Long time lurker and 1st time poster… I’ve decided to start posting some of my work in the hope that it helps me to maintain motivation… My cyber ‘pals’ Terry and Tania (F1Xena) post here regularly, and having drifted in and out of a few sites / boards over the years I’ve decided if it’s good enough for them….
I was previously active in the Wellington modelling scene, but have lived in Auckland for the last 18 years and haven't really engaged with the outside world in that time...
I travel a lot for work and when I am home, family takes precedence over bench time, so my output tends to be a bit sporadic..
My main ‘thing’ is cars – predominantly race cars of some description or other, although I do have a small collection of aircraft (mainly carrier based US jets in 48th or 32nd) for when I get sick of polishing paintwork.
My primary focus is Ferrari F1 in 1/20th scale – I have at least one example of every year from 1967 to 2013, along with a bunch of other years… and a bunch of other Ferrari road and race cars in 24th scale…. I also build tarmac rally cars, Group A touring cars, and have a handful of other things that have caught me eye over the years... Like most of us, I've been through the 'buy at least one of everything I like' phase, but had a massive liquidation a few years ago, and have got things down to a less intimidating (but still way OTT) level.
The Ferrari below is Fujimi’s 1/20th scale F-138 (2013), built with the Studio 27 templated carbon fibre set. Started as a tribute build after Fernando Alonso announced his retirement from Formula 1 part way through last year… It's the first F1 car I’d built for quite some time, having become steadily more disillusioned and bored with F1 over the preceding years….
It's not my greatest build – I was lulled into a false sense of security by the Tamiya-like parts breakdown (and subject matter) which resulted in less test fitting etc than was wise…. I had heard of issues with overall fit, so although this kit includes an engine, mine has been built as a simple curbside with all the body panels glued together. But I still got caught out by slots that weren’t wide or deep enough for the tabs they mated with and so on… The rear wing came apart 4 times after it had been decaled and clear coated, and started looking progressively worse each time it was reassembled... Much swearing and #fixthatshit has followed and it now looks halfway reasonable again. Couple that with the fact that I hadn’t realised quite how ugly F1 cars had become, and this came close to going back into the box (or the bin)… However as the various aero elements came together I kind of grew to like it…. Although it’s still an ugly duckling in my eyes… The photo below shows the car with it’s older 1993 sibling – a far more attractive era to my eyes…
I’ve also included photos of my other output for 2018…..
A Group A BMW 635 (Tamiya kit – Studio27 Decals)
Hasegawa Lancia Delta Integrale - Renaissance tarmac rims and slicks, a substantial ride height reduction, and Shunko decals for the 1990 Monte Carlo rally:
Tamiya Escort Cosworth – Shunko decals depicting the 1993 Monte Carlo rally – This shell had been painted and decaled several times in an attempt to build a different car, but I came to the conclusion that build was jinxed so it was ‘rescued’ using these decals.
Beemax BMW E30 M3 – Fabulous kit, with Reji decals representing the Castrol sponsored car from the 1992 Nissan Mobil series. It lost an engine while leading in Wellington, but came back the following week to win at Pukekohe. Incidentally I was able to take a close look at this very car yesterday at the Legends of Bathurst meeting at Hampton Downs.
There are more things on the bench so hopefully there'll be something more to show in weeks / months to come...
Welcome aboard. I really like the finish you have achieved on your cars. What do you polish them with? Would like to see one of your builds come together to see how it’s done! Car kits is something I have not been big on but I would like to one day.
Keen to see your aircraft too!
Welcome and thanks for sharing some great builds. At least that Ferrari did not have step nose of 2012.
I hold out some hope for the 2019 cars with the new regulations, they may look better and will surely be easier kits with the simplified front wings
Stand aside caffine, this is a job for alcohol.
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Good to see you join in David. Get that first WIP up and I'll pester you to keep posting updates!!
The F-138 belies it self-destructive path to completion. It's a really nice model. Can't help but think the nose section itself is as long as an entire Lotus 25... add lightness has given way to add largeness!
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.