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galaxyg

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  1. Nice result. I've always liked Corvettes, good to hear this is a decent kit from Revell USA.
  2. An idea of some builds that'll be appearing here sometime in 2020. There are actually 4 of them going on at the moment, 3 Tamiya and one Aoshima. Aoshima is JECS, Tamiya is Castrol, Calsonic + something more unique. The lower left body is the Aoshima one - no engine. The 3 Tamiya kits were all bought secondhand having been started approx 5-25% by the previous owner.
  3. Pros: Great shape, great fit, great moulding. All 4 wheels steer just like the real thing. Comes with PE badges. Not much to clean up. Interior is not a tub - has proper seperate 3D sides. Even the seat-backs do not need filling. It's a very tidy kit. Cons: Curbside. That's it. The rest is perfect. Verdict: Great. I don't know what the Fujimi one is like but I recommend the Aoshima one very highly. Build notes: I wanted to get 2020 off to a quick start with an out of the box build, so the only changes I've made are replacing the yellowed number plate decals with some newer white ones. The kit is so nice, out-of-the-box is enough. Colour is Tamiya TS-38 Gun Metal, clearcoated with Tamiya TS-13.
  4. Pros: Shape is good. The kit exists - not many Kei vans have apeared as kits. Wheels steer. Cons: Curbside. Some of the engineering of the kit could have made assembly and painting a lot easier. Door mirros only mount one way and that way leaves them looking droopy. Interior is a tub and lacks any door details whatsover. There's no real joint mechanism btween the dashboard and the rest of the interior to glue properly. Fit of body to chassis is minor pain. The typeface of the number plates supplied was not correct to genuine JDM Plates. Verdict: It's OK. Neither Fujimi's best nor it's worst. It's not difficult to build. Build notes: I began this in January 2019 and after painting it white was not thrilled with the finish. I left it alone for 12 months deciding what to do and then continued with the white after all - it makes a good VIP colour. There are many additions to what was in the box to make this look like a more modern VIP minivan. The bodywork has had extra parts made for side skirts and front lip. The steering wheel is changed, there are extra decals applied, including the numbers on the number plates. The wheels are changed and also hubs converted to accept male fitment wheels. The body sits lower onto the chassis than out-of-the-box. Chrome trim is applied in various places. Colour is Tamiya TS-7 Racing white which is not a colour I'll be using again. It's really thin paint requiring endless coats to get it to cover even white primer. Any polishing polishes right through. It gets grubby easily with any handling (as has any other white model I've made). The photos hide any grubbiness happily.
  5. Looks really good. And to echo the others.. 2 weeks !
  6. Thanks. Not IMSA: 1989 All Japan Sports Prototype Car Endurance Championship
  7. Thanks. Here is the "engine" (a Lego brick) and associated stuff. (plasticard and BMF and marker pen) Just enough detail to be seen to be something in the dark under the cowl from the back. Not enough for daylight scrutiny.
  8. Nice. What inspired that particular colour scheme?
  9. Nice. I've built this same kit and despite it's simplicity, I found it a good one. I also like the real car a lot, this colour suits it well.
  10. Sadly not. Not even a bit of engine and gearbox to show through the rear end of the car - mine's scratch built. They don't have steering wheels either. In short, they're as curbside as curbside gets. I've now added my usual commentary/kit review above the original images, your question reminded me i'd forgotten to.
  11. All done. Pros: Nice shape, fits together with no problems at all. Good moulding, little cleanup required. Despite being quite old the decals all still transferred without problems. Realistic rubber tyres, nicely detailed wheels. Cons: Ultra-curbside. No engine, no gearbox (despite that bits of both should be visible through the rear end), no steerable wheels, not a lot of interior details. Verdict: Not bad. There's nothing wrong with it, I just wish there was more of it. I understand the Tamiya 962C is a pain with it's one-piece body and glass moulded together, but in other areas it's better, especially under the bodywork. Build notes: Completed in about 5 weeks. Body colour is Tamiya TS-47 chrome yellow. Extra details include a lot in the interior such as removal of passenger seat, added hoses, wires etc. PE radiators, scratch built rough engine, a side-hole opened up for another intake (what I'm not sure - not fuel) and brake discs with calipers. I've intentionally omitted 3 things from the suggested build - the front wheel covers (hate them), the headlight mask decals (not the same yellow and the car looks better without them), and finally the plain white decal sun visor - it looked boring and without it, I can see more of my interior detailing. I see so many variants of the FromA Racing 962C with and without various items, I figure - this is my variant. Colours remind me of a JCB.
  12. Some final details to the interior, a rough scratch built bit of engine and gearbox so something is visible through the rear end, and the start of the decal work. The finished car will be over in the Completed board shortly.
  13. The are all supplied on one large carrier film so I needed to cut them whilst dry into the exact strips rather than submerging a few rows in one go - that was one thing I learned. Aside from that they're applied like regular decals - albeit if they float off the backing sheet it's impossible to find which is the upper side and the lower side. They are quite easy to accidentally remove again whilst setting. and they can move around a fair bit too. Certainly if you apply BMF to them too soon before they've dried, they'll move. Aside from a little bit of trickiness to apply - which is more lack of experience than anything else, they are really good. The photos don't do them justice, implying a level of roughness to the BMF over the top that's not apparent to the eye in real life, and the BMF does press down to produce perfect rivet rounds. The delivery time is quite long, coming from the USA. Very recommended however.
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