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Alan R

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  1. Alan R

    Ferrari 246 GT

    Hi All, Another one that I haven't updated for a while. Actually, I have made some considerable progress. It's just that I haven't uploaded the images! Anyway here we are: I have managed to install the exhaust system and a floor pan for the trunk. I think that there was some luggage space at the rear as well as the front. Sorry it's a bit blurry. The next is much better... The exhaust system on this car is a a bit convoluted with pipes going all over the place... Here it is from the side. All very compact. From above. Finally, I managed to get the cockpit tub assembled (from five pieces!). Tamiya would have moulded in one bit! I have also primed it and the two seats as well: Here they are, primed and ready to get their top coat. There are three bits from a Ferrari 348 there as well. All in all, some decent progress made, I think. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  2. Alan R

    1/24 Ferrari 348 tb

    Hi All, A small update. I have managed to prime the seats, ready for painting black leather colour (Tamiya X-18, probably). I do have a very large aerosol tin of Halfords' Satin Black which I may use, as it does produce a particularly good finish even from the can... Anyway, the picture: Now, the sharp eyed of you will notice that there are four seats and the 348 is a two-seater. That's because I did a batch priming session, and the cock-pit and the two seats at the front are for a Fujimi Ferrari 246 Dino I'm working on. The front valance is from the 348 though. Hopefully, I'll get all of these sprayed satin black soon.
  3. Alan R

    Lotus Esprit - quite big

    Hi All, Jut a minor update. I primed the shell with ZP grey primer and then left it for a couple of days to allow the primer to cure properly. Then I noticed that there was a blemish at the rear of the roof. This blemish was caused by a split that had occurred in the roof many years ago, and my consequent repair, which was to widen the crack into a slot, then insert some polystyrene card into said slot and glued it in place. I had sanded it so that the repair was completely smooth, but obviously not quite smooth enough. It showed up after the primer had dried. So, a thin sliver of Mr White putty over the blemish should clear the blemish up. So, this is where I am with this at the moment: I have since sanded it, and it looks OK as far as I can tell. Just another bit of priming to go on this... Thanks for looking, Alan.
  4. Alan R

    Spot of the Day Part 2

    I actually owned one of these, in red in 1989. Straight-line performance was impressive. Round the bends ... less so. I'd still have one if one came up for sale at a "sensible" price. Just needs the suspension and steering geometry sorting... Cheers, Alan.
  5. Alan R

    Tamiya Ducati 916

    That is another tasty bit of kit...
  6. Alan R

    Tamiya Kawasaki H2R Trickstar

    That is a tasty bit of kit...
  7. Alan R

    Lotus Esprit - quite big

    Hi All, Another update. Having re-cemented the A pillar back into the body shell, I decided that after a couple of days, that I would attempt to strengthen the join a bit more. So I carefully put some more contacta onto the joint, and left it for another day. After that, I put a slathering of Mr. Surfacer over both joins, and left it for another three days to ensure that the filler was fully cured. This stuff has a habit of breaking off while sanding if you don't leave it long enough to cure, especially if it's getting a bot 'old'. Anyway, this is the result after some sanding down with 240 & 600 grit wet 'n' dry: The whole join The bottom join The top join. Using my fingers and looking at it under a strong light, the join seems nearly perfect. However, the joins are never as strong as the original plastic, so I am going to be very careful with this one... It will probably need more sanding and filling and sanding... after I have primed it and the inevitable imperfections show up. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  8. Alan R

    Lotus Esprit - quite big

    Hi Marco, I have a number of Bandai 1/16th scale kits in my loft awaiting construction. These include: Jaguar XJS Porsche 924 Duesenberg Straight 8 (Not sure of its proper name) A Fowlers Showman's engine. I also have a number of Bandai 1/20th kits. I believe that the FIAT X 1/9 was 1/20th as well. The one I had way back was. They are rarer that hen's teeth these days. I have seen two on eBay in the last four years, one was a re-build job, the other pristine. Both went for more than I was prepared to pay... I think that the Lotus will build into something quite good. Cheers, Alan.
  9. Alan R

    Beach Party! Buggy through the Night!

    Hi Nick, I missed out on the orange one, but bought a Silver Alfasud. I can even remember the registration number: VFB 681 T Cracking little motor. Only 1300 cc, but it handled like a dream. I wonder what happened to it (probably a pile of rust many, many years ago) Cheers, Alan.
  10. Alan R

    Beach Party! Buggy through the Night!

    Neither! Yes and genesis for me!
  11. Alan R

    Hubcaps, how to?

