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  1. 2 points
    Hi, Thank you so much for the kind comments Mates. @imster: Yes Imraan. Hand painted with oils then clear coated with Klear with a paintbrush. I made some new aluminum spacers. Paint work began on the nose and upper cowling. GC Primer, then Giallo Modena: Forza!! Then time for Rosso Corsa: Forza Ferrari!! I met a small problem on the nose, but a touch up solved the issue. The Ferrari emblem place and the fittings holes were masked before clear coat. I also detailed the dampers, adding adjusting knobs made from modified F1Specialties brass electronic connectors. They were chemically burnished and a tiny adjusting screw added in the middle. A Koni decal brought the final detail. More soon Mates! Pascal
  2. 2 points
    So I managed to get the front end done, a few little details and final touches are needed (like covering up the + screw in the front axle). I didnt do a write up on the front suspension but if you are intending to build this kit then I would highly recomend getting the front fork detail up set. This set allows you to build the suspension with an actual spring and actual working front suspension forks! Great job Tamiya! I added some metal wire to the rear section of the front fenders to hold the brake lines in place as in the actual 1:1 version, I was surprised that Tamiya didnt include this in the kit. Overall the front end went together without any dramas, now for the pics! Enjoy
  3. 1 point
    Hey all! So after my stalled Mazda 787B build I started back on a motorbike model. This one is a pretty awesome kit (expensive too with all the additional dress up parts) and I think Tamiya really went to town when they produced this kit. Apparently this motorbike is a bit of a legend as it won every single GP race it entered in 1966 with Mike Hailwood on board. I will be building the number 16 Mike Hailwood version and as usual I will add as much detail as I can possibly muster. I have also splashed out on the Tamiya brand chain set, rivet set, front fork and clutch set, wheel set and finally the Hobby Design detail up set. I think that covers everything so far, hope you all enjoy this build and I will try this time to get more pics of the various parts. As usual C&C most welcome
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    This is a big deal!! My FIRST post in a 'finished' section after multiple 'WIP' threads!! Build diary here
  5. 1 point
    Beautiful work on the suspension/spring. Are the springs from MFH?
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    Nice work on those suspensions! I've not heard of F1 Specialities, I assume they are not in business anymore? Good idea to burnish them, I used the same technique on some bolts for my Lotus 49 build and I was very happy with the results. Nice save on the paintwork too! I cant wait to see this one finished Pascal!
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    Hi Pascal, this is great work. Apologies for not replying earlier. I love the effort you have put into this. The rods and weld lines particularly stand out, but the whole lot is a work of art. I look forward to the next updates.
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    Final post on this one - it's a bloody miracle but I've actually finished a model, after numerous WIP threads.... Final touches first... With this model being wheels up I needed some sort of stand to display it. Th eSpitfire is iconic in that banked view, so I wanted Mark to have the option of displaying like that - but this is also a big kit... I'm quite chuffed with my solution...buy one LED light from IKEA, take out the lighty bits, cut the bendy bit down, add some supporting washers and enlarge the hole for the nav light in the belly of the plane - et voila - fully adjustable stand....it has worked really well - and the remaining bendy bit has been reunited with the light bits, given a wooden base and now becomes a usable LED light again.... The model fits snuggly on the stand with no glue, so can be removed as required... Final pieces on the kit was the exhausts. I added a bit of texture and weathered them a bit - and then used graphite pencil scrapings to add that metallic finish... And that was it! So onto the finished pictures...
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    What an awesome model! Absolutely superb! Love the detail work on the engine and the suspension-parts. Totally agree with mueller: By far the best Lotus 49 I've seen. A model to be very proud of! Regards, //Paul
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    This is top shelf work! All the extra details you have added look spot on and its good you stripped the chrome and redone it with alclads, it looks much more authentic that way. I had a quick look at Knupfer, looks like some pretty cool tools and goodies there! I think I better learn to speak and read German
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    Still got the exhausts to add, but been a bit distracted....took a few pictures in the photo cube anyway...
  12. 1 point
    Wow! That's great news! Can't wait to get my hands on that issue. //Paul
  13. 1 point
    The neutral background emphasizes even more the perfect implementation of the model. Thanks for the new pictures Imster!
