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Everything posted by shood23

  1. Pretty simple follow on from the orginal thread which has now been locked. Post what you've bought as long as it falls within the automotive section. Get buying guys Shaun
  2. Looking at it To fix would not be too hard. the front wing peices are all easy fix, the floor pan/diffuser a little harder but all could be done with the correct thickness plasticard. It was the first year of new regs in 09 so all bits are very basic shapes compared with the following year. The steering wheel again not to hard it would just be a time consuming job to get right. All the decals are again very easily printable to replace on damaged parts. Shaun
  3. shood23

    Need a crash course in how to make decals.

    Séan it was for a race car but with all the info I got from here and a little more digging using different search words I have finally managed to get the job done. Just need someone who can print them now. Shaun
  4. Hi guys I call on the wisdom of the group. I need a quick/ over simplified explanation of how to use one or all of the tagged applications above on how to make white decals with no background so i can send the file straight to a print maker. I have only recently started using these apps so am very overwhelmed in the functions (many swear words have come out). All i want to make is around 10 decals that are word logos for a certain car but all have to be white and I can't seem to 1) find away to import the logos I want to use and 2) find away to change the back ground colour to nothing. I've watch many YouTube videos but nothing has come up that closely resembles what I am trying to do. The thing is I get it's probably going to be something super easy but I'm thick when it comes to new programs. Shaun
  5. shood23

    Decals that need to be printed.

    Can anyone point me to a person who can print decals with white ink? I've tried emailing parkes on here but have got no reply as of yet so if anyone knows of anybody else who can print good quality decals that would be great. Shaun
  6. shood23

    Need a crash course in how to make decals.

    Thanks séan. I know of white decal paper in looking more into making a sheet to send to an actual person to print with the white with no outline. Shaun
  7. shood23

    Decal help for a friend.

    Hi Paul, I have a friend over on another forum who is wanting decals to be printed. He would normally do them himself but this set has white decals to be printed. If possible for you to help him do you have an email address I can give him so he can contact you directly. Thanks Shaun
  8. Right so this is 1 half of my twin build GT-R thread. Normally I'd post them both together but the LB version came together so much faster, mainly due to the paint finish. My opinions of the kit are very high, it just fell together most of the way, the only tricky bit was basically at the start of the build when adding the wide body kit. There are no alignment holes or marks so you have to be pretty precise before gluing, that being said it wasn't too hard compared with other wide bodykit models. One major plus are the window masks as for the first time the kit supplied window masks didn't leak any paint under them. Also it was a very nice touch to have 2 piece rims where the whole centre section is separate from the outer rim Now for some tech specs. Paints used were: Halfords primer for all parts Zero paints LB zero fighter grey Zero paint gulf orange. Tamiya flat clear. Various shades of alclad. Bits added: VR38DETT engine from the Aoshima r35 pure model. Various extra decals from aventador LB sheet. So now on to the final result. This is the picture I left on the build thread but I actually quite like it so it's being added to this thread also. And finally LB's message that could change so much as we enter a new year. Thanks for looking and to all those who did and hopefully continue to contribute the the build thread. Have a great end to this year and start to the next. Shaun
  9. shood23

    gravity colours?

    I have seen a few people within the automotive threads using gravity colours paints and on looking through the website they have today I am very tempted in trying some of the paints they have on offer, mainly the chrome effect paint they have as it looks basically the same as the zero paints one but it's 1/3 of the price. Basically what I want to know is of the people who have used them what was your experience with them and ease of use? Can I use zero paints over them? Are they like zero paints in that they need a clear coat? And just generally out of gravity and zeros which one would you use money/time no object? Thanks in advance Shaun
  10. shood23

