lol, well its a good car to be a nut about. I was going to buy one a few years ago but the prices here compared to the US for that car are ridiculously steep and I just felt I'd be a bit silly for spending that sort of money on a car that was 10-15k less over the pond. Its a shame because I do love the Mustangs. I was also going to buy an older Mustang when I was 17 but the left hand drive put me off at that time. Years later, when we went to stay in the US for a month I got to drive around in a Camaro SS and the left hand drive was actually very easy to get used to. The one thing I thought would be a big stumbling block was the manual gears being on my right, but again that was second nature and within a mile I was totally used to it. What I'm trying to say is 'I wish I'd have bought that old Mustang'.
Anyway fella's here's an update on the Honda :
I got back to the point where I was yesterday and then painted in the extra details with a brush.
A test fit of the outer shell and engine placement to show where I'm at now :
And then all that stuff was whipped off and mounted on sprue ready for primer in the morning. Sorry for the poor quality pics guys, its not ideal in the loft and I can only take the pics in the same place where I sit with room for only one light.
Prof, Leon, Gary, thanks kindly guys I appreciate your comments.
Well I got those parts primed this morning and it revealed a few seam lines that I'd missed so I had to wait for the primer to dry and harden fully before sanding down the lines. Whilst waiting I was looking at the parts to come and figured I'd try to make a better set of rear shocks and springs. The kit ones are solid and not too pleasing on the eye. Looking at the reference pictures of the refurbed Honda they could do with a bit of softening as there was quite a large space between the two supports and the shock itself was more exposed with the car sitting empty.
So here's what I came up with. If they're no good then that's tough because I butchered the kit ones to steal the two ends
The spring itself is not final here, its just a test piece and I'll make one that is correctly angled all the way up the shocks like the three centre coils which do sit at the right angle.
Thanks Leon, the spring is the wire you get in Friul Model tracks. I'm not sure on the measurement, I'll check that with my callipers tomorrow. You just wind it around a piece of round plastic or whatever you have, squish it together and then stretch it to fit the shocks, I just didn't stretch this one properly and the spacing is a bit off.
Thanks a lot Prof, I have seen the shocks being done so often that I thought I had to at least give it a go. I've left them workable and strip downable so I will paint the coils off the shocks which will result in a much cleaner finish than the kit ones, that's what the plan is anyway I'm looking forward to painting them.
She`s looking a real peach Mark...........absolute bummer about the `Maskol` tho , but ya managed to stay focused and get her back on track.............great work so far buddy, BTW........i know Windsor and Newton do a masking fluid but never used it so can`t comment........apparently it`s a lot better than the `Humbrol` stuff although i`ve not had issues with the Humbrol personally............i`ve used it a few times on armour and stuff but it`s made me think regarding using it on these kind of builds ..............top stuff mate and keep her rollin`
Boots, thank ya kindly buddy. That's the one 'Windsor & Newton'. I knew there was a big firm that did a decent masking fluid but I wouldn't have remembered it was W&N so thank you so much, you've saved me loads of searching and digging around. I'll get some from Hobbycraft on Monday as I'm pretty sure they'll sell it there. I'd say I'll get some tomorrow but I've gotta wait in for a parcel, a large parcel with a Mustang in it Don't risk using the Maskol on a car build buddy, its too unpredictable, with armour you can get away with stuff like that but on cars and bikes the damage is gonna be tenfold and incredibly disheartening. I'll let you know what the W&N stuff is like
A Mustang!!!!!! , cor i`ll look forward to that one , as for the W&N fluid, again it`s one i know a few of the armour guys have used so i think it`ll be a case of a test piece to see how it`ll perform on these kits, i would imagine it`ll be ok coz W&N`s stuff is usually very good................but ya don`t know till ya try...........be good to hear how you get on with it buddy coz i`ve been tempted to pick some up myself (along with the other million and one items i need to replace!!)
lol yes I know what you mean buddy. Things run out way too quickly in this hobby or just generally disappear after a house move Its the W&N I have heard lots of good stuff about, I just needed to hear it being named again which brought my memories of said things back to the forefront I'm pretty certain it will be good but I'll defo check it out on some scrap first. In fact I'll replicate the same paint job as I did here and test it on that, that'll be a stella test for it. I'll also go through some of my custom airbrushing dvd's as I'm sure they mentioned it in one of them. I'm still thinking about how darn good your PA Taxi is mate Thanks again bud
Hiya Mark, been catching up on your build, have to say that she looks superb Close thing with the Maskol, I've got a bottle that I've used to mask over enamels, never trusted it on acrylic. I read a build in Airfix magazine when it was used as a temporary glue where it seemed to work well. Anyhoo, great build buddy
Steve, thanks buddy. The trick for using Maskol as a temporary glue actually sounds pretty good, I may have to fish it out the bin to see if that works particularly on resin stuff like the Templar I'm doing. Its a balancing act to try to get the pics for the blog.
Dicky, Joe, Gary, Luigi, thanks a lot guys, I appreciate that loads
Andy, thanks buddy and hehe, I may yet take you up on that Indy car visit
Got another three hours at the bench today as Farren is off school with a cough that's keeping her awake through the night, so no school run. I will get pics tomorrow as all the work consisted of painting and I didn't want to move it once done. AND everything went well whooowhoo
This is where I'm at now guys. Everything has received five thin coats of Zero paints racing white and the two large body panels in the upper right of the pic and the steering wheel centre have been clear coated ready for decals which I'll do tomorrow once the clear has hardened.
Robbo, Prof, Dicky, Luigi, thanks kindly fellas. I'm so into this build but I also don't want to linger longer than necessary on it. I'm going to be covering the engine up so I'm probably not going to add wiring and such, I'd rather wait for an open block build on a larger scale model, i.e the Mustang. I'm treating this more so as a get to know the genre build.
Thinking on those lines guys, I have totally lost my VW Karmann Ghia build. I've looked through every box in the loft and no sign of it, I just hope it turns up at some point.