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ptcruiser

1:32 Triumph TR4a - Finished

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Ok so here's my kit. I dug out an old unused craft knife as opposed to my normal scalpel and a old emery board will suffice as my implement for sanding. No tape though and I doubt whether I'll use the scissors or tweezers either. Never had them when I started to build kits so I'm going to try and resist temptation now. :innocent:

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I can't remember what I used to start with but my parents did acquire and old school desk that was strategically positioned in my bedroom, model building for the use of, you know, the old lift up lid type. I painted it a nice non drip gloss yellow too. :coolio: For this build I'll be using an old cutting board for use on the dining room table. I must confess that I will be using an extra piece of equipment that I did not require in my tender years.... I'm assuming this is acceptable??

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kit bits

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Notice the extensive decal sheet (top centre on the instruction sheet) but the clear parts are bagged seperately which is an improvement.

Stage 1 (of a total of 4, the last of which is the painting instructions):

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The parts are there, the paint call outs are there, but where the parts are supposed to fit could be interesting if you were new to this game.

Here's progress so far:

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Ejector pin marks are abundant, flash aplenty, mould lines very prominant. The engine halves don't match and one half is almost solid whilst the other hollow. This is going to prove more challenging that I hoped.

I have now managed to paint it as per the instructions. 2 coats of 33 later and it's improving. I have also found that for the gloss black to work (ie not streaky), using the matt black as a primer seems the way to go - others may find it helpful. I've also had varying success with the paint on the plastic. It must be mould release agent preventing the paint from adhering?

Pics tomorrow in the daylight of the painted chassis. Test fitting the body onto the chassis has indicated a distinct warp, so remedial work will be necessary, and I may have to dig out the tape after all.

Rich

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Chassis pics as promised:

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The matt black works really well, and I've used the gloss for he seats. However, the silver is P O O R! Thinned down some matt black with water to wash around the spokes to make them stand out a bit.

Next stage to finish the driving compartment and the engine bay. Someone mention using stretched sprue for ariels? Hmm spark plug leads :hmmm: --- hmm maybe not .

Rich

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Next update from me, having spent a day at the seaside and one on the garden :thumbsup:

Underside done. Notice how well the exhaust fits

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Unclothed

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And an idea as to what it'll look like.

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I've given the bodywork two coats of matt black and letting that harden off before going for the gloss blue. Same for the, erm, chrome/silver/metalic grey brightworks.

Should be done tomorrow :frantic:

Rich

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Next update from me, having spent a day at the seaside and one on the garden :thumbsup:

Underside done. Notice how well the exhaust fits

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Good skills, but I think that will be an MoT failure.

Al

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Well I was very seriously tempted to leave it in black primer like a rat rod - and later events suggest perhaps I was right all along.

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But as planned, finished today and in conclusion I have to say that I HATE THOSE GLOSS PAINTS! :badmood: In order to reveal the raised text, I scraped the paint off and it worked quite well overall.

Still I've enjoyed the build as a whole and that is what I think this was all about. :yahoo: There'll be more pics on the gallery. I hope you like?

Rich

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I reckon you've done a good job despite the paints being so awful. I may be tempted to get one of these myself.

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A valiant effort, against all the odds. Respect.

Looking back, it looked great in white too!

Cliff

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Thanks for the comments guys, appreciated.

Cliff, it's a trick of the light combined with over exposure. The plastic is grey to start with, but I agree it probably looked better :analintruder:

I read on another build about mixing some matt with the gloss on a Red Arrow Hawk? Maybe mixing a touch of matt balck that went on really well with the gloss blue may have helped?

One to try another day.

Rich

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Thanks for the comments guys, appreciated.

Cliff, it's a trick of the light combined with over exposure. The plastic is grey to start with, but I agree it probably looked better :analintruder:

I read on another build about mixing some matt with the gloss on a Red Arrow Hawk? Maybe mixing a touch of matt balck that went on really well with the gloss blue may have helped?

One to try another day.

Rich

It looks very nice in the matt black, is there anything to say we have to paint the models the same colours as the instructions say?

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is there anything to say we have to paint the models the same colours as the instructions say?

Is there ever? :)

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