  14. 1 point
    Update!!! I was in a little bit of a rush when doing the photos due to the competition deadline, so the photos were way too vivid and bright. I managed to find some time to take some new photos that are a much better representation of the actual car
  15. 1 point
    Ok almost done with this one! I laid the paint on and masked the front number backing, it came out pretty well and I am pleased with the result. The front number backing was done almost in "reverse". I first laid my primer down (Alclad grey microfiller) then gave it a light rubbing with 8000 grit sanding cloth. I then painted white (Zero Paints Pue Brilliant White) around the nose cone area as this will be the white number backing. Once that was done I cut out my template for the oval number backing, carefully positioned it in place and painted the Aluminum cowling colour (Zero Paints Aluminum from the RC166 paint set), Finally 2 coats of 2k clear was used. All pics are the parts without any polishing, decals and rivets (basically freshly painted) The paints used: Front cowling (excuse the dust in the pics!!): The rest of the parts: Next up will be polishing up the parts, decals and final gloss coats
  16. 1 point
    So I have made some little modifications to work already carried out based on suggestions from a few people. First of all the lower triple tree was drilled out and the slit was cut though too. Before: After: Then I did the cables on the front brake drums, rather than have it as a straight metal rod I replaced it with .2mm braided cable to replicate the actual cable on the 1:1 verson. Not sure if I will do the same for the rear brakes as it could mean taking out the rear wheel and I dont want to risk messing around with the chain. Before: After: Finally I decided to add the adjusters to the grip controls. Before: After: I think with adding these small details it will make all the difference on the finished product! I am now doing the cowling and I have come across a problem with the nose section decals. I have seen from other peoples build that the decals do not go on very well and always tend to crease up, lots of people have also compained about the quality of the decals and that they arent up to the usual Tamiya quality. To tackle this problem I have decided to mask and paint the front nose area (the white part that is used as backing to the numbering)
  17. 1 point
    Since my last update I've managed to complete the exhaust, oil lines and the top part of the front forks including the controls. Apologies for the dusty pics, forgot to do a little dusting before photos The exhaust was a little bit of a tight fit and you have to use a little bit of force to get it to locate properly before screwing it in. That said, it all lined up very nicely and they look great on the bike. Here are the exhaust headers and also where the oil line runs into the sump The rest of the oil lines and their routing through the chassis, I used the kit supplied oil lines as they seemed a good scale size and also have a little bit of yellowing to replicate oil in the lines Next up was the front handlebars and top triple trees. I put a lot of work into these parts especially the front brake line links. All the cable attachment points were replaced with metal fixings to accomodate the thinner more to scale lines for throttle, clutch and speed sensor cables. Once I finish the front end, the front brake lines will be a slightly larger gauge wire like on the rear brakes. So on with the pics! And so you put it all together and this is what you get
  18. 1 point
    Next up I installed the rear wheel and chain. This job was pretty delicate and also very tricky! I used the jig and my wife held the jig with the model on it while I used my two free hands to gently feed the chain into the little gap near the swingarm and onto the front sprocket. Once that was completed I then put the rear swingarm in place and bolted that up. After that the rear wheel went on with me carefully laying the chain onto the sprocket, I am glad Tamiya made it so you can tension the chain as this came in handy to ensure enough room was there for the chain to go onto the rear sprocket. I am very happy with the way it came out and the chain actually works perfectly so you can spin the rear wheel! The paint finish on the chain has come out all matte so I am considering putting the chain grease on it to give it more of an oily look, what do you guys think? or should I just the the chain as is? Also not sure how the oil will react to the paint on the chain (I used lacquer paints). I am sorry but I wasnt able to take pics while installing the chain and even before installing to show the paintjob as I was very worried about paintchips so I wanted to handle the chain as little as possible. You can also see how I had to improvise with the various "bolt heads" to cover up the phillips head screws, not 100% happy but better than if I left them as kit standard. Anyways on to the pics: I will be installing the exhausts next and then move onto the front forks
  19. 1 point
    Big update! Finally the motorbike is starting to take shape. I managed to mate the engine to the frame and got to try my new jig to hold the model and assist with the tricky jobs which need 2 pair of hands to complete (like installing the chain!). If you build motorcycle models then this jig is absolutely awesome to use and helps a huge amount!! If you want one made or are interested in this then I can forward the contact details of the guy who builds them, he is also a brilliant motorcycle builder who I have learned a lot from when it comes to building these little works of art. First of all I finished off with the frame by adding the various details and parts, I also modified the rear brake connection as the plastic part didnt really look very realistic. The suspension was completed, pretty straightforward but it would have been nice of there was some movement to simulate real suspension movement like it does on the front suspension (work on that will probably begin next). A big pet peeve of mine is the use of phillips head screws for the attachments like at the suspension and wheel hubs. On this kit especially it looks like Tamiya have really gone to town to make this model as realistic as possible but the whole look of it is ruined when they supply big screws instead of the correct hex fittings. I have tried my best to "cover" the screw heads with as realistic as possible alternatives but this area is the only part where I couldnt emulate the 1:1 version perfectly, anyways hope you all like it and any C&C most welcome First of all the frame with most of the fittings attached Rear brake actuator made with two different guages of metal rod and some PE fasteners (sorry about the blurry pic, camera was being a pita!) Rear suspension And voila! Frame and engine meet and get bolted together!
