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I'd been wanting to do a classic JDM white and gold two-tone for quite some time and the Celsior (LS400)was a good fit. It did remind me how much of a pain white cars can be, especially if the base plastic is anything other than (and in this case the opposite- black). This kit has got a bit grubby in places on the white and proved hard to clean and the BMF shiny chrome bits such as the lacing were a pain to put on as well - and don't photograph very well either. Overall I'm only so-so about this build, although the engine is nice. Much as I love the white/gold I don't think I'll be tackling it again any time soon. I do love Japanese 4 door saloon cars but in many ways the Celsior/Lexus LS400 is one of the most boring looking of them all, I guess to be expected what with Toyota playing it very very safe for the first ever Lexus. I scrapped the kit's tiny wheels and giant tyres and replaced them with the wheels from a Tamiya Porsche Boxster.
Thank you, but I'm afraid it's been slow progress this weekend. First up, and the only quick job, was to assemble the various parts from the last post to make up the interior tub. As has been the story for most of this model, it went together really well - all fitted together beautifully: Next step was the dashboard, which isn't particularly tricky but does have quite a few bits of different coloured paint. So most of my modelling time was spent waiting for the paint on this to dry (actually not quite true, most of my modelling time was spent trying to work out why the spray can which worked fine two weeks ago on my next project suddenly seems to have lost pressure this week). But all the painting is on now - just a couple more decals to add and an attack of Microsol to finish it off, then I can stick it all together and move onto fitting it onto the body. So, here we are now, and yes those two empty dials will be filled next time I'm on the bench!
Hi chaps ! Still alive but busy at my office, so not very productive... I've spent a lot of free time, to clean and reorganize my (very ) little workshop, and make numerous tests on my milling machine. As I told you some weeks ago, I've decided to rework entirely the braking system of my LadyBug, partially taking inspiration of PROPELLER's one. Chains are ready...well, almost ! And I've begun to mill some brass square rods, to machine front brake levers To determine accurately their shape, their holes location, and their size, I've used one of the Pocher's photo etched brake levels, and glued it on the brass rod with CA gel. Then, it's been easy to drill the two holes at their right location After that, I remained to mill the rod on its four faces and to drill the perpendicular 0,8mm hole on the front face of the lever's foot, and I got, for my first attempt, this thing (after milling and filing, but before polishing): I'm not satisfied at all with this result, because the upper hole is frankly too big, but the global shape is correct, so, let's go back to the milling machine... Thanks for watching
Cheers Pete, had my nephew & niece here this afternoon so I've not had a chance to look.....1/87 definitely won't work as these will be alongside 1/72 figures and AFVs and the latter in particular are big enough already. I've taken an interest in modern stuff, mostly Russian, but I'm also interested in the countless (& apparently endless) counterinsurgency wars and frozen conflicts we see on the news every day. Civilian vehicles feature quite frequently as you know and some of them could make great models, if only we had somewhere to start (in Braille scale): A question for the consideration of the participants.....Why does nobody make a 1/72 Toyota Hilux or Landcruiser? They are by far the most common military vehicles on the planet!
A few smaller body parts primed today ready for paint... and a new handy storage box to keep parts safe and clean. I've not really got much to compare it to but I’m really impressed with the primer... Optima grey plastic primer, it was only £2.99 for a 400ml can from euro car parts!
Managed to get some bodywork prep done at last! First you need to add three small ducts that are arranged around the car: all are body-coloured so need to go on before the paint is applied. Each one is tiny and comprises one small vac-formed part and a piece of photo-etch to represent the mounting flange. There is a fourth piece of vac-form which serves as the windshield wiper shroud. The instructions show each vac piece (V- item number), plus the matching PE: And a not very good scan of the vac parts: Then all applied and with a coat of primer: And the bonnet section prepped, and shown alongside the main body part: I managed to get some paint on today and with luck decals this evening: will post more soon I hope!
Just a thought. It says OO/HO but they'll probably be nearer to 1/87 the Continental scale (HO) You sure there isn't another scale you like? Ha Ha. Looks like you're back to the Kiel Kraft & it's clones. You can use the three axle with a scratchbuilt tipper body. Or alter the chassis to two axle and scratch a box body using a cut down trailer.. Or just go here https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41OuQ71e9EL._AC_US200_.jpg https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41WDM6j6WHL._AC_US200_.jpg
There is a resin 2 axle truck by Armada. Seems rare though. Have a look here https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?q="mercedes-benz"++1%3A72 There are also Unimogs on there. Not unknown in the middle East. The Keil Kraft 2238 in various forms are common as muck out there. You could try ready made model railway trucks perhaps? Herpa/Preiser etc do them. http://www.gaugemaster.com/_upload/imgs/thumbs/34651/WK027401.jpg http://www.gaugemaster.com/item_details.asp?code=WK8641434&style=&strType=&Mcode=Wiking+08641434 http://www.gaugemaster.com/item_details.asp?code=PR37010&style=&strType=&Mcode=Preiser+37010
Thank you guys for the support and reactions. This week I got another confirmation about the our limited time. A close (modelling)-friend passed away suddenly, when his heart decided to stop, being 47 years old. I spoke to him just a couple of days ago and now we have to get ready for a memorial service for him on wednesday. It is just so freaking fragile. So this week I barely worked on any models and decided to spend some good time with my young kids (3 & 7). I've been working overtime since January, working 50+ ours a week and don't get to spend much time with them. Upcoming week will be a weird week, but after that I hope to start working on the Caterham again. My coilovers are not working out the way I want, so I thought of a new way of making them on the Lathe. Instead of making them individually, I will make then in a row and hope it will work out better that way. And next to the coilovers, I need to work on the paintwork in order to continue, everything has to be clearcoated. And has to be perfect. The weather is very good for that, so I hope to work on it and finish it before I head for Czech on vacation.
Cheers guys.....I've got my eye on a Mercedes tractor unit and also a full rig, but the trailer's less than ideal on that one, I've also found a Volvo. If any of you guys know of a range of 1/72 nominally civvy vehicles, accessories etc. I'd be very keen to hear about it. Thanks for your help so far.
Great builds mate Lee I too had a lime green KH250, I didn't have the 500 but did have a 750 in Purple think is was HC. Smoothed out power band, which delivered slightly less top end power, but still pulled wheelies with a twist of the wrist and a steering damper, mind had twin discs. I had it ported and it went like stink the GT's, GS just couldn't stay with it, only thing was it got very interesting on the twisty bits By today's standards all pretty tame my current ZX10R will leave it for dead but I loved it wish I still had it, I've seen a similar one the chap paid £22000 for it
Well, the Tamiya KG is the Beetle kit with a KG body, so it'll be a cinch for you to build once you get this one done. I'm sure that I've seen a split window kit too... :D Here's a good place to start looking https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION=All&q=volkswagen+beetle
Sarge, Go Merc! Still the most popular out there. There must be teams of buyers touring Europe & the UK just buying up old Mercedes tractor units and shipping them out to the middle East. Goodness knows what the mileage on some of them is. I even saw old German brewery trucks in Saudi! Plus there is a thriving scrap/rebuild and retail trade so mix and match parts are common, as is accident damage. The old '60's Mercedes with the bonnet is still seen out there too, if you can find a model. (I'm sure there's a factory out there still making them!) They are still popular with the Bedou people and tend to be rigid chassis, two axle with a custom wooden truck body in vivid colours. Cab colours for these are the traditional pale green, light brown, or orange (all factory) or any company colours. There is a sleeper cab version but these tend to be on three axle artic units. Regards Pete
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