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Tamiya 1966 Volkswagen Beetle in Coral Blue

01 February 2015 - 10:58 AM

This Tamiya kit is right near the top of my all-time favorite kit list. If you like VWs, German cars, historically significant cars, or super-cute cars, then get this kit and build it. 


For this one I used Tamiya TS-41 Coral Blue for the exterior and Tamiya AS-20 Insignia White for the interior. I used BMF for interior trim and window trim, and aluminum foil tape for the trim on the running boards. Chrome is Alclad II. I added some wires in the engine bay and a few decals. I put a lot of work into the wired distributor, which disqualified itself from being used by agitating me during construction, which, in turn, led to its destruction (stupid thing!). I added valve stems and used photoetch wipers, the blades of which are a weird rubber material used by fisherfolk in making lures. 


These pictures come pretty close to capturing the actual color, but I'm not really satisfied with them. I'm using a new and better camera though the light refused to cooperate. Enjoy:










Several more photographs can be found here:


Introducing Fineline Applicators -- Handy dispenser for liquids

24 December 2014 - 02:04 PM

I found these recently and immediately bought several because I think they solve a problem I've encountered often: How to apply fluids precisely in both location and quantity. I now have one loaded with Tamiya's thin liquid cement, one with Testors's white glue, and one with a home-mixed black wash. 



Tamiya Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

11 September 2014 - 02:22 PM

I built this from the excellent Tamiya kit in 1/24 scale, which depicts the 1966 model year of this car. I decided to paint it in a scheme that was more common to these cars in the 1950s. The exterior is painted with Tamiya lacquers: black on the roof and a custom mixed color for the rest of the body, with clear coat over the whole body. The interior is detail painted in various shades to mimic the real thing: Check out that dashboard detail! The engine is complete but I glued the engine cover closed. The chrome trim around the windows is Bare Metal Foil; all other chrome is Alclad II. 







Tamiya 1/35 Steyr 1500 Kommandeurwagen

02 September 2014 - 02:17 PM

This is my first military model but certainly not my last. 






Tamiya Toyota Hiace Quick Delivery -- Motor City Version

27 June 2014 - 09:45 AM

This is probably my all-time favorite kit. I've imagined it as a delivery vehicle for shop named on the side. It has been used hard and has repeatedly been the target of graffiti taggers. I can't really get a good shot of the load area but it holds a scratchbuilt box that looks pretty cool. Lots of weathering involved. 









More photos can be seen here: