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Used to do this when I was younger, but I didnt have the concentration or ability to do it right. Model kit cars.

Basically you get a bunch of unpainted plastics and go at putting shit together.

Today I bought my first one getting back into it. Its a 1983 Rothmans LeMans Porsche 956

The only sad thing is its apparently pretty rare so it will probbably be a long-ish (few months) build for me since I want it all perfect. Here are pix of another fully finished with some extras.

http://files.automotiveforums.com/gallery/watermark.php?file=/503/40535Dcp_ 4228.jpg

http://files.automotiveforums.com/gallery/watermark.php?file=/503/40535Dcp_ 4232.jpg

http://files.automotiveforums.com/gallery/watermark.php?file=/503/40535Dcp_ 4221.jpg

http://files.automotiveforums.com/gallery/watermark.php?file=/503/40535Dcp_ 4070.jpg

http://files.automotiveforums.com/gallery/watermark.php?file=/503/40535Dcp_ 4069.jpg

Guess I will update as I build, but its going to take a long time considering I have to prep and paint everything and then be very careful not to use too much glue and have it sloppy. Anyone else build any of these? I know a few guys on my other forum do.

posted by  newyorker

Cool. I think we had a thread awhile back about model cars. I'm working on a 69 Daytona right now.

posted by  giant016

Good stuff. I think Chris-Knows started it or something, not sure. Got any tips for me, its been a while. Special glues to use, specific kinds of paint, etc. My old ones were slopy in the sense that I had excess glue everywhere, I want to be more careful this time around.

posted by  newyorker

My buddy just bought me an apparently rather rare Supra model from japan.

Ive never been big into them Id rather work on a real car

posted by  Enthusiast

Working on a real car is more fun. but it's expensive, very time consuming, and space consuming. Building a model car costs $20-$30 for regular models, and instead of displaying those pre-built die-casts you get to take pride in your work.

As far as paints, regular old testors and a brush is fine for anything that doesn't need to be perfect. For things like the body Testors makes some spraypaint that works quite well, and you don't need an airbrush. Decent airbrushes are a waste for most people, and are a decent amount of work if you're like me and only do 1/2 hr at a time since they have to be cleaned out thoroughly every time. For a really nice shine you can pick up a spray can of Testors Lacquer. Some people go nuts over painting and wash, sand, and prime surfaces first, seems crazy to me.

For glues I use Testors just because it's easy to find. Unfortunately it also acts as paint thinner which can be a mess. For things like windows and other places where you really don't want to see glue I use Micro Kristal Klear.

posted by  giant016

I got a Corvette around early 2007, and made some good progress, I got to painting the body and messed it up, so I gave up. It's sitting in my closet.

I just don't have the patience for it.
Cell phone pics (The car's kinda dusty, I haven't touched it in almost a year:

Here's where I really messed up. Apparently, you're not supposed to leave it to dry on newspaper lol

I used Testor's spray paint too, but I obviously did it wrong. It gives a good shine though.

posted by  chris_knows

I found 2 more I might grab, she wants 40 combined shipped for them. A friend of mine will buy them cause he likes em and I will just build them for him.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Toyota-CASTROL-Supra-Plastic-model-kit-by-Tamiya_W0QQit emZ190236825913QQihZ009QQcategoryZ145974QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewIt em

http://cgi.ebay.com/Nissan-R390-GT1-1-24-scale-model-kit-by-Tamiya_W0QQitem Z190236826084QQihZ009QQcategoryZ145974QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

posted by  newyorker

I think Im gonna try and do a highly detailed one.

Still trying to decide on what I want to do, Im thinking R8, maybe 360CS.

Any ideas and no run of the mill stuff like Enzos, Vettes, and 69 Camaros everybody does those. Oh and no race cars either please.

posted by  Enthusiast

How about a Camaro and get vette wheels do the stripes and all...make it like your car...if I find an NB miata thats what I will do for sure.

posted by  newyorker

Everybody does the cars they have and Ive alreayd build a REAL camaro I just dont hink I could get into doing a nice model camaro.
I want to do a 355 and a NA miata and a NA1 NSX Oh and a 2000GT

posted by  Enthusiast

lol those are all...non american cars...what happened man?!

posted by  newyorker

Im not driving them. Just building a fake version.

I think they are all great looking cars, thats about the extent of it and the miata I just miss my old one.

posted by  Enthusiast

Tamiya makes a kit for the NA miata

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tamiya-24082-Mazda-Miata-MX-5-1-24-1-24_W0QQitemZ150260 043559QQihZ005QQcategoryZ145974QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trks idZp1638Q2em118Q2el1247

posted by  newyorker

I tried these...wasn't very good at it, I go for the pre-built ones :lol:

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b335/WoodElfArcher20/Die-Cast/IMG_5042.jp g

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b335/WoodElfArcher20/Die-Cast/IMG_2558.jp g

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b335/WoodElfArcher20/Die-Cast/IMG_2646.jp g

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b335/WoodElfArcher20/Die-Cast/IMG_4085.jp g


posted by  jedimario

just to note - tamiya also makes EXCELLENT paints. WAAAAY better then testors.

posted by  dodgerforlife

Mario that ferrari looks EXCELENT

posted by  newyorker

yeah i was going to say the same, looks nice.

i used to make heaps of models when i was younger, unfortunatly i just dont get the time anymore.... :(

posted by  mattyp747

You guys do know that I didn't build those right?

posted by  jedimario

haha i used to love to do that

posted by  supersoad1

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