  20. 1 point
    The chain set was straightforward, possibly a little fiddly at times but what isnt when your working on models right? The instructions say to use thread lock to keep the links from falling apart, I would suggest not to do this and instead use some white PVA glue heavily watered down. This will allow the glue to seep through the links and create a very light bond behind the links where it matters most. The only other advice I have is to pay special attention to the instructions and ensure that everything is done properly before moving on to the next step. Overall it took around 2 to 2.5 hours to complete the chain, you must wait a little while for the PVA glue to become gummy before moving forward. Here is the chain set To begin you put the plastic jig together as per the instructions, make sure that all parts are firmly placed into position. Once the jig is done you start placing the rollers, make sure they have a little bit of room to "wiggle" as this will help later on. Heres the jig with all the rollers placed, next is to put the PE chain link strips in place. First PE strip installed (ensure it is located firmly in the locating holes) Second PE strip sandwiched on Next you put the pins in, this is where having a little bit of wiggle in the rollers helps to easily slot the pins through Pins complete! Just make sure they are fully "pressed" and not sticking out randomly Now you put the other 2 piece of the jig on top of the parts you just built, make sure this is firmly in place, and then you flip the jig over and this is what you should see This is the crucial part! Next you get the links to connect it all up, you need to make sure that when installing these links you use enough firm force to ensure that all links are correctly positioned, if you get it wrong dont worry as Tamiya supplies extra. Try not to fiddle around too much once the links are on as moving them could cause the links to open up and then the chain will collapse. And all links in position! Next part is pretty delicate as it involves bending off the PE fret, as previously you do not want to disrupt the links to much while doing this as it will open or warp the links and will cause the chain to collapse. I found using tweezers rather than fingers to get the PE fret off was the best way and go. Once you have installed all the links in then you need to use the PVC glue on these links before removing it from the jig (sorry I didnt get a pic of it while I was putting the glue on) And finally if all goes well up to this point then when you (carefully) take the chain out of the jig it should look something like this So now you should have one long piece of chain which will need to be joined Once again back to the jig! Be careful with orientation and positioning before putting the joining links on as once you have put the links on it will be very difficult to get them out without causing lots of damage and possible rubbish bin time for the chain. Double/triple check everything!! And its finally complete!!! Yay!! Apologies for the poor iPhone pics, I just didnt want to keep going back and forth to my photo area for pics Here are some better quality pics Rear Sprocket complete and installed Finally done just need to put some colour on the chain some advice on this would be great! Since completing the chain I did the instrument panel and managed to get some paint on the frame (which I am allowing lots of drying time due to the gloss black) The instrument panel is made up of a few pieces which I joined to make 3 main parts. And you put them all together and this is what you should get! Thats it for the time being, more updates soon
  21. 1 point
    So next on the "to do" list was a few small bits such as the rear swingarm, oil pump/resevoir (not sure which!) and the exhausts. Pretty straightforward but also fairly time consuming due to lots of filling and sanding on joins (I hate sanding!). No major issues just added lots of PE bolts on the various parts: Swingarm, I added the bolts as adjusters. The kit ones are moulded in and had large seams that really would affect the final finish after sanding. I used Alclad Copper for all the copper painting, the PE chain adjuster part comes with the kit and will be used later to adjust the chain sag like on the 1:1 motorbikes. Did a little bit of filling, I am pretty sure that on the real bike there is the step in the swingarm, its so heavily raised that I cant think that Tamiya wouldnt have made this less of a step if it wasnt supposed to be there: Chain adjuster with bolt test fitted (without PE bracket for chain