OK le modèle est ingrat, mais le boulot est superbe!!!
The Work of Bruce Owen
Bruce Owen's Virtue RSX. Bruce's fabulous bit of unexcelled craftsmanship was under construction for about a decade. Bruce competed at the just completed Nineteenth GSL International Model Car Championship (www.GSLChampionship.org)
where it won many top awards, including the much-desired Best of Show Master Award. The staff here at the Custom Clinic is pleased to prevent a comprehensive set of photographs of Bruce's work, from inception through completion, along with other documents from Bruce's workshop. Reportedly, Bruce has another killer project underway, and we'll report on it as soon as information becomes available. We, at the Custom Clinic, thank Bruce for supplying the materials seen here. Also, check out Mark S. Gustavson's upcoming full feature on this model in Scale Auto.
Bruce here gives a background narrative on why he built this model, and named it as he did. This text is in the form of a letter to GSL founder, Mark S. Gustavson
Bruce provided a comprehensive three-ring binder to the judges and participants at GSL-XIX. Here is the letter he provided to GSL-XIX:
Bruce has also submitted an exceptionally comprehensive list of photos of the construction of his Virtue RSX. Check out these photos and marvel at the craftsmanship:
Here the basic chassis design which was created before any actual construction started:
Here's where the model was built:
Here are the parts required to build the model just before chrome plating and painting. Note the resin-cast body in the background.
The scratchbuilt brass frame, built to the specifications he had previously crafted, is a work of art.
The scratchbuilt wheels are typical of the quality of the work in this model.
Bruce even created specialty Michigan manufacturer license plates. Check these out:
The windshield frame was hand-crafted from copper and then chrome plated.
Pulled from a mold, Bruce's model suggests at future details.
Here in an array of the body molds and masters that lead to the finished model.
Check out all the many molds that were required to produce the major parts for this model.
The disk brakes, and other parts, were machined and then chrome plated.
Bruce wisely test fitted everything before blowing the model apart and painting/plating the parts. Mark S. Gustavson also advocated this approach in DreamTruck2 feature in Car Modeler 2003.
At this point, all of the parts have been fitted to the frame, body and interior allowing Bruce to check for fit and clearances.
The body was primed . . .
and then the body was painted . . .
When the parts had been fitted to the frame to check for clearances and so forth, Bruce started to paint the model. The frame is painted the same bright red solid color as the rest of the model.
With the frame paint dried, Bruce started to install the pre-fit suspension components.
As parts are installed, the result if breathtaking .
The assembly process must have been challenging, but look at the results. . .
Up on its wheels, tire, the level of craftsmanship begins to look great . . .
Please enjoy the following essay on final assembly and the completed model: