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Hugh Jampton

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  1. 1/12 McLaren Mp4/5b 1990 Monaco

    That's one detailed engine, really enjoying this thread. Regards John
  2. MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    Parry, I totally agree totally with Sabrejet, although due to my special gift of almost always dropping most of my metal parts, I used Halfords etching primer, apparently it's bonds to metal better than ordinary primer. Just make sure you clean all white metal parts prior to priming, a lot of people suggest magnetic cleaners but there expensive and I seem to get buy with a suade brush or drimel (but be careful with speeds) and I've only just advised to get some mini wire brushes from Amazon. Saying all of that I still have large white metal figures that I painted 20 years ago with little preparation and have no issues, although I do treat them with utmost delicacy. There's a lot of guys on this forum with much more knowledge than me who will give better advise anyway. John
  3. MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    David What a great start to a great looking kit! Codger is right, your going to have an iconic and beautiful looking car when you've finished. The wheels look fun, if that was me I'd put a swear box next to the workbench, that way you'd should have paid for your next kit after completing the fourth wheel! Your comments on the polishing and clear coating of parts is a good point, I do this to a lot of the smaller parts and you get a great finish, on my last one I've been polishing a look of parts the instructions are saying to paint silver as well. I'm going to enjoy this thread. Regards John
  4. MFH 1/12 Ferrari 126C4

    Many thanks Paul, there ordered and awaiting delivery. Wife's early morning shifts are a bit of a god send at the moment, she crashed at half seven last night so got the C4 out for a bit of a session. The rear hubs have been striped and repainted over the last couple of days and fixed back together last night this time with the break ducts installed. I didn't even think of using the CF decals as mentioned previously and lightly drybrushed instead. The only thing required now is fixing the break line and 90 degree coupler and ill do that just before final assembly. I've stalled a bit on the engine recently, mainly for the simple reason of sorting out the 20 or so different type of rivets that came with the kit, anyway I purchase a cheap craft 'organizer box and spent Thursday night sorting them out into individual sets and while doing this finally worked out the toggle switches and other pieces for the dashboard so due to this and the recently found dial glass pieces, thought I'd make a start on this last night. I had prepared the dash previously so gave it a coat of Halfords semi gloss black. The holes for the toggle switches and rivets had to be drilled out, decals applied then given a light drybrushing using a mid grey, this is a technique I enjoy doing as I feel it's an easy way to emphasize the raised parts of a surface, I can overdo it from time to time but this time I think I got it about right, to be honest the size of the picture doesn't help as it picks up detail hard to detect with the human eye. The dial glass for the 2 smaller dials needed a bit of a sand to fit but after that went in like a peach and using Micro Crystal Clear to adhere. I'm now making a start on the cockpit section, the instructions say to paint the main tub a dark green which to me sounds very un-ferrari but the only reference photo I have seems to back it up so will be making a start on this during the weekend with a bit of luck. Thanks for looking! Regards John
  5. 1/12 Ferrari SF70-H

    Stunning! I'm sure you will but can you describe your finishing and polishing techniques in detail further on, I love the way your bodywork look with all you other builds. Regards John
  6. MFH - 1:20 Eagle T1G 1968

    Love, this build so glad its back on the table. Will be taking note on the way you finish the exhaust. Regards John
  7. MFH 1/12 Ferrari 126C4

    Darin, she is. Just hope I can do her justice! Paul, do you mean the mini wire brushes? they do look like they will help and will be on order as shortly. A little progress an it's something mention in shood23's SF70-H thread a little while ago. I made a start on the wheel hubs a few weeks ago as they looked pretty impressive, the WM break ducts were stuck together, prepared and left ready for CF decaling and that's where it all started going pear shaped, I couldn't get the MFH end dacals to adhere probably no matter how much Micro Sol I doused it with a then started to peel when finally dried. I eventually decided to remove it all and start again with some S27 decals with a similar pattern, it was then I found the below photo (Hiroboy copyright, I hope they don't mind and I did buy the kit off them anyway) and there is very little weave pattern to be seen, so I decided to go down a well trodden path and colour wash to uneven the sheen and lightly dry brush with a mid grey mix. I don't think its that bad (I may tone down with another black colourwash) and in my opinion better without the CF decalling anyway. On to the wheel hubs, the arrangement was pretty simple, the caliper and disc were polished and varnished the resin front/rear hubs were painted gold/silver and polished aluminium respectively, I wasn't happy with the brightness of the rear hubs so toned them down with some Tamiya Smoke the other drum and plate parts were painted with a Tamiya Silver and the Gold/Silver mix again. All looked well so started glueing together with 'gay abandon' and as always didn't follow the instructions and only to late did I realize the rear break duct needed to be fitted between the hub and break disk, the fronts were fine but couldn't prise the parts off so late last night they went in to a tub of the wife's nail polish remover, which did the job and are now re-immersed in a tub of IPA to remove the rest of the paint. The front hubs don't look that bad and only wait on the final fix of calipers and break duct. Thanks for looking. Regards John
  8. MFH 1/12 Ferrari 126C4

    I know what you mean, I'm the same, it's out of your comfort zone. The cleanings still a bit of a pain, I'm still using a drimel and sued brush. Using etching primer has helped, nothing worse the the paint finish chipping easily. The Eagle is gorgeous. I'll be looking forward to watching your thread in the future. PC2012 thread is inspiring. Had another look, success! Found then in a small bag between a sheet of foil and seat covering. Told you, WHAT A TIT! Thank all! John
  9. MFH 1/12 Ferrari 126C4

    Cheers Shaun, I'll give Mrs Hiro an email. No doubt, I'll be on your case shortly, especially when it comes to polishing. Hope you enjoy! I just hope I do it Justice Thanks Kev, its a great kit, I really should have started on a 1/12 plastic kit but I fell in love with this as soon as I first saw it. Your right about RB Motion, they really do produce some fantastic items, I especially like the F1 Upright Kit, It'll be worth buying a Lotus 49 just for using the upgrade. First of my little questions showing my inexperience, the manual indicates using 3 glass disc's for the instrument panel, I've checked a number of time but can't find these in the kit and there not mentioned on the parts list. Am I missing something or has anybody else had the same issue? I am expecting to look a bit of a tit when an obvious answer comes flying back. Thanks for looking! Regards John
  10. This is my first post for a while, what with work and pottering about in the house I've not had anything to really contibute. Anyway before Christmas I was able to purchase MFH's 1/12 scale Ferrari 126C4 version A. I may have mention this before I'm not a Ferrari fan but I have to admit they do make a beautiful car,growing up in the 80's, I love the this era of f1 and have had a growing interest in the style of car which came out after ground effects were banned and love the cars with the reduced side pods, I had previously bought the 1/20 S27 Tyrrell 012 and also got the Brabham BT52 this Christmas but this kit tops the lot. I've never attempted a 1/12 scale kit before, cost, doubts on ability and display possibilities being the main reasons but this kit had been luring me in for a while so started saving in the summer. This is my second MFH kit (first is an uncompleted Ferrari 312 T4) so don't be overly scornful if I ask some blindingly obvious questions during this thread, any advice will be genuinely appreciated. On opening the box, parts and packaging wasn't that much of a surprise saying that it was still pretty impressive and the quality of resin casting was exceptional. Just a size comparison to my 1/20 Fujimi 126C2 The metal parts came rammed in 3 plastic bags, the only real issue with this was part of the rear suspension which snapped in transit, I'm thinking of upgrading these sections with a rod end set from RB Motion, but not sure if they have a UK/EU distributor as I don't want to get stung with customs duty again. Some of the smaller white metal parts Some of the main engine parts, polished and ready to prime of varnish. Broken rear suspension part, bit gutting but the only damaged metal part I've found so far. As usual I started on the engine block, the casting was pretty good and did dry fit a number of sections prior to the fixing priming. The whole gearbox rod thing is a surprise along with the 'cog thing' (did I say I know very little about cars) in the engine block, it suggests the gear box is detachable from the engine block. The engine block and gear box was built it was sprayed with Halfords grey primer, to be honest I was surprise how the main resin block was less defined than I expected, whether this is down to my experience with 1/20 engine blocks I'm not sure. The engine block was finished with 'Xtreme' Polished Aluminium and the gear box a 50/50 mix of 'Zero' Light Gold and Light Aluminium, I'm not overly sure on the block finish but still have to weather with a wash in the grooves and maybe a dry brush over the raised parts. That's it for know, I have started on some other areas so next post shouldn't be to long. Please, any advice would be welcome, be harsh if need be, I want this to look good. Regards John
  11. 1/12 Ferrari SF70-H

    Shaun It does look like a beast! I wished I had you patients with CF decals, although I haven't posted anything yet I made a start on the Ferrari 126c4 and cocked up the CF decaling for the fiddly front brake air intakes, I found the mfh decals had little adhesion and took an age to dry/adhere to the intakes. How are you finding these decals?
  12. Formula one last season 2018

    Agree, but I still blame the BBC for not having the balls to carry on with their broadcasting rights and not listen to licence paying moaners. Whether it was true or not, I heard they were actually making money through selling their broadcasts overseas. That being said, the sky coverage is very good, it's just a shame you have to buy it as a bundle which hikes the price up further. John
  13. A nice little surprise from Tamiya

    Shame about the Brawn, your more knowledgeable than me with the spaying but with my building surveyor hat on and if you have staining coming thorough layers of emulsion, going over the top with an oil based paint can work obviously it will need a lot of prep and 'keying in' by your always thorough on that side of things anyway and you have probably tried something similar anyway.
  14. The London

    I knew you guys wouldn't disappoint! Many thanks for the update, it's good that it's been protected but seeing the size of the container ships that go up and down the estuary it must get disturbed but then I'm no expert. As I mentioned before I visited the Mary Rose with my ageing dad last week basically before he couldn't, I inherited the history bug from him and the raising of the Mary Rose was quite emotional for him and I must admit the display is inspiring and sombre at the same time. Again, the romantic in me hopes my kids take me to see the London in the future. Once again many thanks. John
  15. The London

    This isn't a modelling question but if anyone knows I'm sure you would. Does anyone know what will become of the 76 gun London which blew up in 1665, I know it was rediscovered in the Thames estuary in 2005 and became a protected wreck in 2008, I first became aware of it when they raised a gun carriage but have heard little since. By the sounds of it the Port of London Authority would rather it be dredged out and I've seen a few 3d images that show the very well preserved stern section and the romantic in me was wondering if it was viable to raise. I've only recently been to the Mary Rose exhibition in Portmouth and was blown away by the display. Regards John