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Northern Dan

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  1. Fantastic job with the build, it has inspired me to add it to my shopping list. The engine looks great and I really like the effect with the underside, deffinately something I'll try in the future. With regards to the darkened panel lines, I've seen a video where they apply black to the panel lines before spraying - I never got to see the end result though but I imagine it would work subtly well on a white finish. I do have one question though if you don't mind - what type of primer did you use? Was it a Tamiya version? Or a Halfords type? I'm prepping to spray my R34 (first time sprarer) and am still undecided.
  2. Great job. The Beemax kits are really appealing to me.
  3. That's great. I'm nearly bought this as my second build. How did you find it - is it a good kit?
  4. So. The build is almost complete now. Final assembly is almost done, the three transfers I didn't loose are on, and now it's into all the little touch ups here and there until I'm as happy as I can be about it. I am fairly happy, but there is a load of room for improvement, and I've certainly learned alot. I'm already looking forward to taking these lessons into the new build. Once I've finished, I'll put the final images in the completed build section. Here's some of the bigger lessons I've learned: Work area. All my tools and parts for the car were kept in the box in the photo. Although it did a great job in keeping kids sticky fingers off it, it wasnt ideal for the project. Having to bag the parts up and put them back in the box when I wasn't building has no doubt been detrimental to the process. I need to square away a proper area for the next time. Tools - I got through this build with the most basic of tools. But there's deffinately one or two more I'll be licking up, namely a decent pair of reverse tweezers and a good set of brushes. Paint - I'm not sure what the quality of the paints supplied with the starter kit are, but I wasn't particularly happy with them. For the next kit, I'll be trying Tamiya acrylics, and more importantly I'll be doing better paint prep. In some areas when I had to remove paint for whatever reason, it would peel over more area than I wanted. I put this down to the paint not having a good key to the surface. Also, for the larger surface areas, I'll deffinately be trying primer and spray cans. Part prep - for the next build I'll be taking time to ensure each part of the car is free from flash and burs. I tried this time to paint the parts on the sprues, especially the smaller ones. Then, when removing them parts, they all needed touching up, which obviously made them worse. Also, alot more forward planning on the painting too. (although I've already looked at the instructions for my next car and the build instructions are alot more precise and each part has a designated colour) Scale - I get that this is a starter kit, but I can't help thing the 1/32 scale is too small for a complete novice. I'm deffinately looking forward to a larger 1/24 scale. Other than that, I'm good to go on the next one
  5. Hi Thakyou for all the advice and comments. The plastic spoon is a defffinate for next time, and I've 1000s of them in the shed. So they'll finally get a use. So it's become very apparent that there is no rushing these models if you want to do them well. And I'm also finding that in spending more time planning my next build, than actually doing this one. The progress I've made so far though, has been enlightening for sure. Here is the progress so far. I don't think I've too much left to do. I'm pleased specifically with how the tyres have turned out, but I 100% will be spraying the body of the next build. Ive given up trying to get the white as white as I wanted - and managed to get a red fingerprint on it annoyingly. I'm also making sure the next car I build is a bigger scale. 1/32 is just a bit fiddly for my sausage fingers - especially the smaller items like the hand brake and gear stick. Also, this particular car the front window doesn't fit great. One of the biggest things I've taken so far is to spend much more time on prep before building. Quite a few times I've filed/sanded paint off getting rid of flash. And to be honest, there's still an awful lot of flash I've missed removing. I've possibly already decided on the next kit. Originally I wanted to work through the Tamiya Skylines, but I'm now working thinking of getting the Ravell Charger. I've enjoyed watching this series of videos and the car kit looks fantastic.
  6. That's a beautiful looking kit even before it's assembled. Looking forward to seeing the progress. The engine looks great.
  7. Love the detailing on the paint, particularly how clean it is around the wiper area. As a complete novice, if I can have mine look half as good, I'd be delighted. Great looking car.
  8. So, deffinately learning a few things already from this. First lesson - the Tamiya cement is fantastic so long as the parts aren't painted. I'm having to do quite a bit of touch up where the paint has been removed. On reflection, for the chassis at least, I could have assemble more of it before brush painting. Secondly, spraying the body is deffinately the way forward (for me anyway). The white is on coat number 4 now, and still not a solid colour yet. I think another 2 should do it. I've been taking an interest in the Tamiya Skyline R34 and would deffinately like a white body. No way am I brush painting that. Thirdly, decals are hard work. I thought I had the small decal on the dashboard sorted, until I found it a few hours later stuck to the table. I have been reading up on people's various methods of applying but tried to stick with the most basic. Next time I'll try a different way.... Progress is steady, but I don't mind that. I think I've got everything that's not red or chrome painted now (and the white). I plan to make an attempt on the wheels and start with painting the chrome parts over the weekend.
  9. I really like that. I think I'll try and pick one up. Great job.
  10. Thanks for the kind words I've been strongly resisting the temptation to start assembling all the parts together. I'm trying to get as much painted as I can whilst the parts are still on the sprues, and have made good progress. I'm fairly certain the black is all but finished - just the dreaded tyres and I keep missing the handbrake gaiter. I've managed a few coats of the tan paint for the interior, and also applied the first coat of white on the bodywork. The white on the body is worrying me slightly - it currently seems like it will take 4-5 or maybe more coats to give a good solid colour, time will tell. After watching the video by Stix, it looks like it will be worth investing in some flat brushes (the ones supplied in the starter kit are very fine artist style). If I can achieve a finish remotely like his I'll be happy. Although I may look at using tinned spray paint for the main bodies at some point in the future - I doubt I could ever achieve a finish nearly as good as spraying with brushes. Also, it looks like ill have no option but to try my hand at scratch building. Unfortunately one of the parts has been lost. Luckily though, it is only one of the smaller chrome trimmings that go up the rear of the car, so I think with a bit of patience ill be able to fashion a decent replacement using some of the sprue frame. I'll try to get photos up again soon showing my progress.
  11. Northern Dan

