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Hi there folks this is my 4th car kit, and the second one for my son.

It's Revell's 1/24 kit of the BMW i8.
The car will be built up with a few additions from the Hobby Design i8 kit, and the wheels will be upgraded with ones from Plamoz. The car's outside panels will be painted in Zero Paints Ionic Silver.
I've heard mixed reviews of this kit so I'm hoping it all comes together ok.
Anyway here is the box pic.
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I dislike the word hate, but I can honestly say I hate the way Revell used to make their boxes (I haven't seen any of their new design boxes yet). So to make it easier to get access to the kit, I've taped up both ends up and cut the top of the box open.
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Now on with the instructions.
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And the kit sprues
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The horrible chrome sprue. This sprue will be bleach dipped.
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The decals
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The 20" BMW Turbine wheels from Plamoz, seen here with the kit tyres.
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The exterior colour paint from Zero Paints
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The Hobby Design PE kit. I don't know how much of this kit I'll use, but I'll as the kit progresses.
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Anyway that's all the kit details, more to follow and cheers for looking

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First up on my to do list is prepping the shell for painting. This will be done when everybody is out the house.
The shell compared to other cars I've done recently was remarkably free from mould lines in the most awkward of places. There was a few on the edges of panels but other than that it was looking good.
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One area that needed fixing was a sink mark just at the bottom of the passenger A pillar. Out came my TET mixture. 
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I then left it a hour or so and sanded it smooth. I've watched a build of this car on YouTube and this sink mark was present on that build as well so it seems a common problem.
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That's it for the moment, next up is the very basic engine and front electric motor.
Again thanks for looking.

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Its started already on the very first instruction, yep forgot to take photos of my progress, good start eh.
Anyways this is the first part where the base engine is built up.
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And built up, not that impressed with the fit.
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So out came the TET mixture. This will be left to dry for a while.
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Next up is all the parts which make up the engine. The engine is lacking in detail, but its almost completely hidden so it's gonna be left as is once it's all built up.....I think.
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Next up are the horrid chrome parts which looked like this.
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And after 5 mins in Co-oP Bleach they looked like this. Much better.
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The only part I needed at this time is the exhaust outlet, which exits under the rear of the car. As you can see though the exhaust has no holes and just looks wrong.
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So out came the mini drill with a 1.2mm drill bit and it looks much better.
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Now my mechanical knowledge is basic to say the least, so when I saw that it has another outlet on the opposite side I haven't a clue what it's for. However like the exhaust the pipe isn't hollow so out came the mini drill to open it up.

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Hi folks next up was finishing off and fitting the rear petrol engine. For the painting of the engine I could only find a few reference photos which bore almost no resemblance to Revell's paint call out. 
So first I painted the engine and all it's ancillaries with black primer then Tamiya Semi Gloss Black.
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Then all the parts I wanted to remain black were then masked off.
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The engine block was then painted up using Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium and Dark Aluminium. 
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All the ancillary bits and bobs were again masked off the parts with the parts I wanted to remain black. The rest of the parts were then painted Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium and Steel. All the parts were then clear coated using the new USA Pledge formula.
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The chassis was then painted up using black primer, then Tamiya Semi Gloss Black. The swing arms were painted Vallejo Model Air Aluminium. B291D5B0-00A1-4610-A275-EAACF96FCA21_zps

 

All the parts were then joined together.
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The tiny exhaust outlet was also painted up using Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium and added to the chassis.
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Again thanks for looking.

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Nice start. I'm still trying to decide whether I like this car or not. I looks like there are lots of parts though, so hopefully it builds into a decent model at the end.

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Nice work so far. I have the same pet hate as you with the revell boxes but you have found a simple but perfect solution to that! How is the quality of the plastic on this kit? On my corvette C5-R, it's not great. 

Good that you got the plamoz wheels, Revell wheels frequently are undersized or a bit soft in the detail.

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Cheers guys, the quality of the plastic is ok, but there has been a lot of flash on it which for a newish kit is surprising. I honestly don't know why Revell gets it so wrong with the wheel and ride height sizes, plenty of other makers get it spot on.

The general quality and attention to detail under the main skin of the car is shocking to say the least. It's almost like they've put the engine and electrical generator in as afterthoughts. Even the suspension is almost a straight lift from any other car the manufacture. Again other kit manufacturers can do this.

The kit was bought for my son, so I'll build it, but I wouldn't rush out and buy it. Unfortunately the next two cases to be built are both Revell kits....oh joy.

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I honestly think that Revell car kits are only put on this earth to frustrate the living day lights out of you. Companies like Tamiya, and Aoshima can get it so right but Revell.......right sorry rant over. (Well for a wee while).

Next up was the remainder of the simplistic rear suspension.
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This was then painted up using Tamiya Semi Gloss Black and for the bright work I used Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium 
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Next up was the brake discs and caliper which come as one part
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For this part I used the brake disc covers from the PE set
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These were then glued onto the kit part using CA glue. To take the shine of the PE part I just gave it a quick rub with some sanding sticks. This was to aid  paint adhesion as well.
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I then painted these up with Tamiya Semi Gloss Black, before painting the disc faces in Vallejo Metal Color Dark Aluminium. I then gave it a coat of Pledge Kleer, and applied the caliper decals from the kit.
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There's only the pic of 3 of the finished discs, as I glued on one, then realised like usual I had forgotten to take any photos of the finished discs.
Here one in situ with all the suspension and wheel arch in place.
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Here's some more pics of the completed rear suspension area. I attached the unpainted Plamoz wheels to see what they looked like.
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Next up the front electric engine/generator/whatever it's called.

