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Everything posted by TonyW

  1. Monogram did three metal kits. The Corvette, MG Roadster and I think a '56 or '57 Thunderbird. I hadn't made the link with oil prices at the time, but that makes sense. Up to that point the box cost more than the kit in many cases! Tony.
  2. Did you use any mold release wax? If not, that might help with the separation damage issue. Also, the reinforcement you have added underneath the halves might benefit from a bit more. I've not done much vac form work and I don't know how powerful your air source is but I wouldn't like to see the masters cracked by the vacuum if they flexed. Alec Tirranti (?) in London is a good source for most moulding supplies. I can appreciate more the work of Gordon Stevens, with his Rareplane range, when I see the amount of work you are putting in here. First class work so far and thanks for sharing it with us. Tony.
  3. The postman just dropped of an order I made a while back, 100 plastic desert spoons! Bought as test mules for paint finishes for a couple of pence each. I wish I had got these before I started my paint experiments! The idea isn't mine, I found it either here or on one of the car forums. Whoever posted it deserves a medal. Here's a few experiments with the paint still wet on them! First up, from right to left, Base gold. Then Tamiya clear orange shot over gold. Then Tamiya clear orange shot over Tamiya metallic red. Lastly, Tamiya clear red shot over Tamiya metallic red. The centerer pair have got my attention, I like them both. Here's the effect of more coats. Base colour on both is metallic red. The right picture is one coat of clear orange over that. The left one has two coats of the same. It looks like whatever colour you want can be dialed in by using different base coats and multiple top coats. Just as an experiment, here's clear red shot over a Tamiya metallic blue base. Wow! Is that a colour for a chopped Merc or what? I'll let this lot dry properly, then add the formula in marker to the other side. It looks like I've just started a Custom Paint Colour Library today.
  4. Not a bad idea but I'm after more of a finished look for this one. Thoughts of a grey or brown primer front end and primer around the rear arches have crossed my mind. Too many choices!
  5. The final color scheme continues to elude me. Metallics seem to enhance the lines of model cars somehow, the way light reflects back seems softer than straight paint to me. A can of metallic mid blue was discovered in my paint stores. It got used on a Chevy II build that's sitting unfinished in its box in the loft. Here's the car in question... ... the color looks fine there. I tried it on the '56 and it just failed! It looked far too staid to me. Curses. With a bit of desperation now creeping in, I tried the failsafe route, Resale Red! It looks a bit dark here as it's been shot straight over the blue attempt without primer. It would work at a push. It just doesn't grab me like it should. I'll be flatting the finish off one more time and trying yet another idea. If this one doesn't work I'll revert to bright red as a default scheme. I'll report back later. Right, where's the wet and dry... Tony.
  6. Very nice indeed. Not an easy kit to get right, especially, as you say, the windscreen. I believe it to be of Monogram origins, I had a Monogram plastic kit in the seventies and a metal bodied one a bit later. Quite why Monogram thought a fiberglass car model should be cast in metal is beyond me!
  7. Nice looking Mopar. The Monogram Plymouths and Dodges push all the right buttons for me.
  8. It's an acquired taste, I'll give you that! The whole 60's show car scene was a real like 'em or loath 'em one. Just about all the US kit manufacturers sold them by the truckload at the time though, they were more than a bit popular. The Monogram connection swings the deal for me, I really like the company for some reason. Tony.
  9. Those pictures look a bit like planes I have here! I'm starting to remember why I keep ignoring the things. I've got a bit of previous for assorted crimes against plastic, here's what I inflicted on an Airfix 1.48 scale Javelin... ... I bought a couple in one of the Black Friday sales Airfix did a while back. Cheap as chips. This one got smoothed right out and polished to death with S 'n J polishing powder. The same fate might await one of the Vulcans. Tony.
