Tuesday, 17 July 2012

49 Mercury Custom Finished.

The 49 Mercury Custom, the first model under Mad Dog Customs has just been finished tonight. Here is a quick preview photo of the model as a taster until I get some proper photos taken later.

Mad Dog Customs

What is Mad Dog Customs?

This will be the name that I will build any on my Hot Rod and Custom Car models. The idea of this came for me to do this about eighteen months ago, I thought it would be fun to have this as the branding for these models to be displayed under when at model shows and on my website. 

My 49 Mercury Custom has been the first model completed since I came up with this idea, so it will be the first model to carry this plate. All future Hot Rod and Custom models will carry this too, and my previous 61 Chevrolet Impala will be carry this badge soon.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

New Project "Achilles" Tank Destroyer

I know what you are going to say "Another new project?". Yes, I am afraid it is. The trouble is all of my other ongoing projects at the minute are at stages where I cannot take them to work with me because of various reasons like painting, delicate assembly or their size. So something else was need to fill the time I spend sitting on loading bays, etc.

Work started a couple of weeks ago now, but progress has been slow so far. This kit has a fair bit of interior detail that can be completed before any painting need to be done. I have also got a set of Fruilmodel Sherman Firefly individual link track for this project, so these will take a good amount of time to build them up. But before these get started on, the rolling chassis needs to be dry assembled to get the positioning for the links that are angled where they sit drive sprockets and idler wheels. So plenty of work to be done on this project to keep me busy for now.

I will post some photos of this project in the next few days.

49 Mercury Custom WIP #5

The push to finish the Mercury is now on. My fellow club member Richard, has got his Ford Pick-up finished and he has done a very good job on it. So I cannot allow myself to be left behind in this Build-off I started within the club.

Over the weekend, the bodyshell and bonnet received a few more coats of clear. I am now leaving them for the week to harden before I get the micromesh out and polish the clear. But it already looks better now even with a little orange peel on the surface.

The following photos were taken tonight just after I finished the chassis off. My original plan over the weekend was to scratch-build a new exhaust system for the Mercury, of which I started with the rear box section that was to have four tailpipes coming out of it. Unfortunately, this would not fit together as I hoped, so I decided to go with the sidepipes that came with the kit. A little modification was done by drilling out the exhaust exits  and painting the plates. As there was no downpipes supplied, I made two from some plastic rod by bending them to get the shapes required. This took a few attempts on each side, but  I ended up with the right shape I wanted for them in the end.

The kit came with two sets of wheels, one set of chromed steels and these ones with white wall tyres. These looked the best for this model so the other wheels can be used on another model at a later date. I hope you agree with me on this choice? Once the wheels were fitted to the chassis, I noticed a slight twist in it, so hopefully once the chassis is glued to the under body it will sit flat and straight.

Now onto the lower body section. The interior is completed except for the steering wheel and column, these still need painting before fitting into position to the dash and floor. There is a little bit of detail painting to be done in the engine bay to finish that off. This is the battery terminals, steering column exit plate on the bulkhead and other small details. I might even add a couple of data plates to the bulkhead to finish it off. Once these little jobs are done, next step will be to glue the chassis to the underneath, add the radiator and front panel. Then to finish this off, the water hoses and side pipes will be glued into position then all of this stage of the build will be finished.

The next stage of this project will be to polish the body, add some chrome trim around the windows, fit the light, wipers, etc. So, I hope to have the Mercury finished in the next couple of weeks with luck.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

49 Mercury Custom WIP #4

I have decided to have a little break from working on my aircraft projects for a few days and catch up on the Mercury build. Up until the weekend, I had got the body shell and under body painted with the Palladium Silver as planned. To add a little extra to the colour, I gave the body shell a light dusting of Alclads Prismatic Jade before the clear coats. This gives it a slight effect of the Gold changing to Green as the lighting changes, but not an overpowering effect of this. So far, there has only been a few coats of clear gone down on the body shell and it needs a few more coats. This will be done when the weather allows to spray it outside.

I finally came to a decision on the interior colours over the weekend. I went with Tamiya's XF23 Light Blue for the carpet, roof lining and all pleated panels on the seats and doors, with Tamiya's XF18 Medium Blue for the rest of the upholstery and dashboard. Areas that would be leather were given a coat of semi-gloss clear. I then picked out the chrome surrounds of the dials and just need to add the decals for them now and the dashboard can be added to the interior.

The chassis and engine are not far off from completion. The engine is now finished and glue into place, but the exhausts still need to be modified slightly then glued into place. Also, the wheels, brake panels and rear shocks need to be fitted and this will get the chassis done and ready for fitting to the lower body section.

I hope to have some more photos done this weekend after some more work has been done over the next few days.