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  1. OK so I did a few sprue shots and couldn't help myself but start assembling! Quite a few parts, the wheels and tyres on the bottom right are 'aftermarket' in that they are from another kit, I'm going to see if I can shoehorn them in! The parts come in two colours (bagged by colour) with separate internal bags for the clear and chromed parts. The bodyshell was just loose in the flimsy cardboard box but seems to have survived. Engine parts seem quite detailed, there's even some very thin ignition wires in there - getting them off the sprue in one piece and cleaned up maybe a challenge - though maybe not as they're so thin they are flexible. Instructions are a black and white booklet (not the latest Revell colour style) but seem detailed and clear enough. I started by removing the parts that will be body coloured, so I could get them cleaned and painted early, then removed a bunch of the main pieces (suspension, chassis, interior floor/tub) so I could do some test fitting and work out whether going with the modern boy racer wheels and attempting to lower the car would be an easy job or a complete headache. The kit seems well engineered in that all the pieces seem to fit together quite nicely with lots of large locator slots / bars / etc. The suspension arms at the rear fit via a long tab and it looks like if you simply glued that end down the part would flex giving the model a little suspension with the rotating part being sandwiched between the interior and chassis components, however I noticed I'd stress the plastic slightly when forcing it where it meets the 'axle' part. The front suspension arms are a bit more rigidly mounted via a slot into the chassis. Where the rear suspension mounts the instructions show it just being a bar but the moulding had more of a + shape which stopped the tang reaching the bottom of the chassis, I cleaned the shorter sides down to allow the suspension to lower as far as it could easily, this seems to make it appear more even height front/rear even with standard everything. I also glued along the mounting rotation parts as I want a strong bond, given I was concerned about the stressing plastic. One thing that's nice about this era of Revell kits is they show completed model pics on the side of the box, handy for when you can't work out what the painting guide/instructions are saying. The instructions say the front inner wings should be body coloured but looking at their example that's only on the interior engine side, with the exterior being black, also it showed their build version riding a bit high so these few mm drop should be helpful even with standard wheels. So onto the modifications - it looks like these Fujimi wheels will fit onto the mounting posts easily enough (small amount of play but should be able to use epoxy or Milliput to get a good tight fit, they won't rotate but that's fine with me. The fronts I can squeeze on, there's not much room with the parts (exhaust, steering pins fouling the wheels before melting down) but plenty enough space under the arches. I fixed up the front suspension and glued it all solid, since it wouldn't be able to steer much with these fat wheels anyhow. The engine block halves were also assembled to test fit, since the drive shafts piece keys into it, I wanted to check I had it orientated the correct way for the small notch. Fitting the rear wheels will be a lot more difficult - firstly they foul on the floorpan piece to the rear but more worryingly they also foul quite badly on the inner arches. Seems I might have two options though: a) Do some extensive plastic surgery to the arches or b) I test fitted the supplied tyres on the wheels, which fit with a bit of a stretch - I might simply shave down the rear wheels so they're much thinner matching the width of the supplied tyres, which will hopefully then fit under the arches. Anyhow - that's progress so far, hopefully I can get some priming and start of the body panel painting over the weekend. I've still not decided on colour. Style wise I think I'm going to go for some kind of distressed bodywork to contrast the flashy wheels, I might see about home printing some 'graffiti' style decals for the body too, though I have seen there are decals you can buy in that vein. At least the style is sorted, had I more time I might be tempted to do something like the 2CVs I've been looking at on the internet - some pretty crazy stuff out there, hot-rodded versions with the front wings removed or completely slammed to the ground ones.
  2. Not yet started, the Mustang build has taken most of my time (then the SAS Jeep but that didn't make the deadline). Mustang paint issues mean it's currently sitting in a bath of isopropyl alcohol. I've opened the box and taken a look at the parts, wondering if I'm going to risk attempting a modified build or not, probably will try and lower it somehow at least. I'll post some sprue shots soon and hopefully get cracking!
