.  Click here for more Monster Photos

 

The digital photos on this site are unaltered.  Well, 'unaltered' may be a bit of an exaggeration, but for the most part they bear

some semblance to the models depicted.  If you see dust, the image is dead nuts on.  If there is no dust, it is something of a crapshoot, but

captures the essence of the model without the distractions of  background clutter and pet hair and  the odd insect wing or bird dropping.