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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 topic in On The Workbench   

    AMT/Round2 Camaro 50
    A fairly quick build, just to get my eye in again...

    Engine's not bad... not too many parts, but nicely moulded. I think the exhaust headers are actually rather more complicated than this, if the pics online are to be believed...
    Same with the interior. Its snap-fit origins are clear, but not very noticeable when it goes together, and there's plenty of detail to paint:

    The "stitching" is a bit garish, but once it's buttoned up in a dark interior, it'll be fine, I think...

    ...and it probably is...
    The body is painted with Tamiya TS Metallic Black and TS-13 Clear, with a bit of a polish.
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  2. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Ferrari 250 GTO - Fujimi or Revell Germany?   

    ... I think there may have been irony involved, here and there...
    My takeaways from this thread are:
    If you're starting from a stash with no 250GTOs in it, then the best thing to look for is a Fujimi (and I've snagged two for less than £30 in the last couple of years, so they aren't that hard to find)If you have some GTOs, then as long as they aren't the Aurora/Monogram version, you have some entirely buildable kits that you might as well get on with.If you're going to build one, then there's no point in paying collector prices for any of the older kits -- just find a Fujimi...best,
  3. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Ferrari 275GTB, Italeri, 1/24   

    Thanks, all... I think this (as with all things with hand-built Ferraris) is complicated.
    I've made things more even complicated with the "1:1" picture I posted...
    The kicker is that I left off the front bumpers...
    If you look at this:

    You can see that the nose cone is actually higher off the ground than the main body floor (which isn't true for the GTO style nose...)
    On this one, they've put the front bumpers higher than the chrome trim line under the doors, which I think is where they are MEANT to be (sure are on the Italeri kit....)

    Whereas here, they've levelled up the bumpers and the trim line:

    My instinct, having looked at quite a few images now, is that the Italeri kit is correct: the widest part of the nose cone, where the bumpers are normally fitted, is higher than the chrome trim nder the door, and they shouldn't line up. That means that when the bumpers aren't in position, the nose looks "raised" compared to the rest of the body. The GTO definitely has a "droop snoot" where the nose angles down to a level "floor" all the way along, but that's not true of a standard 275 GTC/B...
    That's my interpretation, anyway... when I have a real one in my garage to compare to, I'll be sure to let you all know the real answer!
  4. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Chrome Marker versus Bare Metal method?   

    All the window brightwork on this one is Molotow pen:

    Whereas this one is BMF

    The main difference is that the first took about 5 minutes, the second about two hours... you really can't see much difference in the display case.
    Don't get me wrong. I like BMF (but agreed, not the Ultra Bright stuff). It's not the application that bugs me, but the fact that although the amount on a sheet in theory could last me for years, in practice, within a year the sheet has wrinkled in the packet, and cracks everywhere there's a wrinkle. So I'm paying the best part of £10 for a sheet, which I can maybe use 1/10 of before it becomes virtually unusable.
  5. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Harry Pristovnik   

    Amy... I'd like to add my deepest condolences. Your Dad was a vital part of what brought us all together here, and many would say the lynch-pin of what KEPT us all together. I never met him, but we exchanged a bunch of messages about a wooden tram he'd built that happened to have once upon a time run by where I lived 30 years ago in the UK (the real tram ran more like 80 years ago), and that was the measure of the man for me. He always cared, always was interested, and shared so much with us. He will always be missed.
    Given the quality of what he shared in his books, I wouldn't restrict yourself to MODEL car museums. Get in touch with the Henry Ford Museum, the Automotive Hall of Fame or the Gilmore, and see if they'd be interested in taking on Harry's legacy. He was creating a history of the automobile that just happened to be rendered in beautifully-built models, and one of them should surely give that collection a proud home.
    Once again, I'm so sorry for your loss, which we all share to a lesser extent.
    With best regards,
  6. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Academy Ferrari 250 LM 1:24   

    Just a thought, but if you have any clear easter egg packaging left, there's almost always a double curvature somewhere on an egg shape that will allow you to cut out light covers that fit!
    All the best,
  7. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Academy Ferrari 250 LM 1:24   

    Fantastic job... I have one of these to dig into. It's such a beautiful car, and you've done it justice. Are those the kit wheels, and if so, care to share how you made them look so good? ;-P
  8. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic More on Molotow pens   

    All the window and gutter "chrome" on here is done with a Molotow pen.
    As is all this brightwork on the interior:

    Whatever they were originally intended for, the pens exist, and my word they make some of the things we need to do a lot easier...
    (I have a few rattle cans that were probably designed for graffiti artists.... and they rock, too... really dense colour from a single coat, quick to dry, tough as all hell...)
  9. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Ferrari 275GTB, Italeri, 1/24   

    Hi, all... I think this is what I was inspired by:

    I had the scheme in mind since the yellow failed, so I really can't remember what got me started...
  10. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Ferrari 275GTB, Italeri, 1/24   

    Thanks very much, all! The wheels are Renaissance Campagnolos. I think they are intended for the spider version: there are a fair few pictures of a pale yellow spider wearing a set. I think that it may have been in the Thomas Crown Affair, or have belonged to Faye Dunaway at some point...
    Now I just need to decide what to do next. My absence from the bench hasn't slowed down my purchasing: if anything, the opposite!
  11. Matt Bacon added a topic in Under Glass   

    Ferrari 275GTB, Italeri, 1/24
    Well, this marks a bit of a milestone: first completion in a more or less a year, since I started a new job which takes me away from home a lot. 
    This really is a return from the shelf of doom. I originally painted the body yellow 3-4 years ago, only to find that the clear coat had dragged the red dye from the body plastiic through the yellow layer, and tinted itself orange in all kinds of places. Laster year, I got hold of some IPA, and as a last ditch effort decided to try and strip the yellow and clear. After six months or so of soaking, I could get it off. I repainted the body silver, which I thought would resist dye leaking better... which it did, but not perfectly. You can still see a reddish tint around the base of the tail here and there. It's not so obvious in real life, thank goodness.
    I didn't take many WIP photos, but here are a few:

    Those Molotow Liquid Chrome Markers are AMAZING...

    If you've ever built one of the Italeri 250/275/365 series Ferraris you'll know exactly what to expect. Nice details, crisp mouldings, reasonably good fit. I wish the bonnet would close slightly better, but again it's not so visible in the cabinet!
    It feels good to have completed something after all this time, that's for sure...
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  12. Matt Bacon added a topic in Car Kit News & Reviews   

    New tool 1/24 BMW 2002 from Hasegawa
    Pre-ordered, of course... I'm amazed it's taken so long... and that it wasn't RoG who did it!
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  13. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Fujimi Porsche Carrera 2   

    Build and finish is absolutely spot on, looks lovely.
    But I have to disagree on the stance. Way too low and looks unrealistic to me -- it doesn't even have a driver on board to load up the suspension a bit...
    This is what a real one looks like:

    The tyres aren't rubbing on the arches, and you might actually be able to drive it over the odd bump...
    YMMV, obviously!
  14. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Model Cars Magazine, The Future   

    That's exactly what they do over at Britmodeller, where I pay up. The good thing is that it's a "pay what you feel" scheme, so it doesn't exclude members on low incomes. Personally, I'm happy to pay about half what a magazine subscription would cost over here -- which is about what my Hemmings Sports and Exotics (sniff...) sub cost.
  15. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Spenser's 2015 Ford Mustang GT   

    Nah... Hawk would've been driving a Bentley Continental GT Supersports. With a very heavy sports bag in the trunk...