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The Creative Explorer

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  • Birthday 03/16/1981

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    Netherlands
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    Erik

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  1. whats the rarest model you own and did you build it?

    Even though I think have several 'rare'(or morelikely harder to find) kits, I think this one stands out. The normal 1/12 Mazda RX-7 is already hard to find, but this is a test-shot from the Hasegawa factory, to regain trust after the 1/12 Nisaan 300ZX problematics. I have a second RX-7 kit and it is noticably different from the test-shot, some textures are different and also some finishes. I will definately build the normal one, not sure of building this one. It is unique as it is and not to be found again
  2. 24 Hours of Le Mans Build

    Nice work so far guys!
  3. 2018 Le Mans 24 hours build (Porsche 962C)

    Thanks guys! I must say that even though the end 'product' doesn't look all too bad, I am quite dissapointed in detail, partscount and decals. They are a bit crude compared to Cartograf and I think they are marginally oversized. But, almost an hour and a halve before the finish, I am done. It was a nice journey and a nice addition to the previous 24hr models I build.
  4. 2018 Le Mans 24 hours build (Porsche 962C)

    Not much time for typing, but I do a quickie picture update! so far on schedule, after lunch it is time to start the weathering.
  5. 2018 Le Mans 24 hours build (Porsche 962C)

    For the price of what it cost; naah, lots of moneys for a partscount you almost can count on two hands. Thanks @Jhedir6, I'll look into it, I am building in a groupsbuild, part of the Dutch IPMS. Time is flying by fast, but I managed to get some work done. Normally, I tackle the decals on sunday, but decided it might be better to do it today, since the part count is low and the car is painted. But man, do I dislike decals, every time again. Decals and me will never be friends, I'd rather paint the car than use decals. All the parts are painted The towing eyelets are handpainted in red, rather than airbrushed And the start of decalling, did I mention that I don't like it? The wheels are painted gold and starting to make them shiny using the Chrome pens And the state before heading for a nap, I got most of the decals on and put a coat of micro Sol on it, I hope it does it's magic.
  6. 2018 Le Mans 24 hours build (Porsche 962C)

    It is the time of the year again; the most exhausting race is happening! Almost being a tradition, during the 24 hours of Le Mans, I will try to build a Le Mans racer during those 24 hours. For this year, I chose a Hasegawa Porsche 962. When I received the box, it startled me of how small the parts count is. I mean, it is very very low. Which is of course an advantage for a quick-build, but still. Even then it is low. But it might give me the oppertunity to detail a bit more or even weathering. I started with making the window masks And cleaned up the floorpan. Just take a look at the suspension-detail; there is none! Seriously; these are almost all the parts for the kit.I think only the clear parts, tires and body have to be added. I got the white paint quite quickly clearcoated and could start some detailpaint on the body And even knowing how small the parts count is, I still overestimated the parts count.... This is just it... First coat of paint is on the parts!
  7. Man if I just had $12,000!

    What are the odds..... I just bought 3 1/8 Monogram kits from this guy and picked them up last friday. I went to his shop and he had a 1/4 La Ferrari there and a lot of Pochers. Very interesting stuff.
  8. Caterham Super Seven JPE (Tamiya 1/12)

    hmm, sorry about that, I had some trouble with the board yesterday. But yes, it is Bare metal foil and I made a small tool for the rotary tool and 'engraved' the BMF in a circular motion, just like a real car would do.
  9. Caterham Super Seven JPE (Tamiya 1/12)

    Thanks Ashley! Having not much time laying around, progress is slow. I did order tools and material to work on the coilovers and I worked on sanding some parts. I also managed to work on the discbrakes, they are detailled, but they lack the proper finish. Personally, I don't like the PE sets that much, as they do not reflect discbrakes enough (to me). I had an idea for a while and tried that, and it worked like a charm, really. I think it captures the look of a discbrake perfectly.
  10. Caterham Super Seven JPE (Tamiya 1/12)

    Thank you about the heads up, I know about them and thinking of ordering a set for my Datsun, but to be honest; why ordering parts if I can design and make them myself? Sure, it is easier and quicker, but I can now make the design how I want them and determine myself the offset and such. And trust me; making your own is way too much fun! :-D @heinz74 This is my first big scale Tamiya, so I am on unknown territory haha, but having built big scale before, I am not affraid. Plus, this Tamiya does not compare to the other Big scale Tamiya's as it is completely different in is kind, like a lot of white metal parts, aluminium parts and screwing. And yes, it is a huge difference from a Monogram in this scale. But each has it's own charme. About the paint; too late. When you typed your message, it already had it's nice green paint on it. Having separate body panels is both a blessing as a problem. You need to be aware of getting exactly the right amount of paint on the panels, to avoid differences in hue. I managed to lay down the BRG and it went on pretty nice. I took the Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans BRG, since I love that hue. It is my favourite BRG. And the best part is to unwrap all that masking tape, to see how it turned out and I love it! It looks even better than I hoped for and I am glad I made the last minute decission not to make the front part of the nosecone yellow, but just striped it.   Something that has been bothering me are the coilovers, they don't look good. In the back are the stock parts and in the front are the stock parts painted and partly chromed. Even though it doesn't even look too terrible, I don't like it, since it is a very visible piece. I have been on this for over a week and tried several ways to make something nice of it, but it was failure after failure.   But I am on to something now, I will be using different materials to get to my endgoal. I printed a few spring nuts and I ordered some aluminium rods, that I will die cut? with a very fine thread. The Die Cut has been ordered and may take a little while until it gets here, since it is a special order.   But I made a prototype with a regular bolt and normal thread tapped into the nut. I did it rough and quick, hence it is crooked. But the concept worked and if everything works out a little bit, I will have a working coilover on the Caterham.
  11. Have a palatte cleanser.

