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mbdesignart

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  1. The big wheels have been resin 3D resin printed and they've come out pretty well after experimenting with a new process. Little did I know they were full of liquid resin a bit like jam filled donuts until my contact suggested I drill 2 holes in each, one drain one vent. That explained the weight! Along with the Transit conversion bits these have had a coat of Vallejo Primer but it hasn't reached the parts as well asother primers have no trouble in reaching. Other ongoing projects are slowing the process of this build but I knew it was going to be a slow burner. I did manage to find some door closers for the cargo box from Aber, an exquisitly detailed etch set, which arrived pretty quickly from Spotmodel. I just need someone who knows how to weild a soldering iron to return a favour.
  2. I finally managed to get some spraying done. An experiment with some, new to me, Vallejo Polyurethane Surface Primer. It's supposed to be airbrush ready, well not after the first pass as it clogged everything up. A bit of experimenting with adding thinners proved beneficial but I'm not that impressed. But at least there is progress. The Beavertail section has had a coat of Tamiya LP-38 Flat Aluminium and now awaits detail painting, the addition of the etch tie down points and the winch. The Phase 1 grille is in and just needs the filler sanding before the cab can undergo some paint application, which is going to be yellow.
  3. Well done that man. It's very easy to knock up the bed from plastic rod and sheet, I can even supply a plan if you ask nicely, and definitely more fitting with your Landy and Fergie. Mark
  4. Try Birmingham & Midlands Museum of Transport.
  5. And so onto the ELWB Chassis. I nearly came over all Sir David Attenborough documentry when mating the resin chassis to the Italeri cab floor Then I couldn't find the kit instructions to add the front spring/steering assemby, fortunately I found a link to a downloadable copy which are a laugh. It's a pity the kit front shocks aren't long enough, [photo shows kit to the left, new to the right] maybe Italeri's idea of Air Ride , so a bit of scratchbuilding with some plastic tube resolved this. For anyone that has built the LWB version you will note use of the kit cab floor, this is part of a re-engineering process to the Transit conversions. Thanks to those who are fiollowing along for your kind comments.
  6. Back to this build, as if I wasn't doing too much already. The Beavertail is all but done. Paint needs applying before the etch and detail parts are added but the major construction has been completed. Now onto the ELWB Chassis conversion...
  7. The version I'm aiming for is to tie in with a certain Moke kit. I won't be doing every version known to man, life is too short and I've other things planned. As you point out there are plenty of other bits out there for the clued up modeller, exclude me from that category, to build their chosen version. The remaining test shot parts will hopefully be printed this week and as soon as I have them you'll all have to look 'somewhere' or wait for the phantom photo poster As to producing resin engines it starts wih being able to create a master... Marco F - Yes.
  8. You’re lucky, I wish I wasn’t but it is a necessary evil.
  9. You won’t as it the photo only shows test shot parts. Other items are being produced and once the set is completed all will be revealed.
  10. There is a post on someone’s Facebook page about a forthcoming Trans-kit for transforming the Tamiya Lotus.
  11. I use superglue as the parts are generally lightweight. For heavy, load bearing parts epoxy may be preferable. Some times there are support posts/sprues attached to parts as part of the build/print process. I'm sure you will find out if any bits require trimming when test fitted. Pitty the part didn't come with some instructions. I would assume it is the designer's responsibility to issue instructions rather than Shapeway's themselves when purchased via Shapeways Marketplace. It always helps to post a photo of the part when seeking guidance for modification.
  12. Plenty of reference photos in my post in the Vehicle Discussion area. There are many other cars besides the Metro featured for anyone who may be interested. Link here
  13. As Keith said, strange tyre issue with the difference between front face to rear, but there must be a reason? Cracking progress Gary, it's certailnly looking the part.
  14. I use Shapeways products printed in their Smoothest Detail Resin. It perhaps isn't as forgiving as styrene just be careful and if needed use a fine saw to cut parts rather than trying to press with a knife blade and don't try to bend or force it into place. It sands ok too but wear a mask and prime with an automotive plastic primer.
  15. As the title asks, anyone know if there was a standard ex-factory colour for the engines fitted to the 2800 series in the 1980's? Paint code if poss, otherwise just the colour. An internet search has turned up nothing and the kit instructions are useless. Thanks.
  16. I thought I'd make a start with the xmas coloured plastic Looking at more ref photos, but there's not a lot of period detail shots to be had, there looks to be some scratchbiulding ahead. A box between the seat which I guess is a cooler box, the nav instruments and the airconditioning unit. And the cab rear window needs panelling over. Also got around to fathoming out the tyre and rim sizes and hit the CAD software which has resulted in something I'm happy with. I may add some Michelin and sizing text, but it wasn't that big on the original rally set. The rears, beig super singles, will sit on some Hub Reduction hubs from KFS.
  17. The chassis is now back together, you may spot the reinforcing plasticard plate, and most of the components have been added, there's a bit of warpage in the rails but I think once the engine is dropped in that will square up the front end. Some remedial work has been done to a few parts that were either broken or missing locating pins and the moulded-in towng pin has been replaced with some plastic rod.
  18. Well I've had the saw out again some modelling has been done starting with chopping a chunk out of the chassis rails and thy're now all trussed up for xmas . The rear axles are assembled too now awaiting the DAF Hub Reduction Drive Hubs from KFS and the sink holes in the springs have been filled.
  19. Greetings Wheel Nuts This car restoration company photo archive link was posted on FB this moring, a great resourse for detail photos of many subjects. Far better viewing than what's on the telly box over christmas. Link here
  20. I'm busy working on TransKit parts for conversion of the 1/24 Tamiya kit to Cat7, more news on this in the new year.
  21. Dear Mr. Italeri this is a truck kit not The Bismark! Just look at the sink holes on this I'm trying to fathom out how much to remove and where to chop the chassis rails and thought I may have to build up the axles as a reference point, but look at the springs. Do I fill or remake them as they will be hidden behind the mahoosive tyres?
  22. As Royal Mail appear intent on not delivering orders of modelling materials and books other projects have stalled. And so last week was spent generating the artwork for the decals for this beast, little did I know they'd fill nearly one and a half A4 sheets. Looking at period photos and some from recent motor events it appaers this vehicle has been zapped by quite a few companies applying their stickers. Thanks go to a Dutch contact for making sense of some of the sticker wording and pointing me at an excellent reference source on Facebook. Now I'm into researching the door furniture for the 'box'. This drawing of the door latches popped up on a n internet search, I know there are white metal aftermarket ones available but I've never been a fan of that particular material. These will probably end up being a mix of 3D printed and metal or plastic rod. I've also put out a query regarding the paint codes, I think the yellow is a DAF colour 'Yacco Geel' and the closest match I can get to the blue is a Vallejo colour from their aircraft range [sacrilage I know]. Sorry there's no actual modelling going on, but as with decorating, it's all in the preparation!
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