    Tamiya Ferrari SF70H 1/20

    It's not bad but like you say not as good of a shine as 2k but with a little work can be made to shine quite well. Over a full body it works well as i used it on a tamiya mp4/4 McLaren a few years back and that's held the shine really well compared to how I thought it would. Shaun
  11. Been a while since i last properly posted on here so i though this would be a good way to come back to the forum. So this will be my build thread for tamiyas newest kit, from what ive seen so far its a nice kit with some parts i dont like but others i do. So i am going to be honest i am quite a bit into the build so i will break up the thread into a couple of comments. To properly start lets get the obligatory box picture out of the way. Basic tamiya offering from previous kits with a picture of the subject and sprues at the bottom. The inners are packed quite tight but not overly so. Decals are very nice and also include quite a bit of carbon effect decals So on to some plastic cutting. The main front parts of the body are a depature from the normal way but as you will see later its not actually a bad way. So the lower portion of the monocoque has had all the little suspension holders and support beam added then the 2 halves glued together. So about 5 parts in and already im changing the car to suit my needs. The nosecone was cut off. This is why. The lower flow conditioners would be insanely tricky to paint if left as tamiya made it. The engine (less) cover had the inner peices glued on and after the picture was joined together. So a quick mock up of the tamiya car next to my mfh car. Checking how those iconic stormtrooper style side pods fit after the issues i had with the mfh car. Gearbox halves have been glued together. Front wing checked for fit. And the same for the rear wing. So that's it for update 1, due to the time of me finishing this i will post the next few pictures tomorrow now instead of tonight. More soon Shaun
  12. Another of the builds ive been working on recently. Fujimis McLaren MP4-12C GT3. Overall its a pretty nice kit, lots of scope to improve as youll see with some of the things in doing to my build. So the obligatory box picture. All packaged in with plenty of room to spare. The standard kit livery is nice but there are plenty of options for this kit to make loads of different cars. Ive gone for these, a 2012? Seb loeb car. How it should look once done. There are issues with the instuctions that i have noticed but are all easily fixable. The body does come out of the box and looks a little weird with what looks like huge skirts down the side. Alot of wasted plastic if you ask me. With the side body parts glued on. The body and intake parts are now ready for some primer. The one area i want to change is the engine area as it is very basic. Some thing needs to be done about this. Luckily mclaren have used the same basic plug and play engine in all the cars from the p1 all tge way down to the 570s. Revell make a pretty well detailed 570s with near full engine, so the 570s and gt3 have the same engine although the gt3 engine is slightly detuned but the basic layout is exactly the same. One thing that does need modifying is the rear wheel attachments. The whole middle section needs cutting out and the upper "suspension" parts need gluing into the wheel arches. Finally for the engine how it all fits with tge changes. Rather luckily the exhaust off the fujimi kit fits exactly where the revell kits exhaust goes, it even uses the same mounting holes. Actually ome more quick picture of the engine. With the body on you dont see much of it but even what you do see makes a massive difference. The floor needed some mounting points for the framework of the revell engine. The frame and floor have both been sprayed and some minor detail painting done. One problem i did run into was how to mount the wheels on the hubs due to the kit just having a metal bar going from wheel to wheel. An old set of fujimi f1 wheel pins worked perfectly, glued them in from behind and the wheels mount on the rear now just as the do the front. Rims have been painted with alclad steel. Tyres and decals added. And finally for this first big update the body and little parts have been put in a coat of white primer. More soon. Shaun.
  13. shood23

    Tamiya Ferrari SF70H 1/20

    So on to part 2 of the build bringing it up to date. So the nosecone needed a small strip of plastic card added at the top to replace the material lost when cutting it off the main body part. As seen here there would have been a .5 mm too much gap so this small plastic was very much needed. Staying at the front and these little wing flow conditioners are a slight pain. As you can see there will be a rather visible white section one added if i followed the instuctions. So i cut the little tab off the white bit, glued it into the wing and filled the gaps around it minus where the original part will go. Now going to the rear of the car and the exhaust. I didnt like how the tip looked as it would always have that join line visible on the inside, so i cut the end off and added a bit of plastic tube. The floor pan had a lot of injection marks all on the top surface of it and all in obvious places. It took a good hour just to buff them all out. After this a couple of coats of gloss black were sprayed, this is just after the tack coat. Also the engine cover has been sprayed in primer just to check the filler line between the 2 parts. The main body section has also been put in a primer coat. Mainly just because its now progressed enough to do it but also to check the join lines on the top of the monocoque. The rims have been sprayed with alclad white aluminium. After a coat of alclad aqua gloss the decals were applied and then one more coat of aqua gloss added and i must admit i am really happy with how these have turned out. Tyres have been scrubbed with a dremmel. Finished tyre on the left compared to one thats only had a dremmel run over it. At this scale 17' spec tyres (top) compared to 16' spec (bottom) isnt that different especially when you do the same comparion in 1/12. The floor has had some of the tamiya carbon decals added. Soon i am expecting a company like acu-station or s27 to do a full carbon set but tamiyas decals are really nice. Some tamiya smoke will be added also to tone the decals down as they are quite out there and loud. And finally the exhaust has been sparyed up in alclad pale burnt gold. More soon Shaun
  14. shood23

    Tamiya Ferrari SF70H 1/20

    Thanks for the comment monsjmse. This one will be a seb vettel car with only a few changes compared to an out the box build. I have one more that will have as much as i can possibly change done to it once maybe some more options come out from tabu decals and studio 27. Shaun
  15. Finally!!! I got my hands on a protar lancia lc2 with a little help with a freind of mine. Shaun
  16. shood23

    Tamiya Lotus 78

    Fantastic work. That shine on the black, as many here know, is incredibly hard to get as good as that. Shaun
  17. Just picked this up from hlj for just over £20. Ver.2 of the LB GT-R Shaun
  18. shood23

    Before spraying..

