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  1. Try persevering with the oils, they do goive good results, like any painting technique it's just a case of trial and error. Maybe add ground pastels for a bit of dust? However, looking at your previous builds it will no doubt turn out superbly.
  2. "A Habitation pod", you're not an estate agent are you? Cracking build and an imaginative use of the standard kit, I look forward to your progress.
  3. Big progress on this build today in spite of the damn heat, when will it ever end?
  4. Following Bengalensis note in his Estafette build about the driver door sliding mechanism I have added a strip to the lower edge, this just needs painting. I have also cut a strip for the side door sliding runner but I am holding off fitting this as I want the door in its open postion and need to see what, if any, issues this may have for fit. I have applied a clear coat of Tamiya LP-9, one whole bottle, and, being my first use of this, I think some more practice may be required. It is good enough to apply the decals to and then I just may go back to Alclad Gloss Kote.???
  5. Excellent results, thanks for answering the mirror question. I wish I had the manual to go off to add all those extra details, no doubt you'll be adding more detail to your future builds.
  6. The excellent detailing continues. I have had a look at a few more photos of the drivers side opening and see that there is a long track to the lower edge, then I found that the door inner has four rollers fitted and I asume there is a track along the upper inner opening too. Also I have seen a C shaped mirror arm on the driver's side on some vans, not sure if this is model/year specific. I hope you don't mind me adding the photo?
  7. I hadn't spotted the driver's sliding door fitment differences. I may need to do some trimming once I look at which parts I've painted. More haste less speed for me! Your corrcetion appears unnoticable and a very wise idea to only use a spot of glue. Another thing I have learnt from your build.
  8. Thanks Marco, it's another excellent kit from Heller, full of Gallic build charm. Thanks. I did produce my own rear door to go with the high roof but decided to go with the Heller kit item on this build. Hopefully I can get a clear coat on today.
  9. Here's my WIP for the 1/24 Heller Renault Estafette. As you may notice it's more or less together and painted as I'm juggling several projects and time is precious and so I post when I have a spare minute. After a slightly heavy handed coat of rattle can lacquer [note to self don't used that again] I rubbed it down then went through the colour coat in a couple of places and so today it has been resprayed, a mix of Gravity Olde English White and Tamiya LP Flat Earth. I'm also convertimg it to a high roof using an aftermarket resin product from... oh I'm not allowed to say! This along with the wheels and bumpers have been sprayed Halford's Italian Racing Red, about the fastest thing on a 45PS powered van . However, the real thing has white bumpers but they looked a bit anaemic and so I've used artistic licence. This will be finished in another alcohol themed livery to add to my collection. I'm not sure how quickly this will progress from here as it's back onto something else this afternoon.
  10. I am building one of these too, a high roof version, but a different livery. The H Van gave me the first lesson in masking and painting Heller moulded-in windows. I have yet to peel the maks off mine, here's hoping using Frog Tape has paid off. I agree with you regarding the confusion in the instructions regarding the early v late versions, but nothing looking at the Internet of Truth won't solve. I decided to do some resin tyres too as I'm not a fan of the plasticky/rubber variety. Best of luck with the remainder of your painting, I can't wait for the results.
  11. Thanks, that is brilliant. I had tried many ads Google suggested but non had any indication of dimensions, if only all Ebay ads were that helpful.
  12. I'm after dimensions [wxhxd] for the attached rear light, apparently it is a D type used on trucks and others. Any info appreciated.
  13. I'd keep that handy if I were you, you never know if/when certain parts may come in handy
  14. Keith, it appears I’m not the only one relieving you of money you always complain you never have. At least you’re getting something to fill the loft with. I am not doing a Cortina. Bigger things in the pipeline
  15. Classic car Friday from the Sinola Hill Climb, Kynsna, South Afica here More videos available on Youtube. WARNING dire commentary team.
  16. There is a resin kit available, and rumours of more to come in the next few monthes. Decal schemes and resin detail sets are out there too.
  17. I have posted an update of my Escort build with the additional sponsor decals applied. Link
  18. UPDATE Don't you just love Facebook Following some feedback and further research it has come to light that the scheme I have done above is as the car appears in the Heritage collection. The car on the event had slightly different and addtional sponsor decals. Well now I've corrected that and done a further four iterations. Beginning with the car as it appeared on the start line, two verions with additional decals applied at different stages en-route and the car for the post race photo shoot when 'FINLAND' appeared across the bonnet.
  19. I found the brochure in one of the LR Forums https://www.lrukforums.com/threads/harvey-frost-crane-brochure.225888/
  20. Do a search for Harvey Frost 30cwt pickup crane. You should find an old brochure with measurements, during my search for the same that is the best I could find. Pity you don't want a 1/24 version as you can buy them here
  21. I have now resolved the issue. Thanks for the responses.
  22. Thanks, I'd already discounted that one. If anyone does come up with the definitive logo they will have to get their tipex and crayons out
  23. Thanks for the replies. No image I have come across, including many of the above, has had enough clarity to make out the text. I agree with most about the best guesses. A search for historic logos for Safetey Devices, along with other motorsport related companies, came up with nothing either. The best image prize goes to Dave, I'm hoping I can catch the printer before the presses roll.
  24. Thanks for the replies. I decided on Vallejo Model Air Light Sea Blue. Heller kit to be finished as the East African Safari Rally car #15, only the wheels should be the 6 spoke with off road tyres but I like the look of the chrome and orange Gotti's. I can always convince myself it fell off the boat fitted with those.
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