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About johnlambert

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  1. @Fnick I've got some Tamiya dull red spray paint that I decanted into a bottle a couple of months ago (at least), it has separated but would probably return to a usable state with a thorough stir. I don't know if that helps?
  2. We have finally reached the stage of "Ready for Inspection"
  3. This kit has been part of my life for a long time, it seems. I started the build thread back in September 2020; it's been a challenging journey in places, partly because of the design of the kit and partly because of the decisions I made during the build process, but I think the end result was worthwhile. Why did I get this kit? I've always loved 1960s GT cars - Jaguar E-types, Ferrari Lussos, Aston Martin DBs and the like - but I'd sort of forgotten about the Maserati until different examples popped up on Jay Leno's garage, Fantomworks and Chasing Classic Cars all within a coupl
  4. Thanks Nick, The base is glued in place, so there's no non-destructive way to get back in. The door was fitting perfectly, so I'm not sure what went wrong. My feeling is that the risk of serious damage is too great to try putting it right.
  5. You can tell the end is in sight when I start working on number plates. A bit of styrene sheet, primed and sprayed gloss black. Individual letters are added after the basic shape was lightly scribed in the plastic. The first time I attempted to make number plates I cut the plastic to size first, but it is much easier working on a larger surface. After that, the styrene sheet was cut down closer but not quite to the final size and sprayed with Halfords clear lacquer. I actually had a failed earlier version of the plates, which was used to
  6. That paint finish is outstanding. Every time I see one built it reminds me that I want to get one of these kits.
  7. It's taken a while but I've started buying kits again. I probably paid over the odds for this, but it's not an easy kit to find and with Nectar points the actual cost to me wasn't too bad. It;s a bit galling that there's a Beatie's sticker on the instructions that suggests the kit was once reduced to clear. Just like a real 500 in Italian city traffic this one has somehow made it's way to the front of the queue to get built. Proof that my interests run somewhat wide, if the FIat is small and curvy (and the real thing is slow) this is big, square (and the r
  8. More praise from me, the finish and detailing looks superb. Some of those pictures could easily be mistaken for pictures of a real car.
  9. Reasonable shouts, I think the Morris Minor has been suggested a few times. The Volvo P1800 is sort of an honorary British car thanks to its Jensen-built bodies.
  10. Nice review, One minor observation is that the Indy was V8 powered, not V6 as you state (doesn't affect the kit either way). At least the quality of the body moulding is better than the Airfix E-type.
  11. Still not quite there with this one. One thing that bugged me was that the front bumper was angled downwards, so I removed it (thank goodness for PVA), tweaked the mounting brackets by filing a little off where they fouled the body and re-attached it. I also added a little paint on the Maserati badge on the front. It's not perfect but it actually looks more effective than I could have hoped. I'm just being vexed by number plates at the moment. Once I make up some plates I think this will be ready for inspection.
  12. I'd have thought one of the two-stroke or V4 SAABs, again classic rally machines, but a 99 Turbo with Aztec wheels would surely be a nice thing to build.
  13. I'd definitely want a Facel Vega HK500, but in 1/24. I've got a very nice Sun Star 1/18 diecast model and that's about as big as is practical for me, but in a smaller scale it would sit nicely in my collection of 1960s GT machinery. I think the FV might be a good shout for a kit manufacturer; handsome enough to appeal to people who haven't heard of it before and a reasonable number of people who have.
  14. Thanks, One of the nice things about the Prelude as a car to drive was the generous glass area, and as a model the big windows and sunroof really help to show off the interior. I'm very pleased with how the window rubbers have come out as well, it took a lot of effort to mask everything up, but it was worth it.
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