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Matt Bacon

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  • Scale I Build 1/24

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  • Location Ilkley, West Yorkshire
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  1. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Jaguar "D-Type"   

    That looks fantastic Dann. The engine is inspirational. I agree... the XKSS is a great kit. I've done one, and there's another in the stash to kitbash with a Lindbergh D-Type, to (hopefully) achieve a similar effect to you!
    Great job.
  2. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic "The World of Automobiles"   

    Tell me about it -- I was very excited carrying it to the till, and it was only as I was packing the volumes into four heavy duty plastic bags that it really occurred to me that I was gonna need to carry them all nearly a mile up the road!
    Worth it, though...
  3. Matt Bacon added a topic in General   

    "The World of Automobiles"
    Feeling very pleased with myself, and lucky: just picked up 22 pristine volumes of this bound partwork in a charity shop while on holiday for £20. 2700 pages of 1975 vintage auto history, marques well-known and obscure, technology, famous sports, engineering and design folk, and even "cars of today" in encyclopaedic detail. Bill Boddy, LJK Setright and David Burgess Wise and many other expert names contribute. Setright in particular is great value, whether explaining steering mechanisms or suspension over 10 pages, or tracing Jaguar's history in his inimitable style: "A car for cads, boulevardiers and poodle-fakers..."
    Just got to get it home in an already well packed car...
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  4. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Maserati Bora, Revell, 1/24   

    Thanks guys. Made some progress on the body today. The reason that the build on the Revel box looks so toylike (apart from those awful decals) is that they've forgotten all the areas of different materials on the real thing.

    And I've been doing little bits here and there all day, so this is where we are tonight:

    The roof is AK Metals Stainless Steel, applied over primer that had been "brushed" with fine wire wool. And I'm using Molotow Chrome marker for the trim.

    And to end, in unforgiving close up, the engine is finally wired up, after the arrival of some heat shrink tube today.
  5. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Scale Pleasure Craft! Where are they?   

    I'd be on for any kind of a Riva in 1/24... can't even find a paper model. Though I guess I could just scale down some R/C model boat plans and  build it from scratch...
  6. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Tamiya Alfa Romeo Giulia, Hard to Find?   

    If you're in search of inspiration, you won't find better than browsing here:
  7. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Tamiya Alfa Romeo Giulia, Hard to Find?   

    In that box, it's been out relatively recently. The "1/24 Historic Car Series" badge is something that Tamiya has been doing the last few years with some of their older kits.

    It's a lovely little kit, improved dramatically by drilling the rear shock absorber mount points about 2mm deeper...

  8. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Maserati Bora, Revell, 1/24   

    Slow but steady progress...

    The seats are 4mm narrower than the space in the tub. As it happens I had some 3mm thick strip that I could use, so, I sliced them top to bottom and glued it in...

    Tub masked and sprayed with Plastikote "Velvet" to give some texture to the carpets.

    These are "ferrules" for finishing wires. Originally bought to make intake trumpets, the wrong way round they make good hollow exhausts. Not stuck in yet.

    Wheels more of a pain than you'd like -- there are several "slots" in each wheel that didn't mould cleanly. Not flashed over but just not there, so I guess the mould broke somewhere down the line. Sprayed with Humbrol Metalcote "Polished Aluminium" with BMF "hubcaps"...

    Primered with Tamiya fine grey primer and the stainless steel roof masked off.

    Zero 2K basecoat applied, BMW Sienna Brown with a very light transparent glaze coat form the 2-part Rosso Fuoco that I had in the stash.

    Diamond 2K clear coat applied. A few spots to clean up and polish, but it's pretty shiny now! Baking in the airing cupboard for 24 hours before cleaning up.
  9. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Maserati Bora, Revell, 1/24   

    OK. so my plan to have operating doors is not going to pan out. Just way too flaky fit and hinging. I'll stick with getting the rear clamshell to work. So, time to put the doors back in place.

    The door edges are built back up with plastic strip, and then spacers inserted between the doors and sills/frame to sit it in the aperture. If you're doing one, I recommend NOT separating the doors, but just trying to clean up and reduce the joining pins so they sink back into the shut line a bit further. The white "tailpipes" are sprue filling the locating pin holes for the rather weedy plastic exhausts. I have a better plan.

