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Matt Bacon

Jaguar XJ220 -- Tamiya, 1/24

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... you know how sometimes a project just seems like the right one to do right now? Well, I've been noodling with the Murcielago SV, but I suddenly got the urge to build an XJ220. Don't ask me why...
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The usual start with Zero Paints for the body. This is meant to be "Silverstone Green", one of the exclusive colours for the XJ220. It's NOT meant to be any kind of British Racing Green, and I found some excellent pictures of a car on sale that categorically is Silverstone Green. This is specially mixed by Steve at Hiroboy -- a "Pacific Green" originally found on a Mustang. The colour codes for the original paint are not in the 15 pages of database entries for Jaguar colours on Lechler mixing tool, so I had to get something close. One source pointed to Boyd "Chezoom Teal" which is available in a Testors can, but is not in the DB either, so this is the closest I could get after rather a lot of online research. I wanted to keep the wing painted with the body to make sure it was exactly the same colour -- I learned that lesson the hard way!
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As always, the clear coat transforms the colour. I'm quite happy with this, since it matches my reference pictures pretty well. It's hard to photograph! The headlight covers raise and lower, and fit rather well -- these are taped on for effect and came slightly loose before I took the pix.
On to the rather neat engine now...
bestest,
M.

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That is a nice colour for sure. A complex mix of green, gray and blue, the effect on this sleek body is surpringly beautiful. You're going in the right direction, it will be awesome...

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As a younger man, I was the only in my circle of friends who appreciated this car. It's gorgeous, and that color tops it off. Great start.

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well i have to say thats a nice color can u tell me what clear did u use on the paint keep up the great work

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Beautiful color, Matt. I've been getting the itch to build one of these myself- I never much cared for them when they came out, but the shape has aged really well. I'm anxious to see how this turns out!

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I've had this kit for years, I'll be watching to see if there's any issues I need to watch out for! Great color choice too!

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Having seen your past work, I'll be waiting anxiously for every update you post as this build progresses. Also, I agree with the others here: the paint color is perfect.

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I envy you that you live over in the UK as I wish we could get the Zero Paints here. :(

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Nice color-it suits the car.

I have the kit only because I got it cheap.I think it's one of the dumpier looking cars I've seen.I think the XJR-15 was much nicer looking.Wish they would have kitted that instead of the XJ-220.

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I actually love this car. But then I am a fan of british autos in general. I happen to own a real 76 mg midget that I restored a couple of years ago and the wife and I love to take out for drives on the weekends whenever we have the chance.

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Thanks so much, guys... I don't know why I've suddenly developed a "soft spot" for the XJ220, but I think it IS a pretty cool car. I think the XJR-15 IS pretty good looking, but I know which one I'd rather drive 1000 (autobahn) miles in 8 hours in...

bestest,

M.

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cool. i will follow your progress. this jag is on my wishlist and its interesting for me, how it is to build.

The color is just right on it! Good job Matt.

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Love the color and the paint. Considering the attention to the color itself, I can expect this build to be something special.

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Thanks, guys. Lots of things going on in real life at the moment, so progress is slow, but it hasn't quite ground to a halt completely.
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The value of good references! This is one of two books on the XJ220. One costs £1750 in a limited edition of 1000, with a leather slipcase and signed by many members of the XJ220 team. It's definitive. This one, on the other hand, cost £8 from one of many Amazon marketplace sellers, and gets the job done!
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Basic colours are Humbrol Metalcote "Polished Aluminium" and 56 Flat Aluminium. Citadel washes and detail painting in various metallics, and the Jaguar and XJ220 titles picked out in chrome silver marker pen ink.
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Cats and exhausts in Humbrol Chrome Silver spray, with discoloration added using Citadel purple, blue and sepia washes.
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Dropped onto the chassis and test fitted to see what you can actually see through the rear window area. Quite a lot...
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Some plumbing under way. There's no way I'm doing all the tubes and pipes that are under there, but a reasonable selection of them should busy it up nicely. That's the downsideof having excellent reference images. When do you stop detailing? ;-P
bestest,
M.

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Good job on that detailing. It'll look awesome under the glass in the rear. Are you going to make it stock looking? Or are you going use different rims/tires?

And here's a abandon XJ220 in Qatar, somewhere in the Middle East. It's a shame.

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Edited by DynoMight

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Hi, Glen... it's going to be stock. Those wheels are part of the heritage of the car (and not to mention very weird dimensions so it's rather hard to find alternatives!), so I'd like to build it as "original" as possible. There seem to be some fine-spoked wheels used on racing XJ220s, but I think it'd be a fair bit of work to convert them -- you'd have to hollow out the current rims and fit new centres from other matching wheels because of the sizes. And if you're doing a racing-ish version, there's a whole new TWR front end as well....

So, I think I'll stick with stock...

bestest,

M.

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The engine detail is sharp looking! I love the exhaust piping coloring that you did with this.

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All I can say is SIIIICCCKKK.... I'm literally lost in words for the paint job and engine details thus far.

How much was the kit?

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Thanks, guys. Byron -- the kit was about £15 -- bit under $30. It's not state-of-the-art Tamiya, but it is pretty nice!

And now...a few more pipes going in. The big ones are electrical wire with the original flexy copper pulled out and replaced with thicker wire that holds its shape. No idea what these do, but it's starting to look crowded round there, which is definitely a characteristic of the real thing...

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bestest,

M.

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Good job on the engine. If you keep this work up, you'll have a amazing Jag.

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