  3. A rub down of the worst offending parts and some more filler on the arches was applied... Second coat of primer... Nubs rubbed back and then onto paint... Annoyingly my speckly airbrush strikes again - though some of this I think is from the primer blobs... Fairly sure the car jumping off the stand and onto the dusty garage floor didn't help! The bonnet wasn't as bad but still looks pretty orange peely / textured... Anyhow, after that disaster I decided to call it a night, let it settle and take a look in the cold light of day. The interior has come along in the meantime a lot better... Carpet was a layer of enamel with 'micro balloons' scattered in it wet to add texture (there was some small texture moulded already) before adding a thin black wash. Seats were dry brushed in various dark greys, black acrylic washed then semi-gloss cleared. The wood panels are the kit supplied decals, they still need sealing and possibly semi-gloss or flat clear coat, there's some texture underneath them but I think it's out of scale. Not shown (yet) - I had an issue with the wood effect surround for the dash dials, I couldn't get it positioned well and it ended up crumpling so I've not used it - I did paint the surround in a similar colour to the wood, hopefully with another layer it should match quite well and will be hidden in the cabin behind the steering wheel. After sleeping on it I decided I'll see if I can sand back the worst of the lumps, if not I might need to try stripping it and reapplying. Some light wet sanding with some 2000 grit sanding sponge and here's where it's at (with the interior test fitted and hood - though offset due to masking tape underneath)... Still pretty warty and ugly, lets see if I can get it smooth, unless anyone has some better suggestions? Strip it and start again? How do I even strip lacquer paint? One thing with this paint is it's quite translucent, I should have probably gone for a gloss coat underneath for the metallic nature, though the primer coat colour will show though - there was a small chip in the primer, just above the chin splitter on the left and you can clearly see it shows through a lot lighter. Therefore I worry that any heavy sanding will leave dark spots that will show through a second coat.
  4. A small amount of progress has been made, I started some paint coats however the Vallejo paint just didn't want to play ball, gumming up the airbrush, splattering or being too thin and runny. I decided to give up on the airbrush and go back to the hairy sticks for this one. So many bad seams to fix up on all that stowage (there's still more stuck on the sprues!), quite tedious work - hoping I'll get it finished in time.
  5. Sign me up, this sounds like my kind of thing. I'm sure I can find something even though I usually try and push myself in GBs to get out of my usual comfort zone anyhow - haven't tackled any 1/48th aircraft for over 20+ years (though I'm planning to soon in the high-wing GB), there's a Countach kit hiding in the stash that scares the bejesus out of me trying to do a nice shiny paint coat on it, as I can't weather up to hide the mistakes (though I'm currently doing a Ford Mustang for that GB), My not my comfort zone stuff would currently be: Soviet kit Spitfires (I prefer an underdog Hurricane any day of the week) Resin (didn't quite make the start of that GB) Big aircraft (larger scale or bigger bombers). Floaty things (built a toon one for the Navy GB but not really my thing) Shiny things Stuff with lots of decals wrapped around complex shapes
  6. The engine block has been built up... A word of warning to anyone else attempting this kit - the fan has a pin on the back that goes through the pulley/belts and into the block. However the hole in the pulley part is very tight (as in I got it stuck). Took me ages to free the parts before I could drill out to widen it a little, in the process I managed to snap the pulley/belts part - though since it has a secondary connection part onto the block I managed to line them up fairly well I hope! The fan blades also took a beating in the process so will need treating gently as I fear they're likely to drop off in a stiff breeze! Lots more filing then filling has also been happening in the build... I managed to widen out the holes for the air intakes and get them fitted. My initial assessment for the aftermarket material may have been wide of the mark, as the rear arches decided to detach, so needed re-gluing, this time with 2 part epoxy. I took the advice and attached the rear panel to start with - there's some pretty shoddy fit there as can be seen above on the lower left side, however that should be hidden under the chromed bumper. You can also see I managed to chip the spoiler when I cleaned up the inside before a bit too aggressively (doh)! Some of the initial filling I did with AK White (water based putty) but then I decided I'd try making some 'sprue goo' and use that as a filler - I had an old pot of Tamiya Extra Thin (where the brush can't reach the bottom) so chopped up some plasticard bits, threw them in and added a paint mixing ball bearing for good measure. The result is pretty thick at the minute (like that thick PVA glue from school days), I can always