  10. A bit of a backstory goes with this one... Over in the 'Year I was born' Group Build I'm building a Monogram '56 Chevy. While trying to decide on a colour scheme for the car, Tamiya metallic red with clear red over it got tried and decided against. It looked too Show Car for the Gasser I'm building. Perfect for a Predicta build though! I had a recent re-release of the kit I bought to build a year or two back. Time to get the glue and paints out then! Here's the car in question, It's a Darryl Starbird Custom, first shown in 1960. Monogram bought the car, had it modified and issued a kit of it. I'm a collector as well as a builder and this build will sit nicely with my unbuilt kit. I've made a start on the bodywork, a good flat off with 1500 W+D paper, white primer, then metallic red followed by a couple of coats of transparent red, all Tamiya spray cans. All went on over the course of today with an hour or two between coats on a radiator to harden each coat off. So far, so good. I'll let things completely harden overnight before hitting it with a clear coat. More as it happens. Tony.
  11. It's a bit more than re-building a model Adam, both planes need taking back to component parts and starting again. Everything needs a refurb. I bought them years ago with the intention of making one good one out of the pair. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Now Airfix are releasing a new one I guess values of the old one will collapse. That's what happened with Matchbox Victor prices when the Airfix one was announced. I paid £10 for a late box Matchbox kit at that point. They are still under £20 if you look. It might be a better idea to just get an old issue Airfix kit, if they do drop, and save a lot of work. Whatever direction I take, I'll be building a Vulcan for the GB! Roll on start date. Tony.
  12. Yup, sign me up. An Airfix Vulcan for starters. Tony.
  13. I've got a few contenders, a pair of Airfix Vulcans, both stripped down previously built models that need all the help they can get and an unbuilt Matchbox Victor. There's also a Airfix Valiant buried in the loft somewhere. If I got a couple of these done I would be more than happy. Tony.
  14. All I had to do was build the kit as Monogram intended. A change of wheels should have been enough to satisfy the urge to modify. That way the build would have been done by now and I could put my feet up or even maybe start another one! Instead I've put the Chevy on a diet by hacking out the inner fenders and front chassis rails, meaning I'm now committed to scratch building the whole front front end. Nothing ventured, nothing gained... Seeing the front clip sat on my bench makes me realise just how much weight is removed on the real thing by this method. Add that to a fiberglass tilt front, headers, ally inlet manifold and lightweight seats etc and the car is suddenly 3-400lb lighter than stock, all where it counts for drag racing as well. Free horsepower in effect. That's the second time I've mentioned a tilt front. Looks like I'll be getting the razor saw out soon. The 12 days left to run for the GB seems like a long time at the moment, what could possibly go wrong?
  15. Orange peel can be removed with very fine wet and dry paper, use the finest you can get away with. The paint needs to be properly dry. I got papers down to 7000 grit off the internet but 2000 is usually good enough. Flat off the orange peel, then finish with T cut or a really fine cutting compound like Farecla or 3M Ultrafine. A couple of applications of a decent wax after that and jobs done.
  16. I've polished the roof so far, the rest will get done whenever the mood takes. It's such a shame as the gloss really is outstanding. I bought two cans, I'll try the second tomorrow and hope it's OK. I made a third base, using railway scenic 'tarmac' that comes on a roll. It's far too big a grain for the intended 1.72 scale runways I wanted it for, but it looks pretty good as a 1.24 scale bit of road. The pictures I took were a bit out of focus though. I'll take a few more tomorrow and add them here.
  17. The Saturn Yellow build moved forwards a bit and then promptly fell way back! The culprit was a can of clear lacquer bought from Lidle. £3.99 looked a good deal for a big spray can and when I painted the Buick body with it I was very impressed indeed. The gloss was outstanding and it didn't shrink back either, it held its wet look. I left the car overnight to dry and when I came back to it I was less than amused to see tiny dark bits in the clear coat. A quick test on a bit of white card showed the clear to be contaminated! Not good. I've made a start on polishing the affected areas with T Cut to remove the clear. It's going to be a long job by the look of it. Curses. To cheer me up a bit I made a couple of bases, not necessarily for the Buick, but it got tried out on them anyway. Both are picture frames, the wooden one got the glass area filled with a piece of MDF which then had railway scenic material added. The black and gold one had the glass removed from the frame, painted black and then mounted on top of the frame with the paint side down. A perfectly flat and glossy surface is the result and it suits car models just fine. The frame itself got spray painted gold.
