I have been painting some two tone car bodies to put away for later building this winter. I ran out of Tamiya tape to mask them so I tried some 20 year old auto body (real car) pin striping tape that was laying around.
It works great! It seals down really well to prevent bleed under, is flexible and is super thin so there is not a built up paint ridge along the edge. I used it to mask the edges and regular masking tape taped to the pin striping tape to cover the big areas. If you pull it off within a few days, it doesn't lift the old paint under it.
I think it works as well or better than the expensive tape I have ordered from the hobby shop.
Who knew VW built a supercar??? This is a die cast that I took totally apart, detailed and re-assembled. I really like this one parked on my shelf, next to the other VWs like the bug and the bus.
"In 2001, at the Tokyo Motor Show, Volkswagen Group released their most powerful W12 sports car concept yet, in bright orange (then also known as the W12 Nardò). The engine was rated at producing 441 kilowatts (600 PS; 591 bhp) and 621 newton metres (458 lbf·ft) of torque; it could accelerate from standstill to 100 kilometres per hour (62.1 mph) in about 3.5 seconds, and had a top speed of 357 kilometres per hour (221.8 mph), weighing just 1,200 kilograms (2,646 lb). It was one of the fastest sports car concepts in the world. It was created by Charlie Adair." courtesy of Wikipedia
This is a die cast kit from Testors. The bottom is stamped Motor Max. I had never heard of this car. So, I just had to have one. It was an easy build. I think it looks great on the shelf with my other supercars!
The Pagani Zonda is a supercar built by the Italian manufacturer Pagani. It debuted in 1999, and production ended in 2011, with three special edition cars, the Zonda 760RS, Zonda 760LH and the Zonda 764 Passione, being produced in 2012. By June 2009, 135 Zondas had been built, including test mules. Both 2-door coupe and roadster versions have been produced. Construction is mainly of carbon fiber.
I have always been fascinated by the U-2 series of aircraft. This is the U-2C. The U-2C features a Pratt and Whitney J75 engine delivering 17,000 pounds of thrust. Some were modified with a "sugar scoop" exhaust deflector the under the exhaust to lower infrared signature. My model does not have this deflector.
Built by Aero, in German Markings....mid 1930s era twin engine bomber. This is French design (Marcel Bloch) which with production rights having been sold to Czechoslovakia was built by Areo in Prague. This aircraft represents one captured by the Germans in WWII and used for assorted duties.
The Mitsubishi KI-109 was based on the KI-67 "Peggy" bomber airframe. I was meant to be a high altitude B-29 bomber destroyer. Only 22, plus 2 prototypes were built. The cannon sticking out the front was a 75mm meant to fire at the B-29 from a distance, so the KI-109 was safe from the bombers defensive weapons.
This is the LS kit. It was actually a pretty nice kit.
The decals were slightly out of register, but I don't normally build Japanese aircraft, so I didn't have spares.
I bought this as a built up, because of the paint color. I detailed it with chrome foil and paint. I really like the design of these cars!
The paper on the windshield is a photo reduced 1963 sales brochure.
The hubcaps are correct. The recessed areas are painted aluminum with the "five star mag" left a bright chrome. In some of the pictures you will see the aluminum area painted black. That is also correct, but less common on the real cars.
This is the copy of the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, built under license by Mitsubishi of Japan during WWII. These are tiny! You may notice I put the take off carriage (wheels) on upside down. I did this to lift the nose just a little for display purposes, since the skid is not extended.
The Japanese modified the aircraft to fit their available construction techniques. There are some visible differences, such as the canopy.
I am getting addicted to the newer main battle tanks! This one was a pleasure to build. As you can tell, I build for fun and relaxation; not contests. So, when I get a good quality kit with good fit, it really makes me smile.
I really like these F-5s! I have a stack from several manufactures, all I need are more interesting decals for different countries. I haven't built the F-20 yet, but I think it will be a good addition to this collection of export fighters.
Last Edit: Sept 29, 2013 19:34:05 GMT -7 by Robert
I always wanted to build more of these. They were a sleek bomber that had new technologies for production aircraft, including variable-sweep wings, afterburning turbofan engines, and automated terrain-following radar for low-level, high-speed flight. It just seemed so awesome. Now it is so outdated, but I still like the looks of it. The Camo on this one is not 100% correct, I didn't have the internet years ago when it was built.
This aircraft is marked to represent one of the 429th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli, Thailand, in 1972.
