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Liizio

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  1. Interesting, never knew there even was a Goldwing kit! They are beautiful bikes, not terribly common here, but my neighbour happens to have one. Your 1:1 looks beautiful, and I'll be following the kit build with interest! Honda's have always been THE bikes for me, although I don't ride myself. Used to have a '73 CB125 back when I was a teenager, and my license didn't allow anything bigger.
  2. Greetings again, and happy new year! I saved most of my yearly leave for Christmas, and so I had a lot of time to spend with models. Unfortunately things didn't really go according to plan. Earlier I had applied the decals to the body, and topped it with a spray can clear. I left the body to dry for a week or so, and then started the polishing process with Tamiya compounds. I started polishing the driver side rear quarter, and sure enough: I promptly polished through the clear and paint, and that's the grey primer showing through the body sideline. I don't fathom how I managed this, since I've painted and polished dozens of model car bodies over the years with no such problems, and here it happened really quickly. Oh well, in to the brake fluid she goes for the second time. This left me with a question of decals. I had already applied the black 'Hockey Stick' -stripes to the body, and naturally they were now ruined. I left a 'wanted' -posting on a local modeling site, and luckily a fellow modeller quickly left a reply saying he has the decals I need! A Christmas wonder if I've ever had one. Shell sit in the fluid for a few days, and came out very clean after some scrubbing. A new primer, followed by black for the rear panel. Some masking tape for that: Followed by some Motip -spray green. Naturally I quickly ran out, and this still needs a few coats. So I need to source yet another bottle... Engine bay, Interior and undercarriage are pretty much done. Painted the wheel centre caps, and applied some panel liner. Also gave the tyres a quick rub with some scotch brite to tone down the black a bit. Kit also has these optional 'Fish Gill' -rocker mouldings. I'm not sure if I'll be using them, but we'll see. If I'm not mistaken, in 1:1 cars they have a similar texture as the fascia, so this chrome is way too bright: Gave them a light coat of silver to tone them down: -Till next time
  3. Very neat building and painting, and that seascape along with weathering really brings the model to life! I'm not a huge carrier guy, but the wooden decks with colorful markings really set these IJN ones apart.
  4. Greetings! I'm pretty much done with the engine bay, apart from weathering. Otherwise I'm pretty happy, but there's an annoying hole in the passenger side inner fender. During the build I was thinking some engine bay detail will be glued there later, but no. Nothing there on real cars either. I really don't know what I should do with it, since it looks really out of place, but it's hard to fill it in neatly anymore. Should have done that before painting, but I really thought it served some purpose. Details I added: -Spark plug wires -Oil dip stick -Fuel lines with filters -Ignition coil with it's wire -Battery terminal wires -Coolant overflow hose -Heater hoses -Brake hoses -Brake reservoir cover retainer Some pics of the engine bay, had some trouble getting decent ones: I'm thinking maybe I should add a dull clear coat over all of it, to hopefully blend it together a bit. Seems kinda plastic-y to me now. Those carbs look monolithic, but they'll be invisible on the finished model anyway. -Till next time.
  5. Always nice to see E-bodies! I've always preferred these small-block powered T/A:s and AAR:s over their big-block bretheren, something about that race-oriented powerplant with the six-pack carbs and ever-so-slightly over the top scoops, decals and side pipes just speaks to me. Sublime is a great color too, one of the quintessential colors for Mopars of this era. Will be following with interest!
  6. Greetings again! Decided to go with black interior. Gave all the parts few coats of matte black. Pretty much finished the dash. Not hugely happy with the wood effect, I was in a too much of a hurry and colours blended together in a messy way. Glued the engine bay together, also applied a huge fingerprint on the fender, apparently. Added the oh-so-fancy red shocks. Painted the body shell, finally. Pretty happy with the colour, and no great errors in finish! -Till next time
  7. Oh, that's cool! Scifi elements could actually suit the GT40 well, it's a pretty retrofuturistic body shape, after all. I wouldn't go too crazy with the body colour, maybe some adapted version of some real racing livery? Scifi vehicles loosely based on real ones are generally a cool concept, Space battleship Yamato is one of my favourite designs!
