Thanks Wout's. I agree 100% regarding the new Lotus with the air intake on the top, its a bad addition but still the car is gorgeous, I love the Lotus colours but was a little disappointed when I saw the car with the hole still there for this coming season. If they brought out a 1/12 version of that I'd snap it up, not literally snap the kit though, at least I'd hope not I played through a few season of F1 2012 and was offered a seat in the McLaren, the Ferrari, the Red Bull, but I stuck to the Lotus as I just couldn't let it go
Boot's lol, I spose I did it to meself then eh I remember you spoke to me about the Streetfightered bike a while ago and I know how much you wanna do that build so I know it will be special, I just hope you can get what you need because I would so enjoy seeing that as would many many others I'm sure. I have so many ideas going round in my head for that Mustang paint scheme, its gonna be difficult to narrow them down to the ones I'll do, I reckon the main colour will have to be a deep Claret / purple and all the effects will be laid under that, possibly with peeling and tearing of the top layer like on that bike. I have three or four bike kits that I wanna build too, there's so much I want to do on this side of the hobby, it almost drives me nuts buddy and that's your fault, you got me into the car building and then CB sent me the bike and that was it, hooked. If you need help sourcing stuff for that build let me know and I'll keep an eye out while browsing the old online outlets Thanks for the ultra kind words Marky. Take care mate.
I got the wing mirrors painted yesterday but used enamels on the silver parts so I had to leave them a while before fitting them which I would have done today. But I took the kids to the Cinema today to watch Wreck it Ralph and then the arcade so I didn't get round to the Honda.
I'll stick the mirrors in place and get the final pics tomorrow guys.
I've got another build ready which I'm planning to join in the RCGB with but I'm contemplating using another instead so I may start a poll on which to use.
I agree with my learned friend from Pompey,Mark! ....Most GB's over here are open ended,purely cos most of us can't, or don't like, working to a deadline......"Build what you like,when you like,and how you like, just Have fun!".
Lol, yeah I did get some paints yesterday from there CB and some wiring stuff but it looks like I forgot a few other colours. I do love their paints though, they go on well and go through the AB nicely without thinning so thats a nice change. I could spend a fortune at that place if I had it to spend of course.
Leon, Gary, Spud, Joe, thanks a lot guys I appreciate your comments
Wout's, thanks buddy. In all the modern F1 races I've seen other than wet weather races, the cars seem to look pretty much the same at the end of the race. Very shiny still but maybe a slight satin finish to it. So I'd be tempted to do the polishing stages but leave off the final wax stage at the end and maybe the one stage before that too to keep it a tiny bit more muted. To be honest buddy I have no experience with the slightly dirty side of car modelling so I'm just guessing there. Maybe someone else has experience with that who can help us ? One other thing to consider is these polishes make for a surface that can't be painted on, paint or anything similar just beads up on the surface so any misting dirt that is put on with an airbrush may be best applied before any polish. Is it the Orange and white car or the chrome colour McLaren you've got Wouter ?
Just catching up on this thread, excellent build sir. That finish you have is fantastic. Just a thought, when you appy a pastel wash on a sealed future finish, you can add a drop of washing up liquid to break the surface tension of the wash to make the paint flow better. Just wondering if this would work on your polished surface?
F1 cars can pick up a bit of dirt during a dry race but it is usually only on the leading edges of the wings and lower forward facing surfaces. On the newer cars its usually 'clag' or rubber roll off from the tyres. It appears as small gooey black dots.
This realistic engine weathering of F1 cars has always been a headache for me because like you said they usually look so perfect but if you paint them like that they look very flat and unrealistic. I think the only way to go is to apply very light washes until you have minimal definition on the engine surfaces.
Hey Gag, firstly, thanks so much for the kind words I appreciate it very much. That's a good question regarding the washing up liquid, I'm not sure it would work but it would be worth a try. If I come across my Karmann Ghia build I'll give it a try because I'm planning on stripping that down and redoing it anyway. Thanks for the info on the weathering side of the F1 cars too I've never really paid any attention to that side of it when watching the F1 but I'll try to the next time its on and I'll also pay more attention to the engines. The only problem I have of weathering the engines is having to slightly dull down the chrome and silver finishes after trying so hard to make them shiny I tried to compensate for that by adding highlights to the metal surfaces to make them pop out more, a reverse weathering so to speak and to add life to what could have been flat like you mentioned. Its a genre that I'm totally new to so all these options can certainly be experimented with on future builds which will be coming very soon
Right then guys, a few pics of the finished car, at least finished enough for this one. There are a couple of bits I missed with the white but I'm not fussed as this was a learning build and I'll get them on the next one. Sorry for the pic quality and background, I have no proper photo booth setup until the workshop's built and the lighting is not good on the kitchen table as our fluorescent bulb has just gone. I can't wait to get set up properly again.
Thanks to all you guys for following this, its been a fun little build. My apologies for the vagueness of the 'blog', I have no room to separate things for photos so its been more of a 'build and show' than a blog. I'll get back to proper SBS type blogging when I'm sorted out this summer.
Great finish Mark,and a worthy addition to your showcase(When it's up! ).I think it's worthy of a small darkwood base,don't you?
Yeah I reckon I'll get it on a base CB, I'll wait till it's situated though because where it sits at the moment it'll be a little too visible to the babs if it's on a base. He loves cars and every time he sees this he wants it badly so its kinda hunkered down on the shelf out of his view right now Thanks for the kind words buddy, I appreciate it
Dicky, Gary, Kyle, Steve & Luigi, thanks guys for your most kind comments, glad you like it. Its nowhere near perfect but for me it was a perfect way to get me back up and running and enjoying the hobby again. The first of many F1 builds from me.
Post by thenylongag on Feb 20, 2013 8:43:16 GMT -5
Maybe you could build a little bit of starting grid for your base.
Personaly, I think that F1 and MotoGP are one of the hardest things to model.
The level of finish on these is to such a high standard it is often very difficult to reproduce accurately in a model. It is very hard to not end up with a model that looks very toy like, rather than looking realistic, those gaps can't be filled with rust spots or additional syrene, a bad paint job can not be covered up with heavy washes or weathering effects.
I love your Honda, it realy is an excellent example, great stuff, thanks for sharing. If this is what you build at the kitchen table, when your new mancave is finished i can't wait to see more.
My next build is going to an F1 car, did some research and came across this. This is the best example of an F1 car i have ever seen, the Williams FW14B from Tamiya from Andy Mathews, i know there are some aftermarket parts on this but the level of finish is absolutely staggering. In some of the pictures its hard to believe its a model.
Hey Gag, thanks very much for the kind words, its appreciated very much. Those 1/12 kits are awesome even without the AM parts on it. I'll get a few of them in the future but being new to this genre the problem is knowing where to get and what to get in the AM department to be able to make it look anywhere near like that. Its not a cheap project though especially in the beginning when you have to get all the tubes and whatnot but even so that particular build and all of Andy's stuff is as good as it gets. I'd like to see much bigger pics though so they could be used for reference a little easier