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#141 Posted : 25 August 2021 16:38:45

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tf64 wrote:

Hi Kev,

Good to hear from you, I know you do get very busy with fab painting and have to put modelling to one side, I think the Dan Gurney figure will look the part after you have put your art skills to it, looking forward to seeing that finished.

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Trev


Thanks Trev, I always appreciate your kind comments! As you rightly say, I am quite often busier than I would wish and I know that I do regularly have periods where I don't post much on the forum, but that's just life getting in the way. I will be posting another update on this build this afternoon and then hopefully more regularly?! ThumpUp

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#142 Posted : 25 August 2021 17:27:20

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Hello all,

Time for the next update. ThumpUp


I have finally reached the point where I can permanently glue the chassis and engine/ gearbox assemblies together:






I have also painted the small strip at the front of the chassis which will be visible when the nosecone is removed and which should be blue as it will be a part of the recessed bodywork when the body panels are all fitted. I haven't clear coated this strip yet so it looks a little dull in the photo, but I also need to add a small white strip in the centre of this which can only be done when the upper panel is fitted in order to get it to line up perfectly. Clear coat on this area will be done when all is in place and the white decal has been fitted:




I've also added some small metal retaining straps front and back of the electrical boxes beneath the rollover bar, something which I forgot to do in my last update:




At this point I should be permanently gluing the side and top body panels in place but I have some adjustments to make to them, so they'll be fitted in the next update. After that it'll be moving on the the front and rear suspension and brakes and uprights.


I decided to get the brakes/upright assemblies completed, ready for that next stage. The photo below shows all of the kit components for that stage:




Strangely, for such an expensive kit, the brake calipers don't include any kind of suggestion of brake pads within the calipers!? I fixed that by cutting eight pieces of plastic sheet into a believable shape and then glued them into the calipers so that they would sit either side of the brake discs. The pictures below show the process through to painting of the pads and also the fitting of brake pipes to the calipers and also I scratchbuilt some missing bolt heads and brake bleed nipples. I think the completed brake calipers look very much like the 'Cybermen' on 'Doctor Who'!!:










The front and rear uprights were airbrushed and a small ring of chrome paint added to the inside of the front hubs. The brake discs were also airbrushed and I made an attempt to make them look as though they had gotten quite hot as per reference photos? If you look carefully you can see a slight blue tinge around the centre most part of the discs where they meet the bearing housings and a slightly burnt metal look to the rest of it? The brake calipers, brake discs and upright assemblies have yet to receive their subtle washes to bring out the details, that will be done when I come to fully assemble them into the suspension systems so that I can do those as well at the same time:












That is it for the car assembly part of this update.

I have also now received my 1:12 'standing' figure of Dan Gurney all the way from Model Factory Hiro' in Japan! It's a nice casting and the head looks very much like Dan Gurney himself. Not sure about the pose of the arms though and I may interchange one or both of those with the ones that came with the car kit (which was sitting) to see if I can create a better pose? We'll see when I come to it.


Contents are as follows below:














That's it for now. Next update will see the main body panels (sides and top) permanently glued to the chassis and hopefully the front suspension/brakes completed. Might try to get the rears done as well but we'll see.

Thanks for looking, all comments and criticisms welcomed. ThumpUp

Kev.


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#143 Posted : 25 August 2021 17:44:15

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Hi some very nice work going on here like the additions you have added to the brake makes them more realistic cheers mick.BigGrin
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#144 Posted : 26 August 2021 16:23:25

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Thanks Mick, I really appreciate you taking the time to look in on my build and leave a comment, very kind. Great to see that you've got your modelling mojo back too Mick and I for one will be following your build updates.

Well done on your progress so far. ThumpUp

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#145 Posted : 26 August 2021 19:08:47

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Looking great.
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#146 Posted : 27 August 2021 10:04:52

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Excellent update KevBigGrin the kit quality is outstandingBigGrin you are doing a great job mate BigGrin and the figure looks very nice and the detail looks crispCool can`t wait to see him painted upDrool Drool



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#147 Posted : 31 August 2021 14:02:34

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Thanks for looking in and for your great comments Ken and Phil, always very much appreciated! Cool ThumpUp

I have been doing some more work on this over the last couple of days, so another update will be coming up soon. ThumpUp

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#148 Posted : 04 September 2021 18:40:49

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I knows these kits are great quality, but you are really doing it justice. Some excellent modelling skill.

Mark
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#149 Posted : 05 September 2021 09:02:46

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Another fantastic update Kev.
You really are taking this kit to another level. I bet the driver figure will look great.Love
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Some very nice detail work going into this build Kev. The brake pads are a great addition.
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#151 Posted : 09 September 2021 16:42:34

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Hello all,

Many thanks for your kind words Mark, Roy and Malc, greatly appreciated as always!

Finally I have fitted the body panels to the chassis! Hooray!

