January 02, 2017

welcome | 2o17

Dear friends,
2o16 has gone forever!
As usual, I’m looking back to see how it was the year passed.
And I think it wasn’t bad at all. I know it, I see it in my shelf. But unfortunately the lack of time made me to stay a little far from the blog. I didn’t publish as much as I wished and this annoys me a little. But the good thing is that the blog is still alive and I'm still making models. It would be interesting to do an inventory of the works I finished this year but is useless. Like any counting in general! Hoping I’ll be able to post more often in the next year, as usual, I’ll show you some statistics for this year: Map gradient and countries top 10 (I prodly can tell that users from over 9o countries visited custom | scale | car)
Regarding the hardware platform used to visit custom | scale | car the preferred one is the desktop but I have to remark that tablet looses terrain in front of the mobile phones I'm very curious to see this at the final of 2o17. I imagine that the tablet loose its terrain because the mobile phones become more and more the device I can not live without.
  And finally the evolution of the N° of visitors from the beginning till now
Finally, new year, hew header. Please find out the new header representing an R12 by Solido and a conversion I made having as base this model. May be, once, I'll tel you the story....
I wish you a full of models 2o17! And I propose you to reconsider the modeling by going back to the origins : modeling for pleasure. Let's forget about RLM, the sun burnt colors and so on, and let's make some models we would display proudly in our shelves!
Stay colse @ custom | scale | car

November 13, 2016

cadillac type 57 | victoria

Back in 1914, Cadillac produced the first serial American V8 engine car. The 1914 L-Head. It was a sophisticated engine with an aluminium crankcase and it used a flat-plane crankshaft. Bore was 3.125 in (79 mm) and stroke was 5.125 in (130 mm), for a total of 314 cu in (5.15 l) of displacement. Output was 70 hp (52 kW). It was a 90° water-cooled L-Headed (side valve). The Project team for this revolutionary engine for a mass production car, was leaded by Cadillac's chief engineer (1914-1917), Scottish –born, D. McCall White. He was hired by Henry Leland for his V-Engine expertise form Napier and Daimler, at Coventry. Later on he becomes a vice president of Cadillac.
In 1914, The Cadillac Type 51 was the first mass production car equipped with this type of engine. So, the first V8 equipped mass production car! And is not only thing that make this car different. The steer wheel is disposable to let big people to enter easily inside the car. It was the first left hand direction (at the time as an option) mass production car, also.
The model I present you is an conversion having as base model the Amercom 1:43 fire department car. Originally full red, I repainted it full black. The rims were repainted also, trying to reproduce the wood. The tyres are white walled as in the period.
A light weathering on the browned interior is meant to improve the realism note of the model.
As inspiration I had the car owned by Jay Leno and presented by himsels in some Tv Shows.
But enough talking, just enjoy the ride!