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Nacho Z

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  1. Thank you, Chris! I have more interesting updates coming shortly.
  2. Rich, I consider this high praise coming from you! I am basically quoting this from several other guys who have built this kit, it is nearly impossible to build an exact replica of a certain car with what you are given in the kit. My goal is to build a clean, well detailed model which may or may not have existed in real life. As you know these cars constantly changed. Photographic evidence is lacking for this Matra so I’m doing the best that I can with what I have and the skills, (or lack there of), that I possess.
  3. Not the most exciting update but I wanted to show what I'm working with in terms of quality. This really increases the build time to an already long-term build. Keep in mind this is a '60s tooling. The rear bulkhead had both raised and indented ejector pin marks. I use CA glue and kicker to fill these in. Sanded smooth. Part on the left is prior to clean up, the one on the right is after. Another thing that I had read about this kit and photos of built kits backed this up was that the wheels were too wide for the tires. In the release that I am building there was a little note in the supplemental instruction sheet that said to remove 2.5mm off of the wheel back along a small ridge. Here is the result of removing the 2.5mm of material. Original on the left, modified on the right. The tires now fit perfectly. Last up is the front bulkhead. There is literally no kit supplied detail to it. With any luck it will look like the picture below when I am done with it. This is from the restoration of the real car.
  4. I love it!! I was born and raised in North Dakota not far from Minot / Minot AFB. I would see these all of the time. What an awesome plane and what a great looking model!! Bravo!
  5. She looks great, Mike! Am I correct in thinking this is 1:8 scale?
  6. Man, Rich, you are my hero!! You literally build all of the models that I have in my stash and you build them to such a high level! I truly look forward to seeing your posts even though I’m not good about commenting on them. This is just fantastic! Top shelf in my opinion. Thanks for sharing.
  7. The next update is what I call the evolution of the gauge cluster. I want to add some detail to it. I tried a few things and had more failures than successes. However, in the end I will end up with a nice assembly. Here is the kit part. I have cleaned up the ejector pin marks. The gauge bezels are to be aluminum in color. There is no way that I can paint them neatly. I thought I would paint it black with a wire ring on the top of the bezel. This is the first experiment with some spare wire I had laying around. I just wrapped it around a drill bit. See the far right gauge. This might work. Second experiment. I might be on to something. I need to get the rings to lay flat and I need to close up the small gap. I will replace the molded in toggle switches with these beautiful Top Studio items. Those homemade bezel rings were bothering me and then I remembered that I had Scale Motorsports "Wizard O's". Much better. Toggle switches temporarily installed. There were these weird wells in each gauge. I am sure that when I place the decal in the gauge area it will slightly sink into the hole. I used my punch set to make discs. Problem solved. Here is the backside of the gauge cluster. I will wire and/or plumb each one as appropriate. Each gauge has a bracket that holds it in place. I tried to replicate the brackets with leftover PE runners but was unhappy with the results. I had nothing thin enough. I will use BMF instead.
  8. This is too cool!! Your example is one of the nicest I’ve seen. Great job!
  9. Thank you, Pascal! This one is from your home country! I will try to do it justice. If you happen to know any good French websites that may have information about this car I would love to know about them.
  10. Thank you, Bruce! I want to keep doing regular updates on this as it will kind of force me to keep working on it. I only wish I could find more reference photos of the plumbing on it. I hate to guess about some of the details but I may not have a choice.
  11. Once I had the new footwell created I wanted to add some pedals. As I stated in my last post, I am not the world's greatest scratch builder but I thought I would give it a go. I started with the basic shapes. The clutch pedal is smaller than the brake pedal. A quick mockup to check spacing. I temporarily put in the gauge cluster to see if the pedals would be visible. Adding a little more detail. The 1:1 had brackets and a rod for a pivot point for each pedal. Here are the parts for the pedal assembly. I will add bolt heads and bolt/nut heads to each bracket.
  12. As stated earlier this tooling is from the '60s and was one of their motorized kits. There is no footwell to speak of. The battery compartment takes up that real estate. I decided to remove the battery compartment and make a new footwell and pedals. I am not the world's best scratch builder so I kept it pretty basic. Here is what I started with: Here is an interior view. The end of the battery compartment, (right side of picture), is as far as the interior goes. When you viewed the cockpit it was very apparent and looked horrible. Figuring out how much to cut out took a little forethought. The new footwell has its basic shape. More bits of styrene will be added to this before it is completed. Once the new area was created I was able to close up the area by adding the battery compartment door. I used CA glue and kicker to fill in the rather large gaps.
