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  1. So I have decided to pull out one of my big 'proper' kits! This is the Model Factory Hiro Porsche 956 in 1/12 scale. It has a tonne of white metal parts, which means its going to weigh a tonne once its finished! The bodyshell is thankfully resin though. Here is the car with the late great Aryton Senna driving it at the 1984 World Endurance Championship Nurburgring 1000km This is my first MFH kit so I plan to build this pretty much box stock unless there are obvious parts that need further detail. Bearing this in mind there are some inaccuracies with this kit and the actual car and as I said I will stick with the box stock instructions. So first thing to do when doing a large multimedia kit like this is to check if any parts are missing, then the parts need to be organised based on their step in the instructions. As I find each part I use a highlighter to mark that I have checked the part is there After a while you end up with neatly packed parts, I suggest to go to your local hardware or stationery shop and get some plastic organisers as it will make your life much easier while building And here is the whole kit all neatly packed and ready to be built! This build might take a while to complete so I hope anyone following this will be ready for the long haul :))
  2. Unfortunately, after the little disaster with the Red P Killer, I first have to decolorize the whole frame and will not be able to continue the project for the next time. Since I'm just starting a new WIP. I want to build a Ducati 600 TT2 from 1982. The model has recently been launched on BrachModel. The kit is made of resin with metal parts .
  3. Hello everyone, It has been a loooooooong time since I picked up glue and airbrush: last bike I built was in 2017, right before my daughter was born. Now I am almost able to find some spare time, and I decided to reopen the box of the last bike I was working on, the Tamiya Honda RS1000. I bought it second hand on eBay, and the guy had already started the kit. Luckily he only glued a few pieces together and stopped, so I can build it and paint it as I prefer. I think I will build it rather stock, with a few improvements such as PE bolts, more cables and wires and probably a proper seat, but I am not going overboard with it, because I am a believer of the old "completion over perfection". Plus I have two more kits I really want to build! It still will be a slow one: modelling time is not much! This WIP then starts with the engine already glued and painted, and at the moment I am detailing it with Studio 27 rivets and bolts. Here is where we are now:
  4. Hi guys Then I also want to start a small WIP and that to the Kawasaki KR1000F The kit is already finished (2017), but I wanted to show it to you anyway. I hope that's alright for you? Is a kit from the 80s with homemade, I hope you enjoy it. And sorry for my bad English. I started with the Bling Bling Chrome Fork..... After entchroming with oven spray So, see you next time.
  5. WIP can be found here: Honda NSR500 '84 Detail Up Sets Used: Hobby Design Detail Up Set Top Studio Clutch Set Top Studio Steering Damper Top Studio Chain Set Decals: Tamiya Kit Decals Tabu Option Decal (for the Michelin logo on the rear swingarm) Nuts and Bolts: Various T2M, Top Studio and RB Motion Wiring and Cables: T2M, MFH, Tamiya Kit Tubing and Sakatsu Solder Wire Paint: Alclad Metalizers (Frame, and Components) Tamiya Semi Gloss Black TS-29 Decanted (Engine, Front Uprights, Wheel Rims) Alclad Grey Primer Zero Paints Honda NSR500 '84 Red and White (Cowlings) Tamiya TS15 Blue (Cowlings) Zero Paints 2K Clear This build was also featured on the front cover of Tamiya Model Magazine's June 2018 Issue number 272, with an eight page write up of the build etc
  6. Hi all, I finished up a client build of the NSR500 Daytona 200 version. The main differences between the Daytona version and the standard 1984 NSR500 are: - no vents on the rear tail section for the Daytona 200 version - different colour scheme for the rear hugger - different colour scheme for the cowlings - fuel fillers on both side of the bike (on the main fairing) So overall a little bit of modifying was required. I didn't do a build diary for this one because it was a client build that originally had a fairly tight deadline. In terms of detail, both axles, and the controls section were heavily detailed, the engine was not because the cowlings are permanently attached to the bike, I used the kit chain for this one as well. On with the pics, any questions feel free to ask
  7. Here we go - another 1/12 on the go! Engine first obviously...for my F1 engine 'group-shot' plan. So a bit of 'un-boxing', as I have shown with my other kits. Its nice to show the parts and detail in these MFH kits, and maybe encourage others to give one a go. Usual folder of instructions, decals, foils and PE parts. This instruction manual seems to be quite a few pages more than some others I have... Templates for carbon, foil and ali sheet... Very nice PE parts, including radiator mesh, clips, paint masks, wing endplates, pins etc etc Pack of other detail parts - seat belt ribbon, clear parts, rods, pins, tie-wraps etc... Wheels and tyres always look cool - turned ali hubs, molded tyres including the 'Michelin' logo, and lots of other tyre info molded into the rubber - also there seems to be a very nice mildly-buffed feel to the tyres - won't need to scrub them in much or remove any mold lines (on the contact surface anyway) On to the metal components - usual plastic-ziploc-bags-in-bubble-wrap packaging......grrrrr Lots and lots of bits! lovely details.... The legend... Nice seat belt buckle... ...and a LOT of rivets! This kit seems slightly cheaper than other recent 1/12 kits - I think it is because it is such a simple, pure shape, there is less 'bodywork' than other kits! Resin parts very crisp... And here is where most of those rivets will end up! As before, I'll start with the engine...
