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About Mixalz

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  • Scale I Build 1/24

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  • Location Australia
  • Full Name Michael Atzemidakis

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  1. Mixalz added a post in a topic C7 Corvette: Revell snap kit - 9/15/17 update: Color!   

    Looking great even if you say the photos don't do it justice. 
    How did you manage to get such perfect angulation on the exhaust? I've tried to cut two at an angle angle and I had cut 5 tips before managing to get two identical!!!
  2. Mixalz added a post in a topic Ferrari 250 GTO   

    Wow stunning work so far! Following this one
  3. Mixalz added a post in a topic Nissan R34 Z-Tune - Tamiya 1/24   

    Thanks for looking  and the comments!
  4. Mixalz added a post in a topic Porsche Carrera Gt - Tamiya 1/24   

    Thanks again everyone. I will have to post a pic on the display shelf
  5. Mixalz added a post in a topic Honda S2000 w/ Voltex kit - Tamiya 1/24   

    Another quick update. I've still been struggling with the main body. Sanding and filling, sanding and filling, sanding and filling.
    On a good note I've painted the chassis and suspension components. Once I paint the brakes I will be able to assemble the entire base of the model.

    Since I was building a modified car I decided to trial painting a titanium tip exhaust. First time trying this but the Alcad Hotmetal paints made this a simple process. I painted red then violet then blue (DON'T paint the entire area one color then overlap as they are too transparent and you lose the effect - as I learned before repainting)

    The suspension was primed with Alcad and then hand painted with Vallejo metallic red and blue. Not really gonna be visible so its fine as is.
  6. Mixalz added a post in a topic 1953 Cutaway Corvette   

    Awesome detail! A half cut model like this is on my to do list but I don't think I could match your quality!
  7. Mixalz added a post in a topic Dubai police lambo   

    Wow. Stunning work
  8. Mixalz added a post in a topic Porsche Carrera Gt - Tamiya 1/24   

    Thanks for the comments! Definitely a huge learning experience and my best model to date.
  9. Mixalz added a post in a topic Nissan R34 Z-Tune - Tamiya 1/24   

    Finally figured this one out.
    I tried two of the techniques above:
    The first technique works a dream BUT don't use a q-tip (it will destroy the background). Instead use a piece of timber sanded smooth (and dust free) and drip some thinner into on to it. Once the surface is moist rub the plate to remove the extra paint from the letters. I'd imagine you could use some felt material too for the same effect but timber offcuts is what I have on hand and they are flat anyway.
    The second technique will work BUT take care with scratches as they do show up. Also this will give you silver letters which I found difficult to read.
    Bonus point 1: I tried black letters on white background. It is VERY difficult at best to get complete coverage. I could only manage to get a grey background before the letters lost their "depth".
    Bonus point 2: Make sure you use primer before or you can ship away the paint while wiping
    Bonus point 3: Use two different paint types. This will allow you use acrylic thinner without destroying the letter colour.
    Under glass thread: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/126123-nissan-r34-z-tune-tamiya-124/
  10. Mixalz added a topic in Under Glass   

    Nissan R34 Z-Tune - Tamiya 1/24
    Hi everyone.
    I also wrapped up this little project today and I must say it was a pleasure working on this one. Despite the problems along the way with body warp I think this came out well. One regret I have is using the front number plate. Instead I should have filled the mounting point. The intercooler has Nismo painted on it and now this little detail is only visible at an angle. Aside from that I'm happy.
    Sorry if the photos are a bit shadowy. I do plan on buying another lamp for a second light source. Feedback welcomed.
    WIP thread: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/124672-nissan-r34-z-tune-tamiya-124/

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  11. Mixalz added a topic in Under Glass   

    Porsche Carrera Gt - Tamiya 1/24
    Finally finished this one and I'm thrilled about the result! In the end I couldn't resist displaying the model with an open hood. So one final modification involved drilling two small notches for a piano wire prop. It probably isn't the right spot but hey its a model and the hood isn't removable at this point!
    WIP thread: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/122799-porsche-carrera-gt-tamiya-124/

    Thanks for looking 
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  12. Mixalz added a post in a topic Tamiya White Putty.. Dry Time?   

    Definitely a reaction. Before I started buying styrene sheets I used the putty extensively for even very large areas. Always hard as a rock overnight.
  13. Mixalz added a post in a topic Ferrari 308GTB Racer   

    Great build. Following this.
    I know that feeling! Clear parts are a pain sometimes.
  14. Mixalz added a post in a topic 40 Ford ragtop   

    Awesome work. The chrome work, is that the kits plating/paint/your own plating??? Looks great whatever it is!!!
  15. Mixalz added a post in a topic Honda S2000 w/ Voltex kit - Tamiya 1/24   

    Minor update: Lots of modifications. First time doing this sort of stuff so advice welcomed.
    I modified the exhaust. Its middle entry to the muffler now. That involved removal of the U bend and fabrication of a new pipe to connect to the centre pipe. The new pipes are made of bonsai wire and were epoxied to allow some flex on fitment. The tips were also extended and made larger diameter (you won't see the abnormally longer tips as the rear diffuser will block them from view)

    I decided to use some custom wheels which require some fabrication to fit. They are Enkei GTCO1RR. As they are made by Aoshima I needed to modify them to fit (Aoshima is female wheels; Tamiya is male wheels). This involved drilling the discs and attaching a styrene rod to make the hubs male. All that was done to keep the wheels rotating. 

    Here you can see a major stuff up. I wasn't sure how to modify the suspension as its only thin bars. I decided on heat. I regret that decision lol. Took a good while to fix up the camber issue!!!
    Bonus - The front bar has been modified to slot into the undercarriage

    Finally I masked up the undercarriage. Now normally I'd hand paint this but I'm going all in on this model so why not.