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  1. Hello to all, Even if my endless Ford Mustang 1964 1/2 Convertible at 1/16 scale is not over: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235040668-ford-mustang-1964-12-convertible-116-from-the-coupe-amt-kit-the-indy-500-pace-car/page/75/&failedReply=1 I begin a new build and thread dedicated to the 2014 Honda Repsol 213V Tamiya at 1/12. Even if this awesome GP motorbike will require a lot of care, it should be more simple than the Mustang, for which a lot of scratch was and still is necessary considering the quite poor AMT kit and the fact that I made a conversion from a Coupe to a Convertible. As my Mustang project is the priority, this Honda build will go on very slowly first (that is why I hesitated to open a new thread now). Here are below the first pics I made, engine build: N.B: I painted the clutch but in fact, I should not use the Tamiya part, that is not very realistic. I ordered a Top Studio detail set in which a more convincing PE/ resin clutch is provided. But I should not get this set before several weeks... Talking about detail sets, I will certainly order also the Tamiya detail set (front fork ref. 12667), waiting the latter to be in stock again on Passion 132. Cheers, O
  2. Sitting on a beach, Culebra Beach, Puerto Rico to be exact, there is a very curious tourist attraction in the form of an ex Marines M4A3 HVSS 105 Sherman, It's slowly rusting away and covered in green seaweed and slime, plus large amounts of graffiti for most of the year, she tends to get a new coat of graffiti with every new tourist season I think, and therefore changes in appearance quite a lot, I have a sneaky feeling that there's a beach bar close to where she sits in the sand, plus, there's a great deal of pictures online now of this tank wreck, due to it being a popular tourist spot, which is very handy for projects like this, but anyway, I think the above picture would make a good little vignette, and it does have to be said that painting is not my strong point, so this could go south very quickly indeed, luminous green seaweed is not in my skillset... History A little history on this particular M4A3 HVSS 105mm Sherman and how it came to be sat on a beach in the Caribbean, and this is all based on snippets of information gleaned from the internet so is probably not entirely correct, but here goes, during World War II the Americans had some bases on the islands around Puerta Rico, these bases were mainly used for testing purposes and as firing ranges for the duration of the war, most of the bases were maintained for quite a long time after the war, right up until around 1973 (ish) They were then shut down and abandoned, due mainly to protests from the locals I think? And when the Americans abandoned all the bases, for reasons unknown they left behind two or three ex Marine M4A3 HVSS 105's, which have been slowly rusting away in the sunshine and sea air ever since. Pictures above and below, this seems to be the most popular style of graffiti, judging by the pictures online, and is obviously the most favoured style by the youth of today, and statements like that make me sound very old, As far as I can tell the interior of the tank is pretty much fully gutted out, there's no engine left in the engine bay, just a load of old rusted metal junk, the sponsons are mostly rotted out as well, as far as I can see from pictures, but I'm guessing there's probably the remains of a transmission in the front, and probably a gun breech still in the turret, I need to hunt more pictures... Pictures above and below, there is a no luminous green seaweed option, which is a damn good thing for me at least, because that's probably going to be the hardest part to do, so I can always chicken out and just do all over rust, plus some graffiti on the turret and hull sides maybe, but it does have to be said that the green seaweed is what kind of makes this picture, for me at least, It takes a rusty old M4A3 105mm and turns it into something curious to look at, and provides good contrast and colour for a very nice picture. Picture below, this is as far as I got about six years ago, I was just messing around with various forms of destruction on some fairly good plastic kits (Dragon and Tamiya) plus an Aber metal barrel, and doing a little experimentation with various ways to create very badly rusted and pitted surfaces on armour plate and castings, mostly using ca glue and powder, and some very crude use of plastic card to create the areas where the armour plate has flaked away in big chunks on the hull sides, but apart from that, I didn't get very far with it, the prospect of green seaweed/slime scared me half to death. Comments on the build and ideas on how to do green seaweed are more than welcome folks, this is just a chill out kind of build, a little bit of fun in a world that has gone insane, accuracy of the tank build itself is pretty much not important, it just needs to look vaguely like a badly rusted M4A3 HVSS 105mm Sherman that mother nature is desperately trying to reclaim as her own Plus, you can blame @Bertie Psmith for this build log, when it all goes pear shaped, he twisted my arm... And, In the spirit of abandoned wrecks and all things rusty and forgotten - Group Build proposal Matt
