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1970 Buick GSX Pimp Mobile – Part 2

Yo, check it out Playa. Iz got some pimpin’ stripes on my ride fo shizzle.

Thanks to a post I saw on the modelcarsmag forum a while ago, I’ve been trying my hand at pinstriping. My first effort was on my ’82 Corvette Snap-kit and was pretty simple. I tried a few designs but failed every time I had the tape crossing over itself. So this time I wanted to push myself. You only get better by doing something new, right?

I searched the web for pinstripe designs and using what I saw, I came up with my own design – one for the hood and one for the trunk. LOTS of cross-overs in these designs, so I was nervous during the whole experience. The problem with pinstriping is that you can’t check it as you go. Once you remove that tape, the process ends, so you have to leave it there until the piece is completely painted and ready for polishing or clear coats. It’s a scary time.

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Posted by on March 5, 2013 in Cars, Monogram, Tamiya

 

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1970 Buick GSX Pimp Mobile – Part 1

Yo, what up G? Fo shizzle my nizzle, this here pimpin’ Buick ride is off da hook, yo!
LOL, sorry about that, but I’ve been getting a bit carried away with this build. Believe it or not, I bought this kit as a donor for my Corvette with gullwing doors. I planned to make pop-up headlights for the ‘bette, so I needed small diameter lenses, which the Buick has. The problem is, the headlights on the ‘vette failed, mainly because I lost two of the lenses. So at the end of this build, the lights on the Buick are gonna be a bit funky.
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So when I was looking for my next (current) build, I saw the Buick and thought it might be fun. I had no idea just what an amazing car this was in it’s time, so despite having bought it as a donor, I’m kind of glad I ended up with it. But this is NOT going to be a standard build. Could you tell from the post title?

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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Cars, Monogram, Tamiya

 

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI – Part 2 (complete)

What an awesome kit this was. Thanks to being on holidays, and being continually motivated by the quality of this kit, I finished the whole thing in about 2 weeks. But it wasn’t without it’s frustrations. There were three main issues I had with this kit:

1. They give you a complex colour scheme for the undercarriage and then you’re supposed to cover it all up with panels;

2. The wheels steer, but once you add the mud flaps in the final stages, they fit so close to the wheels, that they end up only steering about 2mm; and

3. Some of the 1 million decals didn’t seem to fit properly.

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Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Cars, Tamiya

 

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI – Part 1

I have a bit of thing for Lancers. It could be because my Father used to work at the Mitsubishi plant in Adelaide, South Australia which allowed me to personally visit the production line and to get an amazing insight into the way Mitsubishi build cars and how they think. Maybe it’s because my Brother used to work on the line installing brakes. Maybe it’s because a friend of mine actually has an EVO VI. Who knows.

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I tend to stay away from Japanese kit manufacturers, because here in Australia they START at about $60, but having built this kit, I fully intend to buy MORE kits by Tamiya, Fujimi and Aoshima since, along with the Lancer Evo X, I find the kits are exceptionally well put together and produce an outstanding finished product.

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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Aoshima, Cars, Fujimi, Tamiya

 

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1982 Corvette Snap-Tite kit – Part 5 (complete)

Finally, she’s done. My $10.00 Snap-Tite 1982 Corvette. I started out with some big hopes and dreams for this build, and most of them got all the way to completion. So here’s the details on the mods I had planned:

Gullwing Doors – Yes!

Wire mesh on the grilles – Yes!

Pinstriping – Yes!

Polished paint – Yes!

Lowered – No (but did use better wheels)

Pop-up Headlights – No

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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in Cars, Monogram, Tamiya

 

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1982 Corvette Snap-Tite kit – Part 4

The storms have been raging up here in Brisbane lately, so this build is going a lot faster than I anticipated. I’m also amazed at how well I think this Snap-Tite kit is coming together. I can’t remember the last time I bought a Snap-Tite kit, but this one has rekindled my interest. They’re significantly cheaper than the regular kits, and if I say so myself, I’m doing a pretty good job of this one.

My biggest problem when building models is that I’m not particularly creative. By that, I mean that I struggle to find colour schemes that work, and sometimes I can’t even work out whether to leave a piece chrome or strip it and paint it. Thank God for my wife! So when I was thinking about the colour scheme for this Vette, I was stuck on what colour to do the interior. Sure, there’s always tan which goes well with a black body, but I wanted something special. I even thought of introducing pink as a colour to turn this into a “girl’s” muscle car.

But after looking at some pics on the web, my wife suggested a Richie Benaud jacket colour – white/off-white/cream/beige/bone type colour. I figured that might be a bit plain, so I decided I do a “Tuxedo” paint scheme using black and Tamiya’s Pearl White. Here’s how the dash turned out.

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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Cars, Monogram, Tamiya

 

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1970 Mustang Boss 429 – Part 3

So following a long break over Christmas, where I couldn’t do any building, the Mustang is coming along nicely. I painted the chassis and undercarriage, and finalised the interior tub. I put colour on the body (Tamiya “French Blue” (TS10)) and after about 2 hours of masking, managed to include the black feature stripe around the body, which I think came up pretty well.

I also managed to design and incorporate another little fun and interesting piece to this build – a hood support rod. You know, that rod that some cars have that holds the hood open. I’m pretty sure the actual car didn’t have one, but the way the model is designed, the hood won’t stay open by itself unless it’s at a full 90º, which in my opinion looks less realistic that the inclusion of my support rod.

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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Cars, Revell, Tamiya

 

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