"67-074 was known as " Little orphan Annie " because it couldn't keep a crew chief for more then a week. Every time someone got their name painted on the nose gear door as the crew chief, he would get orders to some other base, or get in trouble and get kicked out of the USAF... In one case, the new crew chief got killed in a car accident ... Nobody wanted that one as their own.." (quote from; www.f-111.net/t_no_A.htm) AMARC 19 July 1991.
Here is the F-111B parked next to the F-111A, so you can see the differences in the wing length and the nose.
This dump truck was made from the Testors tractor kit and the AMT Gravel Trailer kit. The mud flaps were printed on the home printer, as was the photo reduction of the Bannock County door emblem and the Idaho license plate. The cold weather guard for the radiator was made from white felt. The front wheels are steerable.
Last Edit: Sept 23, 2013 10:56:45 GMT -7 by Robert
I originally built this Trumpeter Stryker, because my nephew had deployed to Iraq with a Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis. Now that I have built it, I want to do more! It is a great kit with both photo etch and plastic parts for small details. As I get more comfortable with photo etch, I will us more of them instead of the plastic. This M1126 is modeled after a test vehicle at Fort Lewis and has no unit markings. The reason is that the Trumpeter kit appears to be based on a test vehicle instead of the production vehicle. My nephew pointed out the small details.
I have added a couple of comparison pictures of the Stryker and a Soviet BTR-70.
Most Stryker vehicles were painted their own shade of green. Very few were repainted for deployment.
I bought this one built on eBay. It was a nicely built model. I did some more detailing and added a few touches that I like. The reason I bought this one was for the NVA marking. I realize Vietnam is no longer north and south, but I plan to display this one in a older war setting.
This is an original AMT customizing kit from the early 1960s. No I didn't open an expensive original collector kit. I bought this in a collection of built kits and rebuilt it. It had never been painted, was a total glue bomb and even had the chrome side exhaust pipes glued to the top of the doors. I took it apart, puttied, sanded, repeated and painted it Bahama Sea and white. It is a mild custom. I really like it because I believe it looks old school, like something you would have seen at a local car show in the 1960-1970s.
The air filter decal was copied from online, reduced in size, printed on paper, covered in Scotch tape for a shine and protection, cut out and pasted on the air cleaner.
This started out as the Monogram 1956 210. I was working on the 1957 150 (Black Widow) and decided to do the 1956 version. The side chrome is the main visual difference along with the lack of chrome trim on the side windows. The two tone paint and large hubcaps were options on the real car.
The license plate is an Idaho "Congressional Medal of Honor" specialty plate.
I bought this one built, on eBay. The previous builder had dented the body and put a few bullet holes in the windshield.
I took the car apart, soaked the decals off, made some detail changes to backdate it to a 1973 and repainted all of it. It is now Pacific Blue. I kept the black hood, just because I liked it.
I kept the damage and rust.
I was trying the "super macro" setting on my camera for the close ups. I don't really like it, because it has no depth. I will go back to the regular macro setting. I am leaving this one like this, so that you can see the differences in the pictures, in case you are new to taking pictures, like me.
I bought this one on eBay built. The post office delivered it completely disassembled. That was ok. I repainted the chassis, interior and touched up the decals. Then the body was clear coated to protect the old decals. It is supposed to look like it has had a lot of hard drag racing use.
This is just one of the two paint schemes used for the SC/Rambler. I have another one in the box that will be in the other scheme and look like it just came off of the showroom floor.
I am retired and models are my passion. I build, collect and hoard. What more can I say. (but, I will) I started this site to share some of my builds and ideas, I don't make a cent from this. I am not the best, I don't do contests anymore. I just enjoy.
I have had people donate old built models, parts and kits. I enjoy restoring built models, in fact, I have even started to buy die casts and taking them apart, detailing them and rebuilding them like any other model. I occasionally buy collections.
If you wish to PM me you will have to register on this site and use the PM function. I know it is a hassle, but if I put my email address out, the junk mail flows in as fast as I can delete it and it gives hackers a back door to mess with the site.
This is a die cast that was taken apart, detailed and rebuilt. The only thing left to do is apply a black wash to the grill. I used up the bottle that I had mixed. So, I will have to mix up a new batch.
This was just a fun little model. It is the mid-1980s release. This one was built when I got it. It just needed some repair. Since I couldn't replace the decals, I didn't putty the seams and repaint it.