  3. Whilst the digital modelling of the McLaren M23 and others is trundling along in the background, I needed some traditional modelling to balance out all that new fangled CAD and 3D stuff and whilst I wait for the new resin printer to arrive. I have a fair few subjects to choose from but figured I would start with one as close to OOB as possible (it won't be 100% OOB as I'm pathologically incapable of building something OOB without adding or tweaking details!) Picked up this Lotus 25 on ebay for a good price. As this is part of my World Drivers Champion winning cars serries I'll be building it as the 1963 setup for Jim Clark who clinched the championship at round 7 of 10 at Monza. Lights out and away we go with some cleanup on the main monocoque. Bit of (tamiya fine surface) primer and some polishing before a bit of dry fit of smaller parts: I'm painting the outside in the recommended Tamiya spray TS-43 but after trying it on a test piece I don't like the thickness of paint the spray can gives so I decanted some, added some lacquer thinners and I've been using my airbrush which lets me do lots of thin controlled coats of paint. The main monocoque and rear cover have had three and two coats respectively at this point and the top cover is primed and ready for it's first coat at lunchtime today. Surprisingly for my first car model in 35 years it even looks like the Lotus 25 it's supposed to be! The fit of the rear cover isn't perfect. I could spend weeks fettling it to perfect fit (and there will certainly be plenty of obsessive perfectionist nonsense in the rest of this series of builds), but this one is supposed to be a quick build to get me off the start line. Decided to not worry about the gaps as I'll be displaying it with the covers off to the side with the added advantage you will be able to see the engine and gubbins. Removed all the small parts from the sprues and cleaned up the mould part lines and some minor flash then got them all primed. I like to leave a bit of sprue attached to a part where it won't show if possible to give me something to hold or get the spring tweezers to grip whilst painting and drying but thats not always possible so I also use the bits of cardboard and double sided tape method (and the occasional cocktail stick through a suitable hole method): Tamiya included a large sprue of chrome plated parts in this kit but they are all far too shiny and uniform for my liking so I decided to strip the chrome off. Forgot to take a photo of the shiny parts before stripping however I also forgot to strip the engine inlet trumpets so here they are alongside the still shiny sprue to give you an idea of the problem: The main problem is the underlying plastic is black (as gloss black gives any metallic the best background colour) and when you remove them from the sprue you end up with unsightly black areas around the sprue gates making the chrome plating rather pointless. Stripping the chrome is easy... 5 min coated in Mr Muscle oven cleaner spray, followed by a good rinse in plenty of water and all that shiny chrome is gone, simples! The first set of parts I already did only got 5 min in the foam and I didn't give them a stir part way through so where a part was against the side of the plastic takeaway tub it was a little less exposed to the foam and thus left a tiny bit of chrome: another 5 min in new foam sorted that easily though and I know from now on to stir them around a bit to get all the surfaces treated equally. And now I have lovely clean parts ready to be primed and then sprayed with a range of Alclad II metallic colours so that they have a bit more variation and nuance than the single colour bright chrome Tamiya provide (and no unsightly sprue gate scars!) The main exhaust part I primed still had some part lines and flash I had missed and after cleaning those up and sanding it had a mix of primed and not-primed areas. Time to see if Mr Muscle will strip Tamiya fine surface primer too. After 5 min it hadn't done much: Giving it a half hour to see if that works. Watch this space for more exciting adventures in plastic!
  4. Next french at war project, using the great Tamiya P-47M kit with Berna Decals. DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr cockpit tub ready for assembly DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  5. Just finished building this puppy. I know it's been said before, but what an amazing kit. You only realise how good it is when you start putting it together. Without doubt the best engineered and fitting kit I have ever built. I've got the new Phantom in the stack for the next build which might be even better! Yes it is the 1/48th version! Thanks for looking Nick
  6. My first WIP and my first GB, so i thought i should go for an "Easy" (eight) option. My intentions are to add a couple of figures and a make a small base. The kit comes with rubber band tracks (which are ok) but can anybody suggest the correct AM tracks for this please? Not saying i will get them, but willing to consider them. Thanks, George
  7. Hello Here is my last build and unusually this one is a 1/48 kit. I built this tamiya F4U-1 for a friend of mine who wanted one of Greg Boyington's aircraft in the Pacific. I chose #883 in December 1943. The decals came from a fündekals 1/48 Corsairs USMC Decal Set. Patrick
  8. I don't think I've ever built a Tomcat before, not even in my youth, so it's about time to do something about it. In three weeks time I get access to our newly built house that comes unfinished on the inside, so guess what I need to do? Yes, starting this kit off course? What could possibly go wrong with that approach? As a serial kit-starter i need to break out a new box now and then. Said box does look nice, but the contents are probably even better! Last year I started another swinger for the Tonka GB. That one was filled with so much resin that only @trickyrich can handle, but it sort of went quite well. "Well" as in it now painted, but no decals or kabloey stuff to hang on it. This time I'll just use the bare minimum: I managed to acquire an Areomaster sheet, so that I can do a nice sharkmouthed F-14. It's not sized 100% to Tamiya but I've checked the sunburst fin decal and that is a decent match to the fin so it might turn out fine. My plan for attack will be to start with the three bits that always is a hurdle when I do something modern. Weapons, landing gear and ejection seats. We'll see how that goes...
