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Alan R

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  1. Hello All, I have had this one on the back-burner for years. I have finally decided, what with the FIAT 500 nearly done and another couple of cars nearing completion as well, to resurrect this one. It's the Fujimi 1/24 246 Dino. It's one of their 'enthusiast' kits, meaning loads of fiddly tiny parts. I have already done a couple of the Porsche enthusiast kits and apart from a few niggles, they went together well. I just wish I knew where I had put them in the loft for safe keeping. I started it a while ago and then put into storage, where it got forgotten for a long while. I have painted all the major body parts in Halfords' 'Broome Yellow'. It has come out quite well, even gloss cover and no serious imperfections. This is the dinky little engine: I have put a few more parts together since these photos were taken. I am planning to add ignition leads as it looks a little bare without. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  2. Alan R

    Ferrari 246 GT

    Hi dbostream, This isn't the first "enthusiast" kit I have built. I built a very long time ago, two different Porsche 911 kits in the range. They are somewhere in my loft, but I can't find them. If I recall, they were superb kits, but a bit fiddly in places. When you get around to building yours, I'm sure you will find the building process rewarding. All the best, Alan.
  3. I echo that. It just stops you form cocking up the model before you even get started... It avoids having to strip the model if you do... Cheers, Alan.
  4. I have down-loaded the files. Watch this space... Though it might be a while before I get around to it... Cheers, Alan.
  5. I might give this one a go... I have been working on a Paper Yamaha MT-01 kit and that has many complex and fiddly tiny bits... Cheers, Alan.
  6. As a general rule, I use ZeroPaint grey primer and ZeroPaint colours, as I find these easy to use in my air-brush. They also have a huge range of colours that you can choose from. I also have used Tamiya Acrylics (the stuff in the little bottles) thinned with Mr Color Levelling thinners. That has produces pretty great results as well. I both cases, I have used ZeroPaint air-brush cleaner to clean the sir-brush. Cheers, Alan.
  7. Alan R

    Ferrari 246 GT

    Hi All, Some minor updates. I have managed to get the seats and cockpit painted. I used ZP grey primer followed by a top coat of Halfords' Satin Black to simulate the leather. After the paint was applied, I noticed that some filling I had done wasn't very good. So I had to re-sand the backs and re-paint them. Anyway, here are the results: More to come. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  8. Hello All, This one has also been on the 'shelf of doom' for some time. Probably about 4 or 5 years... It's the Hasegawa Ferrari 348 tb. It'll go well with the other Ferraris that I have been working on. What with the 308 having been finished, and the 288 GTO nearly complete, I thought that I would clear the decks of old builds and add this one to the list of 'in progress'. The box. A pretty car, if not quite so beautiful as the 308 & 288... The sprues. It doesn't look a lot, but the engine is already built and almost ready to be put aside. ... and, the instructions. I'm hoping that this Hasegawa kit will be a bit more successful than a couple of others I tried... I tried to construct the 1/24th Ferrari F189, but it went completely pear-shaped on me and the body work would not fit. I binned it! I also tried the 1/24th Jaguar XJR8 (or was it the XJR9?, I can't remember). That was going well, then I managed to split the rather large wind-screen! That ended up as spare parts... On the other hand, the 1/32nd F-16 seems to going rather better. Anyway, more pictures... The body has been painted with Halfords acrylic spray paint. I can't remember the colour. But I don't need any more (unless I screw up with the cement!). If I do, I'm pretty certain that I can mix up the right cocktail of (Tamiya) colours to get a near enough match. The engine, not quite fully assembled. Again, I have added ignition leads. No engine looks right without ignition leads, except a Diesel. Actually, my wife's Meriva is a petrol, and the ignition leads are nowhere to be seen. Each spark-plug is fed by it's own coil in an ignition block that sits on top of them. Anyway, utterly irrelevant in this case, as the 348 has separate leads to each plug, and they go ... somewhere! (More on that later!) The wheels. Matt chrome seems to work on car kits. I always thing the the high-chrome finish looks too toy-like on 1/24th scale! (Actually, I built the Revell 1/8th scale Jag, and the chrome on that looked too bright and toy-like!) The windows, door-mirrors and the engine cover. That's it for the moment. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  9. Alan R

    1/24 Ferrari 348 tb

    Hi All, Another small update. The seats and the front valance have been painted. When I looked at them, I noticed that the filling I had done on the seats looked decidedly dodgy. So, I re-sanded the sides of the seats, and re-painted the seats. I think that the end result was worth the extra effort. Some pictures: These are ready to put in the cockpit. More soon. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Alan R

    Tamiya Ducati 916

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

    Tamiya Kawasaki H2R Trickstar

    That is a tasty bit of kit...
  17. My next one for 2017. Must be the third, I think. I handed it over to my daughter last night, and she was well pleased! The smile on her face said it all. (She's 20 by the way) So, here are the images: I like the 'arty' 'up-hill' look. Actually, it was me with the camera at a skew angle! On the whole, a very pleasant build. I had a few problems during the build. Some of them were my own (The clear-coating being the major one) and one was the kit (The wheels!). I have just noticed that on these pictures, the little 'sting' aerial is a bit off straight. I corrected that after the pictures were taken. Any comments, positive or negative are welcome. Thanks for looking, Alan.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Alan R

    Beach Party! Buggy through the Night!

    Neither! Yes and genesis for me!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Alan R

    Beach Party! Buggy through the Night!

    I was there … I nearly bought an orange Alfasud in 1978... Alan.
  25. Hi All, I am amazed that it's been many months since my last update. This summer has been really hectic, what with summer holidays, both our children graduating form university and the associated chaos trying to ship home three to four years of domestic 'stuff' and the consequent unravelling of all the duplicated stuff … Anyway, on to the topic. This one is a bit different from my other posts in that it's a paper kit. I discovered some time ago that there are legitimate sites where you can down-load paper kits of various things. One of these is Canon (not surprising, given that they make printers), another more surprising source is Yamaha. (Search "Yamaha Papercraft" on Google). They provide pdf files to make highly detailed models of some of their more interesting bikes. These come in 'realistic' and 'ultra-realistic'. The sad thing is that they are going to shut down the site at the end of this month. They also come in 'coloured' and 'line drawing'. I have tried the coloured version of one of the bikes, and while it looks quite good, I though that I might give a go at using the line-drawing version and paint it. This is the 'Ultra Realistic' model. The kit comes as a series of A4 pages like this: Some of these kits have as many as 1300 parts. That's a lot of cutting, folding and gluing... You get a set of assembly instructions, like this: The idea is to assemble the kit as normal, but paint it (with non-aqueous paints), to see if it turns out more like a model. The only real costs are a few electrons for the data, some printer ink, the paper (or card) and some glue. The best glue is PVA craft glue. This may be a very short article as the whole venture may fail. When I paint the assembled sub-assemblies, the paper (or light card) may buckle The paint may be unrealistic The model may be more unrealistic that using the colour parts. I am planning to use 160 gsm light card as I think that it may be more robust than using paper. So far, I have assembled one of the rocker box covers, thus: It looks rather 'paper-ish' at the moment. This is what it looks like assembled: The next stage is to try priming it and coating with aluminium paint. More to come, I hope... All the best, Alan.