The Modelling Room! Back home in the Cowichan Valley at the workbench! On the table is my current CannonBall K-5 Blazer entry that was started in Arizona. On the shelves are the numerous other WIPs awaiting their turn to reappear on the workbench.
Update K-5 Blazer - Entry #18 G'Day Fellow AussiBallers! Have returned to the main workbench safely after the flight from PHX with the Blazer intact. Packed the entry in a ziplock bag with a bit of air blown in, creating a bubble, and had it as part of an eight kit carry on bag. No problems going thru security. Began a search to replace the kit's problematic wheel/tire combo and discovered that the Rubicon tires to be bang on, thanks everyone! The interior is in the process of being painted and detailed and the body on its way to be painted Tamiya's Camel Yellow. Chassis still requires details (shocks, plumbing, paint washes) and engine work. The roof rack design is coming around, being built around the Rubicon light bar. The Roo Bar is going to receive a mesh grid and the lights need to be built up in the rear and wiring added, plus the winch assembly. Also going to dechrome the fuel tanks, grill and engine parts and refinish with Alclad. Getting this current list completed will begin to get this Blazer on the road! While in Arizona I had a great time at the Desert Scale Classic, entering the Blazer in the WIP display. Thanks to the host clubs for putting on a stellar event! Cheers Misha
Saw this amazing build in person at the DSC on the projects display, it's a stunner!!! Very happy you were able to make it out as I've been following your build and it was such a pleasure to see it on the table.
G'Day Mates, Certainly stealth is an important factor in Cannonball events, yet for the AussieBall one needs to consider what the "norm" is for Outback travel. By doing a Google image search under the title"Roo Bars" (it's not where kangaroos hang out at drinking establishments) it's quickly discovered that the absence of such a contraption on the front of a vehicle would make it stand out considerably. It is also worth reading the Wickopedia entry for the latest info on safety as the rigid bars have come under scrutiny not only for pedestrian safety but also structural concerns. Being mounted to the chassis they cancel out the usual "crush zone" designed into contemporary vehicles. New bars are built from polymers and are connected to the vehicles air bag system. So it may depend on the vintage of your ride as to how you equip it. The images clearly show that Outback travel requires a Roo or Bull Bar and it is a part of being stealthy. Hope this helps the discussion and builds. Cheers Misha
Favorite of mine, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, with Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson. Each coming from a different genre yet combining for an amazing sound! Sorry ran into problem with the video???
Hi Bruce, Our AZ abode is in North East Scottsdale, right by the McDowell Mountains. Been here for 13 years now. The view on the other side is much better as it faces the pool and not the parking lot. Yet time is coming about for our return to Lotus Land, out in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, in a weeks time. Looking forward to getting back to my regular bench and paint room (see below) Thanks for asking; and what part of Canada is home for you? Imagine it would be east of us. Cheers Misha
Very interesting... And very brave! This is a great WIP thread and very instructive to be following along. So far I've only attempted Model As, Dueces, and truck cabs as they are literally straight forward. Watching your technique encourages me too try my hand at it. Thanks for doing this, I'll be following along closely! Cheers Misha
I usually begin by drafting out on quarter inch grid paper what I'm planning to do, using the appropriate scale. To begin construction I lay up the pieces and first use Tenax 7R, followed by CA once all is looking right. For more complex structures I will lay the paper on bulletin board material (or ceiling tile) and use pins to hold the plastic bits in place while I glue them. When using CA it is useful to lay the pieces on parchment paper to prevent the plastic becoming attached to the paper. Sorry I don't have a shot of the pins and bulletin board set up. Hope this helps, I am planning on getting the steel plate and magnets to help construction and wheel alignment in the later stages. Cheers Misha
Update - Entry #18 K5 Blazer Been busy with the ole rattle cans getting the frame, body, interior and roll cage primered and ready to add colour. Next step will be to paint the body and interior trim with Tamiya TS-34 Camel Yellow. Using the lacquers for their quick drying time as my spray work is being done outside in the condo parking lot! Apart from the chassis, which is already in its TS-38 Gun Metal paint (which I plan to tone down with a light application of dull cote) and the yellow bits, the rest of the painting will wait till I get back to the airbrush back on the Island. The top will be in tan, complementing the upholstery which will be done with brush and Vallejo acrylics, which I find results in a very leathery matte finish. Plan on entering this project onto the Primer/WIP table at this Saturday's Desert Scale Classic, if you're in the area this is an event not to be missed! It's great to see the activity level increasing and all the work being done! Cheers Misha