I will admit that I had a little bit of trepidation towards getting them permanently glued in place, not least because I would have just one chance to get it right and also I would need to clamp them in place whilst the glue dried. Given that the panels had already been painted and decaled I was fearing that I might have some horrendous marks in the finish when I removed the clamps but with a bit of care and only fitting one panel per day, I managed to get away with it! Phew! Very difficult to get a neat fit between the panels, but with some judicious fettling and constant trial fitting I've managed a fairly good result though there are still one or two areas where they could have been a bit closer but I can live with it, as the fit of the body panels on a lot of MFH kits are notoriously difficult to get right!!

After I had fitted the two side panels and before I could fit the top coaming I had to fit the clear tubing which runs along the top edge of the cockpit and connects to the breather pipes just forward of the cockpit. Seemed a simple enough task but was actually very fiddly and quite tricky to get a neat appearance.


Photos below show where I am up to now?





















That's it for now, front hubs and brakes are ready to be fitted, which will be seen in the next update as will the rear brakes and suspension/driveshaft assemblies.

Thanks for looking, all comments and criticisms welcomed. ThumpUp

Kev

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#152 Posted : 09 September 2021 18:13:33

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Hi Kev, you have made a great kit into a fantastic model. Superb. Looks brilliant. I'm definitely going to treat myself to an MFH kit, once the U-boat is done after being inspired by yours and Malc's builds!

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#153 Posted : 10 September 2021 06:49:02
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Hey Kev,

This is looking amazing! I really like the thin, satin appearance of the paint job. The super gloss builds of this kit are beautiful. But, they aren’t truly scale. This is.

Fantastic job!

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Another fantastic update Kev.
It really does look a stunner. All credit to your skills.Love
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#155 Posted : 10 September 2021 15:25:12

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Many thanks for looking in and leaving those very kind comments Phil, Mark and Roy. Very much appreciated as always. Cool ThumpUp

The top coat does look a bit satin in the photos Mark but I think it's the way my old camera portrays it and also the fact that I am taking the photos under quite an intense lamp which kind of bleaches out any reflections and therefore makes it appear less glossy, ironically. In reality it is a little more glossy than it appears in the photos, but still within that 'scale appearance' bracket as you mention Mark and I agree, some of the models I see are just way too glossy. My photos also show an 'orange peel' effect to the paint but again, it's not as bad in reality? When the model is finished I will take some photos outside in natural daylight and you'll see what I mean? Also, the blue is noticeably darker and more intense in daylight and not the paler blue with a more pronounced silvery content as it looks in my photos. It's a nice metallic Sapphire blue colour! I must get a new camera soon!

Treat yourself Phil, they are definitely not cheap and not for the faint-hearted or average modeller but having watched your skills throughout your U-boat build I have no doubt that you have the necessary skills to take on one of these fabulous kits. This is my first 1:12 MFH kit but it definitely won't be my last! Drool ThumpUp

Kev

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#156 Posted : 10 September 2021 21:04:30

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Really nice KevDrool Drool Drool you`re doing a superb job on it mate Cool


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This build is really looking fantastic Kev. BigGrin You're showing us all how to get a superb result from these tricky MFH kits.
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#158 Posted : 17 September 2021 15:32:35

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Hello all,

Many thanks for looking in and leaving such great comments Phil and Malc, greatly appreciated as always and yes Malc, these MFH kits are certainly tricky!

So, as promised in my last update, this one will concentrate on fitting the front and rear brakes and hubs, along with the complete rear suspension system and driveshafts. The first two photos below show all of the components for the rear suspension and driveshaft assemblies after they have been prepped and painted where necessary, including the shock absorbers/springs fully assembled in the second photo. The rest of the photos don't warrant any narrative to be honest as they are all just photos of the fully fitted parts for this update, so I'll let the photos do the talking. As I've said before, the paintwork in these photos looks quite coarse and grainy with the metallic flakes in the paint being quite prominent, but in reality it is actually darker and smoother, as you will see when I take the photos of the finished model at the end of the build.













































Finally, my favourite photo so far, this shot really says everything about the old 'cigar shaped' Grand Prix cars with their open engines and gearboxes. To my mind they looked far more interesting in the old days than they do now with their fully enclosing bodywork! Imagine following this view at close quarters around Monaco!! Drool:




The next update will focus on the water/cooling system with the prominent chromed pipes that run along the lower chassis on each side and the main coolant tank and radiator that is fitted at the front. I am going to try something a bit different with the radiator that will give it a more realistic appearance if it works out ok! ThumpUp

Thanks for looking, all comments and criticisms welcomed. Cool

Kev

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Some more fantastic work each time Kev! I love the metallic finishes on all the struts and 'um, other bits!Cool Cool Cool BigGrin
What's becoming more interesting all the time is looking at your builds and realizing 'Oh! I know what that bit is' and 'Hey, I've got one of those on my 312'!BigGrin
Keep up the great work!Cool

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#160 Posted : 19 September 2021 09:34:36

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Excellent work Kev, those picture look stunning and really show off your skills.Love Love

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