thin it with more glue later though. It goes on pretty well, nicely self levels, does shrink a fair amount when drying but it's a nice styrene hardness. It doesn't chemically bite onto the resin annoyingly (sanding hard will flake it off) but I'm kind of liking it - a good experiment I shall keep using in future. I also experimented with stripping the chrome parts, first time I've tried this - can't believe all I needed was some household bleach! With the bumpers de-chromed I fitted the rear one - looking at the real world photos of the car I'm basing this on, it has body coloured bumpers. There was a bit of a large gap however between the body and bumper (and it seemed uneven left/right) so I added some filler goo there too. Multiple applications of filler and starting to question whether I could have finished by now had I not gone off script whether this will ever get this thing smooth. I gave it a sand and decided it was time to put some primer down to see how much of a mess I've made (hard to tell how smooth it is with the variation in colour, plus my new filler dries a kind of semi-transparent white). I gave everything a coat of Zero Black Primer, I'm not sure if it's just old or normal but it separates out very quickly after shaking (and the thinners seems to have yellowed), I added a small drop of self-levelling thinners too (my last attempt with this went very lumpy but I'm putting that down to ambient temperature), I have to say it's not looking too bad - looks pretty mean in flat black, though I intend to do something a bit more colourful. Clearly there's a mould line down the rear-haunches that I need to fix and some other minor fixes round those arches and intakes. I also need to work out what's stopping that bonnet laying flat down (something minor must be fouling somewhere). I'll have to give it a good inspection in the daylight and decide on the colour scheme - I think I'm going to go for a custom Mitsubishi dark metallic red (which I have in the paint drawer), I was intending to use that for another build but this might be a good test for it, though I worry the metallic might show the bodywork flaws more.
  7. Looking great, some fine painting and sanding work there, can't wait to see it finished, it's looking close! Always good to see someone else tackling the same kit, I'm kind of worried about how I'll get the engine/chassis/body together now in mine (the fan has already taken a bit of a beating when I built up the engine).
  8. Thanks for the info - might be a little late and too adventurous for me to scribe it now. Audrey II here has a line too, though she's had a lot of filler and other work over the years... She's in a bit of a sorry state at the minute but myself and my brothers are hoping to get her back to running condition as a surprise for our dad's birthday (need to sneak her out of his shed without him noticing). Work on the kit is about as glacial as well at the moment, only managed to prime the figures then get some base flesh colour on them so far, need to hurry up as the GB deadline is looming!
  9. Greetings from not too far away (near Surbiton). I think we're all hoarders, I'm waiting for one of those TV hoarder programs to have a modeller on it!
  10. So the kit I think is pretty old moulds but seems to have a few nice touches, such as the rear lights being moulded in clear red. The instruction booklet is the new Revell style colour one and the decals look pretty good. Not too many parts, seems the kit comes with 2 engine blocks - I guess for various versions. Clear parts and chromes bagged separately (so was body, compared to main sprues). I might try strip the chrome, though I've never done that before. The aftermarket wheels come with multiple coloured parts: silver/grey for the brakes, black wheels with red inserts, also includes poly caps. The separate inserts should make painting them easy. I've no idea how I'll mount them yet to the car, given it's going to be a wide body kit, hopefully I can trim down the original wheel parts and mount them onto those to help pad it out. The resin parts come in a nice sturdy cardboard box but no instructions - guess I'll have to wing it, but not too many so hopefully not a difficult job. Luckily they seem to be moulded in some resin that's slightly flexible (great as I hate brittle resin) and seems to accept Tamiya Extra Thin glue (I tested on a few small offcuts). I made a start on the engine block pieces, I'm just going with the standard small block for the kit, not doing anything fancy as I don't intend on having it on show. With the main block parts together I gave it and the air filter cover a blast of blue from a rattle can I had hanging about. I made a start on the body - fitting the front and then attaching the extended arches. The rear ones seemed to fit nicely and I managed to attached them with just Tamiya glue. The fronts didn't want to play ball so much so I needed to use some epoxy and clothes pegs to get them to conform... Whilst the epoxy does create a strong bond it's quite messy to use. Once they were on I added the front and rear spoilers, and did some dry fit testing. I'm going to need to do some cutting and filing of the old wings... I made a start opening up