    Hi Jeroen, That wouldn't be the Fujimi FIAT 500 would it by any chance? I have very fond memories of building that. This was the end result: The only issue I had was fitting the wheels into the disc brakes. The diameter of the wheel hub was a tad (< 0.2 mm) too big. Caused all manner of headaches until I discovered what the problem was. A bit of trimming and it fitted... but since you aren't using the standard wheels, this may not be a problem. As for your hub-caps, Maybe some thick aluminium foil carefully moulded to shape on some kind of Balsa wood former? Though, those holes are going to be a bit of a problem ... Cheers, Alan.
  12. Alan R

    Lotus Esprit - quite big

    A second instalment. For some reason, I decided to prime the shell in my home made concoction of white primer. However, when I looked at it this week, the paint was a bit 'rough', so I decided to soak the shell in Caustic soda to remove the paint. Now, sometime since the pictures above had been taken, a small piece of the A pillar had broken off and I had repaired the damage. I had properly glued and filled it, and it looked invisible. However, while I was inspecting the paint to see if it was coming off, the little bit fell off. I guess the caustic soda had weakened the weld, or the weld was crap... Anyway, these pictures were taken tonight, and I have again attempted to make a repair. So: Exhibit A: The body having suffered GBH... Exhibit B - The detached bit. In case the above picture wasn't very clear, here it is sitting on the roof... Finally, the A-pillar piece and the body re-united! I am going to leave this a few days for the cement to really cure, before trying to fill and sand the obvious joins... This one is definitely following the LOTUS mantra... All the best, Alan.
  13. This is another one that has been through the wars a bit. This is when Bandai were making some very cool large scale cars and things (A Steam roller and a Showmans engine) all in 1/16th scale, long before they got into Gundam and the like. Now, don't get me wrong, those Gundam and Star Wars model kits are really impressive, and I do see myself indulging an a Star Wars kit some time in my future, but giant robots are not my thing. They look amazing when built, but they leave me a bit cool. My adult son, on the other hand, thinks that they are really great. I suppose it's a bit like Rap music or Drum 'n' Base,: Technically really impressive, and I can appreciate te artistry, but I just don't like it. Anyway, middle-aged moan over, on to this kit. The obligatory box top. This has to be one of Colin Chapman's prettier cars, not as beautiful as the original Elan, but pretty none-he-less. Now this kit has had a chequered history. Early on, I decided that I wanted a dark blue Esprit, and sprayed it with Car aerosol paint. However, that stuff was very different from the modern acrylic based car paints. It was the old fashioned Cellulose paints. There are two main problems that I have encountered The paint is very unkind to polystyrene. It will eat into the plastic and do some real damage. The cured paint is very brittle and doesn't flex as well as the underlying Polystyrene. The first can be mitigated a bit by carefully priming the plastic with a Cellulose primer. It seems a bit less 'hot' than the colour coat. Anyway, the inevitable happened and the paint started cracking and peeling off before I had even started assembling the body! Tis left me a bit depressed, and I vowed never to use car paints again... It ended up in the loft, to probably be ignored forever... Many years (and house moves) later, I decided to give it another go. This probably was about 5 or 6 years ago. I stripped the really disastrous blue paint on it, and decided I would paint it Red. The ideal Lotus colour... So, at this point, we had: The body, stripped. (You can see a bit of the sub-frame to the left) The sub-frame. This was assembled a very long time before, and just forgotten. It was one of my better efforts from way back when, but had suffered the ravages of time. When I took it out of the box, the front end looked rather tatty, and the whole rear end fell apart. So, after much cementing, filling and touching up, it was back together again. This is how it looks at present. The floor pan, with release marks suitable filled and sanded. Most likely, none of them would be visible when assembled, but hey ! The engine, almost complete. Then I noticed that avital ancillary part had gone missing during the 30+ years in storage... I'm not sure what it is, but the instructions were good enough for me to re-create the thingummy, thus: I was so proud of it, I took many pictures of it. The last gives ma sense of scale, I think. The engine again... Finally all the other body parts, stripped. This poor car has suffered the Lotus curse: "Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious" So, this was where it was about two or three years agio. It has been in suspended animation since then. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  14. Alan R

    Beach Party! Buggy through the Night!

    I was there … I nearly bought an orange Alfasud in 1978... Alan.
  15. Alan R

    1/24 Ferrari 348 tb

    Its something I kind of stumbled upon whilst trying to solve a similar problem some time ago. I'm glad that someone else might find it useful. Obviously, this fix only works here because it will be invisible when the car is fully assembled. All the best, Alan.