Mr.Zombie added a topic in Under Glass: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light Commercial1984 Ford Transit / Esci / 1:24
Hello, welcome to my new gallery!
It's my first finished model of 2015, the kit is a 1984 Ford Transit by Esci in 1:24. Quite rare, and nowadays very pricey. I was able to get mine from Kingkit in the UK for about 1/3rd of what they go for on Ebay, and though I had in mind how it should end up even before I had bought it, I had my doubts once I opened the box. But then, chances are slim that you'll see one of these on the next modelshow unlike a VW bus. I know of only five of these built, and this is the only one built like that.
The kit itself is a curbside, the chassis detail is only very rudimentary, and if you'd intend to display the bottom, you'd have to do some serious scratchmods. The interior needs work, and the body is one of the best scale car bodies I have ever seen, and if you spent some time on details (the kit is 33 years old), you'd end up with a fairly correct, very rare model of a very popular* van.
*These are still holding the record for the most popular getaway vehicles for bankjobs, no kidding.
I decided to super detail the kit to a certain degree. Sometimes the changes were just cosmetic, sometimes, they were necessary. My changes are as follows:
- added visible bolts to the chassis
- chromed all surfaces under the turnsignals and rear lights
- added 4 screws to each turnsignal
- added screws and modified the grille
- scratch built the lenses of the front lights
- added lugs and valve stems to each wheel
- scratch built mudflaps
- scratch built the hubcaps
- modified the doorhandles
- added door buttons
- drilled out the exhaust
- added the seat piping
- built the seat posts
- built the rails for the drivers seat
- sculpted the floor mats
- modified the shifter
- built the missing window posts
- added screws to the numberpaltes
- added headliner
- added levers for light, turnsignals, and wipers
- scratch built the wipers
All in all I managed to add about 182 elements if I count correctly.
This is the car I was using for reference:
This is the interior during the construction... I built a fire extinguisher, a jerry can, a tool box, a clipboard with a pencil, a pack of cigarettes, and a bit of junk for the cab...
And this is all of that with the van wrapped around it:
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Mr.Zombie added a topic in Big BoyzWarszawa M20, 1:8What's a Warszawa? Well, the Warszawa is the first Polish post war automobile. Built under the license of the Russian GAZ M20 Pobeda in Warsaw from 1951 the first cars were basically the GAZs with very few differences (logos and so on), by 1957 the cars were altered a bit, today you'd call this facelift I guess...
This is it:
If you live in Poland, and had some 30 bucks monthly, then you could subscribe to a magazine and with each copy, you'd get a piece of the model, like a wheel, left front suspension, and instructions how to put it together. After 2 years you ended up with a 1500 pieces model that is mostly die cast, which makes it weigh baout 30 pounds when done, with workling suspension ("real" leaf springs in the back!), opening doors and windows(!), opening hoods and lights...
I don't live in Poland, and got mine from a friend who bought the whole subscription second hand on polish Ebay or so.
The kit itself doesn't leave much room for improvement in terms of detail, but it was ment to be put together without painting or gluing. The body was laquered in gloss red, a color that I hate on cars, and so I decided to improve the kit where needed, paint everything, strip the body and paint that using the car above as my main inspiration.
I began small with the carburettor. What you see here is 15 pieces, and an afternoon of painting...
Then I altered the head, the wiring harness was a mess, so I built my own using the kit pieces and scratchbuild sparkplugs and leads. Now the ignition works exactly like on the real car...
From there it kind of snowballed, and after three weeks of painting I had an engine bay that would fool people owning the real car... I changed just minor details, like the readiator hoses with clamps, bits of wiring, stuff like that.
I painted the trunk area too. The car on my pics is this petroleum/aqua greenblue, but it seemed to have been repainted at some point, and you can see the gray underneath. Therefore I opted for gray on the surfaces you wouldn't touch while respraying a real car. Mostly because I wanted to have it more interesting in terms of color, and on the other side I felt the gray gives me more room for painting scratches and damage.
The mess... I was sent to the garage with the model, as it's big and heavy, my wife doesn't really want me building it in the kitchen.
This is where I'm at right now. Today I successfully painted the hood and the trunklid, this week bit by bit I will have the whole body done.
Thanks for looking, have a great day.
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