adjustment): Chain adjuster with PE bracket test fitted: Its complete: Exhaust Pipes, a couple of hex bolts were added where the exhaust is bolted together, a little bit of filling and sanding was done, extra care should be taken near the exhaust tips to ensure fitment is good so you dont have overwork those exhaust tips. The PE part in the middle is the exhaust gasket that fits at the engine end, there are 6 of these that were made of 2 parts from the Hobby Design detail up set, and they look far better than the kit plastic ones. Oil Tank/Pump, I added lots of plumbing to this to simulate the real part as the kits plastics didnt really have much detail I also dulled down the cannister to create a little bit of contrast with the very shiny gloss black on the rear mud guard (which the oil tank is attached to). I am now working on the front and rear brake drums so should have another update pretty soon!
  22. 1 point
    So the engine is complete most of the pics didnt come out right so later on I will put up some close up pics. I think I got the colour correct, possibly a little too goldy but overall I'm happy with the colour match. I built the Hobby Design PE engine set (the engine cooling fins), it wasnt easy especially to get everything lined up perfectly, I did manage to complete it but after comparing it with the plastic pieces there were a couple of problems, first of all the height of the Hobby Design parts were smaller in height compared to the kit pieces and secondly the plastic pieces looked alot better than the metal Hobby Design, here are the pics: I pretty much replaced all the connection points with metal piping and securing nuts just to add realism, as an example I fabricated the throttle linkage you can see in the next couple of pics, also on 1:1 version, directly opposite the throttle linkage is a nut with a washer which I added as the kit didnt have these: And here you can see the throttle part completed with paint and bolts etc, I tried a new technique to try to get some texture into the goldish parts of the engine, it came out well but not sure if theres any point to it as its hard to see with the naked eye: Close up of the clutch which is a detail up part from Tamiya Carbs rail, I used BMF for the metal wiring around the rubber hoses that connect between each intake section. Based on lots of reference pics I see that the actual intake trumpets were whitish/yellow in colour and most likely made of resin, so rather than use the aluminum turned trumpets supplied by Tamiya in the detail up set I used the standard kit parts and mixed them a yellowy/white colour (for some reason the pics show up almost greenish, but in the flesh they are yellowish). And finally completed with a light wash to finish it off:
  23. 1 point
    So I started off doing the wheels as I couldnt wait to be able to build them, they are very well engineered and I think you will agree that they look pretty much 1:1. I did a fair bit of reading up on this one just so I have an idea of what issues other people had and the main issue was that the "long spokes" were a little short (maybe by 0.2mm) but this didnt cause me any problems and to be honest its a very straightforward thing to build, the only thing I found was that double checking the spokes and their positioning was extremely important, otherwise well done to Tamiya for making such a precision piece of kit! To begin I built a little bit to try to show the various stages of build on this. Its important not to rush building these and mucking things up! From start to finish it took me nearly 4hrs to do, this includes drying time for the pvc glue which is used to temporarily hold the spokes in place until they are joined to the rim (2nd picture left hand side part). Here is the rim sitting in the jog which Tamiya supplies. It is very important to ensure that the rim is sitting flat in the jig, you are supplied double sided tape to ensure the rim stays in place but this can add as padding that can make the rim not sit flush. If you build it without taking care of the rim sitting flat then you risk the rim looking warped once complete. So one of the rims (rear) has been "laced up", the other is halfway done. Both wheels complete, just a little wash and the tyres required to call them finished Finally they are finished, I did a light wash on the recesses where the spokes go and around the hub areas One thing thats great about Tamiya is that they always supply spares just in case you lose anything, in this case a huge amount of spares were supplied!! Thats it for now, next up will be the engine!