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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Scale Modelling Starter Kit

At the time of writing this post, I’m away for Christmas, so I’m suffering some major withdrawals. I can’t build anything, and I can’t take any photos to write a post about, and I can’t really do anything. It’s only been two weeks, but I’m going out of my mind!

So this morning my amazing wife came up with the idea of doing a post for those starting out (or RE-starting) their modelling hobby, by giving some advice on a “starter kit”. It can be a bit daunting, especially if you’ve been on any forums, like Model Cars Magazine Forum and you see what other people are doing with their kits. But what it all boils down to is getting the right tools for the right job.

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Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Cars, Tamiya, Tutorials, Uncategorized

 

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1970 Mustang Boss 429 – part 2

One thing I really wanted to do with this kit was to wire up the engine. I’d tried it once before, but the wire I used was far too thick. I’m pretty sure I used 22 AWG (aka 22 gauge) wire, when what you really need is 30 gauge. I found it once on the Jaycar website, but I ended up getting it from Wiltronics.

Not being an expert on cars or engines, I needed to do a lot of research before I started on this little project. So I looked at photos of a real engine from a 1970 Mustang, and I looked at modelcarmags forums to see what other modellers have done.

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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Cars, Revell, Tutorials

 

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1970 Mustang Boss 429 – part 1

This is another kit that my wife got me for my birthday this year. As they say, each kit is just practice for the next one, so with this kit, I’m trying to incorporate all the mods I’ve attempted on different kits in the past – plus some new ones. Being a fan of muscle cars, I loved the look of this kit from the second I laid eyes on the box.

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1970 Mustang Boss 429 Box

In addition to trying out all the mods I’ve done before on this kit, I’m also trying something new – opening the doors. Strangely, getting the hinge right was the easy part. Joining the actual door with the interior tub cut-out is proving to be the hard part.

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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Cars, Revell

 

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Scale Model Opening Doors

Wanting to take my models one step further, I researched how to make the doors open. I got the idea after building my 1958 Plymouth Belvedere a.k.a “Christine“, where I removed the trunk in order to hold a 9v battery. After scouring the internet, looking at tutorials and having a go at Doctor Cranky’s door hinges, I got too frustrated with the whole thing, so I designed my own. While not as sturdy as Doctor Cranky’s, they are easier to build and easier to install.

Before you begin this project, you need to commit to it. Removing the door pieces is one thing, but once the doors are off and the hinges are made, you will need to actually build yourself a door. This means getting some thin styrene to scratch build the “body” of the door. For the hinge, I can teach you how to put it all together, but building the door is a seat-of-the-pants kind of thing, where you need to be able build a template and then creatively design and build the door for yourself. If you’re a bit scared, start with an old or cheap kit and just see how it goes. After all, if you spend $20 on a kit and the doors fail, you haven’t lost too much.

My hinges work on a single arm which attaches to the outside of the interior tub, and the interior of the “outer” door, as you’ll see below. It’s not overly difficult to build these hinges, but getting them just right CAN be a bit fiddly. Lots of taking the door on and off the model, and it CAN get frustrating. The trick is to work slowly and carefully. When you feel the tension building up inside you, take a break and come back to it later. Just keep in the back of your mind that your car’s doors will open and close, and you should stay motivated to keep working!

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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Cars, Tutorials

 

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1970 Pontiac Firebird – Part 1

I’m a big fan of 1970’s muscle cars, which you may have picked up from my other posts. About a year ago, my gorgeous wife bought me this Revell kit which I’ve finally managed to start, after completing the 1958 Plymouth Belvedere a.k.a “Christine”.

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The engine in this kit is pretty much standard, but for once I was able to spray the engine instead of brush painting it. At this stage, I still don’t have an airbrush, so I’m using Tamiya rattle cans. I used French Blue for the engine and Italian Red for the body with a Semi Gloss Black stripe.

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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Cars, Revell, Tamiya

 

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Trashed

The other day, I trashed my first model. I don’t mean that I damaged it in some way, I mean it went in the bin. I tried and tried to make the damn thing work, but in the end, modelling is supposed to be fun, and this model was “anti-fun”. I tried for TWO days to get the front axle to attach to the steering arm, but in the end, not even super glue could hold the thing together!

Revell 1:24 Outlaw

Revell 1:24 The Outlaw

I was a big fan of Revell back in the day, and in my opinion, they still make some great kits. But in this case, I sensed trouble from the start. My main kits of choice is cars, and in general, the engines are all put together the same way – with all the pieces cast in the same shapes – regardless of whose kit it is.

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Cars, Revell

 

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Lancer Evo X

I’m a big fan of the Lancer Evo X. I wish I could afford a real one, but until I win the Lottery, I have to be content with putting together a scale version. My kit of choice? The 1:24 Aoshima Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. View my gallery HERE.

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Lancer Evo X

This kit turned out to be my first foray into Enamel paint – with results I am about 90% happy with. Rather than colour this model in either the red shown on the box, or another colour available on a real Lancer Evo X, I chose to do it in yellow – for two reasons. Firstly, simply because yellow ISN’T an option in real life, and secondly, because yellow and black looks awesome!

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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Aoshima, Cars

 

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