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  1. Hello!. This is the first car model that I ever build. Throughout my very interrupted 30+ years of scale modelling, I never thought to build a car. But like with anything else one day I got inspired by the amazing work of a fellow modeller. I loved what I saw and immediately thought that maybe I could try and give it a go. Probably the most intimidating thing about modelling cars is the super gloss and slick finishes, which is completely different to what I usually do, and with almost no weathering at all! (except a bit in their engines). Also, I was always put off by the endless amount of aftermarket details that make car modelling quite expensive and difficult to research. So I decided to start with something relatively "simple". To me, the sixties racing has the most beautiful cars of all eras so I pick up this Tamiya kit of the winner of the Mexican Grand Prix of 1965. The kit is quite old and it shows its age but is a strong base to add extra detail. I've added all hoses and connectors in the engines as well as some extra scratch detail at the nose area, wheels and windscreen. The build went so smoothly and was such enjoyable that I will more likely do other models, So I hope you guys like it!. cheers, and thanks for looking Jorge
  2. I enjoy all vehicle and motorsport subjects. I aim not to do the usual. No matter how much I might determine to do a quick and 'out of the box' model every now and again I get involved with research and then find a decal isn't the correct size or is not quite the right typeface or the shaping for a particular race hasn't been taken in to account... a year later and I'm still 'adjusting'. I must be the least prolific model maker, it's not like the end result is perfect by any means but there is considerable satisfaction in having 'struggled' with a tiny element of a model that may not even be visible on completion.
  3. hello everyone, this is my first WIP here. I started building this kit weeks ago, i work very slowly only in short time at night. Never built an F1 bebore, and i can say that is a bit difficult, too many pieces that you don't know if paint bebore or after.. Anyway this is the job done till now:
  4. My first Ma.K. model. I’m not much into SciFi but as soon as I learned a bit about Maschinen Krieger I was absolutely captivated by the looks and aesthetic of the whole genre. To me is the perfect blend of SciFi and military history…a perfect “what if” sort of thing and especially the German WWII references were a total hook. The coolest thing was how smoothly everything flowed with this build. My approach was of total freedom and to use it for testing techniques I don't usually get to try while doing my aircrafts and battleships. I had the greatest time assembling it and especially during the painting and weathering process. I absolutely loved this model!…so much that I will be surely doing more armour models (and other SciFi) for now on, cause they really give you the chance to explore and try lots of weathering techniques. I know there is plenty of room for improving and polishing some of the techniques, especially the chipping that turned out to be just ok. Please any comments, criticism and tips are welcome! cheers, Jorge
  5. Hi, I've recently started a new project: the Ferrari 312F1 1967 from Model Factory Hiro, 1/20. This is one of the greatest kits I've worked on. Here are few pics: First, test fit. No glue on the parts... nice fit :wink: 14 first engine parts: few parts of the gearbox: some of the cockpit parts: assembly of oil tank by welding: preparing front cooler for welding: Small progress on engine, some of the parts glued together... Few holes and...few rivets: Resin rivets: Backside view : I set about installing mirrors on the body ... not so easy! I noted the dimensions depending pictures of the car and decorating instructions for positioning. Drilled two holes to be able to insert copper wire in each mirror, and drilled the upper body including one hole slightly larger on the front for adjustment. I let a bit length for inserting two bolts on the inside face of the bodywork part. Few things were done on the engine and you can see the comparison with his little brother from 1969... Wheels painted gold: Onc again 67 & 69: Time to test the "Surface Primer" from GRAVITY COLORS. the good point is that it works upon resin, metal and plastic. First of all some parts need to be prepared or finished before painting process. ... And holes need to be done once again! But it seems I like rivets :roll: 1st, drilling the PE: In position: holes drilled in the resin tub : another test fitting next to the 1969 little sister. Mirrors details: Time to play with the gun Mr Sparmax Flat Pattern & the Primer from GRAVITY COLORS Pics with and without the camera flash: Surprising 1st almost transparent coat, then miracle and a real pleasure to work with! The nose Still little work to do on the nose Top results: Slight problem on the nose and upper body part due to Staedtler permanent ink marker: still visible after primer... Wet sanding and putty Mori Mori Next step of the painting process. A light color coat is done over the grey primer. That will be the Giallo Modena for a great and bright Rosso Corsa! Sanding and primer... ... Yellow: Rosso: prepared and primed: ZP Black Here are the "wrongdoers"... :twisted: GRAVITY paints are AWESOME!! Easy to work with, extremly thin coats can already give a beautiful