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  1. Tamiya's nearly three decades old kit of Alfa's 155 was my latest via dolorosa. This kit is definately not on par with todays moldings but it's not disastrous either. However I dug my own grave when I decided to use Studio27's additional decals for this. The kit itself only suffered from little fitment issues but those decals were all over the place. Some numbering on the sheet didn't match those on the instructions, decals were wrong size and instructed to put into wrong places etc. Ontop of that they were quite thick and quite brittle, requiring lot of heat and softener to go around those wheel arches for example. And I still couldn't do it with all of them. Painted with tamiya's X- and LP-series paints, lacquered with Zero 2K Diamond and machine polished. All of the CF/kevlar decals inside are made from corresponding sheets with self made templates. Added some extra "racing" pieces to inside such as fire extinguisher, wiring, electronic boxes etc. Driver's harnesses are from S27's bulk set with sparco decals. 155's party piece was its 13000rpm revving 2,5 litre Busso-V6. If you have never heard it, I highly suggest listening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFJQGWz9AmM
  2. So you still won't admit that (pretty much) the rest of the world drives on the correct side of the road...? Whatever, I love the Mk III Supra, it looks prettier into my eye than Mk IV. A friend from school had metallic green Mk III Supra with 1JZ-GTE and manual tuned to about 450hp/700Nm so I may be somewhat biased... All in all I have to admit that rims are what define the car, in this case those BBS rims make the whole appearance with the colour. No need for lowering or body kits, just unforgiving appearance.
  3. As a Finn, I'd rather thought I'd see Italeri's "new" Volvo 760 under this load... Without a dip in rear springs of course. How you did the windshield crack? With paint or really cracking the plastic somehow or completely replacing the windshield with acetate or something?
  4. For one that 1000 hours which includes the engine, span out from 2016 till the very end of 2020. Secondly this wasn't only kit I built during those years. I'll be honest sometimes this did require forcing myself to build just to get forward. When I didn't feel like I would achieve the level I required from this I put it away and built something else. But still, looking back this took "a bit" longer than it should have taken. What I meant by saying this should have been better is compared to those hours used. A normal model for me usually takes about 100 hours and I'd say those achieve 80% of the detail this has. So putting 500 hours more should be more visible than it actually is.
  5. This was "commissioned" work from a friend. He is extremely passionate about McLaren F1 and didn't yet have a model of F1 that won the inaugural Helsinki thunder 3h endurance race so he turned for me. We decided that Aoshima's model for long tail test version was the best place to start modifications. I bought the kit, two carbon fibre decal sets and three different race decal sets from which I combined chassis #21R that won in Helsinki. Inner monocoque consists about 50 parts and 120 carbon fibre decals, outside about the in parts but a lot more decals. As the Helsinki race was a relatively short and tight track, it had a unique aero pack that I had to made from scratch. This includes front canards, rear wing, rear aero diffuser and such. If the history behind McLaren F1 or GT1 racing is in your interests I highly suggest you check out Sami Aaltonen's (the man who ordered this build) webpage with pictures from the actual chassis #21R car as it is today and history behind it: https://samiaal.kuvat.fi/kuvat/1995-1997+McLaren+F1+GTR/MCLAREN+F1+GTR+-+ENGLISH/1997+MCLAREN+F1+GTR+LONGTAIL/CHASSIS+21R/ The whole project for this chassis took about 600...700 hours if all the research and reference digging is included and it took about three years to complete. BMW S70/2 engine from this model kit was built separately before this car and combined it has taken about 1000 hours to finish. When I say it out aloud I think the quality isn't anywhere near where it should be but as long as the customer is happy, I'm happy. And if any questions arise, feel free to post them, I'll answer as well as I can.
  6. Brake hoses are braided steel wires from top studio, lower end sleeve is 1,5 mm² cord end sleeve cut to 2mm length. Banjo bolt between the hose and caliper is made from different sized metal tubes.
  7. Paint is actually Repsol blue, ZP-1035 as that was the only blue I had left at the time. Because the Rothmans blue isn't one specific shade I didn't thought this as a big crime. It has a slight metallic effect which was also one reason I picked this.