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On with the front electric engine thingy, now wait for it you'll be blown over by the complexity of this part.....

 

 

 

All the parts pre paint......
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And after they were glued together, it's was painted in Vallejo Metal Color Aluminium. I'll add the drive shafts later, as no doubt I'll break them off.
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It was then glued into the chassis, there's a few other bits and pieces to be added so hopefully it would look so lonely in there, mind you it will never be seen again, as there is no front engine cover.
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And the chassis as it stands at the moment.
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Next up I decided to tackle the main body work, which unlike the engine, suspension etc, is quite detailed.
The front bumper section in all its glory. 
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This was then attached to the main shell. It attached at the front fine enough, but where it attaches at the front of the arch on the sides, this required a bit of persuasion as both sides bowed out a fair bit. It required a bit of heat and some instant CA Glue. In the end, the result was alright. I then primered the body in Zero Paints Grey Primer. 
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I also primered all the exterior body panels, I'll post pics of these tomorrow. 

Using this primer was third time lucky. On my two previous times when I've used it, the results have been horrible. However for this time, I asked for some advice, to see what I was doing wrong.
This time I increased my air pressure to about 30-34 and laid it down in numerous thin coats leaving about 5mins between each coat. What a difference and it will require minimum sanding.
Anyway that's it for the moment. 

Cheers and thanks for taking the time to look at my build.

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Nice work so far Flipper! Good idea about the box, I also loathe the way Revell does their boxes! As with all Revell kits, aftermarket wheels are a must and I am so glad Plamoz is out there filling this huge gap in the market.

 

Looking forward to more progress mate

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Still suffering from the dreaded man flu, so not got much notion but decided to get on with it.
Next up was the front suspension and engine area. Not much to it, all this will be hidden as the car doesn't have a front bonnet to open.
All the parts painted up almost all in Tamiya Semi Gloss Black, with the only upper A arms and hubs being painted in Vallejo Model Air Aluminium.
I've placed the front brake discs here as well to show everything that goes into the front.
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And all built up. The fit wasn't that great and required a fair bit of fettling to get right.
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With the front inner arches fitted. That the chassis finished, now onto the interior which thankfully is a bit more detailed.
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Thanks again for looking folks.

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looks good dude, have you checked the clearance of the wheels to the bodyshell once its on? I often see Revell kits with the wrong stance so i would imagine some adjuting would be required

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It's the one thing I'm aware of with the Revell kits, check out my Ferrari 458 build I lowered it. I've just did a mock up with the wheels and tyres (the wheels are part way being painted up). I was really surprised that they fit very well. For once they've got it almost spot on.

 

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10 hours ago, Flipper said:

It's the one thing I'm aware of with the Revell kits, check out my Ferrari 458 build I lowered it. I've just did a mock up with the wheels and tyres (the wheels are part way being painted up). I was really surprised that they fit very well. For once they've got it almost spot on.

 

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That does sit very nicely mate!!

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Next up was the wheels for the car. As I had previously mentioned these were an upgrade from Plamoz who do some excellent wheel upgrades for Revell car kits.
First up I primed the wheels using Zero Paints Grey Primer.
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I then gave them a coat of this Zero Paints Metallic Silver. This was from their Repsol Honda RC213V paint kit.
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I then gave them a coat of Zero Paints 1K Pre Mixed Lacquer, I then left them to dry for a couple of days. After they had dried I then gave the wheels a coat of Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black. 
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Next up I let the black dry for a couple of hours then using a cotton bud soaked in Vallejo Acrylic Airbrush cleaner, I cleaned away the raised edges showing the silver underneath.
I then applied the BMW decal and gave them another coat of clear lacquer.
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And with the tyres fitted.
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And a comparison with the kit wheels.
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Like I said these wheels are a big improvement and I'm pleased how they turned out.
Thanks for looking

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Also today I've been working on the body of the car. That's the Zero Paints BMW Ionic Silver applied. Turned out not to bad. Next up is al the black detailing and the decals that need to be applied. Then I'll be applying Zero Paints new Diamond Finish 2k Clear Lacquer.
Here is the main body.
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That's it for the moment and thanks for looking.

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Next up is something I've never done on a model, namely flocking. I intended to use this method to add a carpet effect to the interior of the car.
No doubt there is places to buy black flocking powder but I struggled to find any places in the UK that had the stuff in stock. (I've ordered some powder from BNA in Australia)
So in the meantime after some research I found that the flock powder used in nail salons is basically the same stuff. So I picked up this cheap flocking powder set on eBay for £3.50.
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To stick the powder to the car I used Humbrol Gloss Black Enamel
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Working on a small section at a time I then started to paint the floor section of the car.
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Then using the black flocking powder
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Along with a tea strainer to sprinkle the flocking powder.
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This is the result, not to bad. I worked over a piece of paper knocking the excess flock onto it. I then folded the paper and put the excess flock back into the small jar.
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I then carried on and did the rest of the interior floor section. I was running out of the powder near the rear of the car, and I missed a small section at the rear of the centre console. I'll sort this out when more powder arrives.
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I think it's turned out ok, I also now know that flocking powder gets everywhere. Even though I thought I was being carefully I'll be cleaning up black fibres for ages.

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