    Hello

    Hi. Arte et Marte
  12. Hi. Please entertain me if you will in this post documenting my first attempt at a scale model. Hopefully other beginners may read this and see what challenges await them (things the more experienced may not even think about anymore). For my first build I finally settled on the Airfix Triumph Herald Starter Kit. This is a car I really like, and the kit meant I wouldn't have to go shell out extra for paints. Having read many a post about building, and watched lots of videos, I decided to buy two more things. Tamiya Cement and some thinner for the paint. I pulled some snips, a needle file and hobby knife from my toolbox and relieved the wife of her spare nail file. And finally, I found some scotch brite in the shed that I'll use for cleaning up. I didn't want to go out buying loads of stuff, just incase this isn't for me. Finally I'm ready. When I opened the box I've had a real good read of the instructions. They seem pretty straight forward. However, only a handful of items are labelled with the paint colour. This is a bit unnerving as I'm pretty good at following instructions - not so good making it up myself. So I've spent some more time labelling the instructions with what I hope are the correct colours for the parts. Also, to be honest the amount af parts was quite daunting. Looking at the sprues, I'm surprised at the amount of extra material on the parts. I'm sure this is probably normal, but it's the first time of seen it up close, and it will deffinately take some time and care. I've now tidied up the parts where I think they need it, and decided to start painting. I've left as much on the sprues as I can following advice I've see online. The paint thinner is a deffinate good buy. I got the paint to the consistency of milk as I've heard mentioned quite a few times and done most of the black now. At first I thought the paint wasn't taking properly and considered wiping it off and rubbing the surface down to give it a key. But I'm happy to report that after a few minutes and them going straight away with another coat, a decent covering was achieved. I've now given the black 2 coats and it looks good. I'll give it a final 3rd tomorrow. I've also started painting the engine block too. The paint for that (humbrol 53) gives it a really good look that surprised me. With the thinners, brush strokes are all but gone. I'm now at the stage where I've assembled the suspension and have quite a few parts painted and I'm feeling pretty happy about the build. A word of advice for any fellow beginners though, patience is deffinately needed for the fiddle little bits of the suspension. The only frustrating thing is I think I've gone the wrong colour for the suspension and drive shaft. I've painted it all black, and maybe should have gone with the same colour ad the engine block. So far I think I'm doing OK. I've not come a cross any situation where I've not got equipment yet, apart from maybe tweezers (the wife's going to get mad) so it's also proving to be a cheap hobby. I'm looking forward to adding more colours and start putting it all together - but I'm absolutely dreading the wheels, and trying to make them look neat. Apologies for the long ramblings, and thankyou if you made it to the end. If one person finds it helpful, that's great, and if its give some of the pros somethi g to laugh at, I'm happy with that too. Any advice is well appreciated - especially with regards to brush painting.
  13. That looks fantastic. The finished paint looks incredible. Must be hard to get at the spare tyre though
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