    Supposedly, it is influenced by the Ferrari F40, except for the frontbumper, which is influenced by the 308/328. Call me silly, but I don't see either of it. Eric Clapton's was influenced by a BB and I can see that. But still, the simplicity and elegance of Ferrari's till the mid nineties are gone. For me, the last beautiful 'sculpted' is the 550 and 360. From the 430 on, it is overdesigned and the flair is gone. But who cares, I can't buy them anyway :-)
  12. Caterham Super Seven JPE (Tamiya 1/12)

    Thank you guys for the kind words! @Anglia105E; you're right, it has to be fun. But sometimes it can be frustrating and we all know our failures in practicing our hobby, keeping us a little bit from the best kits we have. Saving them for later, because one doesn't want to screw them up. I am not going full-idiocracy on this build, just keeping it fun and it has to be good, but I will accept imperfections. I have to. @da_ashman; don't worry, Both the cycle wing and the JPE will pop-up again. I knew that Tamiya would sooner or later re-release the Caterham again, they have the molds and Tamiya is known for repopping their big scales every know and then. @Roncla; Even though I am still doubting on getting one of those too, the price is bothering me, it is just soo much money. And I already have it, but paid like halve for it, which I think was reasonable. I've been hunting one for a long time, since I discovered them just a little bit too late on their initial release, when I wanted one, they were like one month discontinued. Now I have the BDR and JPE, I think I paid 125 for the JPE. The steps that are being made, are small and timeconsuming, but I guess also part of the fun. Normally, I would've had the body in the paintbooth by now and started painting, but I am taking some extra steps and being a bit more cautious I guess. Because I also don't like the 5 spoke wheels that comes with the JPE, I designed and printed a Watanabe-like wheel, rather than a Minilite. I am not completely satisfied with the design, so I have to make some adjustments and print a master for casting. The wheel will be a 2-piece; easier for printing/casting, but also for painting. But most of the time went to prepping the body parts, even though the Tamiya paintjob is not bad at all, there are some mishaps to be dealing with, like seam lines on the plastic parts. And some paint boo-boo's on some other parts Today I started working on finalising the prepwork and started to laydown the masking for the paint-design, I also noticed another little plastic defect that I took care off And this will be the final design for the paintjob, I had different idea's yesterday, but came up with this tonight and I like it. Hopefully I will be able to start laying down some paint tomorrow.
  13. Caterham Super Seven JPE (Tamiya 1/12)

    Everybody has those kits in their stash 'for later on, when I can do justice to that kit'. I have a couple of them and kept saving them for later. But very recently I lost a modelling friend to that awful 'C'-disease, he basically kept modelling till the last and he could enjoy it a little bit. But passing around 50 isn't what we all want or expect. But it does make you realise how unexpected life can be and how vulnerable it is. So, I decided to put projects aside and grab one of the kits that I've been saving for later, since later could already be now. It is in my opinion one of the best kits ever made and the guys at Tamiya went crazy on it. It has a full alluminium body and lots and lots of details. Even straight out of the box, it will make a very handsome model. My plans are to stick close to the manual, the car in itself is almost as good as it gets and so does the kit. But there is also room for improvement and detailling, which I will be doing. Albeit, I won't go crazy on it; it has to be a fun build as well. I am taking small steps and where I usually sand every part of the kit, I take this in sections, to give more attention to detail and make it less to be a assembly-line feel to it. Here I am taking on the frame, most of the ejector pin marks will be hidden after assembly, but some will be visible and some might, and therefore have to be gone. I initially planned to make a new driveshaft, but after cleaning it up, I think it will look pretty good with just some details. The fueltank was awful though, it needed a lot of sanding and filler I painted the frame in a gun-metal color, I think it will look nice when it comes together. Hard to see, but I clearcoated it also. The front coilovers where sprayed in chromesilver, then I masked them and painted the screws/rings with molotow chrome markers, When it is fully cured, I will ad a color to make it look anodised. The first parts installed! This is the steering box (duh) And the rear spring holders Together with some more aluminium detail: This is the result so far, even though with so few parts, it is already starting to look like something. Very early in the assembly process, some of the body panels have to be assembled. They are factory painted and look pretty good, it might lack a little in luster, but it can be used straight out of the box. But... So much neon yellow hurts my eye, so I have to respray the body panels, but I want it still to be a JPE, therefore I will keep a couple of those neon yellow details.
  14. Spark plug wire in bulk

    I used to us Radioshack's wrapping wire, it is 30 gauge and perfect for the job, the outside diameter is 0,5mm. But since Radioshack only had/have 3 colors, I went looking online and found on ebay 30 gauge wrapping wire. I ended up with a lot of colors, 1000ft! for 7 dollars, including shipping! One roll is pretty much a life long supply
  15. Ebbro Citroen DS 21

    I don't like how the headlights look. It looks like the put a perspex cover over USA-spec headlights, rather than the Euro ones. +