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1962 Facel Vega HKII (II)
Yes, you may have seen this before, but this is a new and improved version with extra... fizz (?)
About this creation
The Facel Vega HKII was the last of the great French GT cars, powered by a Chrysler V8 and with European chassis sophistication. In theory - this is somewhat disproved by taking a squint at the cart springs at the back, or by trying to take a corner quickly in one... the existentialist author Albert Camus' publisher tried that once and killed his charge, although that was in an earlier FVS model.

But we can almost forgive it that, because it looks so cool.. and no less an authority than Stirling Moss insisted it was fine and loved his HK500.

More history on this great car is in my previous post of this, 'cos, yes folks, it's another re-hash! Blame Dan The Man, and the fact that my last re-hash worked rather well in his first contest, so here's another for his third - however I will try and give some insight into what I do and why I do it for you to ignore at your leisure...

I always liked the simple form of this model - changing the colour to black, smoothing off the wheelarch profiles and adding little hubcaps to the still truck-like wheels helps it quite a lot, I think.

Now then people, brace yourselves.. there's a lesson coming and I WILL be asking questions later...

Where's the Chrysler V8 then ? I prefer an ugly thing that works to a pretty one that doesn't, and this compact double wishbone suspension and working steering assembly works rather well - I actually did want to give it an engine but with the available space (this is smaller than most of my large cars - 18 studs wide) there would have been no room for proper suspension.

Still, the bonnet opens...

And the door.. to show an interior with interior-y (copyright R.H.) things like seats (these slide and recline too), a yellow dashboard, pedals and a massive steering wheel that is a realistic size for the scale. Did people have really long arms in the '60s ?

Everything opens.. and so it jolly well should.

Interior with the roof off.. here you can see the authentically non-existent rear legroom. Notice that I don't fear the studs.. not just because I haven't got many tiles. The bigger the model, the less impact studs have on it's form and sometimes it's nice to see a Lego model that's not ashamed of what it's made of. Having said that, I will concede that tiling the seat facings wouldn't be a bad idea and I've done studless cars myself, so am able to appreciate the greater difficulty of creating them.

Windscreens and windows.. what to do ? As you can see, this Facel has helpfully chromed window perimeters, so I've picked these out in grey, leaving the viewer to mentally add the glass. Other builders use glass or black bricks to fill the void but, unless this is done very well (as on Zeto Vince's recent Camaro or anything by Fred Ottens) the effect can be distracting.

Details, schmetails.. sometimes it's better to leave stuff out if it ends up looking too clunky, like my first attempt at windscreen wipers on this; especially as the Facel has very slender, elegant items that my Lego pieces can't do justice to, so they are instead 'represented' by three grille plates.

There are many ways to hinge a door.. even if (like me) you have relatively few proprietary hinge pieces. My favoured method involves clamping a single stud at top and bottom and filling the forward gap with a snotted plate and tile - you end up with a smoothly opening door and a neat shut-line.

Wheel placement.. so easy to get wrong. Wheels that stick out from the body are fine on some hot rod thingy, but on a thing like this, that just won't do. For real accuracy, they should probably be further inboard; but the model did look a little strange like this. Blame the flat sides - this Facel did have sides almost as flat as this, with just a little inward curve at the top, so I'm not being lazy! Have a look at Rick S's Challenger for an object lesson in barreled sides.

Tumblehome*. Tumble where? What? Are you paying attention ? I can see from the picture below you haven't (who am I talking to...?)

Now, a little Technic treat.. the rear suspension on the model is a not entirely accurate live axle located by trailing arms and sprung by struts made with elastic bands and sliding toggles - the picture below will show you what I mean - these make it very much easier to fine-tune things like ride height (so important to get right - but you knew that) and stiffness.

Bring your car alive with an alternative view. And a vintage Maxifig! It looks like he's about to drive into my ubiquitous grey tile backdrop - nobody ever called me the world's greatest photographer and EVERYONE'S presentation is better than mine but this is my style, I think. And who left that bottle of wine on my worktop !? Oh, right...

