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My Fare Lady - a Revell 1:24 Austin FX4 Taxi re-imagined


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Quick update:  Having waited for it to harden off I flatted the spatters with 2000 grit W/D and not daring to use any more of the original AK paint I tried something different.  Instead of sticking with specialist modelling paints I tried an ordinary artist's acrylic - specifically Pebeo - of the same shade.  Thinned to the right consistency it sprayed well onto the ubiquitous plastic spoon so I went on to respray the 'shell with it and am very pleased with the results - it was a joy to use and cleaning the airbrush afterwards was a lot easier too.  Interesting.

 

I haven't bothered with a photo as you can't tell the difference but the improvement over the AK Interactive is significant.  I'll be trying Pebeo again I think!

 

Now more waiting until the result is hard enough to take masking tape...

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Deciding that I'd waited long enough, I had a free day today and took the plunge, masking as carefully as I could the areas above the notional coachline, first with 3mm Tamiya flexible masking tape, then the rest with normal (again Tamiya) tape.

 

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Not wishing to waste the AK Interactive Cobalt Blue metallic I thinned it and tried it on a plastic spoon.  It seemed to spray OK so I proceeded.  The airbrush delivery was very intermittent but it wasn't spattering so I persevered, coating as evenly as I could and leaving it to dry.

 

The real heart-in-mouth moments came when I started to remove the masking, praying nothing lifted and that any creep-under would be minimal.  About half an hour later (or so it seemed!) I breathed again having removed the lot and found nothing had lifted.  Only one minor bleed-under which will be masked by the bumper anyway.  It's by no means perfect but I'm happy with it as a first attempt.

 

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Now I need to let it harden for a while - again! - before continuing but I'm moderately pleased (and relieved!) with the way it turned out.

 

Thanks for your patience during the slow bits, more anon...

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It's odd, but in my mind's eye I had you using a darker blue, but it's turned out well in that shade and will mean a brighter model. Especially well done on getting the two-tone effect to be so sharp while following the body contours - I know that is no easy task.

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All thanks to Tamiya's superb flexible 3mm masking tape, great stuff to use.  I think the photos are slightly over-exposed (it's only a cheap smartphone) as the true colours are mother-of-pearl and cobalt blue metallic, a shade darker than those shown.  Still looks a good combination IMHO.

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After waiting a few days for the paint to harden a bit it's time for some more progress.  I started with the window frames, using a combination of black permanent marker and Molotow chrome detailing pens.  For the front window frame moulding outline I used a Gundam ultra-fine panel line marker pen which turned out to be quite effective.

 

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While it was drying I couldn't resist a trial-fit of the bonnet having just previously added the mildly-blackwashed grille, just to see what it looked like...

 

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Once that lot had dried it was finally time to glaze the beast.  The front and rear windows went in first, held in with Deluxe Materials Glue'n Glaze which is PVA based and dries totally clear.  The side window assemblies previously truncated followed on, all fitting well despite their recent surgery.  Finally the partition glass was fitted and now it's starting to look a bit more like a coupe de ville...

 

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Having some time left in the day I was gazing speculatively at the leftover bits from the window surgery when it occurred to me that front quarterlights were a distinct possibility.  More breath-holding work with the razor saw resulted in a couple of workable quarterlights which were edged with Molotow and glued into position...

 

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The end result looks fairly convincing, I think.

 

More when time permits...

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Minor update:

 

Hit a problem with the headlamps - they're a hangover from the original IMAI motorised kit and are cylindrical with a large and very obvious tunnel down the centre provided for the bulb'  This shows up as a big black hole smack in the middle of the lamp so I needed to fill and silver it up a bit.  The tunnel is too narrow for a brush or pen so I resorted to coffee and a piece of chocolate while I had a think.  The foil chocolate wrapper gave me an idea and I wrapped some round a pipe-cleaner that I use for cleaning my airbrush, thrust it down the tunnel and carefully withdrew the pipe-cleaner leaving it in place.  The end result doesn't look to bad, surprisingly...

 

First, a before-and-after pic - you can hopefully see the problem with the one on the left and the solution in the one on the right.

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...and how it looks on the model...

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...not perfect but a huge improvement on the twin black tunnels in the originals.

 

Now, there may not be many more build pics as a degree of urgency has cropped up in the form of a cancellation I've been offered to start a pair of operations to remove cataracts (as previously mentioned they're now quite advanced).  This commences ridiculously early next Wednesday (13th) and from then on until the second op is completed, the usual waiting periods passed and new specs lenses fitted, my vision is going to be somewhat out of whack so I'm trying to complete the model beforehand.  I hate rushing things but if I don't I'll not be able to get back to it until mid-March.

 

Watch this space...

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Good luck with the op, hope all goes well. No need to rush the build - it will still be waiting for you when you get back.

 

Incidentally, where I've had a similar headlight issue to yours in terms of a black centre (usually due to a mounting post in my case), I've found the best solution is to paint the back end of the post in white which usually does a decent job of hiding it. I was going to show an example, but I can't remember which cars I did it on now and can't tell from looking at them (so it must work! :) ). For yours you may have been able to fit a white disc over the end of the 'tunnel' but your method seems to have worked well enough.

 

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And now the fun bit - final assembly.  The sub-assemblies all being completed I could now fit the interior to the bodyshell, the engine compartment ditto, and finally the chassis to the body assembly.  After all the preparation it all went like a dream, the only problem being the bonnet prop which is ludicrously over-scale and looked more like a scaffold pole than a bonnet stay so that had to go.

 

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All that's left now is the brightwork - bumpers, mirrors, wipers, lights and so on.  Not long now...

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