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ukmodeller

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  1. Thanks, Jeroen. There is so much material available on the Internet now for creating these conversions and it's amazing when you see what people have done with the real thing.
  2. Thanks for your nice comment. I must say that this kit is ideal for conversions of all types.
  3. Thanks Jeroen. Will let you know when the house warming party starts, ha! ha!
  4. Thanks Chimpion. Appreciate your comments. I have now added a video and a pictures link to the main intro if you are interested.
  5. Hi Everyone This seemed the perfect kit for doing many conversions so I decided to go for the camper van look with my usual detailing of adding working lights. I converted the inside and created a kitchen feature with built-in cupboards, oven, drawers, sink with taps and a microwave. I also added a removable table top and double bed along with an extending awning on the roof and roof rack. As this kit was built on an older model I only added working side lights, headlights, brake lights and indicators. Lastly I added the roof rack with luggage over the front cab. Building this kit, everything went together perfectly and it was a big help being able to add the glazing from the outside after the body was assembled. There was no flashing on the sprues and included were plenty of chrome parts with a lot of detailing. As I said before, there is plenty of scope for creating more versions of this bus and now that there is a panel van also available the idea's are numerous. For more details of the inside before the roof was added please visit HERE in the WIP section. A video of the lights working can be found HERE. I hope that you enjoy the following pictures and my adaptation of a very popular vehicle still being used today and look forward to your reviews. With side lights on Headlights Indicators Rear side lights Rear brake lights Rear indicators
  6. Hi Everyone I thought I'd include some of the pre-finishing pictures here so that you can get a better view of the inside before adding the roof. The finished pictures and a link to a video showing off the lights will soon be available in the RFI section. THe pictures are now available in the RFI section HERE. Thank you for viewing.
  7. Thanks, Spiny. It is looking good with the wife. I'm looking at this picture and something does not seem right with the colour scheme. I think I;m going to make some adjustments..............
  8. Thanks, Jeroen I agree. A great kit to build and it has so many possible conversions.
  9. Thanks. Really appreciate that. She is fine now. One of the lucky one's and it certainly makes you revalue life. Anyway, I enjoyed this kit as it was of a larger scale and a lot easier to mod and add lights to. There was no flashing on the sprues at all and the parts went together very well. The glazing fits well (inserted from the outside) which seems to be the norm with Revell now. That way there is less chance of spoiling them when assembling the body. All of the doors actually work properly and just 'snap-on' to the 'hinges'. Overall a great kit. They now make a panel van so that could be a good project for the future.
  10. Hi everyone Well, it's been a while since my last posting as I've been dealing with my wife's breast cancer treatment, etc, but I have not been idle. I've done a few kits here and there which I hope to get on here soon. In the meantime this one I have now nearly completed. As usual I have added working lights but, this time, I have modded the inside to convert it into a camper van with an extended roof and luggage rack. All I have to do now is connect all of the wires to a switch box and it will be ready to post in the RFI section. Here is just a little sample:
  11. The thought about the shower made me laugh, thinking how I would manage to have a shower in one of those cabs with my 6ft 4inch frame............ I know some of the American owner drivers actually live in their rigs but they are like twice the length of the trucks here. How do they manage to power all of those accessories?
  12. Thanks, Brian. Appreciate your comment. I'm sure that you are amazed by how much these cabs have changed over the years? I've never had the chance to actually look around these cabs but looking at videos they look incredible with all the mod cons inside.
  13. Thanks. I really appreciate that. I wasn't totally convinced about the colour scheme but so far it seems people like it.
  14. Hi everyone I have now added a video showing the lights actually working, The video is only 3 minutes long. MOVIE
  15. Thanks, MB. The bike has a small fairing at the front so that should be ok. As for the indicators, that's a different story. I have a few idea's in mind but until I start I'm not sure if it will work. Alas, I like a challenge........
  16. Thanks, Jeroen To be honest, I had a spare tin of gold spray that I wanted to use and one of my daughters helped me to choose the canvas colour. I am quite pleased with the signage colours too. They just came to me in a rare moment of inspiration.
  17. Though this is not quite a WIP build, I knew this build would take me months to finish (due to work commitments) and rather than keep people lingering for any advancement, I decided to take pictures as I went along and post them here when complete. That way anyone who is wondering how straightforward it is to add lighting to these kits can see how I managed to do it. I hope it helps. The finished build is HERE in the RFI section. The chassis: The side indicators under the wheel arches The main headlight grille The lower spotlight grille The route for the internal cab light The wiring for the upper cab side lights The interior: There is just enough clearance for the LED legs for the internal light The front wiring loom
  18. Well, it's been a while since I added my DAF XF105 truck and trailer with lights (here) but I have still been looking for other truck kits to build and add lighting to. So I came across the Italeri 1:24 scale DAF 95 Canvas Truck (Chevrier) and it looked perfect for the job. Firstly I must say the kit was clean with minimum flashing and everything seemed to go together well. A few locations on the instructions were not too clear but saving those parts until later on sorted out any queries. I decided to go with my own paint job on this and came up with the design below. With my fascination for adding lights to everything, my next build is a 1:24 motorcycle kit. I am looking at adding lights to that, which could be my biggest challenge yet. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Yellow fog lights Thanks for looking, folks
  19. Usually before I actually buy a kit I search the net for the building instructions and study them hard to see if it would be possible to fit Led's and if there is a route for the wiring. I then look for an area where I can put all of the resistors, etc, so they do not show when the build is complete. Within that area everything must fit so that all I have is the least wires needed routed to the switch panel. That way the switch box only has to be small. If it is possible to add lights I buy the kit and then spend time rehearsing what I plan to do, before I buy any Led's that are not in my stock. Only after all that I start building. It seems to work for me and my mistakes are decreasing. With regards to the Aztek paneling, I suppose you could get a picture of the effect and edit it a graphics program to make it the correct size and then get one of these companies that produce custom transfers/decals to print it out. It may cost money but would cut down on the hours spent trying to create it. Some decal soft would help to force it into any grooves, etc. I had a quick look on the net and found the links below. Mainly American but there must be a UK company that does them? Maybe someone on the forums would know? http://www.allscaletrek.com/viewtopic.php?t=516 http://www.culttvmanshop.com/Refit-11000-Blue-A-Aztec-decals-from-Acreation-Models-_p_1362.html http://hdamodelworx.com/AZTEC-DECAL-SET-FOR-THE-USS-ENTERPRISE-NCC-1701-D-11400-Scale-Model-Kit_p_471.html
  20. The Aztec panels do look amazing I must admit. Some have gone to amazing lengths doing them but I don't think I would have the patience. I always go for the 'lights' route. The more you use lighting the better your skills get and you remember the pitfalls from previous builds. The amount of times I have finished a build only to think of better ways that I could have done the lighting. Alas, I don't believe in building a kit more than once (unless there has been a 20 year gap, ha! ha!). At the end of the day I always think 'Will I be able to do the kit justice?' If I can, I go for lighting. Good luck though. Look forward to seeing the build on here.
  21. Thanks. I did think about it but after seeing some of the amazing jobs that people have done on the modern kits I just didn't think that I would be able to do it justice. If I had learned all about electronics then I may have tried. I have the idea's but, sadly, lack the knowledge. On the plus side, there is so much information on the Internet nowadays to view all of the minute details. I grew up with the original Star Trek and Dr Who and loved these as they were so basic. People had to use their skills to build the sets and props rather than rely on computers. With today's movies you never know what is skill and what is computer generated. I think it makes it more unrealistic as you know a man cannot leap from building to building wearing just a cape...........Am I showing my age or what?
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