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  1. It's been a few monts since I posted on the forum but the group build fired me up to get back to the work bench. I chose a small subject on purpose, as I wanted an exercise in working with small parts as a way to improve my 1/12 bike detailing skills. As I had a few 1/43 kits by the long defunct Japanese brand Rosso, it was the perfect kit for the GB. I purchased a few extras for this kit, namely some extra sponsor decals, a seat belt set and tyre valves. These will probably be tricky to work with in this size... Here are a few shots of the kit contents. sprues in 4 colors, metal monocoque and lower engine/gearbox, and metal suspenion arms. This kit is the "grade up mannia" version so it comes with a little extra box containing PE radiator grilles and seat harness, a sheet of BMF and some white metal coolant ducts and pilot figure. The kit was produced in 1992 and looks quite detailed and well engineered for it's age....but there do seem to be a few issues to be corrected. The first one being the cast texture on the metal monocoque. Part of this will be visible on the exterior and I plan to display the vehicle with the engine cowling off, so this texture needs to be sorted out. I chose to sand down the factory applied coat of black paint and applied some Mr. Surfacer 500 which I let overnight to dry and then sanded it down almost completely so only the surface texture is corrected. X-acto knife for size comparison. Here you can see the corrected monocoque after applying a coat of black primer. As can be seen, there is a gap to the front plastic part that will be filled with some styrene card. I'm tackling as many small detailing issues as possible prior to painting, to avoid damaging the finish later. Here are the wheels and the 1/43 tyre valves. Picture taken through my magnifier lamp (as can be seen by the distortion), as the phone camera refused to focus on the valves otherwise. Since Acustion doesn't bother to include english instructions, I had to measure the diameter of the valves to determine what drill to use. It came out as 0.2 mm..... I've also drilled out the exhaust pipes. Right side is drilled, compared to left side which hasn't been done yet. Easy to do and it makes a big difference. I'm also looking at improving the bodywork. On the next picture, I have shaved the rear diffuser to a more realistic thickness. Left is done, right not. Again a fairly simple step which I hope will still be visible when the car is finished. I will also be trying to open the Naca ducts on the bodywork; but these are very small and it's a fairly daunting task as I don't want to ruin the body. So far I haven't started on this yet... Lastly, I sanded off the moulded-in detail from the radiators and attached the PE radiator faces. That's it for the first post; feel free to comment and I'll be back with more soon!
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