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66 Nova--Stance Part II

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I was in Patagonia, South America, for 2+ weeks, taking endless pictures in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Surrounded by nature, I still thought from time to time about model cars--I have to admit it. I am not sure why I suffer, but I suffer happily....



Before the trip I started building a "Not a Project" 66 Nova--a quick and easy build that hopefully will avoid months spent fretting over how to do everything just right.



After being gone for 3 weeks it was good to see the project with fresh eyes. Yep, the box-stock stance is too high in front....so, I had to "engineer" a way to fix this.



First, I got rid of the stock axle bits that came box stock and jammed in some tube styrene....and glued the dickens out of it (I will clean it up later....)



Then I put some more tube in, to strenghten the first joint. I will do further reinforcing once I get a stance I like.



After getting one side the way I wanted, I measured everything and repeated the process for th…

DIOGO MIRANDA

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MIGUEL VIEIRA

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ANNA DELLO RUSSO INTERVIEW FOR CNN

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Apesar de tanta extravagância parece ser bem mais acessível e simpática do que a discreta Anna Wintor. Ah, já agora, tem dois apartamentos, um onde vive, outro onde guarda as suas roupas.

ELISABETH TEIXEIRA FALL/WINTER

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Resumindo, eu comprava quase todas as peças desta colecção da Elisabeth Teixeira, mesmo. Aquele macacão laranja está a dar comigo em doida...

BARCELONA

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a hasty tripbetweenclassesandassignment deadlines...thesunandheat...thirstingforknowledge...tired legs...goodfood...people withstyle...gaudí...

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66 Nova--Setting the Stance

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For the past week or so I've been working on a 1:25 scale AMT Nova #636. The goal is to keep things in the realm of "Not a Project"--nothing custom, nothing fancy, rather, a simple and relaxing build.



Unfortunately, AMT never makes things too easy, and this kit is no exception. A lot of the problematic areas I've seen with their kits pop up here. For one: the "steerable" front is fragile; intuitively I don't see it holding up the weight of the model. In this case, each front wheel is supported by a small spindle that is in extreme danger of falling off and/or breaking.




To (try to) fix this, I glued the dickens out of the top A-frame (using sytrene glue, CA, and plastic weld). Then I did the same to the lower supporting axle assembly in an effort to "sandwich" each spindle in place. Finally I glued the seam between the frame and the inner wheel well, again with CA, normal glue, and plastic weld. When this was done and dry, I shot the entire axle…