result and a strong deep satin finish. They also dry very quickly: perfect!! Next step is the finnish coat that will be given by the Clear. So let's go for the Gravity Colors clear coat test! New gloves, stirrer and cup for the mix. 3 components: clear, activator and thinner with a 3:1:1 mix ratio. I always let the mix at rest for about 5 to 10 minutes in order to let allow to the chemical mix to degas. You can add more thinner if necessary. Then, one mist coat and, 5 to 10 mn later, a wet coat (or more): that's all! Parts drying in the "magic box": To sum up: Great and pleasant product. The gloss is... SHINNING!! Deep gloss even if thin. Only 6ml of clear 2ml of activator and 2 of additive thinner were used... Alclad gold on the center of the wheels. The ones shown before were the 1968 312 F1 The tub is drilled and equiped with 0.5 stainless steel rivets. Then the tub parts are assembled (welded) with low temp solder (70°C). Same thing for the front tub part with Calibre 35 0.7resin rivets this time. The frontwhite metal bulkhead and his PE part are drilled, but I didn't used the PE part... I just used it as a template for, I think, a more realistic result. Once again, Calbre 35 0.7 resin rivets were used. The steering column is cut and the external part of the steering rack is replaced by stainless steel 1.2mm syringe needle cut at the right size. 0.7 resin rivets once again. Pedals won't be visible at the end... http://i21.servimg.com/u/f21/12/38/43/52/dsc07214.jpg[/ Front face of the dashboard installed in the tub: Aft: Close up: Gauges are covered with a "glass" made of Rodhoid cut with a Waldron Punch & Die but it's not really visible on the pics :? ... Cavallino ! Radiator is ... empty! I've tried to make it a bit more realistic or, if not, just more pleasant for me :mrgreen: Brass 0.8 and Alu scotch "aircraft" type: Nice and still bright... Fwd and aft mesh: Primer GC: Dampers are great: made of machined aluminium. Just a detail added from F1 Specialties. I wonder if I haven't already seen the same detail added somewhere... Not perfect, but not bad Black ...is black: Almost invisible once the engine is assembled to the body, but I couldn't resist :twisted: Teflon mask and Orange FRAM from Gravity Colors. Oil filter done :wink: Hope you'll like it... Thanks for reading. KR, Pascal FORZA!
  6. Hi everyone, It's been a while since my last post and it's about time I get back on here. Today I'm sharing a build that just finished up a couple weeks ago. It's Fujimi's 1/20 Ferrari F92A (reboot of an old Modeler's kit). The Ferrari F92A was Ferrari's challenger for the 1992 F1 season. And it was one hell of a challenge. Equipped with an ill-designed active suspension and experimental aerodynamics, the car proved to be an absolute handful. The drivers were Ivan Capelli, an up-and-coming young driver, and Jean Alesi, a man no-one in the paddock could argue lacked talent. Both drivers struggled mightily, to the point that it derailed Capelli's career. Both drivers would later say it was the worst car they every drove. Alesi took 2 podiums to Capelli's none, and Ferrari limped to a distant 4th in the championship. The kit is a nice, basic affair that yearns for more detail. I started with carbon fiber decals from Scale Motorsports covering the floors and wings. I also added cigarette decals from Tabu and used the kit decals for the rest of the car. Wing wires in the front and rear driveshafts were made from metal rod. I added some detail to the cockpit with a set of Eduard's pre-colored photoetch. It's a lovely product and I will use this much more often. The exhausts were lacking in detail and the airbox was lacking in existence, so both were covered by 3D printed parts from Shapeways. They were nice to work with. A little sanding and Tamiya primer and they were good to go. Extensive wiring and plumbing was done with solder and various sizes of fishing wire. Body paint is TS8 from Tamiya, while the rest of the car is finished with Vallejo acrylics. Thanks for looking! Jake
  7. As you may have seen in my WIP, I have been building this Model T fire truck for a good friend of mine, to add to his collection of model and real fire engines. It is the relatively rare Gabriel/Hublot diecast and injection moulded kit and I have to say, it's great. A bit toy like in places with visible screw heads from the construction but the detail is brilliant for such an old kit and the fit of parts is superb. Anyway, here's the pictures and I hope you enjoy......
  8. Been a while since I posted a WIP but yet again it's an emergency vehicle, a 1914 Ford Model T Chemical Hose Truck to be exact. I am building this for a friend of mine and it is the 1/20 scale Gabriel kit from 1978, a brand previously unknown to me but I'm kind of hoping someone else has built one of their kits? The kit itself is a mixture of diecast metal and injection moulded styrene with white rubber tyres, some acetate clear parts and some string for the hose thrown in for good measure. It also has a small self adhesive sheet of markings for a truck based with the Lancaster Fire Dept in Pennsylvania. I have to admit, I have never tackled diecast before and I'm quite surprised by the huge amounts of flash on the metal parts. If anyone has any hints or tips on how to deal with parts like this it would be gratefully accepted! Here are the obligatory box and contents pics....... I'm hoping to make a start cleaning up the metal parts tomorrow so wish me luck!
