Month: January 2014

RUSH 76′

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For those who haven’t seen this it’s a must. For many years I’ve been obsessed with what I personally consider to be the golden years of F1. The 80’s and 90’s… However this film portrays a deeper understanding of what and why we had the likes of the Prost and Senna years.  I had no real knowledge of the love and hate affair that Hunt and Lauda had and for me considering the take on this film it wasn’t much different to that of Prost and Senna. It struck a chord in my heart and really got my mind going. Building models for me is more than just a bit of plastic and metal and a bit of paint here and there. A personal touch on them makes them more meaningful. Understanding the historical element is all the more important.

I really had no idea about how what we had in the 80’s and 90’s was spawn from this rivalry. It’s amazing that in war as I like to see it, two men two guys who put themselves on the line could despise and respect eachother at the same time, shared a moment in history that is so important for two of the biggest f1 teams in history.

Documentaries are my thing so watching senna was an eyeopener but this seemed very true and honest, not just one opinion or onesided. It comes across as very well thought out but at the same time modern in its take on the relationship and the fact this was in rich colour gave it more of an edge. Some may criticise it for having a lack of more factual information but as a film for me it was awsome. So if you haven’t seen it watch it. Well worth it.

mclaren Mp4/5 1/20 Fujimi

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I recently got a copy of Joe honda Mp4/5 off my parents so I’m looking to get one of these and a few extra bits of detail. This will probably be my next build after the Mp4/4 and the F2002.. Thinking ahead always collecting new kits… Never ending

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Spraybooth update

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Just managed to get a light strip for the spray booth and added it. Just need a few cable ties to pin into the ceiling of the booth and run the power cable out of the box to the mains and it’s done. I’ll be running a bit of ply or hardboard across the front to stop glare in my eyes and it’s finished. Considering what i’ve made it from and the small cost I’m very happy with it. And it functions right……..

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Spraybooth is now complete and compressor and light all linked up ready to get to work.

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New compressor

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I’ve had to invest in a new compressor due to the lack of power my old one was producing. Having said that it’s been a work horse for me since 2005 so has been a good piece of kit considering how cheap I bought it for.

Here’s my new one with dual air flow and a reserve tank wich is going to take a bit of getting used to.

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Used tyre ideas

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I’ve decided that I’m going to have a play with different tyre looks for my f2002 and possibly other builds in future. Mainly due to the nasty rubber ones you get in the kit. As I’m adding a lot of additional detail to the car courtesy of Fawcett models and patterns I don’t want to leave any stones unturned. So here goes I’ll add some pics of my experiments and home I can produce something close to what’s above…..

Above is an example of what I’m looking for on the F2002.

Why I use zero paints

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Simply brilliant and in my mind the best. They are flexible forgiving easy to use and look awsome on all models. If it weren’t for alclads it’s all I’d use. The main thing that interests me most about this paint is it’s ready to go and there is no mixing or thining needed however it can be thinned if wanted.

Another reason is that so far and I stand corrected if someone has experienced different but this paint is so nice being mixed with other manufacturers. The only paints I might mix with are alclad gloss or mat finish and so far have had no issues..

You can almost get away with one coat in certain areas however when Finishing off large surface aread and body panels I’d advise to coat thin and layer to get that desired effect or finish.

Bliss, a week off

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So this week I’m off and spending some quality time with my family and a decent amount of time at the model desk. Should be able to get some work done on the Mp4/4…. Fingers crossed