Stance. Get it right! Not like here, which is a tad high at the back. Less than one plate, but enough to make it look slightly off...

I've gotta admit, I do like the front end of this car..

*Tumblehome: the term given to the inward inclination of the side pillars - my Citroen DS has it, the Facel II has very little so I didn't bother.

Pack your books away, lesson over... thanks for your undying patience.


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  June 21, 2011
Wow! It's my mocpages day and I was hoping you had managed a new post since my last visit, but I see I have a lot of catching up to do. I do expect you to break the "V8 + suspension in 18 studs" barrier someday. ;^}
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  May 29, 2011
This is one nice, stylish machine! No wonder the driver's smiling from ear to ear! I love the hub caps, and I think you got the placement of the wheels just right. Nice colour scheme for the dash board! Brilliant Job!
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  May 16, 2011
Lookin' good! Love the front end!
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  May 14, 2011
The front looks great...well it all looks great! You have a really nice style, and you're right, the studs look great on larger scale cars. Nice work!
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  May 13, 2011
i love it nick! superb model! the shape of the trunk is a bit odd, but, not enough to hurt, just special, some lessons i ve learned here! rubber bands used like much things you figured right, and i never mind the studs! and your maxifig, is becoming your signature! so cool nick!!!
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  May 12, 2011
Great work! I love all the working features and the shape of it. Great work
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  May 11, 2011
Ammazing work on this one! You're right: the bigger the model is, the less the studs have impact on. Anyway, it's a very clever build!
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  May 10, 2011
Beautiful car! And a very interesting lesson. Especially the door will be helpful, since I do not like the standard Lego hinges very well. Thank You!
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  May 9, 2011
One word: amazing!
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  May 9, 2011
just beautiful mate, love the fact you have fig in it...
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  May 9, 2011
Another stunning creation Nick! Love your creations and the fact you don't fear the Stud, i actually think it's harder to build with the studs showing, but i think i'm addicted to hiding them. I shall try to resist on a future moc. Keep the old school bricks building and thanks for all your kind comments on my creations, always appreciated :)
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  May 9, 2011
Don't mention it, Nick, I did enjoy reading the description.And yes, I enjoyed seeing the photos too. :-)
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  May 9, 2011
Wow... after reading all those tips and such, I don't now what to say. Very good car!
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  May 9, 2011
Same 5 stars as your first version, but it's nice to read about how you made it. I've never thought about making opening doors like that - it's an excellent idea if it's strong enough. My only complaint is the front grill - it looks accurate but I'd much rather see proper slats! Great job again, nice to see another model with studs!
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  May 9, 2011
Nicely done, though it is very similar to the first incarnation, once I read through I did see the differences, the hubcaps being the most obvious. It sure is a nice looking car, I managed to get a brand new boxed 1/18 model of one, also in black for only 5, it's nicely detailed, too. Interesting suspension and door hinge setups, I can't believe I'd never thought of such a simple idea for the hinges... I'll have to keep it in mind when I run out of hinge bits. Summer (and exams...) are fast approaching so I should be re-immersed in the world of Lego (and other things) in the near future... talking of interesting suspension that is also something that should figure on the first model I plan to build... :)
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  May 9, 2011
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Never heard of that car, so thanks for the thorrough lesson. It looks very nice and interessting, but I dont like the back wheel-arch; -Will have to check that out on the prototype. Nice with the maxifig and that so many things opens/works. (My own minicars doesnt even roll...) I especially like the "chrome" trimmings all around and windshield columns.
Thanks Henrik - the wheelarches are the correct shape, but it looks better in metal than plastic...
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  May 9, 2011
Never heard of that car, so thanks for the thorrough lesson. It looks very nice and interessting, but I dont like the back wheel-arch; -Will have to check that out on the prototype. Nice with the maxifig and that so many things opens/works. (My own minicars doesnt even roll...) I especially like the "chrome" trimmings all around and windshield columns.
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  May 9, 2011
Stunning yet again. The front end is excellent. Ha - don't fear the stud:). Nice door technique too.
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