I've built all three of the model you mention, the Fujimi kit depicts a later MK5 Mini, where as the Tamiya and the Revell kits depict a MK1. The Tamiya is a little harder to build than the Revell version, but builds into a very nice model but the Revell Mini has, in my opinion a much better and more prototypical interior, but the engine, gearbox and suspension is more simplified in the Revell model. The Fujimi Mini's are much simpler models being curbside with no engine or gearbox to build, and of course being a Mk5 have the larger 12" wheels. For me both the Tamiya or Revell version make for a very nice model. There's a few Mini build up's on my website, they can be found here, they might point you in the right direction http://geoffbrown.webs.com/1965morrisminicooper.htm http://geoff-brown.webs.com/revell-mini-cooper-mk1-998
Got the seats masked up and painted the seat faces in a darker brown, Tamiya X9, gloss brown mixed with Tamiya flat base, it's slightly darker than the photo's show, for some reason the camera on my smartphone really doesn't like photographing anything brown.
After I have put a dark brown wash in the lines to bring out the detail in the front seat faces, they will get a coat of satin varnish.
You been on the Guinness again ?? Made a tidier template, the other one was made out of quite a few piece of cardboard, this one will make it easier to trace round the shape onto plasticard,
I haven't seen a photo of the floor of a Trabant van, but if it's anything like most vans, it will have strengthening ribs along the floor, so I will try to add these to a sheet of plasticard after it's been cut out, using thin strips of plasticard
Looks o.k after a light sanding, still haven't come up with a colour scheme for it
Made up a template for the floor that needs to me made from plasticard
Inner wings and bulkhead fixed together, these are supposed to go in as separate parts after the front transverse leaf spring and engine block have been fitted, but holding them in place and fixing them together makes for a stronger joint and also gives a better finish when painting,
Not so Pat, you can drive your car home after a test, even if it fails, you can then only take it back to the garage to get a re-test after the work has been carried out, the Ministry centre's are only for HGV's and PSV's as they now will not allow petrol powered vehicles onto site. There are only allowed to check items that they can see without dismantling anything, if the master cylinders are hidden under the engine cover, they are not allowed to remove it, it will only fail on rust or corrosion if the affected area is within 12 inches on a load bearing structure, including seatbelt mountings. MOT's are now being changed to four years for brand new vehicles, and will soon be changing to every two years for all other PLG vehicles under the European directive, goods vehicles and PSV will still need to be checked every years