    Personally i never spray anything on the spurs no matter now little. Great kit aswell by the way, always loved these old escort wrc kits As for attaching parts before it's entirely up to you. Small bits sometimes attached before paint pose the risk of being knocked off later on in the build but things like bonnet vents and wings are again up to how confident you are in your own abilities and if on the rear car the joins between these parts are flush or there is a visible line. And any mark that has been put on the body in pencil needs to be removed before you do any painting as if you don't these areas will not paint properly with reactions or peeling and it would be a shame to have this happen to such great car. And your line about doing it wrong, like myself in this hobby you will always find better ways of doing things through trial and error and ways that work for me may not be the best way for you. And as you said you mainly work with rattle cans so anything you do if it doesn't work out how you would like is easy to correct by putting the painted parts in a bath of ipa 91% or above for a day or 2 as this will pull any paint off the body without harming the plastic. Shaun
  19. I've been pondering what to make my first build of 2018 and this is something that's been near the top of the pile since I bought it not to long ago. As seem obligatory these days the box shot. A brief look into the a kit that I've made in the past with relatively good result. This was completed in January of 2016/5 I think so the experience has improved since then I hope. From the above kit I am now pretty aware of the areas that need a little more care and also areas where I myself can improve. So for this current attempt at this model I managed to pick the kit up rather cheaply from eBay as it had no decals but as it was the same kit as the finished fina car above I still have the majority of the decals left with only the rear gtr one and 1 other missing. Right so then it was the mindset of I have this kit now what to do with it? Test car? Another race version to go with the fina car and soon the be made gulf version? I couldn't make my mind up, then as I was half way through the Liberty Walk Nissan GT-R I came across a set of carbon decals that cover the whole exterior in a carbon wrap. So that the plan. A full carbon McLaren f1 gtr, possibly with the yellow and pink decals on aswell but I won't make that call until the body is finished. The set includes 4 sheets of pre printed templates to cut of that from what I can see covers most of the car in carbon, there are a few bits not on the sheets(or maybe I just haven't found them yet) but these bits will be easy to make myself with the leftover parts of sheet. Now on to the plastic. The shell is as nicely moulded as it was the first time with no really bad bits to clean up. I need to decide if I should just glue the rear parts on for the engine cover or maybe detail the engine bay a little. And then finally for the first update I need to decide whether or not to cut out the front hatch to show the details underneath that incuded in the kit. I guess if I do the rear it would be silly not to do the front and vice versa. Also in this picture you will notice that I have started to clean up the few mould lines that are on the body and filled the small dips with ca glue ready to be sanded off very soon. I think body work wise this kit will move pretty quick as it is only going a gloss black after primer with then the whole raft of decals to put on. More soon Shaun
  20. shood23

    Aoshima McLaren f1 gtr long tail

    I did think about some smoke but I found on a test peice that a semi gloss or Matt coat really takes the edge off the effect without darkening the colours. But after I finish this next stage I will make my mind up definitely what I am going to do. Shaun
  21. First off I'd like to take a minute and admit that I am a weak person. I planned to leave this alone until atleast the end October and use it as my winter build when the f1 season finishes, but after looking through the box couldn't stop myself from having a little fiddle (not that way ) and as more and more came out the box more bits were trimmed and cut off the mountings and placed together. So on to the kit. The obligatory box shot. I find it hard to believe how they fit the whole car in this as it's not much bigger than a couple of tamiya boxes. First thing out of the box is this plastic wallet. It's a nice touch compared to the last mfh kit I made. Inside the wallet are the assembly instructions and decal guide. Under the decals guide was the decal sheet and carbon decals. So moving into the box again and first out is the etch parts. There's not as many as I thought there would be considering the size of the car. Also on the etch plate it comes with some helpful guides to show how the diffuser strakes need to be bent. The tyres are really nice and don't have the fujimi/tamiya centre seem. Also it helps that the Pirelli markings have been pre printed like ebbro as it saves me messing them up like normal. A little comparison between 2 front tyres 15 years apart. On the left is the mfh front tyre and on the right is a revell f2002 front tyre. So it's now at this stage where I got a little impatient and just took every thing out the box. This is all the little bags with all the smaller resin and white metal parts. The rims are nice aluminium, very light and the tyre fit on them like a glove. So in bag 1 was the rear wing, gearbox/rear crash structure, seat, roll hoop/intake and the part for the lower part of the monocoque. In bag 2 are the unique side pods, nose cone, radiator parts, lower body parts and cockpit horns. Bag 3 was the front wing and clever oil cooling sheets. In the last resin bag are the wheel hubs and other little misc parts. Now the floor pan. This is a bit that I have spent around half an hour just looking at today, it is literally a work of art and half the bits for it are not even one yet. And finally the main body section. As you can guess for being a new kit there is little to no extra material that needs sanding off but obviously with resin it's not perfect as there are a couple of bubbles that need sorting and from a few little test the fit in some areas will need a bit of work. So this Is where I left the big beastie at the end of the day. It's easily 45cms long from tip to tail and that's before you count the rear end which sticks out another few cms. None of the white metal parts have been touched yet either as I am waiting for a new polisher to turn up. More soon Shaun
  22. shood23

