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  1. Due to a little mishap during its european tour the Transit is now back at home and having some running repairs. Next time I'll bolt it firmly to the display base. Anyway one front corner failed and the kit hub has been strengthened with a brass rod to locate into the chassis cross beam and a new plastic rod to take a new front wheel. The ram on the tipper has had a new brass rod through the pivot point and once the cab and chassis work will require remounting.
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    1/12 Tamiya Ducati Desmosedici

    Shame to see this as Tamiya are usually pretty good with their decal shaping. I have heard that first spraying the base coat over the masking seals the edge before spraying the top coat, although I wish I'd found this tip before doing my last build. Also try thinner tape for the edge on curves then infill between with wider tape. I'm sure you'll get it sorted.
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    Hitachi ZC 50 Road Roller

    Excellent build. I like seeing something out of the ordinary and your finish is truly superb.
  4. Nick, Thanks but I don't think I'll be adding a trailer or load, moving on to other projects. However, a trailer should be plain sailing to make from bits of plastic rod etc., although something special may be appearing soon Telfod is a maybe either sharing the end of a table or this could appear on the Beyond the Box SIG table, Mr Allen's permission willing. Hope to see you there?
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    Honda Civic Type R Red color

    I recall building a 1/43 Alfa years ago and used this TAMIYA TS-86 Pure Red as a close match for the Italian racing Red which is a darker red and not far away from the Civic red. Check the Tamiya paint swatch site. It all depend on how fussy you are with getting a match. Do you have any auto paint suppliers in Greece that do colour match aerosols? Or a Honda dealer?
  6. Thanks for the kind comments. Now what to build next....? Maybe one of these when the Italeri kit is available but with the swamp tyres fitted.
  7. Finally, after some battles with the paintwork the Barge is done. Overall an enjoyable build and research project and just in time for the imminent release by Italeri of the Escort Mk2 in 'that' iconic scheme. Link to WIP https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235034804-ford-transit-mk2-lwb-van-conversion/
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    Italeri Ford Transit Mk.2 LWB Van Conversion

    Thanks to all for following along and the comments along the way. The Transit has finally been completed, photos in the RFI section. Mark
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    Italeri Ford Transit Mk.2 LWB Van Conversion

    Here's one I made earlier and a spot lamp for the back too, I bet they had one of those fitted?!
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    Italeri Ford Transit Mk.2 LWB Van Conversion

    At this rate I'll never finish the darn thing. Tow bar now being scratch built.
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    Painting 3D parts

    It all depends on which resin the model is cast in. Some have a coarser finish than others and may need more filling and sanding, one part I had cast in one of the cheaper resins benefitted from using several coats of car primer/filler with sanding between each coat. Some materials may use a waxy material as a support during the 3D print process which will need cleaning off - usually a diluted solution of detergent similar to prep of normal resin cast items. As Wafu pointed out sanding and priming will be required, even for the 'Smoothest Detail' resin which I find is the best for model parts. The Shapeways Materials section will be a help re the different resins and their staff are on the ball with any questions you have and they have a forum help section too.
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    Italeri Ford Transit Mk.2 LWB Van Conversion

    A little more progress... windows, screen and rear door have been added along with the bumpers and h/l washer/over riders, grille and lights. I've found a couple of spots [ex Belkits Escort] from the spares box to go on the front bumper. Door handles and wipers are up next and then attaching the roof/tyre rack.
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    Italeri Ford Transit Mk.2 LWB Van Conversion

    Going off photo refs the ride height, unladen, is about right to me. Maybe you remember the usual pose of them dragging along on their bump stops?
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    Italeri Ford Transit Mk.2 LWB Van Conversion

    The chassis & body have been paired after a little trimming to the bulkhead/dash assembly, but I recall having to do that with my previous Transit Tipper build. Now onward with the windows, rear valance, bumpers, etc., etc.
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    Italeri Ford Transit Mk.2 LWB Van Conversion

    Body all clear coated, big up Simoniz lacquer. Also had to mask up the body, again, to spray satin black to window surrounds and rear arches. Also I've trimmed the bumper returns as per reference photos and added the resin over riders/headlamp washer units to the front bumper.