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...
Thanks Grant. I must admit, I've been looking at this over the past few days and trying to find some motion, and more so some vision of how to do this. But in the end this morning I just started. Every single piece needs clean up, but I at least have a sense of it going together. Doing sub assemblies organising parts to how I will paint them. I'm going to chrome the bumpers, but nothing else. The tyres I'm going to do in the new AK Extreme Metals in polished aluminium. The body will be in red and the interior, black. I ordered some black flocking powder from a nail art supply site, along with a few other nail art tools I'm going to try. Also been to jaycar and got some more alligator clips for all the parts. Now I'm having to wait around for my car to get 4 new tyres then back home to carry on. Hopefully I can start priming tomorrow.
So finally got in the head space for some modelling therapy. Started cracking on with assembly and painting prep. The way I had left things meant I had to spend a chunk of time getting my head around everything again
Looking at the de-chromed bumpers, they needed a lot of work and had sink marks all over the place. To be fair, they looked like chrome bumpers from a 30 year old car that's been crashed and bashed, but I want the look of something that's been taken care of a bit more.
I was going to paint all the running gear and suspension separately, but after looking at it, and seeing the font wheels aren't designed to be turned, not to mention the quality of the parts combined with my skill level don't really warrant the time it would take, I decided to attach them all now and paint them with the car chassis.
Font suspension and steering on. Took a bit of force to get sitting properly.
And then the rest of the running gear. I'll add the drive shaft in when I put in the engine. This wall all get a satin black coat, and then i'll pick out parts to hand paint in Tamiya tyre black and may give the coils a bit of colour.
Finally before taking a break, I put the body together. This will need some filler and care before I prime.
Im sure a modelling master could make this into a stunning kit, but I neither have the time, energy or will, not to mention the skill. I'll be putting my best to it, but I'm not going to talk myself into being so pedantic I'll never finish. Fun first, and it has been good to have some fun today.
I'd missed this. The modelling can be a great way to de-stress from work, or a means of making you more so. The Oven cleaner (Mr Muscle) is the best paint remover. I've even threatened to clean the oven with it. Haven't yet heehee. I hope work settles a bit for you mate.
So I've finished the pre painting prep work. Going to give everything a coat of Stynylrez and then give the body another going over with a polishing sponge before adding a lacquer base. Bit warmer here today so we'll see how Stynylrez likes it. Yay for paint. If I go hard I might be able to push and get this mostly finished by the end of the weekend
Got a coat of primer on everything just after lunch, and just finished a second coat on places that needed attention with a sander. Rock and Roll Fridays nights huh? Imperfectsions don't show up that easily on white styrene. Hey maybe I should paint all my models white?
The exhaust was just a solid end so I drilled out the hole with a few different size bits.
Finally I started some paint, with Mr Metals buffables. Stainless Steel for the drum bake covers and aluminium for the transmission.
Tomorrow will be black paint for the most part, and if it all looks ok I'll start on some of the other details.
looking good dude, and you don't want to see mine at the moment its just a bunch of parts that i haven't gotten around to putting back together but should be all shiny and driving by the end of next year
No model left behind even if it screams all the way to the display shelf!
yak wrote: looking good dude, and you don't want to see mine at the moment its just a bunch of parts that i haven't gotten around to putting back together but should be all shiny and driving by the end of next year
Hope so mate. Too pretty to be sitting in boxes
The engine block in most of the pictures ive seen is a light blue. I only had a dark blue so mixed it with grey. I thought if I mixed with white i would end up with a baby blue.
This looked pretty good to me though
It came out a bit darker on the engine but I'll live with it
The rear suspension wasnt sitting properly and kept popping out so more glue + force = sitting properly
Then used some Gunze Black with Levelling Thinner for all the internal parts, and the chassis
And then I tried the AK Extreme Metals black base for the first time on the shiny parts. Was really interesting to paint and seemed quite forgiving, although I used a lot of it. I'll leave it for the day and look at how it is tonight. Yay for long summer days
Coming together quite nicely Kane...looking good mate
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.