  9. Hopefully the Surtees for the Matchbox GB will be finished tonight as I've just got to decal and add wheels etc. So as I said before I'm throwing my hat in the ring with this one to add a little color to the GB Made a little start last night while the glue was drying on the Surtees, I cut some parts off the sprues and removed the raised seam lines on the body shell. Hopefully get a bit of primer thrown at it tonight then onwards as they say It's amazing how big and solid the kit feels after a couple of 1/32 flimsy Matchbox cars, it's much more suitable for my sausage shaped fingers Looking forward to the hopefully usual Tamiya fit of parts as well, need a good MOJO build after the Matchbox ones I'm just hoping the decals aren't as much of a pain as the Castrol Corolla I did a while back
  10. Not going to lie. My mojo is waning on my F-2 trying to get that intake trunk seamless. Tonight it cracked along the joint, again, whilst sanding, so putting it aside for now. Time for this bad boy! Lots of plastic goodness inside! Usual Tamiya quality, with plenty ejector marks to deal with. Decals look surprisingly decent for a Tamiya kit? Will see. And got some resin barrels. Got a mask set on its way, but for the "Early" kit. Pretty sure the canopy remains the same. Also have some Eduard PE belts, hopefully they have some ones I can use on this build. One thing I'm finding interesting is the canopy framing. It's very, very fine by the feel of it. Can barely feel how it's raised like normal if that makes sense? Anyway, found a build on Hyperscale by Gregg Cooper I will be referencing, and I really want to try his method of replicating the Aotake finish.
  11. Hi, Having recently enjoyed building the Tamiya GMC 2.5 ton 6x6 cargo truck I thought I would do another though with a slight variation. This time will be with the so called 'Recovery set no.7'. This turned the 2.5 ton truck into an effective light recovery vehicle which was widely employed on the Red Ball Express (and elsewhere) covering breakdowns, engine re-fits and crashes. For this build I will be using the Tamiya 1/48 GMC 2.5 ton kit along with the MP Originals Masters Models Recovery set no.7 resin conversion kit and a set of photoetch by Aber. I've also added some spare tires from MP Originals for a small vignette I plan on making with a Willys Jeep. For reference I will be using 2 excellent books by Pat Ware: That's all instructions you get with the resin set but should be easy enough to follow. I've made a start on the main chassis and the front winch. Quite a lot of trimming was required but I think the detail is of nice quality. Also added the rear photo etch plates. That's all for now though will hopefully make some more progress over the Easter weekend!
  12. Hi all This is Tamiya's rather nice 1/48 He 219 - my first Tamiya kit for a while, and what a pleasure it was to build. No fit issues anywhere, and no problems that weren't of my own making. The decals were the only headache, being nowhere near as co-operative as the rest of the kit. Built OOB and finished in the markings of 'G9+TH' of 1./NJG 1, discovered at Westerland Sylt in April 1945. The majority of He219s were finished in various types of 'wellenmuster' camo pattern, typically of RLM76 or '84' over a base of RLM75. The pics of G9+TH show quite a lot of reflection, so do not show any detail of the upper surface pattern, so my pattern here is a guess. I'll let others judge whether it works or not This particular 219 was found with props removed, so again, I'm guessing with the colours here. Previous builds have finished the spinners in either RLM70, or black with a spiral - so I did mine in white with a spiral just to be different.. Anyway, on to the pics...
