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  1. Thanks, guys! This is (more or less) what the kit gives you for the engine bay. The Lucas decals for the battery came from some handy sponsor logos I had available, and the little filling cap on the radiator and its overflow tube are home made. But see those big empty blue sidewalls? They are pretty crowded on the real thing. So, on with some "gizmology", based on my "Factory Original Jaguar Mk2" book... I know what some of these are... The fuel filter (clear dome thing) is a bit overscale, but I wasn't going to start turning down perspex rod to make a slightly smaller one, so it's a spare bit of clear sprue. The wash bottle and pump (clear blue thing) should in theory either be clear, with blue liquid, but square, or cylindrical but white plastic. However, I had a blue cocktail stirrer that I'd been keeping for just such a purpose, and the hybrid design will add interest to the engine bay. The black and silver box thing in the middle is the main electric control unit, which has a lot of terminals under the black cover. The other two are probably reservoirs of some kind, though the smaller square one has several wires coming out of the top. The wash bottle, control unit and wiring loom go on the exhaust side of the engine bay, and the fuel pump and the two reservoirs go on the carburetor side. I'll put some wires and maybe the fuel lines in when I mount all these on the bay walls, but I'm not planning to reproduce them all... I just want it to look well-filled and busy... best, M.
  2. Thanks very much, guys.A bit more substantial progress over the last few days: That's the chassis done. Brake disks are my usual recipe: Humbrol Metalcote Steel from a rattle can, polished up for the disks, lightly drybrushed for the callipers, and the centres painted Tamiya Titanium Gold. The interior assembles nicely. I've seen people complain about the simplified door furniture, but I figure once it's all inside you won't be able to tell... Finally, a quick mockup to see how it all goes together: Which confirms my feeling that although the contrast on the seats maybe looks a little overdone out in the open, once it's inside it just gives an impression of some detail. Lots of details to start adding now. The one area where this Tamiya kit is lacking is in engine bay details. The heater and battery are there and still to go in, but if you open a real Mk2 bonnet, the impression is of a pretty well packed engine bay, while in the kit there's really a lot of room around the engine. Still, there are plenty of good reference photos out there... best, M.
  3. This is not a hissy fit, but I'm keen to understand why my Porsche 930 Turbo build -- a street legal, road-registered retired Le Mans car -- got moved to the WIP: Other Racing, Road Racing and Land Speed Record category, whilst in the main WIP: Model Cars category we can find WIP threads for a McLaren M8B, Ferrari 250LM, McLaren MP4/6, Mercedes AMG GT3 and a Lola T70 Mk III on the first page alone? Just curious where the boundaries between these categories actually are... best, M.
  4. Thank you, gentlemen. @beeRS I think I searched for “self adhesive velour vinyl” but “velvet sticky backed plastic” might work as well... A 3ft x 14” roll was about £5 (The red piece in the kit is about 3”x2”, so I’ve got 80 or so cars worth, as long as they’re blue...) best, M.
  5. Thanks, all... progress is still being made, albeit slowly...first, the engine: ...and the interior is done: The instructions have neat templates for cutting out the "carpet" provided in the kit. Mine had the self-adhesive "velvet" material, but in red, so not really appropriate for this colour scheme. However, a few quid on eBay later, I have enough blue material to carpet at least 20 classic cars... Time to finish the chassis... best, M.
  6. Well that’s the thing... they are an unopened package of four identical tyres, so I need a car that’s the same rims front and back.., best, M.
  7. In the box for the Tamiya Jaguar Mk2 I’m building, I’ve found a nicely sealed bag of tyres and poly caps (clear, not black). The tyres are fully licensed (moulded with name and logos) Pirelli P Zeros, and all of them are 245/40 ZR17s. So they aren’t mad low profile or huge rims, and they are all the same size. I‘d guess at a Lamborghini or Ferrari, but most of the more modern ones seem to have wider tyres on the rear. I could open all 400+ boxes in the stash, but if anyone has any ideas where they belong, they’d be very welcome! best, M.
  8. Tamiya are the gold standard. Aoshima, Beemax and Ebro produce excellent kits these days. Hasegawa, Fujimi and Revell Germany are a mixed bag with some real gems among them. But as said above, it depends on whether they make a kit of what you want to build. If you’re only interested in American cars, then you’re going to need Revell or Round2. Tim Boyd’s “Collecting Muscle Car Model Kits” is an invaluable guide to the good, the bad and the ugly of kits of US iron... best, M.
  9. Not sure why this one has been lingering unopened on the shelf for so long, but I decided it was time it wasn't. Usual Tamiya well-engineered kit, which even includes material and templates for carpets! First few parts getting started. Body is primed with Stynylrez, which is my go-to for going under Zero paints these days. It was a choice between gunmetal with red interior, or this Opalescent Silver Blue (a homebrew using Zero Pearlescent White as a starting point). The interior will be blue and grey. And with the Diamond 2K Clear on top. Shutlines darkened with Citadel Leviadon Blue Contrast paint. best, M.
  10. There are quite a few boxes arriving at home one way or the other these days. Seeing something similar advertised by Gunze, I thought I'd make my own stand for painting small parts. I sliced up a corrugated card box using the steel rule I have on the bench as a width guide, glued the strips with PVA glue and stuck them on a base also cu from the box. I have a packet of bamboo barbecue skewers, and one £5 bag of 50 crocodile clips from eBay and I have a handy stand for holding small parts as they dry... best, M.
  11. Hi, all.... just been removing the (very faint) mould lines from a Tamiya Jag body shell, and it seems to have literally become a dust magnet. Evey tiny shaving of plastic, bit of crud or fragment of masking tape seems to leap straight at it. I can't believe my workbench is suddenly much dirtier, so is it possible my sanding sticks and the body styrene have somehow interacted to charge the thing, like old school vinyl albums? If I just give it a wash in water, will that discharge it, or do i need some cunning special fluid like you used to get for records? best, M.
  12. Mine arrived today (the 1/24s), and they look fantastic. They will need painting, though. Does anyone have any thoughts on how best to prime (presumably?) and paint these things without losing the incredible fineness of detail? best, M.
  13. Inspired by an article in a recent Octane Magazine, this is the Fujimi "911 Turbo '76" kit with a bunch of parts from a "spares or repairs" 911 Rally kit and wheels from Renaissance, intended for an Opel Manta/Ascona -- the only BBS set I could find with five lugs instead of the single centre lock nut used on 934/935 racers... best, M.
  14. A pretty productive afternoon at the bench, with a bunch of generic sponsor decals... pretty much done. Beauty shots tomorrow, I think... ...and finally, with the article that inspired this whole thing... best, M.
  15. Body's on and wheel hubs trimmed so the tyres sit more accurately... Body details and decals to get on with! best, M.
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