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Old 07-14-2008, 12:59 AM   #1
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Picked up a cool hobby to kill time

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/ga...35Dcp_4228.jpg

http://files.automotiveforums.com/ga...35Dcp_4232.jpg

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Progress:
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http://files.automotiveforums.com/ga...35Dcp_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.
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:48 AM   #2
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Cool. I think we had a thread awhile back about model cars. I'm working on a 69 Daytona right now.
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:57 AM   #3
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Cool. I think we had a thread awhile back about model cars. I'm working on a 69 Daytona right now.
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.
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:14 AM   #4
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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
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Old 07-14-2008, 04:28 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:49 AM   #6
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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:
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http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...s/DSC04059.jpg


Here's where I really messed up. Apparently, you're not supposed to leave it to dry on newspaper lol
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I used Testor's spray paint too, but I obviously did it wrong. It gives a good shine though.
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:47 AM   #7
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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-S...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Nissan-R390-GT1-...QQcmdZViewItem
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:38 AM   #11
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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
lol those are all...non american cars...what happened man?!
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lol those are all...non american cars...what happened man?!
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.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:32 PM   #13
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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.
Tamiya makes a kit for the NA miata

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









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Old 07-16-2008, 03:16 AM   #15
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just to note - tamiya also makes EXCELLENT paints. WAAAAY better then testors.
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