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Neddy

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  1. Well, slight setback today. I finally got round to digging out my old Humbrol airbrush which I'd kept carefully packed away in a cupboard. I opened the case, picked it up... ...and it quite literally crumbled away in my hand. 50-year old plastic degrades and I was reminded of it the hard way. No worries, I still have a full - and viable - propellant can so while I decide which way to go long-term I've simply ordered a new Humbrol airbrush as for my purposes - simply spraying primer and laying down topcoats on body panels - it will be fine for re-learning and only cost £16.99. Once I'm familiar with spraying acrylics I'll look at something more ambitious but it'll do me until then.
  2. It's about as good as brush-painted silver can be expected to be, i.e. not brilliant. This plus the realisation that the next time I'll be able to spray anything will be late March 2023 has finally led me to accept I need to go the airbrush route. A portable spray-booth has been acquired (courtesy of Mrs N for my Xmas present, bless her!) and I'll be digging out my 50-year-old Humbrol airbrush kit to use as a starter/learning tool prior to getting a new one. Currently looking at - and thoroughly confusing myself with - various acrylic airbrush-ready paints, primers, thinners, cleaners and the like.
  3. Work now proceeding, mainly painting small parts and building sub-assemblies. Engine now pretty much complete - a bit blingy but that's the intended style of the 'rod, Interior further on, dashboard lowered, foot pedals shortened, steering column ditto. The donor kit yielded an ideal set of wheels and tyres. Getting closer to some major assembly work but progress is inevitably slow due to each component needing modification as it's built. Fun though - so far...
  4. Welcome to the forum Chrissy! There's a wealth of knowledge here - explore the various sections and it's amazing what you can find.
  5. Lovely neat job. I'm always agonising over underside colour schemes, trying various shades of black, gunmetal and silver to get a realistic look. That looks just right.
  6. @stevehnz The JBA Falcon is indeed a kitcar, a very popular one back in the day. It even featured prominently in a popular TV drama series called "Chancer" back in the 1990s IIRC, about a low-colume specialist car manufacturer - the JBA Falcon Owners Club did pretty well out of it, I believe twenty-plus Falcons were used in the filming. Great car though, quality design and build quality, it was still in production up to two or three years ago and there are still a large number around.
  7. You've made two valid points I failed to mention - the use of a tea-strainer to sprinkle the flock or embossing powder and using a matt fairly close match to the powder as an undercoat before applying the PVA. Sorry, I should have included those details.
  8. Rubbish "aluminium" paint rubbed down and recoated silver - good enough for the interior as it won't be seen that much (no opening doors) but I'm sure I don't need to tell you what a b*tch it is brush-painting silver! Today I've been painting various components (chassis, interior, dashboard, seat etc.) and building the engine. I've kept it stock from the donor so far but I'm planning on fitting custom side-exit exhaust headers and different air cleaners from the spares box.
  9. In all honesty I'd recommend staying well clear of OneDrive. Too unreliable, too poorly implemented, too "Microsoft". For image posting go with the sites recommended by this site's admins. I use imgbox which is simple, slick and reliable as well as being free. Other members recommend other hosting services but I have no experience of them and therefore cannot comment.
  10. Stressing the obvious here, from my recent experience you'd need to apply a coat of PVA adhesive (maybe diluted) just before applying the embossing powder. Having applied it, don't tap or shake anything off until the adhesive is totally dry. Don't be afraid to be heavy-handed, just shake it off onto an A4 sheet when all is dry and - using the paper as a funnel - tip it back in the container to use again. If you're already doing all that, my apologies - I'm new to it myself but that was the method i used.
  11. You certainly will here, trust me! Welcome to the club.
  12. The colour is actually "Aluminium" but its an awful flat grey in actual fact. As soon as it's hardened I'll flat it and repaint it silver. I'm a bit reluctant to try another "aluminium" coloured paint!
  13. Having acquired a sheet of 0.5mm Plasticard (courtesy of Weston Model Centre in Teynham - thanks and nice to see round your shop!) production has continued. I've cut, shaped and fitted the panelling in the rear of the passenger tub and ground away the interior door and side panel detailing, the intention being to represent a stripped bare and aluminium panelled interior... ...and given it a first coat of aluminium paint (at least, that's wot it said on the tin!)... ...but I'm really not sure about the colour. I think I can represent aluminium panelling better than that. Now back to some straightforward building. I've started assembling the power plant - Ford 427 V8 - prior to building up the rolling chassis. Thanks for watching! More at 11...
  14. Neddy

    Update?

