Tamiya 1/24 Mini Cooper 1275S

I learned to drive in a 1961 Cooper 997 in the 60’s. And my DW had a Mini in the UK. These cars are so much fun to drive. On our World Cruise in 2011 we visited the Mong Kok area of Hong Kong and hit model kit heaven. This was one of 6 kits bought there (luggage space was the limiting factor).

The kit is the usual quality you expect from Tamiya. Good fit, no flash, good instructions. Elapsed time for the build was 2 months for various reasons including starting other models.

This is the first model that I painted almost entirely using an air bush (Paasche H from my Dad). I practiced masking using the excellent Tamiya tapes, Bare Metal foil for windows, bottom body trim, interior bits. The body paint had to be redone twice until I got the balance of pressure, thinner and paint correct. One seat bottom was hand painted to get the effect of being well used.

To glue in the windows, I used white Elmer’s glue, having previously found out how bad it is to use CA for this. To apply pressure while the glue set I used small-sized bubble pack to apply pressure from inside the body shell. A bit of wiggling to get the bubbles in all the right places resulted in a good glue job.

Overall very pleased with the result. My Bare Metal foil skills are definitely improving as is my air brush work.

Completed 19 Feb, 2012

Here are a bunch of photos showing the build.