    1/12 Ferrari SF70-H

    Don't worry kev ask away I'm happy to help. All the colour coats of paint I've used on this so far have been zero paints only the primers have not been. I've only ever had issues with clogging with alclad gloss black base but I'm putting that down to more my fault than alclad as it wasn't too long after i first started using an airbrush. And I use my good old trusty iwata revolution CR for everything so the clear coat will also be painted with a 0.5 at probably just under 30psi as I find that works a little better at higher pressure. But for now I need to wait for a slightly better temp and humidity day until I can even think about clear as that's the big trick I've learnt is the better conditions the better finish. Shaun
  23. shood23

    1/12 Ferrari SF70-H

    Right so before I get around to adding some clear to the body on this build (zero paint clear not Mr top coat this time) I feel I need to get all the other body parts to the same readiness. So the front wing has had all the gaps sanded through to take any extra material out properly and all the holes have been drilled and a mock up off all front end components was done but not pictured just to make sure it all sat right. Then finally some primer. The front hatch bit with s-duct was put in primer a while ago but dumbly I forgot to add the little antenna stork so this was added and all primer coated again then flatter back so it's now fully ready for white primer then the red. Its quite nicely contrasting with the red though. The rear panels that hide all the inner suspension components have also had a coat of primer added. And then finally the side aero parts have been put in primer. Not quite sure what happened to these last 2 pictures as they on on a black background not blue. Anyway more soon Shaun
  24. shood23

    Aoshima McLaren f1 gtr long tail

    So a little more progress to this. The front end has had all the carbon decals added. As expected it wasn't a straight forward task as i eludedto in my last comment, the wheel arches folded up like crazy and would have left nasty stretch marks all over had I just tried to manipulate the decals flat so I cut around the panel line and redone with extra parts then the very top edges just under the windscreen did the same as the were curbing one way and around also so 2 more new bits for that. So what scale motorsport gives with 2 bit really I couldn't do with less than 6. All the slots were cut with a sharp blade and thankfully none of them messed up. Both doors are now finished and ready to be sealed. Now on to some of the annoying parts. as I spent so much time fiddling with the wheel arches and the top areas on the front carbon bits I hadn't noticed the massive fold just below the front hatch. After trying to unstuck the decal with massive amounts of Microsol to the point this happened. Empty bottle It wasn't going to work. I made drastic decision to sand it back and redo And now with a whole new bit that covers quite alot of the front left side of the car (front right in the picture) And that was that I am calling the main body done for decals. So out came the Mr top coat gloss and on it went. The lights don't do the picture justice, they show bits you can't see with the eye. All the other finished parts were also covered in clear. Now while all that has a few days to gas off it's on to carbon decals on some of the other areas of the car. So the front splitter. Given the curves on this I was expecting the same as the front end bits but I guess as this is over a smaller area it made it easier to work with. The rear wing has caused some headaches as the carbon wraps around so I am having to so one half, clear coat then do the other half and clear coat again. And finally the little bits that go on the doors have had carbon applied also. More soon Shaun
  25. Right so again after a month of just sitting around I pulled this back out. Honestly this has gone to about 3rd in line now of importantness with the f1gtr taking up so much time and also as we are now in the f1 launch season the SF70H has been given a lot more love but this is slowly moving along in the background. Also another big reason why the car hasn't taken any major steps is I used Mr hobby top coat gloss on the car and that's had to of been left to fully cure before I can do anything else, I've been told it's very much like Tamiya and takes a long time to fully cure so around a month is normally the time for Tamiya so I've treated this the same. So this was the body about 3 weeks ago. And this is it now. Hopefully over the weekend I can buff out any bad bits and get on to painting the rest of the splitters and other little areas. I didn't like the wheel colour and decided to strip the plating and redo myself. This is after primer. And now in a semi gloss black look. I do need to add one small decal but this will be done later then a coat of semi gloss to seal it. And finally for this time the hood which I had to redo has finally had a couple of layers of clear added. The lighting exaggerates the effect on how the clear coat has gone down. Also I can't get a good enough picture to show the effect of the special white colour, maybe organic light may show this better. More soon Shaun