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  1. This is my current commission build of the Ferrari F2002 with the Brian Fawcett detail set. The model will have some additional detailing such as electrical wiring and carbon fibre decal work. Anybody that has attempted this kit will know that the model has a lot of fitment issues, I didn't realize how bad it was going to be until I got into the build. I started by removing the paint from the pre painted red body parts. The front end of the chassis does fit rather well, a little tweaking needed, the main issue was getting the engine cover to line up with the floor and front section. I have had to split the engine cover in two down the top line to change the angle and cut the side pods so they could be realigned to match correctly. After many days of filling, sanding, filling, etc I feel as if I have got the fit to a respectable level. Now the main body work changes have been completed I have been able to work on the engine, gearbox and fuel tank ready for fitting. And also the seat, the customer has supplied a set of MFH seatbelts to replace the very poor kit parts. I have also flocked the seat and arm pads, and added carbon decals to the cockpit sides. I should now be able to move this build on pretty quickly, next step is the suspension, I will add some more photos when I have that completed. Thanks, and if anyone has build this model before, please let me know as I would like to know if the same issues were apparent with fitment that I have had with this one. Chris http://www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  2. Here is an update on the progress on the Lotus 79. This thread is a little behind actually progress of the build so I will try and update it in the coming days. I have now completed all the rivet work on the main chassis section, which has also been painted and lacquered half in black body colour. If you build this kit it is good to keep in mind that not enough rivets are supplied so more will need to be purchased. In the photo you can also see the inner parts of the front chassis have been added as well as the pedals. And, finally the front suspension, wheel hubs, brakes and steering arms have started to go together. A little more detailing is required around this area but I should now be able to more forward and towards getting the cockpit, dash and seat in place. Thanks Chris www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  3. Here are some photos of a recent commission build of a Spitfire by Revell in 1:32 scale. Its a straight out of the box build using Tamiya paints. Very nice kit, well detailed and relatively simple to build. Thanks Chris www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  4. Been a little while since I updated this thread so here is a progress report on the Lotus 79. More engine work now completed, wiring starting to go together, Lots of very small pieces that take a lot of time to both get prepared and then applied. Well worth the effort though as its turning into a very well detailed piece. Also I have just about done all the rivets in the three main chassis pieces. All of which need to be drilled and placed individually. These pieces are all to be rubbed down and polished except for the side section on the front area of the chassis that needs to be painted black. This is the next step and then the front suspension and inner chassis details can start to be added. Thanks Chris http://www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  5. Here are some photos of the commissioned M23 now fully completed and ready to send out. Everything went together pretty well in the final part of the build, I added some extra wiring behind the dash. The seat, steering wheel and gear level have been left loose as per customer request, i'm assuming he will be added a driver figure. Thanks Chris www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  6. Here are some photos of a commission build I have just finished. It is a 1/8 DeAgostini (model-space) Porsche 911 converted to a RSR with aftermarket parts such as the wheel arches, wheels and mirrors. Its is painted in Kawasaki racing green. Original kit. Reworked model. Thanks Chris www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  7. Hello all, something a little different, well for me anyway. Not something I would normally do but I was commission and turned out to be a nice change of pace. Indycar road version converted to a speedway version, modified front and rear wings, and body work changes around the side intakes. Decals made from images I was able to find online. Started life as, Finished as, This second one was much simpler, no body work changes just a strip and repaint, again making the decals from logos I was able to find online. On to the next project, Chris http://www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  8. Here are some further progress photos on the commission M23 build. Gearbox, engine and chassis all together now, with some detailing started. Further detailing to be done, and general tidying up, still WIP but getting there. Chris www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  9. Hello all, this is my new topic which is going to be for one of my all time favourite kit builds. I was delighted to accept this commission build and thought it was definitely one to share, I will try and keep this as up to date as possible given that Im very busy at the moment with several builds on the go. The model is going to represent Ronnie Peterson's final drive to victory at the 1978 Austrian GP. After spending a good long while organizing all the parts, I made a start on the engine block. Very early stages but the engine is coming together nicely, still a lot of detailing to be done. Thats all for now, back to the bench to start on the chassis, and the thousand of rivets that need to be added!!! Thanks Chris www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  10. You are absolutely correct, I figured out that soaking them make them much easier to use. I lost a few first out of the package as they break so easily.
  11. Hello everyone, hope you are all well and staying safe. Here is a progress report on the Tamiya Mclaren M23 build. The front end chassis/suspension is just about finished now. I added two brake lines running on the lower wishbones attached with a couple of MFH zip clips. The nose frame is attached and I've added some further detailed wiring to the battery. I've gone with kit instructions for positioning of the battery, rather than what I believe was the historically correct position as I just prefer it this way. Now the front end is complete I've started to work on the engine and gearbox, painting them and using line paint to highlight the lower areas. These will go together next then the rear suspension will be built off those. I've repainted the engine trumpet stacks and roll hoop in alclad chrome and polished aluminum as the pre chromed kit pieces just didn't look very good. The plug wiring and clear tubes are both from the kit, these will be the only kit parts used around the engine for plumbing/detailing. That's all the works up to date, hopefully in the next batch of photos I will have the rear end finished. Thanks Chris http://www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  12. Hi everyone, hope your all well and staying safe. Here are the photos of the three finished different versions of the E-type diecasts. Since my last update the models were clear coated, wet sanded and polished. Then put back together in there various specs. The customer also asked if I would make a roll cage for the #7 as when it was raced at Goodwood this was a requirement. I'm pretty happy with the out come given the limitations of working from a low end diecast base model, and I think they represent the real car well. Onto the next one. Thanks Chris www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  13. Hello everyone, hope everybody is staying safe and healthy. Here are a few photos of my latest commission build. Two Studio 27 Jaguar XJR-14. Suntec Version. Bud Light Version and together , These were pretty standard builds, a little carbon fibre decals added to the rear wings and in the cockpit. Also replaced the standard seat belts with fabric. Thanks Chris http://www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  14. Little update for you on the progress of the M23. I got the lower half of the body work cleared, wet sanded and polished which then allowed me to start the front end suspension, which is going together well. Next step is to build the bottom wishbones and hubs. Going to run a brake line along the bottom wishbone attached with some zip straps for extra detailing. I have added some lines from the cylinders for a little extra detailing. Also I have made a start on the upper half of the body. Primed and painted, still to be clear coated. Thanks Chris http://www.wardsmodelbuilder.com wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com
  15. Hello everyone, didn't have the time to update this thread during the build process, my apologies for that. But I will show you some photos of the completed model. Turned out pretty well.... Thanks Chris wardsmodelbuilder@outlook.com www.wardsmodelbuilder.com
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