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In Topic: Mercedes 300 SL Roadster (1957) - CBP 2014

19 October 2014 - 03:22 PM

That's... unexpected, to say the least. Very cool!

In Topic: 1928 Mercedes Benz SS

19 October 2014 - 03:19 PM

Harry,  I've had this kit for years. I did the wheels first and put it back in the box for "later". Periodically I'll take it out, look at it, and put it back. One day... in the meantime I'll just have to ogle yours. At least I know you'll actually finish it!

In Topic: Tamiya Lotus 72D JPS- update 10/8

08 October 2014 - 03:34 PM

So, I've definitely been busy on this one. Once I got paint and cleanup done, I was floored by how nicely everything goes together. Even an ancient kit like this one shows the characteristic Tamiya attention to detail that I've grown to respect over the years. Here's the engine most of the way through the assembly process, with the fuel lines already in place. The ignition wiring came out of an old USB cable and is the perfect diameter. I used the too-thick tubing that Tamiya would have you use for boot material!




The intake trumpets were stripped and painted with Alclad, as were the exhaust collectors and pipes. I then heat-stained the collectors and pipes with Tamiya clears.


With the exhaust and ignition wires in place...




The header tubes were texture-coated with Make-It-Suede before being dusted with Aircraft Interior Black acrylic. This is a Testors color and is by far the best dirty black I've used.


The transaxle was assembled with the PE brake disc faces....




...and the two components were assembled, after which the movable suspension was added piece by piece. It's really fascinating as it all comes together.








Next up will be assembling the monocoque and the front suspension... more pics soon!

In Topic: Really?

07 October 2014 - 03:45 PM

Maybe if you don't get the plates and you take your model to a show you'll get a 1/24 scale ticket for improper registration?

In Topic: Tamiya 1978 Lotus JPS F1

05 October 2014 - 01:34 PM

Beautiful work, John. I really enjoyed following along with this build!