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  1. I’ve now finished the Liberty Walk Hakosuka that my wife suggested I buy to make up for my B-17 primer disaster. I guess Liberty Walk based this car on a period racer, but the only pictures I could find online seemed to be of this car. The base kit is from the 80s and was motorised. Some of the mechanics for that are still there as are a huge number of spare grilles, lights and so forth. The kit is more or less OOB, cutting the arches for the overfenders was not as bad as expected. The red is mostly paint, it all comes as decals but these were so thick they wouldn’t settle whatever solutions I tried. So just the door stripes are the decals, the rest is done with tape and paint, the number disk on the bonnet took a few goes! Other decals for names and companies laid down beautifully. Altogether it was a nice build, it looks quite bonkers; I have the LBW R35 which is another mad looker in the stash. Obviously a tuner JDM has to have period parcel shelf speakers for some bangin’ tunes! I think I want to do something with a mat finish next! Like a WW2 plane. On the other hand there’s several cars in semi-complete state I ought to work through. I expect I’ll probably go and start another car🤦🏼‍♂️
  2. After three months, mainly trying to achieve a reasonable finish, I have completed the second of 2021's Christmas presents. As I was aiming at 1 completion a month, I am somewhat behind schedule. Anyway, this was a present from my in-laws. Tamiya's rather nice kit of the Heritage 370z. As usual with Tamiya it went together easily, most of the problems are of my own making. Negative points: A few inclusions in the paint or clear that still show after multiple reworks, at some point you have to call it a day A palmprint appears in the roof strip in certain lighting! I think it must be several layers of clear down as it won't polish out. A crack in the roof black stripe, as the decals are thick but brittle, and very grabby The black stripes are slightly pearlescent in certain lights - I clearly didn't clean my airbrush out sufficiently after silver before clearing! The orange/silver blanking decals on the headlights curled up and died, so are now absent! The headlight covers are somewhat proud at the front corner. Not sure what is wrong, Tamiya suggest "snapping" into place, but after multiple attempts I gave up as I was worried I would snap the whole thing to pieces in the process. Positive points Apart from the points above, it fits together marvellously The chrome parts are very nice, I oversprayed the door handles and wheels to better match the Heritage Edition. The mirrors look great using the stick on chrome, admittedly the rear view mirror had to be refitted several times due to carelessness. Superb tyres. Its very yellow. Here is the result: Hope you all like the cheery colour scheme! This is the sort of car its essential to wear shades to drive. Despite my moans above I have enjoyed the build, have learned some useful techniques, and have plenty more cars in the stash to apply them to! Cheers Will
  3. Having finished the Lamborghini late last year, and nearly finished the Mercedes, I decided to embark on a one-man multi-build. I have in my stash the following: The idea is to build them alongside each other as a one man 'group' build. I think that the Japanese 'supercars' are pretty amazing beasts. Given that they were derived from humble origins in the case of these cars. I'm not sure about the new GTR. A powerful brute, but I think it's lost its way a bit. These three are handsome as well as awe-inspiring. The bottom one of these has already been started, and the body and floor-pan primed with Zero paints grey primer. The engine, suspension and transmission have also been completed. Hopefully I can get started very soon. More pictures soon. I'll get started on this project just as soon as the Merc is done... Cheers, Alan.
  4. Hi All, This has been on the back-burner for a very long time. I bought this kit so many years ago, the planet(oid) Pluto hadn't been discovered! Well, I may be exaggerating a little there, but I have had this for a very long time. It's the Revell 1/25th scale Datsun 240Z. Here's the box art: The box is a bit battered, but so am I! We both have had a long life! The general fit of parts appears to be quite good. Certainly the engine went together well. This was the first bit I worked on, about two to three years ago: I managed to wire it up for ignition using wire-wrap wire. The little red thing on the right is the carburettors and air filter. The filter was a solid moulding, so with great care, I drilled out the trumpet end so the engine could breathe! That for a long time was where I left it. Until this week. My wife and I were supposed to be going to Wales for a few days, but due to the Corona Virus crisis, we reluctantly decided to cancel, to prevent us spreading it somewhere else. (Neith my wife nor I have the virus as far as we know...). This means that I have had a bit of spare time on my hands. So, I have been doing some model making. I have primed the body, floor-pan, bonnet (hood) and fire-wall, thus: Ignore the clutter, I will get to those other models later... The blobby thing on the bottom right is the fuel tank and spare wheel well (I think). I am planning to paint it red or orangey-red, not quite sure yet. Also, the wheels and tyres are a typical mess that Revell foisted on us in the 60's & 70's. They are vertically split vinyl 'things' that look way too shiny and will ruin the look of the model. So, I have sourced some after-market wheels and tyres that I plan to use instead. They look period correct, and hopefully I can get them to fit. As I am messing around with the wheels/tyres, I am also intending to fabricate new brakes and axles as well. I have done this twice before, so I am fairly sure that I can fabricate the discs easily. I shall be looking for some resin callipers though... More to come. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Alan.
  5. Hi all, been a little quiet recently. This is the finished model for the last comp I entered. I sadly had to enter it unfinished due to a missed deadline, but here it is in its full finished state. The kit built well, and the over fender kit wasn't too much extra effort. The wheels are also not the OOB wheels and the whole thing has been lowered. Enjoy and thanks for looking, Coops
  6. Finished. Decals let me down a bit with them being so old. Lots learnt during this but overall pretty happy. I'm especially pleased with the paint finish which I think is pretty damn incredible Not too bad for my first car in approx 28 years Build thread here for those interested. Cheers guys! Homer
  7. Hello all, Managed to actually finish one 😊. Hope you enjoy it. And the same shot in a different light and background. Just cause 😊 This kit was great fun to build and half the price of a modern Tamiya release. Thanks for looking in!
