This one was commissioned 9 weeks ago, I got it finished 3 weeks under the time I had originally quoted, as the customer asked if it was possible to get it finished for June 15th, which over here is fathers day, it was painted in the original BMC colours of Fiesta yellow with an Old English White roof, the interior was done in the original colours of powder blue and light grey, the wheels were drilled out, just like the original Cooper wheels, and a couple of front spot lights were added to the grille, which the real car I was modelling had.
Some time ago I was contacted through one of my websites about the Revell Mini Cooper I had built, sadly I couldn't sell it there and then, as it still had to be photographed for the article that will be in the Tamiya magazine very soon, he wanted it to give his Dad for a Birthday present, but his Dad's car is a Cooper S, and after pointing out a few differences after he sent he a photo of his Dad's car, he then asked if I could build one for him, I decided to use a Tamiya kit as that has the proper Cooper S parts in the kit,
The body was airbrushed in the, then very unpopular colour of Fiesta Yellow, with an Old English white roof, then wet sanded and polished, the wheels were drilled out before being painted in the same colour as the roof, his Dad's car has a Motolita wood rimmed steering wheel so I used the wheel out of the original Tamiya Mini Cooper kit and drilled out the spokes in the wheel.
I haven't been into the hobby room for some time and although I still have the Porsche 356 to finish off, I needed something to get me back into the hobby room, so i pulled this one off the shelf, I've had it since September last year.
I had a good look in my reference books to see just what colour I could do it, now the instructions mention a 1500, and in the catalogue it mentions the "Super Beetle" which this model is neither, it's a basic 1200, which was available in Europe until 1972 when in the '73 the 1200 had the rear wings and larger lights fitted, up until then you could still buy a basic 1200 with the smaller bumper and rear lights and they still had the older designed torsion bar suspension, I have had some VW Brilliant orange in the workshop for around 18 years with nothing to use it on, it will be used on this build.
There's a few mold lines on the bodyshop to remove, a couple around the front headlamps and around the rear wings, apart from that the body is flawless, there's 6 ejector pin marks on the inside of the front bonnet which were filled with bondo and sanded smooth.
The wheels and running boards were on the chrome tree and were popped in the oven cleaner and stripped of their chrome, the wheels will be airbrushed silver and the hubcap which is molded as part of the wheel will be covered in BMF.