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#1 jaymcminn

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

This is a kitbash of the Cooper S racing and rally kits. I used the smoothie rear bumper and front bumper with light bar from the Rally kit as well as that kit's more-detailed Minilite wheels on the Racing kit. I also added the second racing bucket seat to the interior. The paint scheme is the "Works" racing scheme using the kit decals- colors are Tamiya Racing Green and Pure White. The interior is Model Master British Crimson with piping made from white wrapping wire. If I were actually to own one of these cars one day, this is exactly how I'd want it to look! A couple of in progress shots to start...

 

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for the wood on the steering wheel and shift knob, I applied clear orange over flat tan with a drybrushed black pattern. The wheel itself, like most of the small chrome trim on the car, was done in Alclad Chrome.

 

 

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I really like the way the door panels go together on this kit- it makes easy work of reproducing the unique look of the real car's interior. Next up, some completed pics!

 

 

 



#2 jaymcminn

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:31 PM

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I decided on gold for the Minilites- they really "pop" against the green and white. The driving lights were brush-painted Tamiya clear yellow.

 

 

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Masking the drip rail to paint it the body color was a challenge, to say the least. 

 

 

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Behold the mighty 1275CC beast under the bonnet!

 

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Most of the small chrome trim pieces on this kit (gas caps, door/bootlid handles, windshield wipers) were not chrome plated and had to be painted with Alclad. The exhaust tip is aluminum tubing.

 

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Overall, this kit was a real pleasure to build. It's a bit fiddly, largely due to the small size of the subject, but goes together really well. I'm going to have to get one of the new Revell Minis to compare the two!



#3 crazyjim

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:50 PM

Not my kind of build, but it is nice, clean, and SHINY :) :) :)



#4 Erik Smith

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:53 PM

Very nice. I like the gold wheels!

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:18 PM

Really cool and detailed build...



#6 IMSANUT

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:31 PM

Very nice mini/ The color combo is great!. You can see my Mini SCCA build under road racers in the Under Glass section.



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Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:57 PM

sooper cooper



#8 Danno

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:22 PM

Very nice!

 

 

Out of curiosity ... I'm not familiar with these Coopers ... what's the red thing on the firewall?

 

 

B)



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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:01 AM

Hi,

 

Nice, tidy, build of a British classic. 

 

There's a mini festival held near me every year - if you go into Google Images and type Himley mini show you should get loads of pics to help with build ideas and reference.

 

Cheers,

 

Jim



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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:39 AM

Superb build, like the way you went with the gold wheels, and nice idea of going with the two bucket seats ....



Very nice!

 

 

Out of curiosity ... I'm not familiar with these Coopers ... what's the red thing on the firewall?

 

 

B)

 

That's the bottle for the windscreen washer fluid



#11 Gramps2u

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:19 AM

Very inspiring build! B)  Its good to see one built, Being I just picked one up @ Hobby Town & a bottle of British racing green with high hopes for a build  just the other day.    ;)  Cool car  with lots of detail !   



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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:40 AM

GREAT BUILD!!!

 

One of my favorites... B)



#13 Zarana-X

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:17 AM

Fantastic build!  I've got two racing versions, and one of the rally cars in my stash.



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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:07 AM

One word say's it all. WOW!



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:27 PM

Stunning build of a classic cooper.



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Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:27 AM

Ah, that explains the red thing, the one on my Mini is clear from the factory. Must be red washing fluid.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:25 PM

Nice work Jason, gotta love the 'Bricks' B)