  9. Hi everyone, Here's a build I finished a while back but neglected to upload photos of. I built Tamiya's wonderful 1/20 Lotus Coventry-Climax 25. I finished it in the livery Jim Clark (in my opinion the greatest racer of all time) won the 1963 South African Grand Prix with. Clark led every single lap, won by over a minute, and lapped every car except Dan Gurney. It was his seventh win of the season - out of nine races. I used Tamiya Racing Green for the body and a combination of Alclad and Vallejo acrylics for everything else. The kit was a joy to build. The only problem is the engine cover doesn't quite fit right, but I'll display with it off anyway. I used IndyCals for much of the build, they were great as always. I'll be checking eBay and my local hobby shop for another one of these, it was a wonderful kit. As always, comments and critiques are appreciated. Thanks for looking, Jake
  10. I've started this new kit of a fascinating but short-lived car from my favourite F1 team. It's the first Ebbro kit I've tried and so far it looks good. I went for the Essex livery as I like the blue, although I may end up with the Courage black and chrome 88B too if this build goes well. The kit comes with both plain blue plastic for the chrome side panels and chrome decals, plus a chromed plastic set, giving several options on these parts. Following a thread on the F1M website I'm going for the blue panels and adding chrome decals. I'm hoping that someone will come out with a carbon decal set as I still haven't found a sheet of carbon decals that exactly match the carbon used on the tub. I'm sure there will be plenty of aftermarket parts for these two cars in the near future, with Acu.Stion announcing lots of detail parts already. I went with Tamiya TS-50 for the Essex blue and it's a lovely colour (I don't know how accurate it is but it does look nice!) Here's a link to the kit and Hobby Search's usual very helpful photos of the kit and instructions: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10324889 I took advantage of a sunny winter's day to put a coat of Mica Blue on the upper body cowl. That's about all I've done so far! That's it for now. I also need to finish my Aoshima McLaren F1 GTR so progress may be slow. It's winter here in Australia and my spray booth is in the shed so I need warm days for spraying and the Mac needs a gloss coat. I plan to wait for a decent carbon decal set before finishing the tub on the Lotus, so let's hope someone brings one out soon! Cheers, Kev.
  11. Hi everyone, My last build of 2016 - and one I finished with about an hour before New Years. This is Ebbro's lovely 1/20 Tyrrell 003. I finished it in the specification and livery that Jackie Stewart drove to victory in the 1971 German Grand Prix. He stormed to a half-minute win over François Cevert in the Tyrrell 002. It was one of Stewart's six victories in 1971 that propelled him to his second World Championship. He also drove the 003 through most of 1972, taking 2 more wins. Overall, the Ebbro kit was delightful. The Ebbro Cosworth DFV is a much easier build than Tamiya's, and the extensive decal and spec options allowed my to put together the German GP version, despite it not being an official option in the kit. Overall fit was excellent, just a little trouble with the rear wing mount. my favorite part of the kit was the one-piece, metal mounts for those mirrors - they saved a great deal of time and swearing! I used Tamiya TS-5 Blue for the bodywork and a mix of Alclads and Vallejo for the rest of the car. The Tyrrell alongside my other Ebbro build - the 1968 Lotus 49 as campaigned by Rob Walker. It's amazing to see the rate of development in just 3 years. Thanks for looking, Jake
  12. So this is another one of my many projects that I have on the go at the moment It is fujimis 2012 Mclaren mp4/27 which depicts buttons winning car from the Australian GP, out of the box it is a good car but it has no engine detail what so ever So here is the box At the moment I am working on getting all the seems filled and sanded so I can put a layer of primer down, the nose is basically done The body is in the process of having the seems that are not ment to be there filled And a quick one to show how sleek it was compared to the other 2012 step nose cars When it come to the colour I am torn between alclad chrome or black chrome or zero paints chrome package Also I am torn between making it Hamiltons or buttons car Shaun
  13. As the title says its the Tamiya Lotus 99T. I'm not one for fine detailing things(dont have the skill yet), so to spice things up a bit i bought the Studio 27 Carbon decal set, a set of Camel decals (because they never look right without the ciggie ones) and a Goodyear tyre stencil to spray onto the tyres for that little bit of authenticity Really nice kit to build, except for the rear wing causing me massive problems. It cant be completely built and then attached to the engine it has to be built onto the engine so i had to part build it, spray then try and attach to the engine. When glue and paint mix you know what happens then once fitted i noticed it was wonky so i had to break it apart and have another go making even more mess with the glue. Doesnt notice too much in the photos but can be seen slightly on the inside of the end plates. The silver paint on the "Honda" on the engine isnt great either, im just no good at fine details that small I used all Tamiya paints and body was sprayed using Tamiya rattle cans. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking.
  14. LUM-168 Camel Luna Tactical Reconnaissance Machine Hasegawa 1/20 This was my first and, as yet, only Maschinen Krieger kit, built back in March for an Airfix Model World article, but never published. A very nice kit but a right pain to build as it's so big and the articulated legs can't really hold it's weight. I'm not that happy with the splinter camo scheme as it's a bit too dark. It went through two earlier schemes and was stripped back to plastic both times as I couldn't decide what direction to go with it. All in all, I was glad to get it done and off the bench. The cockpit detail is effectively obscured when it's in place so here's a few shots from the build Thanks for looking Andy
  15. This is my build of fujimi's 2006 ferrari f1 car, I didn't like the way they wanted you to put it together so I cut it up and changed a lot, here's the build thread to see what I mean: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234988701-ferrari-248f1-120/ And here is the finished product Be warned very picture heavy This is roughly how it's going to look in my cabinet Front wing was a pain but only for the way I did it All the wheels were given a coat of thinned down flat black mixed with tamiya rubber for a dirty look The engine cover Rear wheel cover brought on to the car for the Turkish gp of 06 and then copied by just about every team by 2007 As you can see the covers do need a bit of weathering before completely being called done This picture is ment to emphasise the "cake tins" brake covers And without them to show the disc derails The barge boards which are missing the barcode on them but I wasn't going to pay for the whole set of decals again for 2 very small decals The cockpit area I'm really happy with, the seat has texture and the wheel is carbon A view of the components that are under the skin Both the air box and camera pod have had the carbon treatment as you can see as well the aftermarket decal for the engine cover barcode wasn't the right size so this bit will be painted over later The etch radiator faces with all the cooling hoses in place The rear end Dirtied wing endplate Got the wheels on to show with all the hub enhancements they still fit Removable nose cone on The view that really only Fernando alonso saw through 2006 The little side pod flicks that came on the car in Chinese gp And just to show that it does all kind of go together, note that the engine cover only looks pink due to it being at a slightly different angle to the rest And last it's side profile of one of the last ferraris to have been genuinely as fast as the championship winning car Thanks for looking Shaun
  16. Just finished this today, it's the 1/20 Ebbro kit. It started out as the Rob Walker version, so I used Tabu decals to convert it to Rindts car The driver uses the head and helmet from an EJan set with scratch made body- it's really tricky to squeeze a driver into that chassis though! Three down, lots more to go:
  17. Right now the skyline is done with I thought that after doing so many things with doors I will go back to making f1 cars So this is what I have: the base tamiya kit Top studio full detail set Scale motor sport carbon decals Tabu Marlboro decals Studio 27 japan gp conversion wing set This will be made up as the Schumacher car, you can't make a car that won the championship as the second driver, not sure about the time frame due to needing to buy the paints from Hiroboy asap and the amount of work I want to put in to it. But saying that this is where I am upto and the bits I have All the little extras The top studio set The studio 27 front wing (the tamiya one is arrow shaped) And now with what I have done I have stuck the monocoque together and cut off the nose cone mounting point ready for the detail parts The nose cone is a bit odd as it's made up all in 1 apart from the wing pillars The engine cover has been made up And I have put the 2 halves of the engine together and mock fitted it to the floor More to come soon Shaun
  18. Good day to everyone. First of all, I apologize for my English. I bought this set in February 2013. I saw a very unusual kit on the site hlj.com and I ordered it immediately. This is 1/20 scale model, it is a large size, especially in height. I would like to warn those who will buy - you will need shelf more than 25cm tall Kit itself is of the excellent quality, all parts fit together without fitting, many of the details do not require glue and remain mobile.
