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  1. Not a lot wrong with that, that finish on the paint in particular looks excellent and I would echo the comments that it makes a nice change to see a non-Alitalia version. As for you having trouble with fitting the body to the chassis, I suspect that is the case in about 90% of builds. It's certainly the step I fear most in any model I've built so far.
  2. No questions, but that is a lovely paint job on there. Particularly stunning given that it's done in black.
  3. Like cotton, I usually end up sucking the ribbon or soaking it in water before threading as it reduces the fraying to some extent. I might have to try the glue technique next time one of those little pieces of ribbon starts attacking my patience though.
  4. Very good progress for a bitsa build, not slow at all. Good to see that you've got the aluminium looking mroe aluminiumy too.
  5. Back on the bench this weekend and the red was proving to be very bad at covering the black which was already on the footwell. So I resorted to doing the whole lot in matt Carmine Red, almost as an undercoat, then once that was looking a bit more er.... red, I gave the sides of the footwell a coat of satin red to represent leather. I think what I'm going to take from this is that the theory works fine, but I'll need at least two coats of satin to get the right sort of finish. Here's the part painted up: As it stands you can hardly tell the difference yet between the satin and matt paints, but rather than getting a nice finish which I could mess up with the carpet, I decided to make a start with the embossing powder. As you can see from the photo, I only did the back of the footwell at first - far better to make a mess of it where you can't really see it than in a visible place. The carpet was done with red embossing powder shaken over watered down PVA - unfortunately Herfordshire seems to be having a shortage of tea strainers at the moment so I just tipped the embossing powder out of the tub. There was a bit of overlap to the sides, obviously I wasn't quite neat enough with the PVA, but I was able to scrape that off with a cocktail stick without causing any damage apart from those bits at the side of the carpet which I can deal with next weekend when I aim to finish 'carpetting' this piece. The embossing powder doesn't stand out hugely in the pic, but I'm pretty happy with the result as it does look quite carpet like. Obviously (I hope!) I didn't spend all weekend on this one part. I also finished painting the belt assembly and fixed that to the front of the engine. Two attachment points make this one of the easier belt assemblies to fix in place. After that it slots into the chassis, you need to make sure the exhaust is routed around the spaceframe but once you've done that it all goes together pretty well, although it's very tricky to see the attachment points on the front of the engine. For these I added a small dab of tube glue to the chassis, then needed an extra torch to see in as the headtorch was at a bad angle to see what was going on. Once everything was in place, a bit of Tamiya Extra Thin carefully threaded through from the rear to each attachment point strenthened the mounting. As well as the slow progress over the past few weeks, I've also polished up the body. Got to 8000grit yesterday and discovered that I'd gone through in a couple of places on the left hand side. So today I decanted a small amount of paint from the rattle can and touched up those bits. It still needs a gloss clear coat, but it looks as though I might get away with it (both areas in question were on the side showing in the pic below). I've also heard lots about the engine being very tight under the bonnet on this one, so I figured it was worth dry-fitting the chassis in now to make sure. And, while it is very tight over the cylinder head, the good news is that at the moment I can get the bonnet to sit right: The main worry on that score now is that there is a cover to go over the exhausts. At the moment there is more room there than over the cylinder head so I'm crossing my fingers it will fit. And that's it for this week. Thanks for looking.
  6. These Celicas always look crestfallen to me when the headlights are in the raised position. Fortunately nothing about this build to be crestfallen about - the decalling looks a real challenge but has come out well. And I'm another one glad to see you haven't gone OTT on the weathering... but then again I'm someone who always builds his cars clean so I have to say that
  7. Got to agree with the posts above, it's a great looking build and the finishes are top notch.
  8. The good news is that I have started with matt paint so am on the right lines there. The photo of the interior really does oversell the coverage of the red though, I'm nowhere near that level of redness in real life. What is going to slow my up a bit is that although the carpeted areas are being done in matt red before adding the embossing powder, the side parts to the footwell are in leather so they will be done silk red meaning another layer of paint. Unfortunately no tea strainer in my house (I use tea bags) but I reckon this could be a good test piece as it's not very visible - crossing my fingers that as the embossing powder is smaller than flocking and didn't clump in my test I will get away with it but will check out shops in town one lunchtime this week to see if they have a suitable strainer. And if I can't fine one and it does clump it's not the end of the world as I can always get a strainer before I get to the visible bits. The testing also proved what you've both mentioned about not using the flocking/powder to cover a colour - I had the same doubts so drew a sharpie line across the paint before test flocking. The black line was still very visible so rest assured I will be making sure I have a good matt finish and consistent red colour before applying PVA
  9. No need to apologise, it's always better to pass on knowledge to someone who may already know it than to keep schtumm and watch someone make a mistake which could have been avoided. The good news is that you've pretty much described the process I had in mind, the main difference being that I was going to shake of the loose stuff soon after applying. I'll give it a couple of hours or so first now you've said that. Fingers crossed for a good result next weekend.
  10. I'd be tempted to agree with you about it being a sleeper, or at least a WIP towards being a sleeper. As well as the wider than standard wheels, that exhaust coming out from below the front bumper looks suspsciously new and wide bore for an original H-Van spec.
  11. Good to see you making progress, shame about the paint problems you've had. I hate to ask the question, but is that aluminium paint aluminium-coloured paint, or paint for aluminium? It's just that the appearance of it from your photos looks very much like primer.
