I just finished building the new Tamiya 1/24 scale Mercedes Benz 300SL gullwing kit.
This kit has been a work in progress for quite some time. I had to pause on the building of it because I was having a hard time finding paint to represent the rare original light green metallic colour. In the end I ended up mixing metallic british racing green with chrome metallic to achieve the right shade with metallic still in it.
This kit was a joy to build, It already comes with a ton of great detail, and clever ways of construction to make the car a showpiece. I went all out on adding extra details like wires and hoses to the engine bay. The kit even comes with the correct decals for detailing the engine bay components.
The interior is also nicely done, with decals for all the dash gauges and chrome dry transfers for the various Mercedes logo's. The doors and the bonnet are hinged and I've left them unglued so that they're functional.
All in all, I am very impressed with how nice a model this was. The kit was just released in 2014, and the dimensions, detail and fit are all outstanding! Another great piece for the display cabinet.
ciao for now -
Just finished building this 1/24 scale 1956 oval window Beetle, it's another Gunze Sangyo kit. No engine detail with this kit, but still a very nice model to build and has sufficient detail as a curbside model. I painted it in original Almond Green colour with Sand interior. A classic colour scheme for this era of Beetle.
Again with this model I primed and painted the body after first giving the whole thing a light sanding to remove any casting marks. After 2 light coats of the green paint (sprayed through an airbrush) I let it dry overnight and then gave it a light wet sanding with 3200 grit and 6000 grit polishing paper to remove any dust and smooth out the paint finish. Then I sprayed it with Testors "wet look" clear coat. After the clear was thoroughly dry I wet sanded again using 4000-12000 grit polishing papers.
Then I polished the entire thing with Novus 2 plastic scratch remover, rubbing it in with a soft cotton cloth on the end of my finger.
Finally I polished it with "The Finishing Touch" model wax.
This polishing procedure has become my new standard for getting good paint finishes on model cars. It's time consuming, but it makes a huge difference! I use the same polishing compounds on the clear plastic windows as well and it makes them extra clear and shiny.
This was my evening project over the past week or so. I'm quite happy with how she turned out.
Ladies and Gentleman, I'm happy to announce that it looks like I'm buying myself a sports car! It will be a few weeks before I can get it here (because the car is in Michigan) but I've signed the contract and the rest is currently in the works!
Anyone who's known me long enough has probably at least heard of my old 1965 MGB that I bought when I was 14. Back then I paid $500 for a badly rotted but complete car. I worked on it for years on and off. Took it all apart, carefully documented everything, I was working my way through all the parts carefully cleaning and refurbishing them and packing them on shelves. The trouble was the overwhelming and costly body work that was needed, I even got another body shell that was in better shape because mine was so far gone. After 6 years of costly waiting and virtually no progress because I couldn't really afford it, I gave up and sold the car as a package deal in pieces. Metal work only 1/2 finished. I used that money to move out to BC.
That car was later purchased by our good family friend Martyn Ridley, who then had my father Rich Chrysler, take care of finishing the Restoration.
As Dad was sending me pics out in BC of his progress on the car, I was lucky enough to have been given the honor of restoring the seats, and making up the new interior panels for it at my then "new job" at Heritage Trim.
The car was done just as I had always wanted, In chelsea grey, with red interior and white piping on the seats. - Stunning!
To this day I think it's the prettiest MGB out there!
This brings me to the present, as you know I arrived here on the island almost 2 yrs ago. I've been growing with my business and with life in general. I'm living with and engaged to my wonderful partner Regan. We've been planning out our future and what our big goals are. One thing that has always been a big dream and goal for me is to finally enjoy driving my own sports car.
Growing up I have such fond memories of it all, the long drives across country with Dad in his beautiful Austin Healey, through all sorts of weather, the car events, the friends in the hobby, driving at night down long country roads with the breeze in your hair and the warmth, sound and smells of the car, and of course the random adventures where occasionally they break down and you have to know the car well enough to fix it! It's a lifestyle I've always admired and would want for my kids someday. What am I waiting for? I have the savings, I have a place to store it, I'm working with lots of other sports car guys all the time to help.
So for several months now I've been scouring the internet for what I might be able to afford as a decent entry level sports car. I was considering an Austin Healey Sprite for a while, but I just didn't like the lines as much as an early MGB... Then I saw her!
An all original 1964 MGB in original Old English White paint with her original red interior with white piping. The car used to be owned by "Big Daddy" Don Garlits (the father of drag racing) Apparently it was a part of his museum for years before being sold to a local dealership in Michigan. It sat in a showroom window for quite sometime and was traded a few times between dealerships. The car has been well maintained for most of it's life. It does have some minor rust issues that I plan to attend to immediately when I receive the car, but mechanically and structurally shes very strong and runs smoothly.
Over the past week I've been speaking with the seller and getting lots of good pics and even some video of her running. After some careful thinking and discussions I came to a decision. I was able to work out a deal with the seller and signed the contract for her just yesterday. If all goes well we'll be arranging shipping in the next week or 2.
The car is totally stock and does not come with some of the more desirable factory options like an overdrive or a hard top, but those are things that I can add later on if I decide.
The thing I love about this car is it's beautiful original condition - lots of patina, but well cared for. I plan to preserve this cars originality as much as I can. Just lot's of care and upkeep.
Even the interior is far too good to replace yet. Just lots of careful cleaning and conditioning of the leather.
All in all, I think I've found a very good car to start with and I'm really looking forward to getting out and enjoying her!.
Over the past week or so of evenings I built and painted this 1/24 scale Triumph TR2 model. It's the basic Gunze Sangyo kit, no engine, not much detail, but a nice looking curbside model. I finished it in british racing green with ox-blood red interior as original.
The blue TR3A kit I already had from years ago, built and painted in Iris Blue with black interior. I believe that kit was an old Minicraft kit. Again very basic, no engine detail, but a decent curbside model. The two models make a good pair, the only thing I would like to change is upgrading the TR3A's wire wheels with some etched metal ones at a later date.
Welcome back! this week I was able to continue finishing off the top for the Mercedes 300SC.
The way it was left last week I had done the headliner, made the top pad and started fitting the actual top.
This week I continued fitting the top by hand tacking the rear section in place using existing factory pin holes through the steel body into a tack strip inside. In order to do this I had to mark the exact location of each hole to find it through the top material with my tacks. This took some patients...
After tacking it all in place, I marked out the location of the rear window and cut and installed the window in place. Fitting the frame first and then installing the glass with a new rubber seal and chrome trim. Here you can also see the chrome trim installed to cover the tacks and finish the bottom edge of the top. As well as the big hinge finishers that aid in folding the top up and down.
With the rear window installed I was able to start finishing off the rear headliner sections that are all hand tacked and hand stitched in place...
With the top finished, I was able to continue installing the rest of the rear panels, all the seats and the boot cover!
My part of doing the upholstery trimming on this car is nearly finished now. The guys at Rudi's will be adding the finishing touches over the next few weeks to finish this car off. We're all very excited to see this car blossoming as she nears completion!
Ciao for now -
Classic auto enthusiast, upholsterer, coach trimmer, and fine scale modeler.