  8. Paintjob looks brilliant! 330 is a beauty of a car.
  9. Many thanks for your kind words! Went to a local automotive shop, and found a Motip metallic spray, which I thought was close enough for the body color. Started by painting the engine bay, rear valance, underside oversprays, etc. Had a bit of a bummer. Was doing some masking and painting on the interior/engine bay part, and when peeling of the masking tape, this happened: Then tested if rear valance, which was already painted with body color, reacted the same. Sure enough: Thought it was trouble with the Motip primer I was using. I had already sprayed the body shell with same stuff, so I gave the whole thing, plus rear valance and hood, a bath in a brake fluid: Some bits of engine bay were painted with same primer, but I don't need to do any masking there, so I guess I'll be safe enough. Didn't want to take any chances with the body, though. I'll be respraying it with a Maston Primer Instead. Also, by chance I visited another automotive shop today. And naturally they had a rattlecan which I thought was just a tiny bit closer to the Ivy Green I was going for, so another 10€ down the drain. Oh well, many parts were stripped of paint anyway because of the primer trouble. Gave the rear valance a coat of this new paint, and I'm pretty happy with the shade: Engine bay also received a coat of this new paint. Painted the exhaust system silver. Thought it looked very plain, so masked off the tube parts... ...and gave the mufflers a misty coat of copper and black. Don't know if it's realistic, but looks more interesting. Main parts of undercarriage painted and assembled. In the past I've painted Mopar undersides black with body color oversprays, but I recently learned they used grey primer for them. To be honest I thought the black looked better, but what can you do. Decided the underside wasn't colourful enough as it is, so the car has Koni -Shocks now Painted and assembled the radiator. Engine bay test fitting: Painted the Shaker cowl in a same manner I did the fascia. Also added the decals to it. I like how the scoop hides all the details I added -Till next time
  10. Looks just great! Paintjob is just... flawless, really. Those gold accents really suit the car well, too.
  11. Black is a hard colour to get right, both when painting and photographing, but you certainly pulled both off! I have built the same kit back in the day, and I agree it's pretty nice. I had terrible fitment issues with decals on mine, but I see no evidence of similar problems with your build, congratulations!
  12. Tidy build with nice extra detailing! I especially appreciate the underside, cool details and use of paints (primer, overspray etc.)
  13. Radiator had this thing molded on, apparently it tries to mimic some sort of an coolant overflow hose: Looks hardly hose-y to me, so I filed it off and made a new one: Added some brake lining to the master cylinder, and also that shackle which keeps the thing closed. I probably has a proper name, but I don't know it. Bit of dry-fitting. Some clearance issues with battery and ignition wires. Also added some battery wires. Glued on the front lights: ...And painted the red bits of rear lights. I'm pleasantly surprised how these turned out: -Till next time
  14. I have a week off work, and not a lot else to do than fiddle around with cars, both 1:1 and smaller. Just got my Chevy up on blocks and started tearing off the rear suspension in hopes of getting both leaf springs and shocks replaced during winter. During the ordeal also noticed that the rear wheel bearings in the autumn of their life, and I'll also need to go tire shopping soon. Wonderful. In 1:24 scale things are going more smoothly. After a lot of re-scribing and sanding the body is finally ready for paint: I noticed one annoying thing; the sideline of the body is warped on top of rear wheel arches. Hopefully it won't be super noticeable, because I won't even try to correct this one. I first gave the front fascia a coat of silver spray, but I wasn't happy with the outcome. These parts have a pretty distinct texture irl, and plain silver looked just wrong. Then I painted the fascia black, and added a somewhat translucent coat of silver on top of that. I think it looks pretty good! Also started work on rear lights. Sprayed a very light coat of same silver on top of chrome to tone it down a bit, then painted the black bits with some diluted Tamiya acrylic. Pretty happy so far, but still kinda dreading painting the actual lights. -Till next time.
  15. Very cool build! You have your work cut out for you, but progress seems great. Nice to see these lesser-known Royal Navy BB's getting some love. And as the previous comments said, she is very a formidable looking ship.
