Monday, December 18, 2017

Couple of painting sessions completed

Completed couple of long painting sessions over last two weeks. Got almost all parts of BT46 and BT52 models primed. Then started applying metallic colors. Mostly Alclad shades sprayed onto engine and accessories and SG black for suspension parts. Body parts require some more prep work before paint could be applied. There will also be quite a bit of hand brushing needed to highlight details. Couple of quick in progress shots.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Completing prep work

Finishing up prep work. Studio27 PE set, I have for this model, provides PE covers for engine air intakes. I've decided to open up holes in engine cover for those. However while cutting trough plastic, I've managed to make holes quite a bit bigger then required. To fix the issue and to give PE bits something to rest on, I've decided to attach strips of plastic inside, just below cover surface. This way PE covers will not stick out and there should be enough space to add filter paper underneath them to simulate filtering material used on real car. Worked out ok, I think. Also attached real firewall (not shown on photos). Prior to that, I've drilled bunch of holes for future detailing with aftermarket A/N fittings, braided lines, hoses and wires. Wire and tube lines I have, are too thick for this model. So, order for MFH's 0.4mm tubes and 0.28mm wires was placed and it is on the way to me. Next I have to wash parts and get the mounted for priming. Hopefully we will see parts in primer relatively soon.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Prep work ongoing

Continued to do basic prep work. Started puttying seams.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Yet another build started - BT46

With multiple challenging builds in progress, I felt I needed something that would go together rather well. I've looked at my line up of completed and in progress models and all I could see were pretty much Lotus, McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari cars. Then I looked through my pile of kits and realized that I have 3 models of Brabham BT46 car variations and I thought Tamiya BT46 would fit the bill perfectly. Having instructions from 1/12 MFH kit as a reference is a big asset for this new build. I also have PE set from Studio27, which looks to be quite useful. I actually managed to get myself hyped about this model quit a bit. First it is different from my usual subjects. Second - it's Tamiya engeniring and should go together well. Third - it's surprisingly detailed and gives a great base for moderately detailed project, which is perfect for my current skill level. Spent last few days gathering references, studding them and MFH's 1/12 kit instructions, and doing my usual build plan. And finally last night I was able to start it. Not much to show at present, just a bunch of parts separated from trees. Going to prep parts and do test assembly next.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

CLK-GTR completed

Added seat bets, rear view mirrors and other small exterior/interior items. It's finished as far as I am concerned. May even leave it without tire decals.

Now the photo I had in mind as main reason when I've started CLK-GTR kit. It's the view of 2 leading competitors from FIA 1997 championship.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Significant progress on CLK-GTR

Finally found motivation to get this model back on my modeling table. Trying to finish it before local contest on Saturday. Basically just seat belts, tire decals, windshield wiper, antenna and rear view mirrors are left. Over last week and weekend - painted wheels and windows, brush painted rear lights, added last few items to engine bay, fitted windows and light covers to body, assembled and installed rear wing, attached other body items. Hopefully I will be able to finish it on time and get it out of my pipeline.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pretty much completed.

Almost finished. Installed side panels, rear view mirrors, rear light. Assembled and installed rear wing and finally added small oil radiator at the rear. Body panels don't fit very well. I'm starting to think it is my painting process that deforms parts. Don't see any other obvious reason. It is missing JPS decals on the monocoque and throttle linkage in front, but it's out of my pipeline for now.

And couple of group photos with its older sister.