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    Nigel Gates

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  1. Very nice Gareth. Nowhere to hide with straight black paint!
  2. They're great to see, fantastic for them to have survived and for us to enjoy them now.
  3. It may have been a tough one, but it looks like the effort really paid off - and interesting subject and it looks excellent.
  4. Great to see this one moving forwards. Always frustrating when those attachment points are on a chrome piece that's going to be visible - why did they choose to do it that way?! How are you going to do the bonnet badge and 'V' emblem?
  5. Thanks for the comments! Made more progress this weekend. The Silvia got micromeshed and resin polished, it's come out nicely and now awaiting detailing. Only the silver Skyline now needs clearcoat. Here's another one of them, effectively a FWD coupe version of the mid '80s Corolla: 1:24 Tamiya Toyota Sprinter Trueno kit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr 1:24 Tamiya Toyota Sprinter Trueno kit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Decided on a colour change: 1:24 Tamiya Toyota Sprinter Trueno kit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Used black chrome BMF as masking for the window trims. Glad I wasn't using it for its intended purpose, it doesn't go down as nicely as the chrome stuff. 1:24 Tamiya Toyota and Honda kits by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Lots of grey painting this weekend. 1:24 Tamiya Honda City kit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr The Honda City interior is now finished too. I'm hoping to get at least a couple of them finished by the end of the month, should be on track for that.
  6. Just gone 8.30am here, and while I'm waiting for daughter to get ready so I can give her a lift to work I've already micromesh polished one bodyshell and assembled two interiors I was detail painting last night. Trying to make a push on several of my current WIPs so I can get a few finished during a week off work at the end of the month.
  7. Thanks! The '71 Cedric is one of the better ones, I have that to do someday. I'll take a look to see how it looks scale-wise against the later one I'm building.
  8. Is that for real?! Never seen that version before. Foresaw the day when Toyota would use BMW diesel engines and the Supra would become a badge-engineered Z4.......
  9. The ability to get macro shots and zoom in on a screen means we see far more than before, be that good or bad! I had a look this afternoon and was reminded that my Crown kit also has flared arches - from memory the wheel openings have been opened-up to accommodate the wide wheels, so without major surgery I'll have to build it that way: Fujimi 1:24 Toyota Crown 2800 Benz Mask by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
  10. You kept my attention, it's excellent! Great photos and the Crown is very nicely built - I really like the finished look of it. The extra details work very well. I love the big Japanese stuff from this era, I own a 1:1 Datsun Laurel. I have a "Benz Mask" version of this kit, basically a Mercedes grille planted onto it......
  11. Odds and ends over the last week or so: 1:24 Doyusha 1969 Nissan Bluebird 510 Coupe kit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr I wonder if this had been used as a slot car? I have others in this Doyusha Nostalgic Hero series, which also have the pancake interior moulding. The thick orange paint needs to be stripped-off, then it'll be interesting to see if Hasegawa grille, lights etc will fit. 1:24 Hasegawa 1991 Suzuki Jimny kit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Nicely detailed, and has alternative wheels and suspension lift parts. 1:25 Revell 1992 Mercury Cougar XR-7 kit by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr Seems to be missing the lowrider wheels and roof cover, but in fairness the eBay seller said it might not be complete and I think everything else is there for it be built stock or as some sort of street machine.
  12. Really good to see, it's turned out very nicely. I have an old California Sunshine version of the 620, it looks like it has parts in it to build near-stock. I've been slightly nervous about starting it, must get on with it!
  13. I'd love to see your build of that. I presume it's an update of the kit I have as a standard road model and Safari Rally car. They look very nicely detailed, must get and on do something with them!
  14. I was going to suggest Tamiya's road version of the BMW M635, but it looks like the nuts are hidden by a centre cap. They are very nice wheels, I've used them I'm looking to use the Monogram Camaro mesh wheels that Brian posted on a 1:25 project that has similar requirements, although mine isn't a replica of anything at 1:1 so I have a bit more scope to utilise whatever I find. I can vaguely recall another American kit I have in my stash that has mesh wheels as some sort of Street Machine option. I'll try and remember to have a dig around.....
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