    A bit of "gizmology" on the carbs -- there's not a lot of room between the heads, so some of the initial detail had to come off again... ;-( The heads are "crackled" with "Suede" paint from Plastikote, which I also used to texture the parcel shelf.
  10. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Display shelving ideas   

    Hey, Rob... looks like you've accidentally posted some photos from your local specialist hobby store... what does your workroom look like?
  11. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Maserati Bora, Revell, 1/24   

    Very nice... Thanks for the photo.
    I think they're definitely due a revival. Sleek, refined, powerful... and practical (there's a good sized trunk under the hood...).Black's timeless, but I'm not sure it does justice to the 70s cool factor, although the cream seats definitely add to that vibe. This side of the water you're talking £150-200K to buy one, so I guess the people throwing numbers around were on the money. Mind you, supercool as it is, if you have that kind of money you can buy a brand new McLaren 720s, which I'm afraid is where my money would go...
    Looks like I don't need to be overly concerned about getting the shut lines around the doors precise and even, mind you...
  12. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Hmmmmm, this could be an entertaining daily...........   

    See, here's the big problem with horseless carriages. Cost.
    This 1903 Olds is going to cost me $1000. I got a perfectly good buggy here, only cost me $50, and even if I buy new horses, that's only another $100 or so. But I don't need to. Horses can get bred, right? And I just leave them out in the field grazing, occasionally give 'em some hay or carrots. I can top them up right there at home.
    Buying that new fangled gasoline for an Olds is going to cost me darn near 30c a GALLON! And I gotta go to a special charging station to pick it up and put some in my so-called "automobile." Not so "auto" now, is it?  No, thank you. I guess maybe I could get one of those Stanleys that uses lamp oil for fuel instead. But then I have to wait half an hour to get it started, whereas I can just hitch my horses to the buggy and away we go.
    You want me to buy a ve-hickle that's TEN TIMES more expensive than this buggy I already own, that I have to buy darned expensive strange chemical hooch from twenty miles away to run at all, and that needs an "expert mechanicician" every time anything goes wrong in that smelly pile of reciprocating gubbins under the hood? You're kidding, right?
    I think for now, I'd rather stop at the feed merchants every once in while...
  13. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Maserati Bora, Revell, 1/24   

    The Airfix 1/32 was an Indy -- more the equivalent of a Ferrari Daytona. There was a brief glorious few months last year when Airfix announced it was going to be re-popped, but it foundered on licensing issues in the autumn...
  14. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic 2016 Roush Racing Ford Fusion   

    One suggestion, David... while Patto's decals are brilliantly designed and printed, in my experience they often don't fit... What I mean is, I think he designs them for a slot car body, often his own, and if you are not lucky enough to be building on exactly the same base model, then you are at the mercy of whether both your kit designer and slot car body designer managed to make the exact same shape when modelling the original. His 1/32 917 decals, for example are quite significantly off in both shape and size for the Airfix 1/32 kit.
    All of which is a roundabout way of saying, if I were you, I'd paint the whole car black and cut up the decals to apply the coloured parts in separate blocks, and then gloss coat the whole thing.
  15. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Maserati Bora, Revell, 1/24   

    Thanks, all... there are a few challenges to overcome, but I am kinda surprised this kit isn't better known or re-popped. Revell Germany could easily release it in the same "classic" (read: older kit) series as they've already done with the XK120, Healey 3000 and BMW 508...
    There seem to be plenty of pics both with and without the "parcel shelf" (aka "filler panel") in place. It just clips into a could of holes in the rear structure, so I can leave it removable. The books make much of the effort Maserati went to to ensure good sound insulation for the occupants (eg double glazed panel between the cabin an engine space) and I guess the filler panel is part of that. So I can also understand why thems as wants to drive their Bora like a sports car instead of a GT might leave it out.
    As for colour, I didn't want to go out and buy yet another Zero colour matched colour, so my thoughts are tending towards this

    Starting with BMW Sienna Brown lightly dosed with red...