Hopefully a bath in Klear will help the glass. The first dip didn't work out too well. I should have cleaned the glass so I wiped it off and then cleaned it up for another dip.
And I test fit the body and chassis pan. I also used some marker to highlight mould lines I need to remove.
I'm not after perfection here. Not after a showroom finish, just a decent model from an ordinary kit. It does have the full engine and parts though so I'm hoping to take some lessons picked up here and there to apply to this and maybe have a fairly quick build.
Watchin' in on this one Grover. I know what you are running into with the kit though - both the jobbies I'm into are also Revell, with many of the same issues. I've found makers marks dated 1978 on the Pickup truck and 1985 on the Chevelle coupe. It really shows how far some manufacturers have come and that some are still stuck in the "dark ages" of the hobby. This is especially evident when one finds that the instruction sheets are dated 2011 and 2012 yet the moulds are 30 to 40 years old and show it.
Good Luck with that Datsun Kane . . .
On the Bench:
Tamiya 1/24 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI (1993 DTM) - "Built to Race" GB
Revell 1/24 '77 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 - getting the "Mad-Maxed" treatment - moving to the "Diorama" GB
Don't let someone dim your light simply because it's shinning in their eyes !
Cheers Dave. I couldn't sleep last night so lay in bed watching youtube car building videos. Got a huge work day today and then it calms down a bit so am going to plow through with this. The details are pretty soft so I'm not expecting brilliant results, but I do love my Z cars.
I'd suggest investing in Micro-Mesh polishing cloths or pads to prep the plastic and the subsequent layers of primer, basecoat, top coats etc. I use them primarily for car building, but also my aircraft builds aswell. You certainly seem to be on-top of this build very quickly.
Wonder if this is the same mould from this mid 1970's release:
Could be, just with 'street 'options' . Not important just a thought.
IAN wrote: I'd suggest investing in Micro-Mesh polishing cloths or pads to prep the plastic and the subsequent layers of primer, basecoat, top coats etc. I use them primarily for car building, but also my aircraft builds aswell. You certainly seem to be on-top of this build very quickly.
Wonder if this is the same mould from this mid 1970's release: Ian.; [/color]
Would lint free cloths work Ian? I was searching for Flocking powder since Rick didn't have any black stuff, and nor did Might ape. I discovered it's used for nail art and found this site with these
And I see Trademe has heaps available, usually as a big pack of garish colours.
As for the kit, yes, it feels like an old mold. Should be a fun build.
VD, lol, not hard to be an improvement, but the hawk isn't that bad. Well maybe it is
For buffing, yes they would, but if you want to stretch y'self and go for that really deep 'showroom shine' for the paintwork, , then you need to do what they do in 'real' paint shops. Shoot your paint, rub & polish back with consecutively finer grades and then repeat the process. Micro-Mesh (cloths or pads) are just great for this. I know Rick has them, but you could try nail care outlets aswell.
It's up to you, matey, not compulsory, just a suggestion.
Never used the Tamiya compounds, I use car polish from Resene - I'm a regular customer for masking and GP Thinners so 'my mate' behind the counter gave me a sample bottle which will probably last me five years !!
Cheers Ian and Turtle. Sub assemblies start this avo when I get home. I've already started prepping the body work. There's a mould line right between a 240z badge and a window that's going to be a bitch to get rid of nicely.
Those old Revell kits can be a real headache but the work is usually worth it as they end up looking pretty good.
I got my flocking from ebay, as mentioned have a look at other 'craft' sections like scrapbooking etc
For polishing I use the 3 part Novus set
Stand aside caffine, this is a job for alcohol.
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I left mine for 3 days and it's ok. A clean underwater with a toothbrush and some detergent had it come up nice. I'll try and do an update tomorrow. I have Thursday and Friday off work so I hope I can get some stuff done on this. Had been too much life stuff going on, I haven't had much time or head space for doing anything
Sweet thanks The Mrs wants me to build the combi van next, and it has chrome parts on it... was thinking about stripping them back and doing it myself. Hopefully the AK Chrome metal paint does the job well...
Xtr3meNZer wrote: Sweet thanks The Mrs wants me to build the combi van next, and it has chrome parts on it... was thinking about stripping them back and doing it myself. Hopefully the AK Chrome metal paint does the job well...