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#61 dublin boy

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:29 AM

Looking good as usual Geoff.



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:21 AM

 

Good question, and I'm not sure if there is anything that the Tamiya kit offers over the newer Revell offering, apart from being a Cooper S, I suppose if I was being a rivet counter, I would say the Tamiya version has more prototypical front and rear brake hubs and discs, but there really not seen once the model is put together, the Revell version is a little bit more sturdy in that direction, the hubs are slightly out of scale, but will hold the wheels a lot better once there glued on.

 

I have a further 7 Tamiya Mini kits to build, plus a further 2 of the Revell one's, you may have worked out that I like Mini's .....

 

Ha - yes, I had noticed from this and some of your builds on another forum!  Really enjoying the updates on this, and as the photos on Revell's website aren't the most flattering (tbh looks like it was just thrown together in a hurry.....) it is good to see the full potential of this kit being properly realised.  E.g. the wheels and tyres look so much better than I expected based on Revell's pics - is it just the Alclad, or have you also used a wash to bring out the detail on the hubcaps / wheel trims?  Also good to hear about the wheel fitment, as the loose wheel to hub mountings was the one thing that really annoyed me about the Tamiya I built a while back.



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:19 PM

 

the wheels and tyres look so much better than I expected based on Revell's pics - is it just the Alclad, or have you also used a wash to bring out the detail on the hubcaps / wheel trims?  

 

They didn't look brilliant when they were on the chrome sprue, as the chome has gotten into the holes in the wheel trim, stripping the chrome, doing the primer/gloss black and then the Alclad showed up the holes a lot better, as the black stayed in the holes and the alclad stayed on the trim, the rest of the chrome looks pretty good.



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:25 PM

A bit more done today, got the chassis/floorpan fitted, and a very good fit it was too, just a few clamps were used while the 2 part 3 hour glue went off, fitted the front & rear valances and the exhaust system, the rear valance needed a bit of masking tape to hold it in place while the glue dried, the front one fitted that well it didn't need holding in place, I'm not too bothered by the slight gap at the rear as the bumper will cover it, there's no way to fix it on before hand, as the chassis wouldn't fit in.

 

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Tried a bit of wax on the body, 

 

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:31 PM

Looks super. I love real Minis and this one is beautiful.



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:50 PM

I am enjoying seeing your build of this kit. I am a long time Mini enthusiast. I have built 5 of the Tamiya and 5 of the the Fujimi Rover Mini. I will have to get several of these. Just judging from the pictures, I like the Tamiya interior sides, wheels, tires a bit better. I like that Revell put more in the engine bay. It will make a great side by side comparo! It will be interesting to see what variations they may make in the future.



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:02 PM

Wonderful work Geoff. Neat, clean and exactly right. Lovely choice of colors and finishes.



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:29 PM

Superb work, Geoff. I got another Revell Mini in Ireland. Will start soon.



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 12:59 AM

Nice work Geoff. I have a Tamiya Mini in my collection waiting to be built, but now I think I'll have to get the Revell one. Its a niice kit and your doing a great job on it. By the looks of your prifile you're not a million miles away from where the 1:1 cars were originally built. Looking forward to seeing this one completed. :)



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:40 AM

. By the looks of your prifile you're not a million miles away from where the 1:1 cars were originally built

 

No, not far at all, and spent some time at the factory at Longbridge many years ago ..... infact Q gate, where I was based is the only part of the factory still standing, well not a great deal done since the chassis/floorpan went in, but hopefully I will spend some time in the hobby room later on today, but yesterday I got the roof panle fitted, and now it's really looking like a Mini now ..... the fit of the roof was that good, I really didn't need the masking tape to hold it on, looking at it now, I'm really glad I stripped the chrome off the wheels and went with the Alclad.

 

Before the roof panel could be fitted it needed to be masked off so the rain gutter rail could be painted body colour, it was masked off using Tamiya masking tape, then burnished down and the Fiesta yellow was airbrushed using my Paasche F1 airbrush, it really is a great airbrush for doing these small detail jobs, 

 

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:41 AM

In the April 2013 of Mini Magazine, there are 7 pages on "The story of Belgium's Seneffe Plant", place I knew well when I worked for British Leyland. Building and parking are still there.

Is there any BL factory extant today ?

 

Michel



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:45 AM

That's looking nice Geoff.  I wasn't sure about the Revell tire/wheel combo, but they look great on your build up so far (the tires looked oversized or funky on the Revell models).



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 12:26 PM

Not a great deal done today, but after watching the F1, I did a little bit, cut the chrome lamp surround off the sprue, touched up the marks where they were cut off the sprue with a little Alclad, and fixed them into place, on the Tamiya version, the chrome ring around the rear lamps are part on the lens, and are a PITA to cover with BMF, the Revell version is totally different, the chrome part goes onto the body then the lens fixes onto that, leaving the chrome ring showing, also gives the lens a chrome backing making the lenses look a bit more realistic.

 

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 12:30 PM

That's looking nice Geoff.  I wasn't sure about the Revell tire/wheel combo, but they look great on your build up so far (the tires looked oversized or funky on the Revell models).

 

They looked a little strange to me when I saw the pre-production model at the IPMS show, the tyres looked like they had way too deep a tread pattern, looking at mine, I think they changed them in the production models



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:44 AM

Got the rear lights fitted today, plus the rear number plate light and front headlamps, apart from the number plate lamp which needed it mounting tab trimming down a little, everything else fitted fine.

 

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:09 PM

awsome clean and cool !!

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:19 AM

Really cool build,takes me back to the days when i built the Tamiya mini ! Thanks for the memories  :)



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:41 AM

Well I got a little more done today, one of my pet dislikes is model companies putting the chrome parts on the sprue where you are going to see the cut off mark once it's removed from the parts tree, Revell are guilty of this with there chrome parts, the front grille is fixed onto the sprue in 6 places, 3 of them are right on top of the grille, so a small piece of BMF was cut to size and burnished down, you can just about see if if you look hard, the only other way would be to strip the chrome and redo it using Alclad, but the quality of Revell's chrome in the kit is pretty good, there was the same problem with the front bumper, four cut off points, two right on top of the front overiders, again BMF came to the rescue, luckily the rear bumper is only affixed by two points, and both of them at the bottom of the bumper, I did cover the marks with BMF, but your not going to see them .....

 

Another thing I like about the Revell version is that the grille extensions are cast as part of the front grille, where was the Tamiya version they are molded into the bodyshell and are very fiddly to cover in BMF.

 

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 12:47 AM

I Really do appriciate howe often you update your builds. It gives a really nice idea of how the kit is! Looking like it won't be long untill its finished now!



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:39 PM

I got quite a bit done today, got another day to myself tommorow, so should have this finished very soon .... got most of the smaller chrome parts fitted, the bonnet badge was a simple job, as was the rear boot handle, the door handles were a little tricky, the chrome needed scraping off the mounting tab, but once cleaned off they fitted just fine, also did the chrome trim around the front indicators and fixed them into place.

The front & rear screen needed masking off as the rubber seal is molded as part of the windows, they were masked off using Tamiya 18mm tape, and airbrushed using Tamiya semi gloss back, they were fitted into place as soon as the paint had dried, using 5 minute clear epoxy

 

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Before I finished for the night, I took the time to remove all the side windows from the parts tree, as they need the molded in frames covered in chrome BMF, but doing a dry fit revealed that the instructions are slightly wrong, as they should part # 101 being fitted to the left hand rear side, it doesn't fit as you need to use part # 99, and use part # 101 on the left hand side

 

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