  13. It is always kind of fun at the beginning of a build to be able to pick and choose what you want to work on. The further along you are the less choices you have. It will be a while before I actually start doing any assembly so I'm just working on whatever strikes my fancy. I am also sharing this on my FB page and I have a lot of non-model building friends so I tend to explain a lot of things to them that model builders already know. Some of those pictures will make it into this build thread. In this post I will caption each photo as needed. The caption will be above the corresponding picture. As I said in my first post this is not a shake-and-bake Tamiya kit. The ejector pin marks are both innies and outies...lol. Innies are filled with CA glue and hit with kicker. The nose cone and wings will take a little work to be presentable. The holes for the wings are too large and the nose has two small but deep gouges. I added shims of various thicknesses to the holes and trimmed them off once the glue set. The wings now fit snuggly with very little to no gap. Here they are fitted with no glue. Before, they would have just fallen out.
  14. Great looking Mopar, Mario! You really knocked it out of the park!
  15. Once again thank you, Andrew! In my introduction I mentioned that I had a couple of sites bookmarked, this is one of them! I found it by looking through the F1M site. I do appreciate your willingness to help me out. It is exactly what I was hoping for!
  16. Holy cats, I honestly never thought to look at Flickr nor did I realize that you could search it! So a big “Thank You!!” to you, Andrew. I have been to Getty Images, Alamay and Motorsports Images. I’ve hit Pinterest and FB as well as general Google searches. Wow, the first response I received was perfect! Regarding the ribs, I have seen them silver and yellow/gold. Not sure what they ran in 1968. I know Ebbro/Tamiya give you red wire for the plug wires but most pictures show them as yellow. 🤷‍♂️ On a different point, I’ve found the #18 car, (the only decal option in this kit), with and without the nose wings.
  17. Hi everyone, this is what I am working on next. My plan for this model is to make it a fairly detailed model. I will be scratch building some items, enhancing kit parts and adding some aftermarket items. To the best of my knowledge there are no kit specific detail up sets for this. There is a basic PE sheet in the kit. This will not be a typical Tamiya shake-and-bake model kit. It is a '60s tooling that was originally designed to be motorized. I will try to keep this thread updated as much as possible. I am normally way ahead, building wise, compared to what I post in my updates. This time I will try to keep it closer to real time that way if anyone has ideas and/or suggestions I can incorporate them. There is not a whole lot of photographic evidence about these cars. I have several websites that I bookmarked, I have one crazy over the top builder who pretty much scratch built his kit that I reference and I purchased a PDF from Modeler Site that has a lot of good ideas. Please, if you know anything about this car of where I can find good reference pictures of it, let me know. I will greatly appreciate it.
  18. I am hoping that you all could help me out. I am building Tamiya's 1:12 Matra MS11 F1 kit. I would like to look at MFH's instructions for their 1:20 Matra MS11. I am hoping to use it as a reference for wiring and plumbing. There isn't much out there for this car. I have been to MFH's website and found the car but I do not see their instructions anywhere. I have been to Spot Models and Hiro Boy but was unable to get a decent, usable set of instructions. Does anyone know where I can get a good set of usable instructions for this car? Maybe you have the kit or know someone who does? Thanks for any assistance you can provide!
  19. Doug, this turned out way better than “ok” that you mentioned. She is a stunner! Just a fantastic model!
  20. She’s really looking good, Ray! Cool model of a very cool car!
  21. Thank you! Yes, the rear tires are straight out of the kit.
  22. I wholeheartedly agree with everything being said. I have this model and it is the only car that I would consider spending that kind of money on. Your work is stunning. I saw it over on Facebook in the MFH group and over at F1M. I’m not sure how you will be able to top this build. My hat’s off to you!
  23. Here are a few pics of the latest model from my hobby bench. This is the Revell Tweedy Pie 2. This is not my normal genre. It was/is meant to be a low stress, quick, fun build and it pretty much filled those requirements. It is box stock. It was airbrushed in decanted Testors Purple-Licious and the only reason I did that is my NOS can had leaked. Almost all of the chrome was stripped and shot with Alclad Chrome. The wheels, oil pan, valve covers and headlights were the only things left in kit chrome. I did not like the too tall windshield so I left it off. One big boo-boo was applying Tamiya black panel liner in the newly opened exhaust ends and then accidentally touching one and having the panel liner wick up and destroy the Alclad Chrome on the end. As I said, stress free build....I just touched up the end with Testors Chrome Silver paint.
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