  8. Hi guys, After moving house 2 years ago I've not touched a thing model wise due circumstances. I do currently have a WIP thread for a McLaren F1 but want to get my skill level up before finishing it so this is why I'll do this first. It's an older kit I picked up recently not that great a mould by the looks of the plastic. Soft panel lines, flash and just bits that have just plain gone wrong. So a good kit to practice on! First up was removing the seam lines of which there are a few. The front spoiler is a nightmare. A big chunk mis moulded on the front right hand side and the front left inside a mess of plastic that will need some work to make sit smoothly. So I've rescribed the panel lines (something I need to practice. Slipping with scriber = 😠) and tidied up the seams. I'm not sure if I'll glue the spoliers then paint or paint them separately and add later. Cheers, Homer
  9. Hi All, Finally, my second RFI for 2109. This is the Nissan GTR R33 that I had literally completed bar the decals and licence plates. Until tonight. I also tidied up the black around the window frames. Some had bled under the masking and needed to be carefully removed. I used a micro-brush dipped in Mr Color Levelling thinners to soften the excess paint, and a dry micro brush to mop up the dissolved paint. Since the gloss lacquer is the Zero Paints 1K lacquer, it is resistant to the Mr Color thinners. On the whole, I am pleased with the result. There are obviously things that I would like to improve, as always. However, here are the pictures: I really need to sort out a proper background. Perhaps I can construct a photo booth as my next project. I used my tripod and a narrower aperture (F13), so that I got a much better depth of field. However, the background id not so blurred out. Maybe I can correct that in the future in photoshop. Thanks for looking in. Cheers, Alan.
  10. Started this a couple of days ago. Very straightforward Tamiya 'curbside' kit of one of the last Nismo R34's to escape from Nissans' 'Skunkworks'. All the body needed was the (frankly b*tt-ugly) front air-dam/grill one-piece section added, then a good rub-down with a Tamiya 1000 grit scuffing pad and a couple of quick coats of their white primer. I also rescribed all the panel lines to make them a lot deeper - a tip I have happily adopted from Tom Rujter - Looks pretty nice just in the glass smooth primer, will shoot the first of the two-tone paint tomorrow hopefully. Stay tuned folks and please feel free to ask any questions or make any comments. AFN Ian.
  11. Thought I had posted this build up, but somewhere I got sidetracked and never posted it, so here it is. My third built car kit. Comments are welcomed, I would do things differently, for example clear coating and what not, but pleased overall with the outcome. Cheers for looking. Coops
  12. Not posted up the fair bit of this build I'm afraid. I have a few pics back home on the PC but I guess what have will have to do. Well I built up a few of the parts like the shell before spraying, and the most I did separately. First up the windscreen and rear screen come as a single piece, and there are no door windows in this kit. The out front oil cooler, just missing hoses The headlights and intercooler The door cards which attach to the inside of the shell The dash, I'm fairly happy with, and as it will be hard to see I guess I can live with a less than perfect paint job. (Need to get the steering wheel centre cap finished) the interior all up together, and roll cage fitted the exterior, I chose to go with a Halfords rattle can, with the Ford Focus green for this build. I think it will work well (fingers crossed) Thanks for looking in and fingers crossed this should come together fairly soon. I welcome any comments. Coops
  13. These were built about 4 years ago and the Calsonic was my first ever car build. All are Tamiya 1:24.
  14. Good Afternoon All, Here we have my mates (Mikes) first car model kit. He's seen me building my 1/144 planes and he has gotten interested in our dark hobby anyhow, he asked me where I get my stuff from (I said HLJ) so off he popped to see what he would like. I got him the PS-13 (he paid me for it tho). He has been building it over the last couple of months on-off while at work with my help in certain places. The roll cage (if you can see it) is scratch built by him, he has smoked the rear windows. He has tried to make it into a drift car and given it a satin look. Please let him know what you think, he knows it isn't the best model out there but he is very happy. Well that's the lot, I think his next project is a Skyline R34 C-West kit. Kind Regards, Dazz
  15. This is my first post and a recently completed Tamiya Nissan Pennzoil GT-R. I know it's a little rough around the edges and do want to put some panel lines in soon for emphasis. IMG_20140510_125629_zpsu0hcwtb1.jpg.html][/url]
  16. Hi all, Here is my just finished GT-R Z Tune. It was a lot of fun to build. The paint is Tamiya Candy Lime Green followed by Zero paints 2K Clear. Hope you like.
  17. Hi everyone, Since I've finally gotten around to uploading my models pics on Photobucket, I would now like to share pics of a model that's very special to me..the 350z which is modelled after my own car here in Dubai. The kit is typical Tamiya standard- shake'n'bake with no fit issues or problems whatsoever - it really goes together like a dream. As this was my very first car build after re-entering the hobby, the finish isnt perfect..for example, I didnt bother de-chroming and re-painting the wheels to tone them down a bit, and the "Nissan" decal on the badge is slightly crooked. Btw have you people faced issues with the Tamiya decals? They are super thin and tend to break rather easily. I prefer the Fujimi or Revell decal sets to Tamiya's as they are much easier to apply.The keen observer will also notice that the model uses automatic transmission, whereas the real one is a manual. Funnily enough, I built the model with the auto trans only to realize that Tamiya did include a tiny manual gear level!!! Lesson learned...read the instructions carefully next time! In any case, Im quite happy with the end result. I did get some funny looks from the wife though when I told her i had to keep going down to the basement parking to do "research". Anyway, this kit is highly highly recommended for both beginners and intermediate modellers alike-would love to see somebody do this in a different color like silver or metallic blue. Hope you like it! Here are pics of the real car: And the interior: And now the model, in my usual fashion of photographing on the cutting mat:
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