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Alan R
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Hi All,

 

I don't seem to to have created a thread for this one, so I decided to do it now:

This is the exquisite Tamiya Ford GT model:

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So far, I have assembled the main parts of the body, and this is where I have got so far:

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I have to share my work-space with various stored items not immediately needed...

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The fit of the body was superb, with join lines matching the panel lines on the real thing as far as I can tell.

 

I have done more than this, but I have no photos yet.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Cheers,

Alan.

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Hi All,

I have decided to bring this back to the top of the pile.

I had primed the body and, this weekend, I smooth sanded the primer ready to accept the colour coat. I chose the Zero Paint 'Ingot Silver', specially formulated for this car.

I managed to get a smooth coat on the underside, but I think that I got a bit overconfident and spoilt the finish on the roof. I think that it reacted with the plastic underneath,

The lesson to lean here is to not lay it on too thick!

So, I carefully sanded the affected areas, starting with a 240 grit, which took it back to the primer. Then I finished with a 2500 grit to smooth it:

 

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The camera has been a bit kind here, I think.

 

Now I am trying to be a bit more sparing re-covering the affected areas.

 

Thanks for looking,

Alan.

 

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Evening all,

Some more progress on this.
As I said, the paint had rippled, so I sanded it back, but still had some primer left on it, so I carefully re-sprayed the silver on, but despite the thin layers the paint still 'rippled'!

So, I sanded the paint back to the plastic on the roof and the nose as these were that affected areas.

I then used some 600 grit to smooth it out, followed by 1220, 2500, Tamiya Lapping film, the buffing it with Halfords rubbing compound. The result was a polished finish, just like the original plastic.

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This was mid-sand.

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Here's the roof and nose sanded and polished back to the plastic.

I then cracked out the silver again, and applied primer, let that cure for about 48 hours before spraying several very light coats of silver over the affected areas.

This time it was successful. I polished it up a bit after it had cured, and it looks good.

After all of that, I sprayed some gloss black (Tamiya X1) over the front and rear valances. I had previously performed some surgery to add some Hobby Design grilles to the valances. The last step was to paint the grills satin black:

 

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I then masked the undertray and sprayed various parts gloss black, thus:

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The glossy bits need a little buffing to get them fully glossy.

I masked the side windows using the Tamiya Masks. A bit of a bugger to apply, but when applied, they fit perfectly.

 

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Masks removed:

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That's all the really difficult bits done, I think.

There's some of the Hobby Design mesh bits to fit, but I think they should be OK.

 

More later.

 

Thanks for looking,

Alan.

 

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Hi All,

Just a very minor update on the GT.

I have embellished the dash-board with some photo-etch:

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It looks like the trim isn't attached all way round, but I don't think that's the case.

 

I'll try to get some more done soon.

Thanks for looking,

 

Alan.

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Hi All,

I have decided to enhance the already fine Tamiya Ford GT with some photo-etch from Hobby Design.

Most of the grilles (for want of a better word) are actually clear parts with decals to represent the mesh of the grilles.

I have been using the Hobby Design set to replace those parts/ So far, so good.

Anyway, there are the next bits:

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The picture is a bit blurry, I think the camera got a bit confused.

I have primed then in grey, ready to cover in Abbadon Black. These do look a lot better installed rather than the clear bits with decals.

 

More to come.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Cheers,

Alan.

 

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Hello All,

 

Finally, an update!

I had been using the Hobby Design Photo-etch set to replace all the vents with more realistic PE grilles.

This was a bit tedious, but worth it in the end:

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You can just see the grilles here at the back of the body shell.

The tail-lights were installed, again some PE was installed in them.

The rear of the lens was painted in Molotow Chrome, and the outside parts painted with Tamiya Clear Red.

If you look very carefully, you may (or may not!) see the PE inside the rear lights.

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The headlamps are mini kits in their own right. I think that there are 15 parts (including the extra photo-etch) in each unit.

They were a bit fiddly to assemble, but once made up, they just slip into place.

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And here they are, fitted in the body shell:

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The rear end. Some bits installed, including the exhaust pipes.

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What most people will see (if they get a chance), rapidly diminishing in size!

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Oops! Needs some attention!

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Those side markers are painted with Molotow Chrome on the inside and Tamiya Clear on the outside. The fit here is superb. All attached with Hi-tack PVA glue.

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The rear-view mirror with the Tamiya mirror 'decal'. It was more shiny than the PE bit provided with the Hobby Design set.

PVA glue is definitely the safest adhesive where windows are concerned.

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From above. Windshield wipers installed, also glued in with PVA glue.

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All the glazing installed. I very nearly just 'clicked' into place. I have secured it with PVA glue, just to be safe.

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Front suspension, partially installed. Ready for the front axles and steering rack.

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From another angle.

 

I have made further progress, I just haven't captured it in pixels yet!

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Cheers,

Alan.

 

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Hello All,

 

Another minor update.
I have nearly completed the suspension. This is where I am at:

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Front suspension and steering.

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Rear discs and drive shafts.

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Rear sub-frame with brakes installed.

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From a different angle.

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From above.

 

More to come, I hope.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Cheers,

Alan.

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Evening all.

Some more progress on the Ford GT.

I installed the front and rear sub-frames on the floor pan:

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They just 'click' into place, but a small application of cement fixes them into place.

The seats, all brush painted (I couldn't be bothered to crack out the air-brush...)

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The completed dash-board:

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The cock-pit assembles: This thing almost falls together.

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One thing I have learned (Why it's taken me so long, I haven't a clue), is to be more patient, Give all the paints and glues time to cure.

I am finding that I am enjoying the process much more. Instead of ploughing on and mucking things up. If a stage needs time to cure, then stop working on it and come back tomorrow.

The results are much better, I think.

Philosophical moment over! :)

 

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Bit blurry this one. Need to use the tripod...

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Ditto...

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Cock-pit installed on the floor pan:

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 The top of the engine:

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A lot blurry!

More engine bits. Not much to the engine, rally, just the top.

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That's it! All the engine bits:

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Assembled:

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The wheels look quite smart:

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Getting near the end now. The body and floor-pan united.

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I had one minor fit issue that I resolved by gluing the body, just before the doors with epoxy resin. That solved the problem.

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The paper tissue is acting as a barrier to prevent the clamps from damaging the paint work.

The door mirrors, assembled:

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All the clamps removed:

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Looking pretty good, I think.

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Very nearly there. Just the door mirrors and licence plate to add.

 

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The licence plate.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

Cheers,

Alan.

 

 

 

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