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Alan R

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  1. Hi Jeroen, I really like this one! I had an earlier version of this some years ago. It eventually went to the great plastic graveyard! Cheers, Alan.
  2. Hi Jeroen, I know what you mean. What I really need is a photo-booth, rather than a jumbled background of the conservatory! Cheers, Alan.
  3. Hi All, Finally, it's finished. Not without some problems, mostly of my own making... I sprayed it with a mixture of Tamiya Black (X1) and Mr Color Levelling thinners using my Iwata air-brush. The biggest problem was that I managed to get blobs of Tamiya silver splattered all over it that needed dealing with. Don't ask how, it's too embarrassing! After some effort, I managed to tidy it up without having to re-spray the whole body ... again! So, here we are: The tail-pipes were painted with the Molotow Chrome pen, as was the rear-view mirror. The bonnet was dislodged during the photo-session. It actually fits very well. A few minor blemishes, but nothing too bad. On the whole, I am quite pleased with the result. As usual, any criticism, comments welcome. I always seek to improve my skills. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  4. Alan R

    Spot of the Day Part 2

    Seen on Sunday up near Newcastle, an off-white E-Type Mk III V12. Beautiful!
  5. Hi All, I found this one on the same shelf as the RGB500. I have been making steady progress on this as well. So, pictures: First, the inevitable box top: The model has a clear cowl, so that you can see all the beautiful mechanicals underneath. However, I will be painting it white as I want it to look like a bike not a toy... The engine. A proper little gem: The instructions suggest that you mix aluminium and Red Brown (XF9) to paint the engine. That came out as a rather odd looking metallic medium pink. Whether it's right or not, I don't know, but to my eye it didn't. So, I painted it semi-gloss black. The engine in the frame. This fitted rather well. The frame at the back looks a bit delicate, easily broken and hard to repair. So I cust a piece of styrene tube and popped between the lugs on the back of the frame. So far, no problem. Add the wheels: The rear shock: I painted the spring gloss red with Humbrol Hu19 acrylic over a grey acrylic primer coat. It seems to have come out ok. I'm hoping that the grey may help the red to adhere better. Who knows. It'll be hidden in the guts of the model when complete, so no one will be able to tell anyway! The exhaust and chain guard: The exhaust has given me the most trouble, as I wanted the silencer to be chrome (Molotow), but whatever I did, It wouldn't work well. It looked rather lumpy on the silencer. So, in the end I painted it silver (X11). I did consider spraying it with Molotow, but I don't have enough to spray. It's mounted on the bike now, so no going back. Chain and swing arm attached: Starting took like something. The exhaust assembled and installed. I thought that this would be a real problem, especially the rear pipes, but I took a deep breath, read and re-read the instructions many times, and followed them. After a brief tussle, they popped into place. After that, fitting the front piped was a breeze. Ther was a small join to make good with filler where the front and back systems met. That's all. Well, that's all for the moment. I'm working on the fuel induction system at the moment. More pictures when I have uploaded them... Thanks for looking, Alan.
  6. Hi All, I know that this is about-face, but I finally found the images for the initial phase of this build. So, here they are: The frame and engine The carburettors: Only painted in a mix of aluminium and gold here. The exhausts, filled and primed: Almost where we started this thread... That's all folks. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  7. Hi Tony, I'm not sure. My knowledge of bike riders and their bikes from those days (mid 80s, I guess) is a little hazy. I know that this was a version of the Tamiya RGB500 with different decals, like this: so it's entirely possible that with the right decals you can do that. Cheers, Alan.
  8. Hi All, Yet another build rescued from the shelf of doom... I started on this in the late 80s (!), and it's been on and off the work-bench ever since. I finally decided that it needs a fair crack of the whip, so here it is. First the picture of the box top: Still a tasty little beastie, I think. The decals all seem OK still. Not something that I have found with all 30 year old kits, Tamiya included... So, this was where it had been left for a very long time... The frame should be gloss black, but the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that it's somewhat non-glossy. I decided I thought it looked better in satin black, so that's what I did! So, the next stage was the rear wheel: A bit closer: The only real issue I had here was getting the inside half of the brake calliper in, but after a bit of fiddling with a pair of tweezers, it just popped into place nicely. The chain has to be threaded through the swing-arm. There's a small slot that allows you to do that. Once the other half of the swing-arm is cemented to the first bit, the slot is closed. Next, the swing-arm installed: When you install the bolt that holds the swing-arm onto the frame, a small pip on the drive sprocket pops into a hole on the gear-box casing, making everything quite sturdy. The next stage was to install the carburettors and the exhausts. Kind of symmetrical that, inlet and outlet... Since the real bike has throttle cables that disappear under the tank, I decided that I should attempt to replicate them. They'll just disappear under the tank on completion. Also, I'll need to fabricate the throttle cable from the throttle on the handlebars as well. The exhausts are moulded with a huge void around the back, where in theory, it won't be seen. Because I am a fussy sort (A bit OCD !), I decided to fill them in so that the void became invisible. After a lot of filling with scrap plastic, Milliput and Squadron white putty, a hell of a lot of sanding to get the profile right, they came out quite well, I think. I just wish I had taken pictures at the time!!! Another fiddly job was to thread the rear exhaust pipes into the rear cylinder exhaust outlets. But with a bit of twisting they popped into place perfectly, and they then lined up with the support brackets on the frame. I have made quite a lot of progress, mostly on the front-end, but haven't uploaded the pictures yet. More soon.... Thanks for looking, Alan.
  9. 24 years? That's nothing. I have an Airfix Triumph Herald, priced at 6 shillings and Ninepence!. That's pre-decimalisation, so it's before 1971. However, I think I bought it in 1969. That makes it 49 years old... All the best, Alan.
  10. Alan R

    1/24 Oldsmobile Aerotech

    Hi Roger, Please do. All viewers welcome. Cheers, Alan.
  11. Alan R

    1/24 Oldsmobile Aerotech

    I think I know which one I prefer... I think that I will stick with the silver for this one. Cheers, Alan.
  12. Hi All, This is another one I have rescued from the 'forgotten in the mists of time' shelf. I had kind of started this a loooong time ago, not sure when. Must be over 30 years ago, I think. Anyway, I have rescued it and plan to work on this as well as all the other stuff I am working on. So, pictures: This is the box-top: Looks quite aerodynamic. Hopefully, I can make a good stab at it. This is where I have got so far: There's two choices of version. A short-tail and a long-tail. This, if I recall, is the long-tail variant. There's an awfully long way to go with this one. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  13. That's true. I think my Mini did that. Cheers, Alan.
  14. Hi All, Just a small update. I have got all the transmission in and am about to install the suspension and brakes. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  15. Hi All, Just another small update on this guy. I have managed to attach all the fiddly bits of chrome-work and most of the side-lights. All that is left to do is the back number-plate, the rear lights and the roof furniture. So, pictures: Since taking the picture, I noticed that the door-handle on the nearside was a bit skew, so I detached it (it was fixed in with strong PVA glue) and re-attached it. We are nearly there with this one. Thanks for looking, Alan.