  8. I thought I'd already posted this here but apparently no. Well never too late I guess. Story behind this started last autumn when I was heating up my sauna and rolled a log of birchwood in my hands and wondered what this could be turned into. I had done some cutlery when I was young so this wasn't exactly new thing but I wanted to try it out. 15 minutes later I found myself with axe in my hand trying to make the log little bit easier to work with. After axe I used a sanding machine to make it relatively close to final shape. After that I used some P400 grit sanding paper and sanded the final shape. Oars were made from splinters left after the axe so that it'd be homogenous with the main "hull". Hull was treated with mahogany colour oil and covered with about a dozen layers of varnish. Oars are just varnished over. Everything else on top is evergreen plastics, steel wires etc. scratch built. This was the beginning before the axe. Rough shaping before final sanding with hand. And the shape after about 30 minutes of sand machining. Final result. Took maybe 10 hours within 2 weeks. Most of the time was just waiting the varnish layers to dry.
  9. Oh no I'm not. I'll just build the ones I like most. Although I don't yet have all of them... If you only count different sponsors and not different modelyears I think that 120 is relatively close. Because if you count all of the LeMans/JSPC/WSPC etc. I have reached almost 400 cars before. I mean there was 10 different Kenwood liveries in LeMans only...
  10. Thanks. The seat is often quite thin in cafe racers in real life also, but maybe this one was a bit extreme. Or not as the best I've seen in real life cafe racer was just a piece of plywood cut int shape and covered with leather patch for looks...
  11. E21-bodied 3-series BMW built into group 5 in 1977. Car had 1.4 litre straight-4 engine producing around 600 horsepower with 3 bar of boost and had total weight of 780kg. All this with 1970s turbo technology... Car was almost always the fastest on track and usually won if the engine managed to hold until the end, although Porsche took the championship due to BMW's unreliability. This is the ESCI's kit straight from the 1970's and I really can't recommend it to anyone. Nothing fit to anything and the plastic was as hard as a rock and as brittle as a glass, even slight twisting broke parts. Even if this is reissued, I the fitment issue would still remain. I used DIY printed JPS decals and some Reji models decals meant for 635CSi hence the slight difference with gold shade in decals.
  12. Thanks. Also I have to swear this is not a disease... I have only 14 more to build.
  13. As I was makeing these threads I realised that I've built quite a lot of bikes recently... Can a motoGP- racebike be turned into cafe racer? This was the question I wanted to figure out when building this. Apparently you can with a lot of patience. Almost everything apart from engine is modified or made from scratch. Painted with CAB fishing tackle paints, Alclad metals and Tamiya's acrylics. All carbon fibre and kevlar decals are made from bare decal sheet. This also is currently the most recent build I've done.
  14. Aoshima's kit from early 2000's, just OOB build. Didn't fit togehter very well, I can only recommend this kit for seasoned motorcycle kit builder. Painted with tamiya's acrylics and alclad metals, lacquered with Zero 2K.
  15. This spring I built yet another Revell/Hasegawa 962's. Rothmans one is Revell's production from 2008 with Reji models Rothmans decals. FATurbo one is made from Hasegawa's Repsol liveried car with Studio27's decal set. Apart from decals, both are made OOB.
  16. Continuing my "welcome to site" threads... This time Tamiya's 1:12 Ducati 1199 Panigale kit with custom Rothmans livery, otherwise built OOB. Painted with Zero paints and Tamiya acrylics, metals are different shades of Alclad. All carbon fibre decals are made from scratch, Rothmans logos are Virage's production.
  17. As I was new thought I'd share some of my builds form last few years. This I recieved as scrap or as "partly built" said nicely. I decided to modify it towards cafe racer so I dismantled everything I could for modification and repainting. Engine I could not tear apart so I washed it with black and let it be. Although carbs I rebuilt and air filters I scratchbuilt. Kit itself is from 1981 made by Academy in scale of 1:8 and it really isn't highly detailed by modern standards even though Academy sold it as "super-deluxe kit". Obviously, contains "a bit" of scratch built and extensively modified parts.
  18. Good morning/day/evening/wheneveryou'rereadingthis As the title says, one more Finn to this site. I've been building models for a tad bit over a decade now and have been lurking this site for a few years now until I finally decided to make an account. Some of you may recognize me from SPC forum, otherwise this is now the only other international forum I use as sadly SPC seems to be dying. As age of 27 while writing this, my stash consist about 150-200 unbuilt models and with average of 3-4 models a year at current speed I think I've enough models for the rest of my life (yeah, sure). Almost all of before said amount consist only cars, racecars and bikes with bikes being clearly the biggest passion. Just as in 1:1 scale...
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