  13. Picked this Dora 9 in 48th from Hobbies Moròn today, instead of taking with me the Gloster Meteor from the same brand (the owner was not amused by that). I won't be using the kit decals, because I plan on using a mix of Xtradecals and Sky Models decals to mark this Dora as Red 1 from JV 44, Heinz Sachsenberg's plane. The seller warned me that the kit didn't come with instructions, but I'm sorted with the PDF file from Scalemates. I also bought a new softener, one that I have never used, Mr. Mark Softer decal softener. I plan on using it on another Tamiya kit with more irregularities in the surface, such as the Mosquito FB VI or the Spitfire Mk.Vb Trop. I won't be making a start soon though, it's exam time at uni, so I'll be sniffing glue and paint as soon as I'm finished. Here are some photos:
  14. I've been fascinated by tanks since I was just a little boy. Big, loud and menacing beasts...the exact sort of things that appeal to little boys. When I was elementary school-age, circa the late 1950s, early '60s, our hometown had a National Guard unit with a tank. It was parked beside their building and I loved seeing it as we drove past. I imagine it might've been an M47 or perhaps M48, heck maybe even an old M26. Whatever it was, it was a marvel to me back then! I started building scale models as an adult around 1986 or '87. And since then, I've only built two tank scale models. I enjoyed building both, and actually did enter them in an Austin,Texas model contest (still a "one time" experience for me), luckily placing both tanks in third place in their respective categories. Beginner's luck I call it. My two tanks I hate masking aircraft canopies. It's the part of the process I dread the most; the mere fact that there are no canopies to mask on a tank...well, that is a huge plus in the armor column for me! Lately, I have become somewhat stalled on a Bf-109E build (yeah. I came to the masking stage...) and thought I would take "the road less traveled" for a change. And, now I'm having a ball going down that path! I started Tamiya's ancient M41 Walker Bulldog in 1/35, of course. I've only spent a handful of hours, spread out over a couple weeks, thus far, but I believe I'm getting close to laying on some final paint. I've done a bit of scratch-building, adding some features that Tamiya chose to leave off. I would like to show my progress here however, and thereby gain access to all the great info here at BM. Well, the road wheels are painted and sealed, awaiting some weathering. I also painted the rubber portion of the return rollers. The odd bits and pieces have been added to the front and rear hulls: Most M41 Bulldogs featured a canvas mantlet cover that is bolted to the turret top and sides. I've attempted to replicate this with tissue soaked in CVA. I've seen photos of these covers that show some variation and of course, a lot of wear and tear. I futzed around this for quite a while, making several attempts, finally calling it done (and good enuf!). I tried to replicate the attachment parts with plastic rod and thin strips of aluminum. After they are glued to the tank, I'd like to place a Grandt Line bolt-head on each "tab". Heh, heh, that may be a bridge too far for my meager skills but I'm game to give it a try! I've still got some small details to add around the cut-out for the gunner's sight, and of course some touch-up once the final paint goes on. Here's how the attachment parts look, and a pic with some practice paint on: Tamiya left off the two lifting rings found on the glacis plate. I've routed out a slot for some rings made from flattened copper wire. I hope to set the rings in the slot with some thick CA. The real rings were attached with six huge weld beads so I hope I can get close to that appearance. M41s have two storage boxes mounted on the sponsons but Tamiya failed to add the stiffening ribs stamped into the sides of the boxes. I've tried to replicate that effect by gluing small strips if stretched-sprue to the sides. The vertical ribs on the front boxes were oddly arrayed and that was difficult for me to recreate. I believe they will look okay when finally "tweaked" though. Port side before paint: Starboard too: With some "practice paint": Also seen in the above pic is the auxiliary muffler for the tank generator. Originally, these were mounted over the right-side rear main muffler but excessive heat in that location led to refitting the aux. muffler to the right front fender. I'm building my Bulldog as a tank issued to the Army of Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). ARVN forces were the ones who used the M41 most in combat, seeing some success against soviet PT-76 and T54 tanks of the NVA. I've seen ARVN Bulldogs with aux. mufflers in both locations; there are great diagrams of both mountings in the Squadron Walk Around book on the M41 and I chose the rear, original location to scratch build. I found an old, model car exhaust collector that worked well in replicating the muffler. Some aluminum tubing provided the tail-pipe and plastic stock made the mounts, with furnace tape straps and clamps on the flexible pipe connecting it to the engine deck. Here are some pics of the process: And here's the muffler with some "practice paint": I've been looking at several photos of ARVN Bulldogs for ideas and inspiration. Here are a couple: In the above pic, I see a great idea for speeding up the build...just wrap the M2 in canvas! And a couple pics with the three main pieces assembled for a trial viewing thus far: Hey everyone, thanks for staying with me so far! I hope to have more progress to post soon, and I'm always happy to receive constructive criticism and advice. I am pretty much still a novice armor builder and on my third try. So, with that, adieu for now! Links of interest: https://mikesresearch.com/2019/03/24/m41-walker-bulldog/ https://www.historynet.com/m-41-walker-bulldog-tank/ https://man.fas.org/dod-101/sys/land/m41.htm
  15. New title, because I'm now interested in converting the Meteor 1/3 (I have the original Tamiya kit, without the wing change), to an F.4. I know I need larger intakes, common to the Derwent 5 engine. My question is, how much larger, in 1:48, are the intakes of the 4 from the 1? Taking into account the use of the 1:48 Meteor from Tamiya. Also, if it's possible, I'd like to know the size of the base of the intake base to the wing (length and and hight) of the Tamiya kit, so I can send the measures to the man who'll print them
  16. Hey folks! Wrapped up build #5 of the year so far, Tamiya's venerable F4U-1A Corsair. As with the P-51B, it's still a great kit - but I wouldn't mind seeing a newer tooling. The foldable wings are still an annoyance but not a huge deal. 1/48 F4U-1A Corsair "Big Hog" Lt. Cdr. John "Tommy" Blackburn VF-17, Feb/Mar 1944 Rabaul, New Britain Ultracast seat Ultracast wheels Eduard PE Riveted with RB Mini AK Real Colors paints EagleCals decals Montex paint masks On to the pics! Thanks for looking!