  19. Hey all, started this a while ago but as is always the case other things got in the way. Finally finished though so i thought i would share some pics. Its a kit i remember seeing in Beaties back in the day and always fancied, got hold of one from ebay earlier in the year and apart from some perished decals it was sport on. Decals used are from Indycals and i found them pretty good. Frustratingly i did some extra work to the engine, but the cover was such a nightmare to get on i am not keen to take off again, as i will break the mirrors if i do so. I'll probably try at some point but while the fit is ok the usability of the engine cover isn't great on this kit. I now understand why people cut along the pods to have a lift of centre section instead. Added ariels using some unused clothing label tags cut and painted to fit, and some rivet decals to simular the fasteners the car has on the nose, engine cover and screws on the mirrors. Also had a go at doing my own sabelt decals as it didn't have any for the belts. Need to touch up the kmarts on the side as they were damaged getting the engine cover on, paint is mostly vallejo model air with some tamiya stuff. Some pics! : With its older brother from many moons ago: And this truck, i think from the model shop that used? to be in the metro centre, not sure if it is there anymore. The rattle can paint has faded a lot, maybe i'll try and refurbish it and make some decals instead of stickers. And the next build i think: Thanks for taking a look!
  20. Recently I have obtained red bulls 2010 title winning rb6 from both tamiya and a maker called DTM. Just be warned this first post is very photo heavy First the tamiya one, most have already seen this so i dont need to waffle on to much about it apart from i have purchased the top studio cockpit, bulkhead and wheel nut sets for it also carbon decals from studio 27 and a few other little bits so here's the tamiyas car The tamiya one will be done as the brazil gp version with the previously mentioned detail sets and a bit of detailing under the engine cover Now for the next post for the DTM car Shaun
  21. I've just started this one after making a Tamiya Lotus 79. I actually prefer the looks of this one- the 79 was copied so much it looks a little generic now. The kit though, is far older than I'd realised (almost as old as the real thing!), and very different to the modern Lotus 79 kit. The chassis needs a bit of work before anything is glued together. First of all, the front wing was quite badly warped, and sticking upwards at about 10 degrees each side. So to fix that I've fixed a brace to the inside of the nose. This pushed the sides out to where they should be and straightens out the wings in the process. The other modification needed is to remove the great big lump that sits in the sidepods- I guess this is where the battery goes on the original kit. The nose has also been updated, with the missing triangular cutouts added behind the wing. The upper suspension arms are made as one block, with a great big lump of plastic holding the two sides together. I've cut this out, and will hold the two parts together with brass rod. This means that they can be fitted one the chassis is painted too, but does leave some holes in the chassis to fill.
  22. I managed to persuade the swmbo into letting me splash out on one of these recently, admittedly there is a lot of t&c's that have come with it. This car for me I said at the start of the year was the car I wanted to finish the year owning but then again I did say the 1/12 version but it was one of the compromises I had to make to get my way (there's no saying that I won't get the bigger one in the future) I do just want to say that I have done a few resin cars in the last year and for most of them they have been pretty good for fit and having little or no added bits that needed trimming but when I opened the box for this I was and still am astonished at how well the bits go together and how on the white metal bits there is literally no bits on them that need to be taken away honestly all that I need to do before paint is drill a few holes out, one thing that is a tad ominous is the amount of bits, my highest parts number car to date was the ejan/dtm red bull I did last year and this has around double if not more pieces to contend with So enough of me waffling on about how good mfh is and on with the car The obligatory box shot The decals The main body Body with the nose The little box with the wheels and white metal bits The wheels and tyre This is going to be an epicly long build so watch this space Shaun
  23. Finally finished this one It's the first car model I've made, but the kit quality made it an easy one to start with. Tamiya Lotus 79+ photoetch EJan Andretti figure F'artefice decals I'd like to make another one at some point, but just as the bare chassis to go along with this one- so much gets hidden once it's all together.
  24. So far I've only built aircraft kits, but I've seen some of the awesome car builds here and couldn't resist having a go too I was tempted by the 1/12 kits at first, but it seems the choice is either between old Tamiya kits, or some extremely expensive MFH kits. And even the detailing sets are really expensive. So 1/20 seemed like a better starting point. I'm a big fan of 70's F1, and especially Lotus. So the Tamiya Lotus 79 seemed like a good first kit. First thing I did was buy an Ejan Andretti figure and start fitting that into the fuselage. No big problems there, just parts of the seat around the shoulders that need to be sanded away: It's an expensive figure, but you do get a lot for the money- two resin bodies, two types of helmet, three sets of decals (that covers just about any year you'd want), and a very well sculpted head. You also get three sets or arms- the ones I chose are cast in very soft metal, so they can be posed to fit the car and wheel. Unfortuntely they look a bit skinny and deformed, so I needed to build them up with some miliput: Looks a bit more natural I think. Next time I would cut off the gloves and scratch build some new arms, because sculpting new ones over that metal was a pain. And with the painting in progress- not started on the helmet yet. I've been working on the DFV at the same time. Lovely engineering in this kit, it all just snaps together. Intake trumpets are proving to be the one bad point so far- it's really hard to remove the seam half way down, because of how they're put together.
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