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Mercedes D.IIIa Intake
JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 05:00 AM UTC

The 180/200hp D.IIIaŘ was introduced in late 1917. Barracuda Studios simple two part resin upgrade set replaces the kit intake manifolds for many 1:32.

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Thanks!
Kornbeef
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 11:10 AM UTC
It looks a lovely drop-in upgrade, saves those that are going to insulate the manifold lots of work. Only one tiny downer for me is that they didnt bother with the six C-nuts that connect manifold to the barrels as they made a point of reworking the manifold to carb ones so nicely. I now these were missed by WNW and Roden and all probably due to casting constraints and most builders miss them too. It just would have been the icing on the cake to have them represented.

Even so this seems a worthy addition to any build needing it.

Oh and nice review too.

Keith
JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 12:59 PM UTC
Our good man Keith is talking about the notched screw conectors (hence the "C" nut reference) that surround the mouths of the 6 intake pipes that enter the top of the cylinders. These can be seen plainly in bare metal in the last image I use in the review. (Mr. Dave Watts early model Mercedes D.IIIaŘ). These are items that I too would like to see replicated separately.
JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 01:16 PM UTC
Here is a bit more from Barracuda Studios.


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"Hi Stephen.
That's a great explanation of the manifold and the purpose of the wrappings and shielding.

The detail on the backside had to take a backseat to the ability to cast such a complex and challenging piece. Fortunately, very little of it is visible when installed and under the cowling. SSSsshhhhh! More coming very soon. . .

Happy modelling! Roy

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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 06:40 PM UTC