Post by Jeff the 57th on Aug 19, 2015 11:03:03 GMT -5
3rd Times a charm.
My modelling mojo of late is on life support and bench time has been next to nothing due to my work and family commitments. So I figured I needed a quick, painless and fun build to get the juices flowing. I began two(!) other builds for the group build and both became giant headaches quickly. Then I had my moment of clarity. Quick, painless and fun builds come in tiny Tamyia boxes.
Picked up the VW for $10 and the wheels for $12 from Luckymodel a while back. Yeungling was a nice surprise from my trip to Columbus, not the best beer in the world, but way better then it has any business being for the price.
Classic 90's Tamiya. 2 Leisurely hours in and I had this to show for it.
Steel mesh from some busted strainer to replace the vinyl kit piece but otherwise stock.
Had it broken down ready to paint the interior sub-assemblies and discovered my air compressor is dead.
I am not having 3 shelf queens in 6 weeks! I will finger paint this sucker if I have to. Started work on the base while I start shopping prices for a new compressor.
Nice one Jeff! These little kits are great! Diggin' the AM wheels!! SOrry to hear about the compressor...sure you will get things sorted soon! In a pinch, and if you have a Harbor Freight nearby, they have a couple AB comp. for under $100. I have one...two actually. Been running one for about 3 years. Just a suggestion! Best of luck!!
Oh, the shelf-queen curse! A major contributing factor to the comatose mojo...Good luck with the compressor hunt Jeff! Which reminds me: must finish my ZIS-22, ZIS-5, B-4, etc and start my UNM GB entry... Good luck with the Schwimmie!
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Post by Jeff the 57th on Aug 20, 2015 13:23:31 GMT -5
Thanks for the encouragement guys. I have to head state-side for work on Tuesday and harbour freight is definitely on my list of places to visit. I love HF, I wish our knock off version Princess Auto was as competitive price wise.
I might look at the compressor thing as a glass half full situation. I've been wanting a larger portable compressor that'd run some light usage on a 3/8 air ratchet and framing nailer, but couldn't justify the cost. I guess the compressor will be my last hobby purchase for 2015. Or not.
andy.- The Molds are from J Works. They're silicone and I use plaster of paris to fill them since it sets enough to pop them out in 15 minutes. I haven't used them a bunch so I can't speak for their durability, but they're very affordable.
Post by Jeff the 57th on Aug 22, 2015 15:42:35 GMT -5
Made a little progress on the base.
I was a little worried about how it would look since despite my best efforts some of the gaps seemed maybe a little too big for the grout to fill. After grouting I hit it with some rattlecan primer to get an idea of what I was working with.
Except for the fact that a slip and fall ambulance chaser would have a field day with my sidewalk, I'm fairly satisfied.
Ordered my replacement compressor so hopefully I'll get some paint flying somewhere by the end of the week.
Post by Jeff the 57th on Aug 25, 2015 21:58:39 GMT -5
Compressor came in today, will snap a pic tomorrow. Itching to take a test run. My little guy is under the weather and the Mrs is at work so can't really spend much time in the garage.
Finished up the sub assemblies and put together a figure. The chunky wheels really change the look of the schwimm.
I'm going to paint the VW up as captured, either Canadian, Polish or British depending what I can find marking wise in the spares box. I think between the leather jerkin, mkIII helmet and amphibious vehicle it might make sense to mark it as somewhere near Antwerp late '44.
Figure is from bronco. I got it in a British chaffee kit, but I think chaffees only look right in U.S or French markings. The head came from a friend that said it was "Too damn ugly to use". He kind of reminds me of Stephen Merchant without the glasses.
Post by Jeff the 57th on Aug 26, 2015 10:04:40 GMT -5
I agree it's a pretty great mould with a ton of character. He was just kind of joking that he wasn't the handsomest guy in the world. Not that he should talk.
Digging around in the spares I should be able to piece together markings for the The Govenor Gerneral's Horse Guard. Seeing how the GGHG's regiment's unofficial nickname was "God's Gift to Homely Girls", I don't know how I could build it as anything else now.
Post by Jeff the 57th on Sept 10, 2015 15:49:40 GMT -5
Got the base coat down this afternoon. Gave the black basing technique a shot again, but the lighting seems to kill most the contrast. Fixed the convertible frame arms up after the photo. Need to paint the tires and move the wheels around since the tread patterns backwards.
My initial plan was to paint a 3 tone camo scheme but will probably keep it straight dunkelgelb. I figured with the captured markings a camo scheme might look too busy.