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    1/8th Citroen Light Fifteen

    My latest 1/8th build, is Heller’s Citroen Avante, which was a Christmas present to myself in 2018, but I didn’t start until June 2019. It’s a complicated model, lots of detail, but with weak parts so needs additional work using brass rod and slightly over scale modifications in order to complete, ie ; Stronger hinges, and steering components.
    To make this model even more difficult, I planned to change this LWB ‘Normale’ model to the smaller swb ‘ Legere’, to represent the Croydon built Citroen Light Fifteen - the first car I swung a spanner on. This meant shortening the car and narrowing it....in the right places, whatsmore, the SWB has a four cylinder engine as opposed to the six in the LWB car, and alter to right hand drive.



    The body needed approx 1/2” removing from it’s width, and about an inch from the length to get the right scale dimensions. Length mainly from rear door area, but the roof had to be cut in several places to get the rear quarters to look less bulky. Narrowing the car meant everything, body, axles and floorpan. Not easy, but easier on a big build like this.



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    After the cutting, came the sanding and filling.....
    then some more sanding and filling.
    Shaping and fitting the rear doors were a pig to fit, and curve to the correct shape,
    ...but got there in the end.
    I think the whole shape is nicer than the original stretched long wheelbase.
    The chosen green was a tad too bright than I wanted, eventually I decided to paint
    the top coat the same subtle shade as the scratched dashboard.
    The car is based on my Art class school teacher’s car, that he, myself as a twelve year old, and two other lads, stripped down to remove the engine on it’s front wheel drive cradle. The engine repair went to the metalwork teacher, but two weeks later we all got together again to reassemble the car back up.

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    The lower photograph is how it was on 13th.May this year.
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    The differences between the Larger ‘Normale’ Avant and the smaller ‘Legere’ Light 15 can be seen here. Quite a difference, the Croydon built car is much smaller. The British built car was different in many ways, to avoid Citroen paying heavy import tax, more than 50% of the car had to built of British products. Batteries, tyres, wheels, interior, glass, electrics all had to be altered. The British car can be easily identified by the Citroen chevrons being behind the chromed radiator grille bars. Not a lot of people know that !



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    It looks a great model, Ron, and a neat job you're doing with the cutting an shutting. A pal of mine had a pre war 7cv, very similar, but a smaller engine. The design of the suspension/steering on my post war Riley was apparently cribbed from Citroen.

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    Thanks !

    ....you must have a Riley RM then ?
    Rear suspension on the Citroen is torsion bar, as VW’s and Fiestas.
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    very nice
    livin' on beer 'n' jaffa cakes -one box per pint

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    If you really squint, it looks a bit like a channeled 34Ford...
    ....although it does have a low floorpan and front wheel drive.
    I was going to fit a V8, but there isn’t that much space and the gearbox tunnel would leave little room for the front seats, but I thought I’ve already got my work cut out in just doing the conversion
    - so I used the V8 engine on my ratty shop truck.
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