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Ian T

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About Ian T

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  • Birthday 11/07/1955

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    Brisbane Australia
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    Wooden ships, motorbikes and music

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  1. The next stage is the rear swing arm and damper, nothing particularly difficult here, but the yellow on the spring proved a bit fiddly. The first two pictures show the separate components. Next up is the completed sub-assemblies. And finally the complete swing arm unit. Thanks for looking, Regards Ian
  2. Interesting, I’ll be keeping an eye on this. How big is “huge”??
  3. That’s a good point, I don’t really think that the engine (for example) needs anything, I’m happy as it is. But the petrol tank is getting a bit of finger damage (loosing the gloss) simply from me handling the model as I progress. I then use finishing compound and that works but it must be wearing a bit of the paint away. Also I probably need to coat the decals once they are finished in stuck in place. I’ll have a look at some original photographs as I go. I just got the impression that some people use a clear coat on everything regardless, maybe I’ve just misunderstood. Or maybe with something like a military vehicle you could use a matt clear coat on everything without a problem. Thanks for your comments.
  4. Ian T

    57 Maserati Scratch Build

    Marvellous, we’ll done!!
  5. Next up is the front wheel and the front forks. I decided to get an airbrush recently (my first one ever) and have been practising on odd bits (like the exhausts in an earlier part of this thread), and decided to do the black on the forks. Also the titanium gold on the brake calipers and the orangey/silver on the dampers was airbrushed. I am very pleased with the way that it worked out. I took the plunge and added thinners to all of my pots of Tamiya paint to make them ready for airbrushing. I’m not sure if I read it here on Britmodellers but it is certainly a regular theme on the internet. It worked really well and has the benefit that my hand brushing seems to be a bit better as well. So back to the model, the first picture shows most of the components, mostly painted and ready to fix. The next picture shows the forks and wheel mostly assembled. And a couple of pictures of the final assembly to the rest of the bike. I need to look at using clear coats now, but I need to do some research on the finish. By that I mean would a matt clear coat over a gloss colour make it a matt colour? Also do fellow modellers clear coat each component as part of the painting process or should I look at doing an “overall” clear coat at various stages of assembly? All comments read with much appreciation, I still have a lot to learn. Thanks for reading.
  6. I’ve just come across this build and I am very, very impressed by the quality of the work and the kit, but working at that scale ..... no comment apart from the fact that my eyesight or finger dexterity wouldn’t allow me to approach this. I’ll leave it to the experts and I’ll watch from afar with awe.
  7. Next up is the radiator assembly, it all fitted very well and doesn’t look too bad, in my opinion. The first picture shows most of the components ready for painting. Next are the painted components ready for fixing in place And finally everything fixed in place. As ever, any comments are gratefully received, thanks.
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    246 & 458

    I love the finish Ian, I’ve just bought my first airbrush and wondered how other modellers got such a good finish. I’m quite pleased with my results but they don’t compare with these Ferrari’s. The description of your process has been as helpful as many of the 20 minute YouTube videos that I’ve sat through. I look forward to seeing these cars take shape. Regards Ian.
  9. Hi Spoly, yes I agree, earlier in this thread, Colin came up with a couple of good suggestions that I could probably have used. Some rod with a hex cross section would have been good, but my local hobby shop didn’t carry anything like that and I wanted to get on. All in all I’m quite happy with the result, but obviously it doesn’t really represent any real world fixing solution, never mind, I won’t fall into this trap again. Regards Ian
  10. Ian T

    Hello from Cheshire

    Welcome back to modelling, I returned recently and I’m still rushing to catch up with the changes, but the forum members are very helpful, so just ask ......
  11. Continuing the seemingly never ending saga of the screw threads, the “glue” fix above didn’t really work. The surface areas was too small to get a good bond and I was also left with the problem of filling the holes. So I got some 1mm (or possibly 1.1mm, I’m not sure now) plastic rod and glued it into the threaded holes with CA, then I fitted the bodywork over the plastic rod and glued it all in place with Tamiya extra thin glue, as per the first picture below. After this had set overnight, I used a new blade and cut the rods down to a stub as shown in the next picture. And finally I used a 1mm Molotow liquid chrome pen to cover the stub. I now need to touch up a few spots of chrome which got onto the red. The end result (prior to fixing up the red) is shown below. The result suits me, it’s not ideal but I’m happy to hear any helpful suggestions.
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    Hi from Finland

    I don’t feel like an odd one out anymore, I thought that coming back to modelling with failing eyesight (and arthritis in the fingers) was my claim to fame, so welcome to the forum Matt from sunny Australia.
  13. Back with a bit more progress, I got really hung up over the screws and the threaded insert problem referred to above. I thought about gamblor916’s suggestion which would probably of worked, but I wasn’t sure enough of my skills yet to give it a try. So in the end I took the easy way out and glued the seat/petrol tank assembly to the frame. Which means that I can’t remove later, but I doubt that would happen anyway. The trouble now is that I need to find a way of covering the holes where the screws should have gone. I tried cutting down some dressmaking pins leaving just the head and a short piece of pin, but after trying for a considerable time to get it to sit properly I gave up as I was touching the paintwork too much. I hope that polishing compound will restore a bit of the shine. The exhaust pipes have have now been painted with my new Iwata Neo CN airbrush, this is my first go ever with an airbrush and I have to say that I’m really quite pleased. I probably need to thin the paint just a touch more, the finish is a little bit “rough” but since it was the exhaust pipes I left it and to my eye it looks quite acceptable. And finally the the first two pipes fitting to the engine and frame. There is a line on the bottom edge of the bottom pipe that looks horribly like a joint line, but I’m glad to say that it is just light reflecting off the lid of the box that it is resting on (honestly!!). That’s it for today, constructive comments happily received and welcome.
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    Hi from the Shire County

    Hi Slipknot, I’m looking forward to following that build for sure. Regards Ian
  15. Now that seems like a good idea, I’ll have a look and let you know.