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Noel Smith

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  1. Has the Belkits 6R4 actually been built by any reader of this thread? Comments welcome. MRM. I often wonder what happened to them. Just before they disappeared I seem to remember a Vanwall l in 1/20 scale being released by them, but correct me if I am wrong and it was someone else.
  2. Revell have done the Cutty Sark in various scales over the years. The 1/96th scale one is BIG! Back in the early days Revell did a lot of 'fit the box' scale kits, hence all the variation.
  3. Welcome to the forum John. Have visited Gaydon about 3 times now. A couple of times to visit the Truck Modelllers Annual Show. On another to have a close up look at the 6R4 Clubman on display there. As a volunteer there you are certainly not going to be short of reference material! Had a good look at the B type bus on display, the Lara Croft Land Rover from the first movie and the cutaway MG Midget upstairs. Some really interesting cars on display especially some of the types that I have owned over the years. Made me feel really old to see an example of the first Vauxhall (box) Viva on display that I passed my driving test in.
  4. Built up plastic kits unfortunately will never attract the sort of money that top end limited run resins or white metal models will fetch. There are some really good suggestions already posted on this thread that just about sums up the options. IPMS has a Models For Heroes activity whereby made up models are sold on for military veterans charities.
  5. Thanks for the paint information. Often real auto paint is much better than the usual model paints. I have often used proprietary rattle can auto paints on a number of my models quite successfully.
  6. A truly lovely build! The Duesenbergs have it all as far as beautiful American coach work goes. What a superb finish! What colour did you use on the model?
  7. Nice strap work Andy. I have built the Airfix Bugatti before. It is a nice kit....but if you look at yours you will find a fully detailed firewall under the bonnet, but no engine in the kit. It was as though Airfix intended to add an engine but decided not to.
  8. I was not referring the current Mk2 kit. Pretty sure that there was a Mk 1 kit issued many years ago. I think that it was done as a promo at the time. Only aware of 1 issue of the kit.
  9. That Bentley was one of Airfix's very VERY early kits released way back in the late 50's. I can remember it being sold in Woolworths as a bagged kit for 2 shillings (10P) in the old money. Funny thing is that Airfix got the radiator badge in the right place on this old kit, but cocked up badly on the 1/12th scale one despite having access to the real vehicle to research. Fairly recently they changed the number plate moulding in the 1/12th scale kit but did not sort out the badge that looks glaringly wrong. I have thought about making this old 1/32 scale kit again and using the 1.24th scale photo etched wires from South Eastern Finecast to simulate the larger diameter wheels of the Bentley.
  10. I can remember there being a plastic kit available of the Mk 1 Transit back in the 80's. I think maybe ESCI or Italeri may have made this kit as a Ford Promo.
  11. I used Zero paints French Blue on a Bugatti Model that come out in a matte finish. I simply used a proprietary rattle can gloss clear that I bought from Halfords and it worked ok for me as a topcoat.
  12. Fabric Seat Belt Material always troublesome! Try using Aluminium Foil instead cut into strips.....and form it into shape after fitting buckles etc. The leaden foil from wine bottles is better still but not used so much these days.
  13. Way back in the seventies the company I worked for bad two pool cars, a Marina and a Maxi. I went for the Mazi every time. Hated driving the Marina. I can remember a BL tv advert for the Marina where it comes tearing out of a garage at breakneck speed probably by one of their works really drivers! If Joe Schmoe had been driving one like that they probably would have broken their neck!
  14. I have an old Airfix Lotus Cortina that I tried to customise way back in the Sixties when easily available. Am now desperately putting right all the stupid things I did to it all those years ago now that the kit is a bit of a rarity. Fortunately I still had all the original bits to put back when I sort out the car body back to its original shape again.
  15. Peter, the two books I recommended have both been out of print for many years. EBay and second-hand specialist booksellers may be your best bet to obtain either. I managed to obtain a rare car modelling book from a company named Simon Lewis Transport Books via their website. Failing the internet, the McGregor plans from the Cutty Sark society are by far the best that you will be able to obtain. I have a set and can vouch for now well detailed they are, and probably the cost will be reasonable too
  16. I have seen the longboat and the crew kits in either Hobbys or Hobbies catalogues......Look on their websites.
  17. The Airfix Cutty Sark has been around a long time now (from way back in the 60's I think). a bit smaller than the Imai and the big 1/96 scale Revell kit) but looks to be pretty good. It must be a good seller as it seems to appear regularly in the Airfix catalogue each year, and has been for a long time along with the Victory kit. I had one once and it looked quite accurate to me. Revell it must be remembered have released smaller kits of the Cutty Sark that were more simplified that their big one. As KP Nuts said be wary of the big Thermopylae/Pedro tunes versions where Revell used the Cutty Sark hull for these kits. The hull lines of Thermopylae (that became the Pedro Nunes eventually) are different to those of the Cutty Sark so therefore these versions are inaccurate. Thermopylae and Cutty Sark were very similar in size so I guess that is why Revell's thinking was to use the Cutty Sark's hull mouldings to save on costs. Besides the scale plans available from the Cutty Sark Preservation Society, there are two books that I would recommend. One is titled Cutty sark by C Nepean Longridge that was published by MAP (Model and Allied Publications) and describes the model he made that is on display in the Science Museum in London. The other book is a special that was sponsored by Airfix edited by Noel C L Hackney published by Patrick Stephens that describes building and detailing the Airfix kit. There were two other Airfix specials by the same author on the Airfix Victory and the Mayflower kits.
  18. What scale is the Roden kit? Is it in one of the popular military scales? Airfix made one in 1/32nd scale yonks ago and re issued it as the Ole Bill WW1 troop bus. A Spanish company OCCRE makes multi medium a kit of the B type bus in 1/24th scale. I think it is in both Hobbies and Hobbys catalogues.
  19. Codger, Thanks for correcting my erroneous reference to John Haddock as John Horrocks.
  20. Anyone contemplating building a Pocher Rolls should look at John Horrocks website where he describes a lot of engine detailing that can be done complete with many dimensioned drawings to make scratch built parts. His site has a number of PDF's of the detailing that can be downloaded and should be of great help to any Pocher Rolls builder.
  21. The Rover British Racing Green from Halfords that I referred to was used on the Rover 200 range at about the time it was sold to BMW. There are indeed different shades on cars that were raced. The Le Mans Astons version of racing green was metallic I think.
  22. Try Halfords. Look at the aerosols as Rover had British Racing Green as a car colour in their range.
  23. If the De Agostini part work GT40 means lashing out about £1200 then the Multi Medium kit in 1/12 scale by Creative Miniature Associates will probably not be far off this mark. Marshall Buck of CMA does not compromise on quality, so their GT40 promises to be the definitive kit of this iconic Le Mans Car.
  24. De Agostini are now jumping into the GT40 fray with a 1/8th scale kit. Usual thing, collect a few bits each week over a considerable time (and cost).
  25. Thierry, thanks for the feedback. I hope that you did not get the wrong idea as I was not suggesting that you swap your Bugatti for my Mercedes. Basically I will just be looking out for one that might come up somewhere. Sometimes they come up where someone may have started one and found the model to be more difficult than they thought, so I will be looking for one that may be part built and abandoned to rebuild or restore. I can understand your Bugatti being the apple of your eye and I am sure that as an experienced modeller you will get a lot of enjoyment from building it. I have scratch built a Type 59 Bugatti and there are a few pictures on this site's gallery. It is a bit smaller in 1/16th scale. Or simply go onto the web and type in Noel Smith Bugatti and it will throw up some pics.
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