    As I'm experiencing the severest slowdowns and errors in the early evening, traditionally the busiest time on the 'Net, I suspect it's server/hosting overload in one form or another. I'd therefore look first at the Host, I think.
  15. A gorgeous piece of work. Beautifully executed paint job, detailing just right, really well finished all round. Lovely unusual colour but it suits the E-Type perfectly.
  16. Welcome to the forum from another comparative newcomer with a similar history. Whilst I'm currently a car modeller I used to build just about everything in my teens and earlier, back in the 1960s. Please don't be shy of posting your builds on the forum, they will be of interest to other members regardless. Do bear in mind that here you'll find all levels of ability from the absolute experts right down to my level and they're all of interest. I've found nothing but friendship and encouragement since joining - I've also learned a huge amount from tips and polite comments generously provided by others.
  17. Well it's certainly drawn blood! In attempting to remove some of the masses of extraneous resin with a mini-drill and a cutting disc I skimmed a finger and discovered the hard way what an efficient tool it is... I'm now working on the interior tub which needs reducing in all three dimensions. Only one photo for now - having shortened it by 1cm at the front of the back seat... - as at the moment it's looking pretty awful. In keeping with the style I'm aspiring to I'll be making a spartan "aluminium panelled" interior from Plastikard in place of the seats and upholstery, leaving a single driver's seat. This, however, needs a supply of Plastikard which I'll be picking up on Friday when I visit a friend who is building a huge (entire garage-occupying) Hornby Dublo three-rail layout and happens to live fairly near a model shop. (Sanity? What is this "sanity" of which you speak? ) More next week...
  18. I'd love to know where it came from, I haven't a clue but at least I'd know for the future. (This is not necessarily a recommendation!)
  19. After an afternoon of thinking, measuring, more thinking, cutting, adjusting and fitting I've narrowed the chassis, reduced the rear wheelarch flare, shortened both front and rear ends and finally have a chassis that fits under the Zodiac shell. It still needs some tidying up but at least I now have something I can start to build on.
  20. Another beautiful build in progress! Now, you are probably WAY ahead of me but did you know that Tamiya's TS-95 Pure Metallic Red was produced specifically for modelling current Mazdas, even down to using a finer metallic flake for as close a match as possible? Details here. Just thought you might find it useful.
  21. Thanks for the encouragement people. I'm getting quite hooked on it now and finding a certain satisfaction from problem-solving that I can't get from OOB building - it's taking me back to my custom-building days when I was a teenager back in the 1960s. Having examined the 'shell more closely now it's free of the bulk of the all-pervading moulding flash, I can see it is in fact a Zodiac, not a Zephyr. Now I've passed the point of no return on it I'd better deal with all those air bubbles.
  22. Having paused the Mustang build to let the paint harden I'm passing the time with a bit of a mental (in both senses of the word) exercise which may or may not interest you. HEALTH WARNING! This project is completely nuts and may not even succeed but it'll be fun trying. Anyone wishing to preserve brain cells may leave now. A while ago I was gifted by my youngest brother probably the mankiest (technical term) resin bodyshell I've ever encountered, together with a box of assorted spares and an incomplete kit, A challenge to accomplish something with this pile of accompanied the package. I wouldn't have even attempted it but it was a Mk II Ford Zephyr 'shell which I've never seen before and the more I considered it the more tempted I became. This is what I was presented with... ...sadly incomplete but enough there to form the basis of a build. After two solid hours of work on the 'shell it began to take shape... ...and I decided it was worth continuing. Now I have no glass, interior or anything else for this but the donor kit looked to contain possibilities, but what would be the end result? Inspiration struck while I was watching a video of Santa Pod's Run Wot Yer Brung event recently and the sight of anything from rat rods to 1950s Austins sporting blown V8s, massive wheels and tyres decided me. This will be in the spirit of 1960s American Gassers, hence the thread title. First I needed a chassis to mount the thing on and provide some running gear. The Thunderbolt's chassis was far too long but about the right(ish) width so I set about re-working it to match the wheelbase of the Zephyr, sectioning it from a point just in front of the rear spring mounts and removing about 1cm before carefully realigning, joining and strengthening the two halves with spare plastic pieces from the parts box... BEFORE:- After sectioning and whilst drying having reassembled and reinforced the join... Next the Thunderbolt 'shell gave up it's engine bay to give me something to mount the front suspension on... Before... After... That's it so far, I'm designing as I go a bit so some more thinking will ensue before the next major stage. If you think I'm crackers please feel free to say so, you could very well be right!
  23. Quick update: I'm pleased with the way the shell has sprayed up and I'm not going to ruin it by handling it, hacking it, using masking tape or anything else on it until it's hardened completely so I'm leaving it for a couple of weeks and meantime have started another project which couldn't be further removed from this. Having got far enough with it to realise I have a chance of producing something worth talking about I'll be starting a new build thread shortly. Thanks for your patience and interest so far, normal (!) service will be resumed as soon as possible.
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