  18. I've had a time related panic think about this one. I want the model to have a straight axle up front, along with all the associated bits and bobs. Time might be an issue though. Best I plan ahead. I'm going to assemble the front end, chassis wise, and then cut the whole lot off! If I manage to build my custom front end, all well and good. If things look a bit tight, I'll re-install the original front end. With forward planning this good, I should be in charge of any country planing to take a suicidal leap into the unknown!
  19. Sneak out a 'leak' and get a whole load of publicity. Reveal the kit at the show and get another load. Standard practice.
  20. The '56 got a sanding session thrown its way today ,600 paper used wet. Then 800 with 1500 bringing up the rear. White primer for dessert. There's a fair bit still to do. The remains of the Tamiya red have reacted with the primer, so yet more sanding is in my future. The seam where my fender addition meets the chrome trim needs a bit of getting at as well. Tomorrow will see me either addressing the issue or leaving early for Telford. The slightest twinge of panic about the closing date of the GB just passed me by...
  21. This gets better by the minute. The vac form machine is really interesting, don't spare the pictures here. Your prototype work will be stolen at the earliest opportunity. The whole thread is shoving me towards a project I've wanted to have a crack at for years now. Apologies for the hijack, but this big bit of paper has been daring me to do something with it for ages now... [/url I'm going to have a stern word with myself here. In the words of Outraged of Cheam, Somthing must be done about this! Thanks for the
  22. That Halifax has got me wanting one. Invasion stripes have that effect on me I have no idea why! The Glider model is a very impressive looking bit of kit. The cutaway shots from Bovington are pretty scary, that timber looks far to flimsy to hold up a tank. The upside down shot gives you a bit of a fright as well. A tank on your head isn't exactly pleasant. The three models are a tribute to the brave men who flew and fought from them.
  23. I've dug through my copies of Wonders of World Aviation, a partwork issued on the runup to WW2. The Empire Flying Boats get a bit of coverage inside. I hope these shots will help in some way with your build. The shot of Canopus is a double page spread and looks magnificent in the flesh. The Magazines are full of really good period shots of the current planes, there's a lot of Civil aviation stuff, possibly more than the military entries. There's usually a double page centerspread and quite a few issues have three page colour foldouts. Bound volumes, there's two, come up quite frequently on that online auction site and usually don't fetch a lot. I got my bound volumes and a loose set as well for under £30 the lot! There's another period partwork available, Wonders of World Engineering, that also feature the Empire boats. I don't have any copies though. link here... https://wondersofworldengineering.com/flyingboats.html Tony.
  24. A trip out today see's a couple of cans of spray paint discovered in my local Wilco of all places. £5.00 for a big can was a whole lot better than the prices Halfords would like, so I got a couple to try. Their bright gold looks like it could be a goer here, I like the way the Firestone gold band tire sits against it. The color is bright and clear, with a very fine grain. The test piece is a bit of 5 thou plastic card. No primer, no reaction either. So far so good... I'll try a clear coat over it in the morning and I'll also fire up another series of tests, Tamiya clear orange, yellow and red over the gold to see how that lot pan out. One or other resulting color will be used on the '56. I also picked up a can of bright lime green that will hopefully be making an appearance on the Forum on a Mopar of some sort. Wilco also had what would probably pass for Mopar Plum Crazy as well. I see a re-visit in my future... Tony.
  25. Nice one Pat, I like the way you casually drop a Heller kit into another GB. This must mean your contribution to the Heller GB is going to be a bit special!
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