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Pete J.

Member Since 07 May 2007
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In Topic: Tamiya Mercedes 300SL Announced, new pics added to OP

Today, 11:25 AM

They are on a good vintage kick these days, and I can think of a 250 Ferrari or two (*cough cough, SWB, Lusso*) that hasn't been hammered by Fuji or Hase yet...

In Topic: Post your wagons and 4-door sedans

Today, 08:17 AM

I know they are not really popular amongst customizers, I really enjoy jacking with a wagon. My first choice for parts is Tamiya's BTCC series. There is a Volvo 850 Estate touring car which a good base for building oddball wagons. This is my take on a delivery wagon that I did as a gift to S. Tamiya.



I started with the Alfa 155 V6TI racing sedan and grafted the Volvo wagon top and rear on. Wagons are so much fun to mess with. You get all kinds of interesting combinations.

In Topic: Repainting a Diecast 1:18

Today, 08:03 AM

I will expand a little on my prior post.  The paint on most die cast is what it is to hide the defects in the finishing.  The inexpensive die casts are created as fast as possible and thus finish work is kept to a minimum. 


Clean up is not difficult but the smoother the base the better the finish.  Clear coat is a good choice but be sure you use the same brand of clear that you did the base coat to assure that you don't have compatibility issues. Keep the coats as thin as possible.  Priming is critical to getting paint that will stay down.  A good metal etching primer is the only way to go. 


Painting with out stripping and repriming is a roll of the dice.  You don't know what type of paint is on there and since most are made in China, it could be anything. Also, the extra layer of paint may cause fit problems with opening doors and other parts.  


Once the body is cleaned, prepped and primed you are down to the same thing you would do on a plastic model.  Good painting technique from there on is all you need.  Here are three shots of a die cast I did a few years ago to give you an idea of what you may face and how it will look when done.


Original finish




cleaned up and reprimed



Finished with a very thin clear coat.



In Topic: Tamiya Mercedes 300SL Announced, new pics added to OP

Yesterday, 06:47 PM

Frankly, none of this is anything that can't be fixed. Love the fact that Tamiya thought enough of this to create it. I just hope they continue the trend. I would love to see other early sports cars like this. Perhaps a pontoon fendered GTO or a Jaguar XK120. Or maybe even a good MGT#series.

In Topic: Real or Model #234

Yesterday, 06:41 PM

Harry, you got me again. I won't say which way I voted, because that would not be right, but I got it wrong. Thought I spotted something. Well, you never really know what you don't know.