the holes for the intakes, very nerve wracking as not something I'm used to, I made a start by initially drilling a few small guide holes I opened it up a larger drill hole in the middle then extended it with a file. I'm not sure if I should be attaching the parts from the back or the front, currently it's kind of big enough to fit in from the rear but I think it'll have cleaner lines if I attach from the front, though it's going to be difficult getting a clean join / size. It seems the interior tub has some holes for a roll-bar (which the kit has included but not mentioned in the instructions), I think that's for a convertible version of the kit given the large lugs on it which look like roof attachment points - I'm going to attempt to fit this as a roll-bar, I've sanded off the lugs - hopefully it will fit under the clear window parts. I also built up the seat parts (which are nice in that they have a front and rear section rather than the usual car kit parts of a single piece. They're maybe a bit out of keeping with a race themed car but since this is going to be a kind of street themed resto-mod build I think I'll stick with the comfy looking seats as I don't have any aftermarket ones in the stash at present. I did test out my home made filler on them and it seems quite good - basically some plasti-card pieces dissolved in an old pot of Tamiya Extra-Thin, hopefully it acts like plastic when set so should be the same hardness when sanding back. I added the front radiators and fan cover (I like to fit as many parts as possible / same colour before painting) - these will all be painted black with the engine interior. I need to work out if the rear plate can be added before painting the shell (seems it might be used to hold the chassis in, viewing the instructions - I'd prefer to attach / fill it all before painting the exterior. So that's where I'll need to leave it for a while. Plenty more chopping, filling and sanding to do no doubt, once I get some time!
  11. Nice choice of subject, will be an interesting build to follow!
  12. Airfix new tool 1/72 Bristol Beaufort Mk I, OOB build apart from some Eduard window masks. Build log here.
  13. I brushed on a coat of Microscale gloss (thinned with Tamiya X20a), then applied the decals. I was a little worried that the green had gone down a little thickly, leaving a step so I made a template for the roundels out of masking tape then placed this where the decals would go and used some fine sand paper to try smooth the joins where the decals would go. It worked somewhat, though I could have clearly sanded it back further. The decals went on great, though I had issues with the smaller stencils so left them off as my patience was wearing thin by then! With the decals on, I brush applied another coat of Microscale gloss before rattle can applying some Mr Topcoat matt, though I ran out and had to hit the bottom with semi-gloss. Once that dried I brushed on some thinned Tamiya flat-clear. With the clearcoats dried I applied some Abteilung 'starship filth' (very dark brown/grey) heavily thinned as an oil wash. There was just a small amount of swearing involved trying to get the clear wing tip parts attached with super-glue (which always seems to stick more to my fingers than anything else). Finally I removed the window masks, seems they did a good job (I may have bent the turret guns a little but I'm not going to try and bend them back otherwise they'll probably snap off). The small port-hole windows I think I've unfortunately 'fogged' when attaching with poly-cement but overall the clear parts seem to have worked well. I did manage to knock off the larger aerial (I think that's what it is) but reattached it. Overall a good fun build, nicely engineered kit, decals went on well, etc. I could maybe do another coat or two of weathering but I'm happy to leave this where it is now, another finished GB - now on to the next!
  14. Eduard 1/72 F6F-5N (Nightfighter), Profipack edition (PE bits and paint masks included), OOB. Fairly simple but well engineered kit - nice fit for wings, etc. without needing too much faffing and filling. Managed to break off the aerial pylon behind the cockpit but otherwise a great quick build. Build log here.
  15. So I've managed to finish another GB! Brush painted a clear coat of Microscale gloss thinned with Tamiya X20a, it seemed to pick up some of the darker colour which was noticeable when going over the radome (though it could have been from the brush / the palette). The decals went on well, though a bit of drama trying to get the curved bar that goes over the lump on the underside to fit, in the end I had to chop off some small piece of the flat version (which you have to remove) and fit these over the top to clean up the ends. With the decals on I added another thin coat of the gloss before spraying everything with a coat of Mr Topcoat semi-gloss (I'd run out of flat and colour is I think supposed to be 'glossy sea blue'. Finally a very thin oil wash of Abteilung 'starship filth' (a kind of dark grey with a hint of brown colour) was applied. Quite a simple little kit overall that went together nicely, overall a fun and pretty quick build!
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