  16. My electrician uncle happened to have this material, and it seems to work wonders! The one he had is just a tad thick for my tastes, but I'd imagine there is thinner ones available. Thank you for the tip! I started the detailing process. Added ignition wires made from the aforementioned wrapping wire. Also raided my uncle's component storage for some Zenier diodes which I used to mimic the fuel lines with fuel filters. Also built an ignition coil from another one of those. Added an oil dipstick too, but that's pretty invisible in these photos. I'll be adding some wiring for the brake cylinder and battery, and heater hoses as well. I think that will do for engine bay detailing. Also prepped the undercarriage bits for painting. Bit of a chore, lots of flash in hard to reach places. Hope to start painting these next, but even though I have two restoration guides for E-bodies at hand, they aren't massively helpful concerning these parts. Internet is also a bit divided on what colours to use. Oh well, I won't be losing sleep even if I paint the front stabilizer in steel when it's really supposed to be black. I also have trouble sourcing a paint for the body. Many shops around here used to have a good selection of Maston or Motip -spray paints, but now shelves look pretty empty. That's how the world is right now, I guess. -Till next time
  17. XJ-S has always been my favourite Jag, that body is just gorgeous! Your model is also looking very nice indeed, I like your colour choice, and all in all it just looks like a very tidy build. I kinda want to build this kit as well, but it's a tad hard to get hold of here in Finland. I built the Bandai 1:16 offering many years ago, but that kit was a bit of a hassle, to say the least.
  18. Not a straightforward build, but your progress looks great! I like how you made that gradient paint. Very cool and unique subject too!
  19. Nice. I like what you did with the exhaust, looks excellent!
  20. I've tried posting a reply/update a few times last week, "Submit Reply" -button turns to "Saving...", and then nothing happens. Apparently I'm not the only one with this issue... This is something I must look into now that I got an airbrush. Is Alclad still the way to go? I haven't built cars in years, and all the big kids were using that for their chrome back in the day. I was surprised by the problems with the Shaker too, I had no similar problems with the ancient Monogram '71 'Cuda I built ages ago. Thanks for the tips! Started the sanding/rescribing/priming -process with the body shell. Still needs lots of work. Not perfectly happy with the way the body is molded, panel lines were partially pretty light, and some of the trim seems pretty undefined. Some slight progress on the engine. Some clearance issues between the Shaker and the distributor which now sits at an awkward angle. Hopefully it won't be too noticeable. I need to source some material for the ignition wires, I used thin solder in the past, but looking at it now it looks too bulky. Fills the engine bay nicely. -Till next time.
  21. Greetings! What little activity I have here on Britmodeller is usually targeted to the naval section of the forum, but after a couple of 1:700 battleships with too many too small parts I figured it is time for something completely different. My first plan was to start recreating my 1:1 Camaro using the Revell kit I recently got for just that purpose, but since the car itself is will be going through some changes soon, I decided to wait some more. Would be silly to go through the process of building a precise model of something that is going to look different soon, methinks. Then I came across this kit that has been sitting in the stash since it was released nearly ten years ago: My father has a 1:1 scale E-body, so I raided his library to find some inspiration for the build. There I found my platonic ideal of a Cuda: 'Ivy Green' metallic colour, black 'Hockey Stick' -stripes, silver/gray Shaker -scoop. Green interior as well. Simple. Pretty similar car I found online: Not sure I like the body colored Elastometric bumper on this one, or the chromed wing mirrors. I don't think I'll be building an exact replica of either car, but they'll serve as a general guideline. On to the kit itself: The body shell. Looks nice in my opinion. E-body is a hard one to get right. Lot nicer than couple of Revell Challengers I've built. Nice detail all around. Two sets of front suspensions for different ride heights. Kit also comes with two sets of bumpers, one set in chrome , and one in white plastic, modeled after the optional elastometric bumpers which had a slightly different shape. Very nice addition to a kit! Two sets of rear leafs as well. Interior detail is nice, I appreciate the separately molded centre console, as well as the higher-trim 'Rally dash' which I think is appropriate for a Hemi car. All E-body kits I've had before had the basic dash with no tachometre, which I think is just weird for high-spec cars. Sadly the steering wheel is the basic one, would've liked to see a higher-end one, they look nicer in my opinion. The stock twin scoop hood is also included along with