Finished Automotive Models

Here are a few of my completed automotive models.

Kit: Testors Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic
Scale: 1/9th
Detailing: Out of box

The first bike model I've build since I was a teenager. I have a thing about Harleys, so it was only appropriate for my to build this.

The model has been built straight from the box. I stripped all of the chrome plating and re-coated the parts using Alclad Chrome and Polished Aluminium. The blue is Tamiya's Metallic Blue in the aerosol but sprayed through an airbrush. This was finished off with several coats of clear to get this finish. A couple of bits of wire was added in a few places for hose supports and the battery leads. The number plate was print by myself and a bracket was made to hold it.

Kit: Tamiya Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R Nur
Scale: 1/24th
Detailing: Scale Auto Style resin Nismo Bodykit & etched discs

The model that got me back into this hobby. This is one of my favourite cars and I brought this kit when I first discovered "EBay". Further searching led me to the resin bodykit and etched discs from SAS.

The kit gave you the choice of building a V-Spec II GT-R, or the limited edition "Nur" produced towards the end of the Skylines production. I chose the Nur with the Nismo bodykit fitted painted in Nissan's Metallic Silica Breath.

Kit: Tamiya Jaguar Mk2 Racer
Scale: 1/24th
Detailing: Various sourced items and scratch-built

This has to been one of my favourite car builds to date. A project close to my heart, as I love Jaguars and would love to own one some day. The model is a Jaguar Mk2 Coombs which had the 3.8 litre engine in. These were modified by the Coombs Garage in Guildford which was a Jaguar dealership. Many of theses were successful on the race track and driven by the likes of Graham Hill, etc. 

My model is one that is used for Historic Touring Car Racing, with the rear seats removed. A roll-cage has been fitted with a modern bucket seat and full harness for safety reasons. The engine has been detailed with white metal distributor and alternator, etched fan and plumbed and wired. Scratch-built items like the steering column, etc. have also been added to the model along with modified etched working bonnet hinges. The chrome trim has been left off the exterior as well as the passenger seat inside.

Kit: Italeri Lancia Stratos African Safari Rally
Scale: 1/24th
Detailing: Out of box

A quick build for a club competition. The model was build straight out of the box, but there was some corrections needed to be done on the bodyshell. These were where certain areas did not match up between the main body and the bonnet, plus around the front light clusters. The kit is basic, originally a motorised model changed to being a static kerbside one. Interior and engine detail is minimal, plus the front wheels are incorrect for the actual car.

I decided to weather the model, as if it had just finished a few stages in the rally. This was done using Revell Aquacolor paints mixed with some Woodland Scenics scatter for the mud thrown up. The car was then airbrushed all over using the same colour paint.

Kit: Tamiya Morris Mini Cooper 1275 S MkI
Scale: 1/24th
Detailing: Scratchbuilt extra detail

Mini's are a car that is part of my childhood, my father had one for a while and it was a little fun car to have. So I think it was only right that I built a model of what I consider the only real Mini, not these imitations produced by BMW.

There is not really much extra detailing that can be done on these kits, there is not much space in the engine bay, the underside of the body is basically flat and the interior is virtually complete in the kit. This left one area for me to work on, the boot interior. I decided to open up the boot, as I had not seen this done before on a model of a Mini. The boot lid was cut out and the internal frame was made from plasticard. Using various photographs, I scratchbuilt the rear panel with its pressed detail that sits behind the rear seats. Other items from the boot interior included the twin fuel tanks, covered spare wheel and covered battery. These were all made from lengths of plastic section glued together and then filed and sanded to shape. There were painted and added to the boot interior once the models bodyshell had been painted.

In the engine bay, I added the HT leads and a couple of hoses where it was possible to fit them, there is not much room in there. To finish the model off, I built a base to display it on made from Foamlux board, repair plaster, coarse sandpaper, balsa wood and plastic rod.

Kit: Revell Ferrari Enzo
Scale: 1/24th
Detailing: Out Of The Box

I am not really one for the more modern Ferrari's, my favourites are the 365 Daytona's, the F40 and the old Le Man racing cars from the 60's and 70's. But the Enzo took my fancy one day in the model shop, but it was the Revell kit rather then the more expensive Tamiya kit. I just wanted to proof that you could build a good looking Enzo without forking out the extra money for a higher spec kit.

The general assembly was okay, a little bit of filling in a few places on the engine block along a couple of the joints. Otherwise, a straight forward model to build with a couple of fiddly bits during final assembly after painting. The body colour was Tamiya's Metallic Black out of the aerosol can finished with their gloss clear, as most of the other Enzo's I have seen built seem to be red or yellow. The rest of the model was as the instructions except for a couple of areas in the engine bay, on the dashboard and the rear spoiler that I used some carbon fibre decal on.

The end result was very pleasing and several modellers as show were surprised when they found out it was the Revell kit and not the Tamiya one. Point proved!

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