  8. This is my current build. It's been on hold for about two months after I started it on another forum so initially I'll post older pics. I have picked up this build again recently so I hope I can finish it by summer vacation. some basic upgrade goodies including the Acustion PE set (of which I can say that the brake disks don't fit well, the inner diameter is too small) more pics to follow in separate posts as I haven't worked out yet on this site how to mix pictures and text.
  9. Hello friends, Well, even though I just started a new car kit, I can't help myself but to tinker with a two-wheeler too... Starting another kit would not make sense with the bench time I get, so I decided to pull one from my "shelf of doom" (which is very small mind you, this is really the only kit I consider to be on that shelf). the last time I worked on this kit is probably a decade ago. I remember putting it aside be because I wasn't happy with the paint job, and I also broke one of the clip-ons from the handlebars. As you can see in the pics, the paintjob is bad: orange peel, very bad job on the fadeout of the white on the cowling, and paint flaking off on the wheels. Some seamlines are still visible like on the tank, and the decals were never cleared so they have been eating "box dust" for the last 10 years.
  10. Hi all, I've embarked on a brave new journey into F1 building, the 1/12 Tamiya MP4/6.. I'm a few hours into it now and have seen a few fit issues, primarily the TopStudio heads (like most resin parts) are a little distorted resulting in a sliver of light showing when viewed from the side. I can imagine the compression loss. So it will be slightly modified for a perfect fit I've added the TopStudio Engine set, Cooling/ECU set, Cockpit set, Axles, Intake, Antenna and Brake sets. Still waiting for the front Bulkhead/Suspension set to arrive. Each major set has hundreds of parts, beautifully made. Instructions not even close to synchronized with the Tamiya instructions as usual, so Lots of page flipping and fit-checking here. I'll begin the wiring next, Enjoy the pics! CnC welcome! Marco
  11. Here she is. My first "detailed" motorcycle kit. I used the AcuStion PE set (which had a rather bad fit unfortunately), extra wiring of various kinds and brands, top studio bolts and PE boltheads, braided hose, PE hoseclamps, and a few home made mods like the battery with terminals and cables connected to it. I did some wiring to the engine on both ends as well as a few other things. Note that although I'm versed in motorcycle and car engineering, I didn't seek to achieve technical accuracy with the wiring; I just wanted it to look a bit more detailed. Paint is tammy rattle can red for the cowl, mostly alclad and zero paints for the rest with a few dabs of tammy acrylic here and there. Clear coated with ZP 1K premixed. Lessons to take away from this build for me are that I need to build up the paint layer a lot more, both the colour as well as the clear. There is a small spot on the front fender where I went straight through although I only did a light sanding with 2000 grit and then straight to Tammy fine and finisher compound. I'll be trying that out straight away with the builds on the bench. Also, working with these small details is a challenge on the eyes. I see sharper up close than many people at my age as I'm myopic (need glasses for seeing far away) but some of these PE boltheads are soooo small that I need magnification. (I used 0.6mm boltheads on the battery terminal connections) I hope you enjoy the pictures, sorry for the changes in white balance but I'm still experimenting with an external flash I bought recently for my DSLR. I also struggled with the depth of field, it's tricky to get everyting sharp that you want to see sharp if you're close to the subject. I closed the diaphragm as much as I could but even in a lightbox with a flash and ISO maxed out, I was still at shutter speeds between 60 and 10 Comments and feedback are of course welcome!
  12. Here are two builds I finished last year. Nothing much as they are box stock. The CX500 was an old kit and the decals were brittle, and the guzzi was a resqued bike, saving a paint job I messed up over a decade ago.
  13. Finished this one earlier this year. My first 1/20 F1 car and my first try at PE (studio 27), PE harness set, and my first car painted with Zero paints. Unfortunately I chose to use the gold decals instead of masking the car and using the gold paint, and the clearcoat dulled and wrinkled the gold decals. From a distance, it looks ok. Nice kit except that the spaghetti exhausts for the cosworth V8 are a nightmare to get lined up straight and joined.
  14. Hi fellows, To get some threads on the forum I'll post an older build, at least old... I've finished this one last March, so not that long ago actually Hope you like it! Btw, Vale's GP11 is still waiting on the bench. I hope you like it Cheers, Martijn
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