Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Chevy Gun Tractor by Italeri - Part 4

Time for more detailing and weathering. This time with some Tamiya Panel Line Black, Again started on the radiator as it wouldn't be seen in the model, and was interesting to use so started doing some more bits and pieces and eventually got a first pass on and the model really started to come to life the uniform colour started changing and there was more detail all of a sudden. Loving this.



Tried to have another crack at the rust effect this time with Vallejo rust pigment and mixed with a fixer and painted on and the effect was underwhelming to say the least. Probably did something wrong there. But will have another go at some point.


After applying the black panel line to chassis, front clip and floor pan, another dry test fit was in order and the Cheterfield Lounge like finish on the seats had to go, I can't imagine the trucks would have been that luxurious looking and another search online supplied some images showing some light sandy yellow coloured seats.


So Tamiya Buff came to the rescue, this seems to fit so much better. Just some more weathering to go after the paint dries.


Things are starting to interesting now can't wait to see more details come to life with the weathering still to come.

Until next time.



Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Chevy Gun Tractor by Italeri - Part 3

Time to paint some of the different coloured parts of the chassis.

Painted the radiator core flat black although it will never get seen in this model it was handy practice after my effort with the tyres.

Not sure the "mud" flaps are meant to be black or weather they were sheet metal based but I chose rubber based.


Next with the black went for the gear shift, gearbox controls and winch control knobs. Because they have to be a colour and I haven't any reference photos that would indicate otherwise.


According to the manual the instrument cluster need a black coating for the speedometer background. Still need more practice staying withing the boundaries, need to come back to this.


Wasn't sure what colour to make the seats and went for a brown not sure I'm completely happy here but see what happens.


Another dry fit to see progress, wheels fitted first.



Then rest of floor pan, front clip and body. It's starting to come together, still not sure about the seat colour.



Tried some Lifecolor Tensocrom Active Surface Agents Set 1 with the Rust washes on the exhaust system, came out a little to even for my liking, not sure if I used it right or not, but it wasn't what I was expecting.


I Also tried out the Oil wash from Lifecolor Tensocrom Active Surface Agents Set 2, which looked ok.

More experimentation ahead.

Until next time.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Chevy Gun Tractor by Italeri - Part 2

In the last post I managed to get together the majority of the parts into 4 main assemblies. This was about as much as I thought I could do before I couldn't get into to spots to paint.

Next step was to prep everything for paint. As well as the 4 assemblies, there are still lots of loose pieces that needed to be painted.


Some I mounted up on skewers and the rest that required a good paint finish on both sides I use some tape loops and stuck them down to the back of the kit box. Once mounted I sprayed one side with the primer and after it dried for a while I flipped them over and did the other side.

I had been a bit worried about the whole painting thing but once I'd loaded up the air brush with the mig ammo One Shot Primer Grey, held my breath and went to town,


I was amazed it all worked relatively well and even more amazed how much the single colour actually brought everything together.


Once that dried and after a week or so of umming and ahing about the over all theme for the kit, North African dessert scheme or European scheme (its all about the big decisions) I pulled the trigger (literally) on a Tamiya Dessert Yellow (XF-59) for the base coat.





Pretty happy with the base colour choice.


Looks like I need a steadier hand (or less coffee) to do the fine detail work and not go over the line :-) when painting next to other colours. Will need to fix this later.


Start working on some detail next time see what happens after that.

Until then.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Chevy Gun Tractor by Italeri - Part 1

It's been a long time since I build a plastic model kit and never did any more then just glue one together in the past. 

Hopefully I can practice some painting, finishing and weathering techniques on this one working towards building some other kits stored up over the years.

Started off with the chassis and wasn't really sure where to draw the like of assembly to painting but decided to get a fair way into the chassis before hitting it with paint.



 For what was meant to be a learning kit it's got a lot (and I mean a lot) of bits in it, so much detail.




Looking at the assembly manual it looked like the kit could be build in modular parts, I started building a few bits in parallel. Chassis, Cabin floor pan, Main body and front end. This was great as it gave me something else to do while waiting for bits to dry or to keep the interest up.


Had to get a quick feel for what it was going to look like and did a bit of a dry assembly test also to make sure everything still fitted together as expected.




Test fitting the front clip onto the floor pan.


At this point I think it might be time for paint before to much more gets added in and becomes harder to paint. That's for the next installment.

Until then.





Monday, 18 July 2016

PR-RC SB401 4WD First run

Finally managed to get a quick test run with the PR-RC SB401, I decided to try the out of the box setup to get some sort of baseline and it wasn't to bad. I don't think the tyres were the right choice for the conditions but over all wasn't bad. need work on a little more grip though.
Cant wait for Sunday. Hope the weather holds out.




Tuesday, 28 June 2016

PR-RC SB401 4wd Buggy Update

Coming along, just sorting out tyres right now. Thanks to Paint & Graphics by TFG for the eye popping paint.

Monday, 6 June 2016

PR-RC 4wd SB401 Buggy Time Lapse Build Video

Very quick PR-RC SB401 Build.
It all seems to fit very together fairly well, the carbon looks top quality and the plastics appear to be a interesting mix of plastic and re-enforced plastic. Just waiting for the electrics and the slipper and should be hitting the track in a couple of weeks.
Can't wait.