Front of car, almost done

Lots of work done over the past week. Painted various aluminum items with airbrush using Model Master Enamel. Getting tired of the bad bearings in my spray booth though. I guess using a cooling fan from a 1970’s Univac 7105 plated Wire memory module wasn’t the best long term solution Smile At least the fumes are exhausting outside, keeps me happy.

I am getting more comfortable with the using the airbrush for small parts, the thin layer of paint ensures that all the available detail remains visible. And for aluminum you cant beat spray. Also using CA to attach painted parts means that the paint doesn’t get messed up.

With the exception of some hoses (have to source that yet) the front section of the car is about done.

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Detailing starts

Now the moment I was waiting for, adding details to the model. I ordered the detailing workbook from Modeler’s Site, well worth the small price. I want to learn new techniques but also avoid a lot of trial and error. The quality of the photos in the pdf could be better but overall its guidance is helping a lot.

One challenge is to find scale wire, tubing etc. After a bit of research I decided to buy a few sizes of  nylon fishing line. Using basic Rit dye (and adding some vinegar to the water) you can colour the nylon to anything you want. I aso use 30ga wire wrap wire, left over from my mainframe days. More details on the RH side of page under Model Info. I also ordered a set of 0.2-0.8mm carbide drills to make holes to insert the wires into.

The result so far:

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Progress on the Tyrrell front suspension

Repairs to the broken suspension arms went very well. As you can see below, the front end of the car is coming together very well.

I used bleach to remove the damaged chrome from the brake discs. They were repainted gun metal. Some suspension bits needed re-repair, seems the ears were cracked from previous assembly attempts. The good news is that the rest of the model has no broken parts!

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Updated site with more model builds

Since moving mid 2011, I finally have a room just for my hobbies. And the time to build kits etc.

So far I have build a 300SL, M1126 Stryker and a 1275S Mini Cooper. In progress are a Tyrrell P34 1/12 kit and a BF109K-4 in 1/48 scale. You can see details on the RH side.

The Unimat gets CNC for Christmas

Yep, even machines celebrate the season. I finally broke down and bought a set of brackets, pulleys and belts to add NEMA17 drive to the cross feed and carriage of my 1970’s Unimat DB 200. Purchased from Guru Automation they are nicely made and bolt on. Some of the alignment is a bit tedious but once done they should stay that way.

Some photos of course and a video:

CNC at last!
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