the Shaker hood, unfortunately there are holes in the scoops, which is just wrong. Real ones were completely non-functional. Chrome bits. Not very impressed, finish is thick and kind of uneven. Bit worried how the tail lights will turn out, going to be a pain to get them painted in a tidy manner. Wish I had photo-etch parts for these or something. Set of custom wheels is also included, like usual. Wish they'd include something more period correct. Tyres included are bland non-branded ones, which I disliked immediately. All-black tyres in a muscle car of this era just look silly to my eye. Found a set of white-letter Goodyears in my stash. Would prefer Firestones myself, but they'll do. Decals are very nice. Hemi -Hockeystick-stripes in four colours, and many small texts and labels, even an owners manual! Started the build with the engine, as is usual. I had a hunch I will be having trouble with the shaker scoop's fitment with the hood at some point, so I decided to start test fitting it as early as possible. So I glued the carbs on with a tad of super glue at this point. Also put the shaker scoop together, assembled it all, and et voila: Yeah, seems about right, it only needs to go down like 8mm or so... Luckily it was easy to adjust by filing these posts under the scoop down. A lot better. Took off the carbs again. Noticed that cylinder heads needed a bit of filling, some of the inside cavity was visible from the corner after the valve cover was put on. Plugged that with some sprue. That's better, wont leak now : ) Also drilled out the spots for the spark plug wires. Got some primer on, naturally the seam between engine halves needed more attention. Some silver for the transmission, mask that off. And then some orange for the engine block. Some black for valve covers and exhaust manifolds. I've seen Hemi's with steel, black and orange manifolds, went for black because that's how I've done them in the past. Main components of the engine glued together, some details painted on. Don't know how much detail I'll be adding, at least spark plug wires and some fuel lines. The huge Shaker scoop will hide most of it anyway. American car models often suffer from the floating alternator syndrome, and this kit is no exception. Added a bit of plastic to work as a bracket. Some normal mold lines on the body, marked those out for sanding. That's a lot of pictures and text for very little actual progress. -Till next time
  22. Sounds like this is your Magnum Opus, and rightfully so. Not only great building and painting on the model it self, but that seascape and figures really bring a sense of action rarely seen on models, especially ships. Great model of a beatiful ship, you should be really proud!
  23. Many thanks for your kind words! Yep, It'll be a while before I start on the Yahagi, I want to build something simpler and faster next. I've been looking at this model for a while, and decided two points I want to improve on my next ship: -Secondary guns. Those just look way too unrefined and blocky. Maybe I need to get aftermarket ones if plastic ones turn out like this. -There's a lot of visible wooden deck, and it looks way too uniform. This can probably be made better in the weathering stages with some oil paints.
  24. Greetings! WIP of this build can be found in the appropriate forum, if someone's interested. Finally finished this piece by Trumpeter. It's my second battleship in this small scale, so very much still a learning experience. The kit was reasonable, I guess. Cheap, and OK detail, some moulding errors though. Some PE was included, but no railings, so I used some generic ones by Lionroar. Torpedo net booms were also replaced with scratch-built ones. Overall, not as nice kit as the Fujimi's Nagato which I did last time, but manageable. The building process was a bit rocky. Still have trouble figuring out in which order to build and paint things. Overall this build took around six months, although I only have access to my modeling workshop during weekends. I used Tamiya acrylics for painting and clearing. Weathering is Tamiya liners and oil paints. Rigging is Uschi's stuff. I should mention I didn't really look at any references all that much, so historical errors are certainly present. Overall, I'm just happy that she's finally finished. I had some trouble staying motivated with this build, and I think I'll need to take a short break from ship models to maintain my sanity. I'll probably make a short return to my comfort zone of american car models for now, but don't worry, recently bought Hasegawa's 1:350 Yahagi is already waiting in the stash as well. Any comments, criticism or tips are very much welcome! Oh and yes, proper base is in the works. I had Trumpeter display case planned for this, but the bugger is so tall with that mast it won't fit.
  25. Thanks David! Railings are done as complete sections, if that's what you meant. Not cut into small bits. I used Lionroars generic IJN railing. By the way, SHE'S FINISHED! Pictures will be coming to the 'ready for inspection' -forum shortly. Many thanks to everyone who followed this build!
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