  17. Hi all! Here is a little taster of my next project. This won't include any modelling as I haven't started building yet but will include what I've bought to date and some ideas as to what the finished build may look like. I was bought Tamiya's 18t Sd.Kfz.9 for my birthday back in April and since then I've been researching the vehicle in order to come up with an idea for modelling it. I've come up with a couple of options and the possibility of making another Sd.kFz.9 if it ends up looking like too much for one project. The first is to build the above models and maybe add a Panzer 1 or a Sturmpanzer 1 Bison to the trailer. I've been able to find plenty of images of various loads on the Sd. Ah.115 but very few of the Sd.Kfz.9 towing the trailer. The only images I've found are these below. Both of these images show an early F3 tractor, which is what's on offer with the Tamiya kit, ie the Maybach HL 108 engine and mid production running gear. I guess with a little artistic license the possibilities for this combination are great. Whilst mulling over different ideas I also managed to get my hands on the 'earth spade' accessory kit from Tamiya. This has thrown up some different challenges as depending on how you rig the cable to the frame of the spade some scratch building maybe required. The kit shows the frame is lifted one way which to me doesn't look right? The reference pictures I have show an additional frame and pulley at the very back of the flatbed that the towing cable is threaded through. The example on the left clearly shows the frame and pulley centered on the tailgate and the example on the right the frame is absent. Food for thought. This gives me the option to model the Sd.Kfz.9 with the earth spade deployed and the Sd.Ah.115 trailer, rear axel removed, ready to receive its load. Decisions, decisions. What do you guys think? I came across this useful rigging illustration whilst on the interweb. The last purchase is the excellent Royal Models detail set. This isn't as comprehensive as the Aber, or Voyager sets in so far as photo etch but includes all of the obvious missing details. I particularly like the folded tarp and the inclusion of a road wheel masking tool. A nice touch. Here is another image of the trailer being towed but I don't think its the 18t tractor? Maybe. So that is it for now. Next time I will post some progress. Any input on this topic would be appreciated and as always thanks for looking
  18. I tested positive last Friday, 6 days before I was due to get married to my partner of 17 years. To say I was fed up was an understatement! Wednesday just gone, my partner tested positive too, so a good job our small wedding was postponed. Anyway, decided to put my Italeri M4A1 (76mm) on hold and make a start on this classic Tamiya M3 Grant with Verlinden M3 CDL conversion. I have had the conversion for years and some work has been done to it, mainly clean up etc. The Canal Defence Light tanks were used by the 79th Armoured Division to facilitate the night crossings of the Rivers Elbe and Rhine by Allied forces. So far I have assembled the lower hull and used spokes wheels from the Tamiya M4 kit and 2 from the M4A3 kit as the Grant kit wheels have incorrect amount of spokes. I have also applied Mr Surfacer to the final drive assembly. I will also be using the tracks from the Tamiya M4 kits as they are the same length as the incorrect Grant tracks. Progress so far.
