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Jim Whalen

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  1. Lovely build of the 911. Those eighties Porsches do require a lot of masking - I did the new Revell 911 Targa kit recently and that required a lot as well. Still, I prefer it to a 70's build that would require BMF!
  2. I've just had a look at the body shell on the one I have in the stash - same problem. I think Jim is right about the use of coloured plastic. I built a test shot of the new Revell E-type coupe and there were no issues at all but when the kit came out moulded in glossy red plastic it was a different story. I wonder if the Targa version of this kit has the same issue, since the body is moulded in red.
  3. Well, what would we expect from you Donn? Brilliant, as always!
  4. McLaren Models, an online shop based in Falkirk, has a good range of AMT kits at very competitive prices. I have also used Jacksons Models (based in Wigton) and Yanks (John has recently returned to the model scene after spending some time at 1/1 American shows - yanks.org.uk) in the last month. Andy Swindlehurst is still trading and has an online presence (model-cars.ueniweb.com), he is usually at Scale Model World in Telford and the Halifax show (but I don't think the Halifax show is running in 2022).
  5. This is an excellent little rod which all flows together nicely and shows how much thought has gone into it. A slice of originality and more details to catch the eye each time you view it certainly adds up to a stand-out model.
  6. Very nice Corvette, I also like the wheels you have chosen and the colour combination. I moved to Canada when I was 6 in 1971 and back to England in 1985 so C3 Corvettes are what I think of when I first visualise a Corvette and yours captures the image I usually have perfectly.
  7. Thanks for that Nick, you've done an outstanding job of it.
  8. I'm sorry to hear that Lee, I was looking forward to catching up with you and seeing some of your builds.
  9. Lovely build of an all-time classic. I'm also wondering how you did the chrome trim, it looks excellent, what did you use?
  10. Great hot rod Lee. I'm hoping to see it at Telford in a couple of weeks.
  11. Fantastic fabrication work resulting in a different and striking build set off with excellent paint. I really like it!
  12. NIce build of a C3 Corvette. I like the way you have replicated a specific car - down to the telephone on the console. Having grown up in Canada in the 70s and early 80s my first image when I think "Corvette" tends to be a C3. The rebuild you have done has definitely taken the model to a higher standard.
  13. Nice build that really captures the time period it has been built to represent.
  14. Nice Jaguar! Bill - the new Revell Jaguar E-types are 1962 (Series 1), you can tell this by the sunken footwells and aluminium trim on in the interior. The decal sheet has 1961 registration plates but they are incorrect.
  15. Looking forward to it! I really enjoyed the last issue, it was great to have a new Model Cars Magazine to read. 🙂
  16. Great job on the C8! I’m not sure about the Corvette as a mid-engined car but you have to admit it is a good car.
  17. Nice build of the Jaguar Randy, up to your usual standard. I built a test shot of this kit for a magazine and, when doing my research found that the kit represents an E-type built between June and October 1962. Here's an excerpt from my article "Revell’s new kit sits between the Monogram kit and the Heller kit in the development of the E-type. Inspecting the chassis moulding reveals dished footwells and recessed bulkheads behind the seats, introduced in June 1962 to provide more room for taller occupants. Aluminium trim on the dashboard and centre console is present and the engraving suggests it has a dot pattern. In October 1962, this pattern on the aluminium trim was changed to a crosshatch design. This places the kit as a car built between June and October 1962". Revell provide an excellent decal sheet for the kit but, unfortunately, the year is wrong on the registration plates. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your cleanly built car models.
  18. Here's my '32 pro-street pickup. I built it a few years ago so some people may have seen it before. It has a Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland resin cab and pickup bed, scratch-built chassis rails incorporating the suspension from the Revell Willys kit along with lots of extra details.
  19. Hi, do you know about Kit Form Services? https://www.kitformservices.com/
  20. Hi, I had assumed the pieces you mentioned might still be on the chassis trees. You could get parts from the aftermarket, kit-bash or reclaim the parts from an old build that had met its demise in some way. One of the reasons I mentioned this kit was that you mentioned the idea of doing a grain truck.
  21. Nice build! If you want to buy a new one, the Tyrone Malone's Kenworth Aerodyne 'Hide Out Truck' Transporter kit would fit the bill - just omit the race car hauler body. McLaren Models in Falkirk is a good place to buy AMT kits in the U.K., they have this kit on Page 8 of their AMT section for £39.99.
  22. Nice build of the Model A - I really like what you've done with the roof.
  23. I have been spraying with Zero paints for quite a while now. After having mixed results with their primer I have switched to Badger Stynylrez primer and have been successful with quite a few models now. It is important to do mist coats and build up the coats until you have an even coverage of your colour. The models pictured here have Stynylrez primer and Zero basecoats. Don't expect the base coat to be glossy and it may have a slight texture, these will be sorted by the clear coats (this is shown in the picture with the blue background of the C5 body shell). The VW van has their clearcoat lacquer and the Corvettes have their Diamond Finish 2-pack.
  24. Nice conversion to a daycab - your colour scheme flows nicely through with either trailer attached as well.
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