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Mine's R34 Skyline

24 August 2014 - 05:23 AM

I built this as a departure from my usual vintage iron.




I picked it up cheap in Singapore after a day-long search of the city for a model shop that sold something other than RC or military kits.

My previous build was a 59 Caddy, with tons of chrome, so I thought it was going to be a quick blast, being kerbside.


But the carbon fibre decals were a real trial, the kit decals were also some of the most fragile I've ever used. The large decals for the door broke up, despite my extreme care. I had to leave it alone for a few weeks, as I was getting too angry about it...


However, apart from the Revell 49 Merc I built a few years ago, this is one of the newest-tooling kits I've built. The fit and condition of the parts was excellent and required minimal cleanup. It has functional steering and suspension.

The brake rotors were bright chrome, but a rotational rub with very fine grit polishing cloth gave them a much more realistic appearance.

I added red buttons to the steering-wheel (Gran Turismo 5 was quite good source material!)



Apart from that, it's totally box stock.


The engine and exhaust are moulded-in. I used silly putty to mask the surrounding bodywork while I sprayed on the silver:

The tyres are the best I've seen on a kit. I used a 10x lens and could read the size on the tyre wall!




Paint is from rattle-cans, polished, buffed and waxed





Thanks for looking

Larry Watson inspired 59 Cadillac

14 June 2014 - 09:40 AM

I finally got it done...

Feels like I've been doing this for months. I might have BMF burnout now!  :wacko:


The build was inspired by the legendary Larry Watson. I hope I've done it justice. 

I admit that this was a difficult build at times. One of the most challenging aspects, was the mating of the chassis to the body. I genuinely had beads of sweat forming on my brow.


Appletons and Bellflowers are scratchbuilt and I printed my own licence plates (one digit different to Larry's own car) and a couple of little 'Watson' stickers on the windows.


I chopped a few scale inches off the ride-height and had to repair the chrome on the bumpers as it was wrinkled in a few spots.

Paint is all from rattle cans: Candy red over a silver base. Glitter on the roof.


Here are the pics:
















Thankyou for looking



Larry Watson style 59 Cadillac - New pics added 12/5/14

28 April 2014 - 03:16 PM

When I saw some photos of Larry Watson's work, I knew I had to try and do something similar. 

I like most custom styles...everything has it's place. But late 50's / early 60's with these paint jobs, Bellflowers, Lancers and Appletons, really please my eye.


This is what gave me the inspiration:




So I laid down some Audi Alumin(i)um silver, then gave the roof a dusting of glitter. I polished with Micromesh down to 4000 grit, then used Meguires Scratch-X, Tamiya medium compound and Meguires deep crystal polish.






I'll mask off a border, leaving the silver underneath, then hit it with candy red. My pattern will differ from Larry's, in that his car was a series 62 (I think....Please correct me if I'm wrong) and this kit is an Eldorado, which has a chrome strip running from the rear, up the top edge of the panels, to the windshield.

I decided that adding a side-spear like Larry's, would make the sides too cluttered.

They're busy enough as it is.


The cross-bar wheels from Pegasus were a fairly good match to the ones on the original.

To keep the clear red tidy, while flowing it into the cross-hatched centre, I first paint in a bit of clear thinner. It kind of helps the red to form a level edge without having to touch the sides with a brush...




Thanks for looking

More pics soon

Rambunctious - Funny Car - FINISHED PICS!

16 March 2014 - 09:11 AM

It's finally done!

It fought me quite a bit, but I learned a lot from it. I tried a lot of new stuff: ProTech lines and fittings, a lot of Photoetch, a few scratchbuilt items (Fuel blocks, battery/tray)

This was also my 1st candy paint job and I'm quite pleased with it. I'll do some more in the future..

Enough chat. Here are the pics:










I hope you like it

Thanks for looking

55 shoebox Chevy sportsman

04 February 2014 - 01:07 PM

Here's one I built a year or two ago.

It's basically box-stock, with a PE harness, steering wheel and Dzus fasteners.. 
I decided to match the box-art and when I build the SoffSeal 57 Chevy version which I have waiting for me on the shelf, I'll add a lot more detail.

I hope you like it






And an alu tube driveshaft..