  19. #10/2022 And already the next finished French one by my dad. Tamiya A-1H converted to an AD-4, early inner wing racks and tanks taken from an old Esci Skyraider kit, Berna decals, painted with AK Xtreme Metal White Aluminium. Build thread here https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235107683-guerre-dalgérie148-douglas-ad-4-skyraider-armée-de-l’air/ Model shows an aircraft of EC 1/20 "Aurès-Nementcha" in 1961. France used Skyraiders in the Algerian War from the late 50ies to the early 60ies. When they were withdrawn from combat, some were still used as recon birds. DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0002 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0003 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0004 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0007 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0008 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0009 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0010 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0011 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0012 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0013 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0014 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0015 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0016 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0017 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0018 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0019 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0020 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0021 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0023 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0024 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0026 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0027 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0028 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0029 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr DSC_0001 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  20. Hi All, Okay so maybe it's not the conversion job of the century but more on that later.. Here's Tamiya's Early M4 Sherman. I had built this as the American gun tank OOB about 5 or 6 years ago but was never happy with it so it sat on the shelf of doom collecting dust in the corner until Star Decals Set 35-C 1245 British D-Day Shermans came across my bench one day. Being heavily inspired by the more colourful looking marking options here, I dunked the Sherman into Clutch oil and left it submerged for 2-3 days. This worked to strip the paint etc. off the model without damaging the actual plastic. I then rinsed it thoroughly and repared bits that had broken off over the years. Next I got hold of a commonwealth style stowage bin for the back of the tank which I found left over from a Black Dog Models stowage set. Adding to this, I scratch built a first aid box out of a resin pouring stub and some scrap brass, before adding two welded on repurposed ammo cans to the rear glacis. Adding to this I also added a spare wheel to the turret side, again using spare scrap etch to make up a securing band. Albeit not a perfect conversion, I was quite happy with it at this stage as whilst it wasn't a Sherman I down to every last rivet, it encompassed the general changes and look I was aiming for. I painted the model using Humbrol 155 Enamel Olive drab, again whilst not a perfect colour match for the British SSC 15 being too light, I was quite happy with the colour for my personal interpretation of scale effect, which was dry-brushed, decalled, filtererd and washed, before oil streaks and other weathering including some chipping was applied. The model was matte-coated using Xtracolour Enamel Matte Varnish. Stowage was from the spares box, including items from MiniArt, Tamiya and Blackdog. The stowage on the rear deck was secured using painted solder which had the malleability to make it more 'rope-like' without the overscale fraying seen with twine, string or thread. Overall the jury is still out with this method so it's something I might reconsider for the next one. Thanks for looking! Again, Thanks for looking, Sam
  21. Hi All, This is another one that I bought a while back (Late 90's, early 00's?) and decided that I need to get going with it again. First, the box art: Brutally Handsome (Hotel California). The engine had been built a while ago, and primed, but not painted. I sprayed the entire built engine (as far as it had got) in Zero paints aluminium: On small components, like the suspension above, I like to paint them matt-black, then aluminium and other metallic colours. The metallic colours come up really well painted over matt black. It's a trick I learnt from my son who was at one time really into Warhammer. There they paint the figures black, the paint the metallic armour over that. After I had sprayed the engine aluminium, I then painted the transmission with the called-out colours The 'box' at the back should be woven carbon fibre, but I have never tried to use the decals, so I stuck with satin black. Maybe the next model, or the next, or the next ... Here's the engine with the decals on the cam covers. Everything about this car is brutal. A six litre V-12 producing 800 bhp (I think). Must have sounded amazing. More to come, Thanks for looking. Cheers, Alan.
  22. Hi All, While I have this burst of energy, I thought I would try to complete as many as I could... Another one that I have resurrected from the pile-of-doom. This Is the original Tamiya XJR-9. I have has this one for a very long time. the box top: The engine: And the rear suspension, primed:
  23. My first new kit of 2021. When I heard Tamiya would release Marder 1:35, I was very excited. The kit arrived to me at the end of 2020 and I wasn't disappointed. I spent a few evening with it and most of the construction was done, including a few bits of improvement. Soon to painting. Nanond
  24. And here´s the next French subject, gonna convert Tamiya´s A-1H to an AD-4 DSC_0005 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr gonna do 20-FX DSC_0006 by grimreaper110, auf Flickr
  25. Not sure about the ‘shelf of doom’, this one nearly went to the ‘wall of death’ more than once! Nothing wrong with the kit, just struggled with it for some reason. Had big ideas of making a diorama with 5 or 6 figures, an improvised barricade, 7.62 Maxim MG, etc. However, this all when out the window as I just wanted it finished. Made a couple of minor improvements, but nothing much. The railway sleeper was made from coffee stirrers and the ammo is from Miniart. Thanks for looking, George
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