Citroën DS19 1/16 - part 2

by brae  

Beginning work on the Citroën DS19 in 1/16 scale.  As I mentioned previously, there's a modeler who built one to completion with excellent results so I am following those instructions as well as those from the kit.  The main change made is putting the doors on now and not bothering with function.  These models can be so delicate and unless you are lucky, the doors never sit right.  So, I will go with aesthetic over function.

I've decided to work on the body first, so if I throw my hands up with this model, I won't have wasted time on the unseen details.  I am not at all confident this model will work, but if I can't get it showroom new, I'll turn it into a wrecked barn find.  :]

A huge thank you to Nancy Enge for recommending these pliers.  Having the proper tool is key, and it works unbelievably well in removing parts from the sprue.

I had to repair two small areas where the main body mold had broken during shipment as well, but the breaks were in inconspicuous places.  Unfortunately, these remain delicate joins and can cause issues later.  :\  Additionally, the body panels were not uniform in thickness, so gluing them end to end resulted in different depths.  Real cars are streamlined, so that was something I needed to address.  I used Squadron Products White Putty to build up and fill.  Yes, it stinks to high heaven but it's a great filler for plastic models.

This can take a few tries to get it to look right.

At this point, it's hard to tell the depth with a light patch on a dark base, so I need to give it a uniform primer coat to see where further adjustments need to be made.

Even with careful planning, there's still a rough fit to the hood when viewed from the side.  :\  I am considering gluing the hood in place, too, since I am going more for aesthetic and I could live without opening the hood...ever.  Gluing it in place would save on fine engine detailing, though I would still add all the engine bay parts for weight.

Here's the other side.

I have the basic body assembled and prepped for the next good day of spray painting weather.  Not throwing in the towel just yet, but I have already accepted that it's a 50-50 chance this car will turn out looking newish.

6 comments

Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

If you do glue the hood shut, you could always keep the engine out of it and have it sitting on the barn floor. Especially if you can’t get it to showroom ready.

I wish you all the luck, patience and steady hands in the world as you deal with another plastic kit. I seriously cannot understand how you do this.

04/24/17 @ 19:53
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

If anyone can pull it off, you can. The fit of the hood though, hmm…

04/25/17 @ 04:13
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

I’m amazed at what you are able to do with the auto kits, so I’m looking forward to seeing whatever you decide to do with it (new or derelict). :D

04/25/17 @ 08:08
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]  

Mini bondo - nice! New or old, you’ll make it awesome!

04/25/17 @ 08:49
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]

Was this kit expensive? Some are and it’s not gratifying when they cost a lot and have broken parts. Can’t wait to see the progress.

04/25/17 @ 14:06
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks for the encouragement. :>>

The kit wasn’t expensive, which is why I took the plunge on an iffy result. :yes:

04/25/17 @ 21:37


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