  12. Well it seems my prediction of progress for this weekend was spot on - the engine has been assembled now with the exception of the belt assembly which as with all belt assemblies is taking a bit of painting what with the three different colours and careful painting on the edges. Almost done, just needs another layer of paint on the belts and some tidying up. The engine though is starting to look something like ok, and having tried dry-fitting it it looks as though it will fit in the chassis, but it will be a tight fit. Need to make sure the exhaust is threaded through the correct gap in the spaceframe though or it doesn't fit at all The prop shaft and fuel tank are also in paint, and once they're installed it will be onto the bulkhead. As I'm planning to try adding embossing powder for the carpet (a first for me) I tried on the handle of a spoon first. And I think the best effect will involve painting the interior first, then adding the embossing powder. So I got the first layer on (matt on the carpeted areas, silk finish for the leather on the sides of the footwell). And the upshot is that coverage of the black by the red is rubbish - this is after the first coat but I can see me needing another three yet at this rate to get a decent red. Hopefully I can get better coverage with the other layers or I won't get very far next week either. Thanks for looking.
  13. Well you might not be satisfied with it, but I can safely say that if that was one I'd built I'd be VERY happy with the end result.
  14. Have to admit that I do like that Metro too, but if someone forced me to take just one of those home with me I think it would have to be the Ferrari 400i.
  15. Very nice build and in a colour which suits the shape surprisingly well too. The photography isn't half bad either. In fact I only have one criticism - how come you've only shown us one side?
  16. 1:72 is far too small for me to cope with, but I love the look of those Opel buses too. With the bottom right one, I also find it particularly amusing that Nazi Germany of all places would produce a bus with eyelashes
  17. One of the (many!) things I loved about New Zealand is that you don't seem to put salt on the roads in winter, and as a result there were a sizeable number of 1970s and 80's Japanese cars around which would have just rotted away in the UK. So today's picture isn't a "Spot of the Day" from today, but instead is a Spot of the Day from 10 years* (and a couple of days) ago - a Datsun 180B parked in front of the cafe where I had lunch. Stupidly, i waited until after I'd got my food as I was in need of a good cup of tea having just got off the ferry and collected the hire car - if I'd taken the photo beforehand rather than getting down I would have had the Mk1 Escort which was in the space in front. *Yes, I know this is pretty much the ultimate cheat for this thread!
  18. Yes, definitely got my interest even if it is an Audi (I generally find any Audi from the last 25 years boring as anything). Those brakes in particular look very good. I have seen the weird half ejector pin column on one of mine too (although it's still in the stash at the moment so no advice on how to deal with it). I'll me interested to see how you tackle it becuase the work "Dremel" keeps coming to mind for mine.
  19. Kind of you to say so, I'll be happy if it helps with your build since helping other people with their builds is one of the pluses with all WIPs, not to mention the advice which is freely given while building it. I agree that there can't be many full size non-immaculate Gullwings - I think of all the ones I've seen, then excluding the racing ones I've only seen one which wasn't immaculate and even that looked nice apart from a couple of rust spots breaking through. Still went for close on a million Euros thouse (before auction premium is taken into account) so the real thing is just a bit out of my price range...
  20. This is shaping up to be a very impressive build. But not half as impressive as the fact that it only took you 20 minutes to find something which had been stored "in a safe place"...
  21. A good start to the model here, and a very nice looking full-size model to go with it. I don't think you're wondering too hard as to whether it will be suitable for a daily car, but if my colleagues experience with a Mk2 MX-5 is anything to go by the answer is yes (apart from the usual rotting sills which shouldn't be a problem for you). I'll look forward to seeing it come together.
  22. I'd second the IPA. And if you do end up putting a scratch in the clear plastic by accident you can always polish it out with fine sandpaper and/or polishing compounds. I have a Mercedes 190E from when I was a kid where I blobbed some glue (fortunately UHU rather than solvent cement) on the windscreen. A few years ago I had a go at it with 1000, then 2000 grit sandpaper then Micromesh and you can't tell where it was now.
  23. Yes I think you're crackers, but you'll learn an awful lot from doing it and even a half decent end result should feel like quite the achievement. Go for it!
  24. Got to agree, it's always worth letting paint cure before doing any work on it. I usually leave at least two weeks, but at this time of year leaving it a bit longer as you're planning won't hurt and should give you a much tougher surface to work with.
  25. I do seem to be making heavy weather of the engine on this - not sure why it's taking so long to get the various parts prepped and painted but it is and progress is still slow. (Actually, that's not quite true, what took so long is that the Tamiya X-18 on the engine block took 3 layers to get half-decent coverage, and as everything hangs off that it acted as a brake on assembly.) The good news is that I have at least got the parts in the photo above assembled now: I did wonder about adding a bit of weathering to the engine as it looks very clean, then I remembered that I've got a good shine appearing on the body so a clean engine will be appropriate for this build. So it's staying like this. Other than that, I've got the bonnet polished down to 12,000 grit level, and have started painting the remainder of the engine parts, I think the engine should be assembled apart from maybe the belt assembly next weekend. Got to say the most annoying bits are the caps in the engine cover which are a) tiny, and b) on the chrome sprue, even though the instructions call for you to paint them flat aluminium. So some very delicate cutting of these to keep the knurling around the edge, then they got put in the bleach. What is really strange is that one dechromed in about half an hour, while the other two still have chrome clinging onto them 8 hours later. The bleach container is currently balanced on a towel rail to speed up the dechroming process while the cleaned one has its first layer of paint on. For anyone building this model, be aware that these parts look as though they will be a delicacy for any carpet monster around - luckily mine went hungry today. Thaat's all for this week, thanks for looking.
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