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58 minutes ago, Redstaff said:

Love these cars, had an MGB GT back in the day, but they only seem to have kits of the soft tops not the hard top 

I have seen a resin transkit to convert the Aoshima MGB into a GT.  Or there's the Southeast Finecast metal MGB GT.

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1 hour ago, johnlambert said:

I have seen a resin transkit to convert the Aoshima MGB into a GT.  Or there's the Southeast Finecast metal MGB GT.

Thanks John, might look in to that 😁

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9 hours ago, Redstaff said:

Love these cars, had an MGB GT back in the day, but they only seem to have kits of the soft tops not the hard top 

The rally Aoshima currently available has the factory Roadster hardtop,  but like you I'd like the GT, personally I think it better looking.  The C1 transkit seems to look well when built but Jack's the price of kit up a fair bit! 

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Like you say, the transkit is there but adding about £50 to the price of the kit is a bit steep

 

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Looks as though I'm too late to mention the C1 kit...

 

23 hours ago, Fnick said:

Didnt know humidity was that bad...now at least there is a reason for the wet coat on my Cadillac going hazy when drying... 😞. I'll need a humidityometer...

 

Nick

 

Going from my experience, humidity seems to have more impact than temperature, and a hazy clear does appear to be one of the results. I bought the cheapest humidity meter I could find, and it does the job. I've gone down to about 7 degrees C with no ill effects on finishes, although I try and follow the can by keeping to at least 10 degrees. But spraying clear at 75% RH just hinted at a dull finish so I came to the conclusion that the humidity was the bigger evil. That said, low temperatures and high humidity often (but not always!) go hand in hand so the thermometer can be a good proxy apart from when we get a wet summer spell like now.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Been a while since I posted in this one, but decent weather and having got everything sprayed on the Mustang gave me a chance to add the colour coat onto this one.

 

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It covered pretty well with only slight orange peel (the camera angle makes it look much worse than it is), so only needs a light sand before i clear it. I am surprised by how much the colour changes with the light, varying from the rich brown it appears above to a sort of Dairy Milk colour under other lighting conditions. Annoyingly there has been a small bit of shrinkage of the filler in the original wiper hole, but I'm hoping that most of that will go once I've cleared and polished it. And even if it doesn't, with it being so close to the windscreen trim I would hope the chrome will distract attention.

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What a fantastically period colour! I’m sure I saw one of these before with a gold coach stripe instead of the chrome beading on the sides. Not sure if it was a factory option or a Halfords go faster special

 

great work, I’ll be watching with interest 

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This is looking grand! :thumbsup:

 

And you've absolutely captured that 1970's brown! It really is a good choice for those bumpers.

 

Could you do that loverly brown and orange seat striping as a decal?

 

On 8/9/2021 at 2:35 AM, Redstaff said:

Like you say, the transkit is there but adding about £50 to the price of the kit is a bit steep

Perhaps think of it as adding the kit to the conversion? Smaller percentage... :rofl2:

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23 hours ago, galaxyg said:

That's a very period shade.  I see brown cars are back in fashion now, albeit metallic.

 

Something of which I must plead guilty myself - one of my cars is a metallic copper colour which I would call brown (although the DVLA seem to think it's yellow???). And yes I did buy it new, so I did choose the colour...

 

1 hour ago, Mr Mansfield said:

What a fantastically period colour! I’m sure I saw one of these before with a gold coach stripe instead of the chrome beading on the sides. Not sure if it was a factory option or a Halfords go faster special

 

great work, I’ll be watching with interest 

 

I have considered the gold stripe, you can see a few in Google images here and the strip actually sits above the chrome strip:

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=russet+brown+mgb&client=firefox-b-d&sxsrf=AOaemvIWBpXmV_wndBUblOp7CW9RFOsw7w:1631047338562&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjZ7efp3O3yAhWXQUEAHTj7BfEQ_AUoAXoECAEQAw&biw=1920&bih=927#imgrc=FOzocSeYk4JJhM

 

I have been tempted to see how the gold stripe from the XJS would look cut to size to fit this, but it just seems a bit fussy so I'm leaning heavily towards just having the chrome strip.

 

1 hour ago, dnl42 said:

This is looking grand! :thumbsup:

 

And you've absolutely captured that 1970's brown! It really is a good choice for those bumpers.

 

Could you do that loverly brown and orange seat striping as a decal?

 

Perhaps think of it as adding the kit to the conversion? Smaller percentage... :rofl2:

 

Still deciding on the seats, but doubt it will be the striped seats as I'm just not keen on them. They're likely to end up either black of tan. Plenty of time to decide on that yet. :)

 

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35 minutes ago, Spiny said:

I have considered the gold stripe, you can see a few in Google images here and the strip actually sits above the chrome strip:

 

Looking great so far, personally I believe the gold stripe would really worth the effort - Andy 

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I will have a look at the gold stripe at the weekend, but I'm thinking there may be a headache on the horizon.. I'm beginning to have my doubts about whether the jag stripe will fit without cutting out for the door handle (which would look rubbish).

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18 minutes ago, Spiny said:

I will have a look at the gold stripe at the weekend, but I'm thinking there may be a headache on the horizon.. I'm beginning to have my doubts about whether the jag stripe will fit without cutting out for the door handle (which would look rubbish).

These might help

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stripes-Narrow-/322006373991?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=707-127634-2357-0

Andy

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