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SVO Body - modded and in paint!

18 July 2014 - 10:58 AM

Well, with the interior done and the chassis finished, it’s on to the body for the SVO.


Unfortunately, the body needed a bit of work. There’s the usual flash and stuff, but that’s not as big a deal as the not-so-bright way they mould-makers thought of for attaching the spoiler. The rest of the car seems fine, but that end of it needs some work.


Check out the progress on my ’85 SVO below! It’s starting to come together now!



SVO Chassis - a solid foundation

20 June 2014 - 11:10 AM

The SVO is getting closer!


While the first coats of paint on the body are drying, I have had some  time to work on the bottom end of the SVO.  I’m not really impressed with the chassis on this kit, though. It’s okay, and the pan is fine, but the suspension and drivetrain aren’t exactly world-beaters. What’s even more interesting, is that this chassis and suspension is the same as that used on the ’92 convertible ‘Stang I have, as well! I guess if real car makers can do it, model companies can stretch the use of a platform too, eh?


The engine isn’t as detailed as it could be, but it’s not bad. As always, I’ve just built up what’s in the kit, since I prefer to do the best I can with what I have. Take a look and let me know what you think about it!




Monogram SVO Interior Complete!

06 June 2014 - 03:30 PM

I decided to work from the inside out on my 1/24 Mustang SVO, and have now finished the interior! I wish that the kit had better detailed door panels, but other than that, it’s not a bad “bucket” for a model car; it’s definitely worlds better that most Tamiya 1/24 cars.


One thing I loved was that even though there is nothing but grey in the interior (it was the 80’s after all!), the shots that I could find on the ‘net of these things showed a lot of different tones of grey, especially in the cloth interior. 


The kit is starting to roll along now, so check out the interior below! Feel free to give me any feedback, too, as always!



Testors Model Master Acrylics - how to make them Matte

27 April 2014 - 02:23 PM

Hey Everybody!


I generally use Testors Model Master Acrylics for my models. I like them, generally, and have almost always used them. I don't like Tamiya or Gunze, and I don't like to use lacquers at all.


However, there is one thing about Testors MMAs that bothers me.

Some colours are NOT flat, that I think should be. I mean, military greens and browns should be flat, but they're not; they're semigloss or worse. I prefer using flat/matte colours, especially for interiors of cars and for mecha (robots - another passion of mine) or anything else that I want to paint by hand. I find that hand painting with matte colours goes better, faster and easier. The semigloss colours all seem to be thick, sticky and no matter what I do to them, they don't seem to work all that well, drying lumpy and taking more time to dry than their matte cousins.


Does anyone know what to add to Testors MM Acrylics in order make them matte. I mean really, really matte? I've tried Tamiya Flat Base and Golden Fluid Matte Medium, both to little effect. I find both make the Testors even stickier and more prone to tearing itself. 


Now, oddly, they also make some colours that are almost TOO matte, but some Future fixes this easily.


It's driving me crazy, so if anyone has any solutions, i'd appreciate it!



Getting rid of swirls

14 April 2014 - 02:44 PM

Okay, I'm sure this has been asked a thousand times, but I can't find an answer.


How do I get the swirls out of my paint. They don't show on metallic colours, but on my Hertz SVO, I'm all swirly on the hood. 


Any ideas?


I could really, really use the help!

Thanks, guys!