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    David James Watson
  1. Shadow box garage diorama - update 8/20

    You mentioned the foam core, and not being able to recommend it...... I myself have experienced some issues with foamboard, and I do prefer the plywood parts of my diorama building. Warping seems to be the main issue, and like you I am not sure what to use in place of this material which does have some advantages. Good luck with the lighting, the wiring and soldering. David
  2. Weigh Station

    Absolutely brilliant Charles.... I shall have to sit down and look through these images one by one and take in all the incredible detail. Just when I was thinking you couldn't top the MAN burnt out cab diorama..... here you go with the Weigh Station diorama !!!! Wow ! David
  3. Hooper & Co Diorama

    I have managed to source a photograph from 1951 of a Hooper and Company advertisement, which is taken from Country Life magazine. This shows the building in much more detail than a previous photo that I have, in which most of the image is blacked out. You can see the Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Daimler motor cars in the ground floor showrooms, with the horse drawn Daimler carriages in the first floor showrooms. David
  4. Shadow box garage diorama - update 8/20

    I like the shadow box idea Rob, and your interior work so far is excellent. Interesting use of foam board to provide depth for doors and windows. I shall follow your progress with this project ! ( plenty of wood is good.... you can't have too much wood ) David
  5. Tamiya 1/24th scale Alfa Giulia GTA

    Very nice Tamiya kit of this car Justin, and you don't see many of these about. I like the green paintwork..... excellent choice. Very tidy application of the Molotow Liquid Chrome which adds to the car's realistic look. David
  6. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Actually, you are quite right Gary.... the Heller kit is recognised as being better than the Merit / SMER equivalent, and the greater detail provided by the Heller kit is what was needed. I did read an article about a scale model builder who heavily modified the SMER Talbot Lago GP, and he was able to add all the missing detail. What I have decided to do, is to build this one out of the box, with no modifications and then see if I could put together a second one, but with much more attention to detail. Now that I have studied all the research material it makes me want to build a really accurate version of this car, in exactly the same way that I did with the Rolls-Royce Silver Clouds, using the basic Minicraft kit ( also by Revell ). David
  7. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Thank you Gary and Bill, and here is a reply for each of you separately..... Gary: - I believe the tool for this model is now owned by SMER, please correct me if I am wrong, and was previously manufactured by Merit and Heller. Your plan to build the two seater Le Mans version sounds very interesting, and I am sure you can turn out a good car, with plenty of reference material available as you say. SMER label their box art as a Lago Talbot, but I think the correct name is Talbot Lago, although Lago was the important brains behind the Talbot project at that time. I do appreciate your comments about the figures and I have been careful to use my best figures for these shots. I did scratch build the vintage camera on the tripod, which came out fairly well Bill: - I am constantly striving for greater realism with this diorama and certainly the figures are the most challenging aspect of the scenarios. The Policeman is a diecast Corgi Icon figure, the businessman and the photographer are from the ICM Henry Ford 1910 kit which I assembled and painted, while the Osmond Rivers figure, the MD of Hoopers, is a Shapeways 3D printed figure. I converted the colour photos by removing all the colour to produce the black and white effect, and there are two sources of lighting, one of which is a 100 Watt daylight bulb. I do like to play around with the shadows and the reflections. There are not many 1:24 scale figures that are suitable for this 1950's setting and I am always on the lookout for better ones. Shapeways seem to be the best source overall. David
  8. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Just outside the showroom window on St James's Street, a bowler hatted photographer is lining up his camera on a tripod.... but what is he hoping to capture on film? The managing director of Hoopers is standing in the shadow of the large bay window, taking in the air on a hot day in August. He seems to be unaware of the furtive photographer who is positioned a few paces to his left. A businessman in a light coloured suit is tucked in close to the wall near the corner of the building, as though he is attempting to peer round the edge of the wall without being seen himself. Around the corner, on Bennet Street there is a Police constable standing motionless, staring straight ahead at something across the street. Both the constable and the hidden businessman are not aware of nearby witnesses. Could there be a lot going on here.... or maybe there is nothing going on? David
  9. 1953 Ford Crestline Victoria.

    Thanks Tulio, I will remember to get the AMT kit of the '40 Ford and not the Lindberg, but the Lindberg '53 kit is good. Good luck with your build ! David

    Thanks for your comment Bill. and certainly it is a good idea to apply the Liquid Createx to protect the finish. I've seen mixed reports about how some model builders say you can't handle the Liquid Chrome pen finish even after 24 hours, while others say that as long as you leave it for 24 hours you can handle the model car with care, and the liquid chrome does not rub off. Myself, I like this product very much, and although I still use Bare Metal Foil which is also a wonderful product, I do find myself using the Molotow Liquid Chrome pen much more for chrome work recently. The Yacht Varnish, by the way, is also brilliant when applied over Revell Aqua Color matt acrylic paint, as my 1927 Fred Astaire Rolls-Royce Phantom I will testify! David
  11. 1953 Ford Crestline Victoria.

    The cars from this period have such fine lines, and your scale model build has captured this perfectly, with paintwork to be proud of. So far I have not built a Lindberg kit myself, but seeing this one of yours Tulio has made me think I would like to build one soon! David

    Hi Roy..... the Molotow Liquid Chrome pen is an excellent tool for this type of work, and I have had some good results with it. As one member mentioned, you need to clean off release agent from resin or 3D printed parts, which I am sure you would do anyway but there is one point I would like to make which should help you get the best result. The liquid chrome likes to flow over a glossy surface, so the shinier the better. What I do, and nobody told me this, is to coat the part or parts with Yacht Varnish before applying the liquid chrome. You have to wait 24 hours for the Yacht Varnish to dry completely and this leaves a high gloss finish that the liquid chrome pen really does like. Hope this makes sense! David
  13. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Pleased to hear that you like the Talbot, Gary....... and since I took those photos I have fitted the two chrome side mouldings, one of which was broken in three places out of the kit box. There is another Talbot on the workbench at the moment, which is a 1949 SMER Talbot Lago T26C GP car. There have been builds of this model done by other members covered here on MCM and I have noticed there is a huge amount of information on the Internet about the real 1:1 Talbot, as well as the scale model kits by Heller, SMER and Merit. David
  14. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Very early indeed Eric, although the first Land Rovers were produced in 1948 as you probably know, so a 10 year Land Rover could have been parked outside Hoopers in 1958. The vehicle that should NOT be there is the 1994 Mitsubishi Pajero which is my daily drive as we speak. Here are a few photos of the completed 1951 Talbot Lago Record Cabriolet T26, which has been the current work in progress for the Hooper & Co craftsmen most recently. This is a fine motor car from the French company Talbot, who also produced cars in England which is why this example is a right hand drive version and sporting British registration plates. David
  15. Senior citizen

    Welcome to the MCM forums Roger, and like you, I returned to this hobby after not building a kit for 50 years. This seems to be the case with many of the members on here, so I guess we must be in our second childhood! You will find lots of friendly helpful people on these forums, with a huge amount of information and tips to help you with future builds. My area of interest is mainly the Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars from 1955 to 1959 and also 1925 to 1938, but I like to build most types of scale model cars, which would include American cars too. If you get chance to have a quick look at my diorama, it is in the Dioramas section and called the Hooper & Co diorama 1958. David