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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
6512.1 
I was a teen-ager in the first half of '70
Here,in North East Italy,many guys were "ALFISTI"
...but how to translate this word in english?...i think ALFAHOLICS should be correct :)
..after some searches, i found also a site of Alfa Romeo's fanatics: http://www.alfaholics.com/
being an Alfaholic here was much more than a simple fanatic-supporter of Alfas (we use to say just Alfa,leaving out Romeo)
i was surrounded by them,and believe me,more or less all them had same behavior:cool,tough,strong...
what they expected to have from an Alfa?..more speed..more power?..some more:RESPECT !
An owner of Alfa got respect,it doesn't matter if he drive fast or slow...

This is the celebration of Alfa and his golden age:60-70's (sad days came later..)



Henry Ford in 1939 said:hats off when i see an AlfaRomeo,and Enzo Ferrari grew inside Alfa until 1937
In the sixties they did the Queen of all GT's : the GT JUNIOR 1300 c.c. than GTA "Scalino" (step on the bonnet)



Alfa is engine:pain for all mechanics when opened the bonnet:narrow spaces to work..lot of lubricating oil to fill
always same engine sound that seems to choke on..supply excess flood (hope the translation is correct)
please listen here the background sound leaving out when driver step on the gas



they also tried to mount two spark-plugs per cylinder to have more power to burn :)
another classic feature was the displacement:usually that time all did 1300-1600-2000 c.c. only Alfa did 1750c.c.
here engine with the impressive oil-sump



let's go to model these versions of GT-1750,using the brand new function-LOFT TO POINT-



i used to draw a cage of profile splines to get a raw network surface,then extract iso-curves and rebuild leaving just few points,than use these splines for loft





workflow is to have two surfaces than trim and blend G2 together.This technique could be handly for that kind of cars where are well "squared" like GT's of '70







now trim main volume with green surface then blend together







if everything was correct union give a solid volume,easy now to do booleans for subtracting and carving

Here the GTA "Scalino"















and final GT 1750





Jump again in the legend:
Alfa stopped competitions in 1951,few years after two engineers decided to leave motherhouse and found a private factory
under permission by Alfa to do research maintaining privacy.It was 1963 and they called it AUTODELTA.
First base was just few kilometers from my home :) than moved in Milan's belt.
Autodelta was then the official race-department of Alfa and here their main creature: the GT-AM (Alleggerita=lighter, Maggiorata=enlarged)



fenders are enlarged to mount large Firestone wheels then riveted on the car
I trimmed the car and used same technique i did for 500 Abarth's fenders(i did a Video on Vimeo)
after extracting isocurves i did a network and rivets placed following the edge of the fender
Being a separate part of the car,like in the real one,i don't have problem to mantain curvature-continuity at 100%







Alfa got a musem and this render and so long post want to be a tribute to his legend(more renders on the gallery)
Nowadays still exist a brand "so called" Alfa....but have nothing to do with the good-old ones



Mauro
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 From:  Max Smirnov (SMIRNOV)
6512.2 In reply to 6512.1 
oO!!!
I'm incredibly impressed!!!!!
Masterpiece!

How long did you do this?
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 From:  BurrMan
6512.3 In reply to 6512.1 
Hi Mauro. Very nice! (Ti voglio bene!)

When I was in Italy, it was "Aprilia" and while sitting on the outskirts of town at 3.00 am, they would be "dicing" through chicane's of median's at like 80-90 mph.... (Car's too).

I would sit and laugh.... :)
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 From:  Raoul
6512.4 
Hi Mauro,

Great job!

Enjoyed reading the story and your explanation of your workflow as well!
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 From:  TpwUK
6512.5 In reply to 6512.1 
Outstanding !!

Martin Spencer-Ford
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 From:  Mike K4ICY (MAJIKMIKE)
6512.6 
COUGH, COUGH, COUGH!!!

Amazing result Mauro!

Very well done. :-)
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 From:  DannyT (DANTAS)
6512.7 In reply to 6512.1 
Nice one Mauro! What a fantastic post.

Cheers
~Danny~
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 From:  kevjon
6512.8 
Love seeing this kind of work, and automotive work is not easy.

Excellent work, the models look great.
~Kevin~
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 From:  Michael Gibson
6512.9 In reply to 6512.1 
Hi Mauro, it looks fantastic! And what a cool post with all the historical background in there too - very nice!

- Michael
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 From:  Andrei Samardac
6512.10 
Nice work Mauro, looks like LOFT is steal alive.. :)

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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
6512.11 
Many thanks to all you guys :) !
Loft will never die because is just a part of Nurbs modeling toolset ;)
We Moi-dellers try to do our best using what we have
after bool unions and subtractions you can't go back or select part of the shape and pull-up or down as you want like in Modo
so this take long time and many steps to get right shape observing from many points of wiews (i spent few months during my spare-time)
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one more info about Alfa GT
car was designed by BERTONE's House http://www.bertone.it/storia.aspx
designer was a young Giorgetto GIUGIARO than later founded his ITALDESIGN styling center http://www.italdesign.it/home-eng
during the 70's, PININFARINA was involved to design almost all Ferrari and BERTONE do the rest :)

EDITED: 10 Feb 2014 by M-DYNAMICS

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 From:  Alexander (ALEXCAD)
6512.12 In reply to 6512.11 
Nice Work!
I'm a UK based Alfaholic and have owned many since 1988, my first being an Alfa Sud Cloverleaf which I loved, especially the Boxer engine.
You have inspired me to have a go and modelling it in MOI, than you.

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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
6512.13 In reply to 6512.12 
Hi Alex:
i'm glad this post can help you ! You're talking about Alfasud Quadrifoglio(cloverleaf) Green or Golden,it was very popular and unexpensive in first 80's.
and YES...best part is boxer engine..style is not cool here,belongs to 80's ;)



This is my quick suggest
car is splitted in two parts:red(glossy) and black(matte plastic)
You can try with LOFT than draw on side wiew one long spline where match red part with black bottom part of the car
extrude this spline to trim your loft and delete his bottom part
now use sweep to make fenders and all black bottom part
no need continuity bewteen red and black..and when render you will have the red part that is one mesh,glossy with his reflections
bottom part will be different mesh but is also matte,not glossy,so you'll not have reflections
hope you understand and forgive me for basic english :)
M
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 From:  Alexander (ALEXCAD)
6512.14 In reply to 6512.13 
Hi Mauro,

Not very stylish I agree but it was a quick car in its day (sounded great) and handled well too, unfortunately it rusted as fast as it drove :(

Many thanks for the tips and advice on the modelling, I will keep you posted on my progress. It may take a while though due to time available etc, but will enjoy having a go.

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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
6512.15 In reply to 6512.14 
Alex<<quick car in its days>>
YES ....you're right..and sound is a classic Alfa's feature :)
Alfasud was a car for Alfaholics and for family too...
In '80 rust was very common problem,especially for Fiats producted in Sicily(Termini Imerese)
factory was close to the sea,so..." exposed to salt ",all frames and sheets without an anti-rust treatment...

Your Alfasud was made in Neaples area (Pomigliano d'Arco)..that's why the name ALFA+SUD that means South,in this case southern Italy(Neaples is in southern part of Italy)
This made long discussions about quality of cars,because no more producted in Milan area (Arese),motherhome of Alfa.
That time our government decided to invest in South to give more job to the people there and gave money for this.
That was the decline of Alfa and whorst thing was the joint-venture with Nissan in that factory,producing the ARNA (Alfa+Nissan)
i don't want to comment this piece of s--t....... :) :)



leave that bad days and let me show last REAL Alfa



and the tuned version by AUTODELTA



they mounted engine from Alfa Montreal...V8(eight cylinders !!! )
displacement:almost 3000c.c.
power:470cv at 10.500rpm

and here Alfa Montreal by Bertone's house




...when cars were REAL cars.... ;)

EDITED: 14 Feb 2014 by M-DYNAMICS

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 From:  Michael Gibson
6512.16 In reply to 6512.15 
The last one reminds me a lot of a the corvette stingray that we had over here in the US.

I myself have one of these, in storage, it's halfway rebuilt. Someday I hope to get it finished:


1960 Dodge Matador 2 door hardtop:



- Michael
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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
6512.17 In reply to 6512.16 
Agree Michael
Stingray and Montreal are 100% pure 70's style (my favourite era)
Fashion of that times (the best :) )
The Dodge Matador belongs to the 50's..where you Americans ruled in car-styling
..how many beautiful cars you did..and this one is feasible in Moi very well too.. :)
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 From:  Michael Gibson
6512.18 In reply to 6512.17 
Hi Mauro,

> The Dodge Matador belongs to the 50's..where you Americans ruled in car-styling

Yeah my Dodge is from pretty much the end of that era, a lot of fun stuff was going on then with rocketship and sci-fi inspired styling.

- Michael
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 From:  Alexander (ALEXCAD)
6512.19 In reply to 6512.15 
Mauro,

Very interesting, you clearly know the Alfa history, thank you.

I noticed the 75 next to the Montreal, I always wanted a V6 one, again not very pretty but an awesome drivers car (as are all Alfa's)

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 From:  Mauro (M-DYNAMICS)
6512.20 In reply to 6512.19 
Yes,you noticed well !
Alfa 75 was a car of middle 80's,very popular here,especially the TWIN SPARK model
but one more car ruled on all other Alfas in 80's:the Alfetta
(this brochure is in English for you :) )

this car could seem like ridiculous now but had a great impact...massive...respectful...nasty...you were a top Alfaholic to got one!
Don't forget Italian Police forces always have Alfas from early 60's

Anyway you are a REAL Alfaholic :) !
The real ones like the engine first and brand...it doesn't matter style.
I'm not an Alfaholic or a car-fanatic (i always drive slow)
I was born, grown and live in a country (north-east Italy) where Alfa was inside our culture
Few weeks ago i have been to my mechanic to do some manteinance:he is 57 years old and repaired hundreds of old Alfas in the past
He just bought a GT 1300 Junior and we discussed about, in his office has handpainted pictures of old Alfas
My elder brother was an amateur- rallye driver in youth but he's a LANCIA-HOLIC and now collect old motobikes and cars
I'm 52,i do my part modeling these things,then show to my brother to ask suggestions ;)
last year i did the ABARTH 500 attached below (100% done in MOI )
..our generation has these things in the blood !

Thanks Alex..enjoy your Alfas !

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