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“Dueling” Builds During Social Isolation
Posted by Papajohn on Sunday, March 15, 2020 5:21 PM

Started the first of my "social isolation" scale model builds and decided on these two:

I like doing two builds at a time so I always have something to work on with the second model while waiting for paint or adhesives to dry/ cure on the first. I made the mistake in the past of doing two of the same model type and scale simultaneously and getting parts mixed between the two kits. The Moebius Hudson 1/25 and Tamiya Shturmovik 1/48 are pretty different so hopefully parts mixing won't be an issue. I like to separate all parts off of the runners before priming which can cause parts mix-ups (and disappearing parts) particularly challenging. I was able to clean up the rough molded surface on the Hudson body that I showed on a previous posting and am really happy with the body after a coat of Tamiya Fine Primer. Just wondering if I'm odd doing two or more kits at a time or if this is common with others here?

My wife and I are fortunate and blessed to be relatively healthy retired seniors who do not have to commute to jobs, care for young children or work as a first responder or in health care. It is fortunate these days to have a reculsive type hobby such as scale modeling that lends itself to the current public recommendation to "social isolate" and "flatten the curve".  I really hope this virus doesn't result in the disaster in the US and other countries that has been experienced in China, Italy and Iran. Please respond if you are also doing any new modeling projects during your social isolation/ quarantine.

Stay safe and health everyone.

John

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, March 16, 2020 9:01 AM

Papajohn
Just wondering if I'm odd doing two or more kits at a time or if this is common with others here?

I think it would be much more odd to only have one build going at a time.

Although I have about three builds on the go at any one time, I only actually work on one at a time. I am better able to focus that way, but then, I build at a relatively slow rate, so I always have something to work on while other things are drying/curing.

As for model projects during self-isolation, that would be business as usual for me. I self-isolate every winter, sequestered to my little dungeon in the basement. I expect I'll barely notice any difference as we go through this event. I have a Fujimi Pantera on the bench now, and I totally pooched the paint yesterday, so it's swimming in brake fluid now. Looks like I'll be here for a while.

Our local annual model show is in late April, and not sure if it's still a go, or not. The Pantera is a quick build for the show, but if the show is cancelled, the pressure is off for the build. Starting the paint & body work all over again, I will be hard pressed to make the show if it goes on schedule.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by gbk1 on Monday, March 16, 2020 4:55 PM

I'm in USA ground zero here in Seattle and at this point the city is pretty close to shut down. I agree that modeling is a terrific solution to the reduced socializing that is how things are here now.

Like Trevor, I usually have more than one project going but as a rule I focus on only one of them at a time once they get past the initial steps that determine whether they are a "go" or not. Currently I have the inevitable '32 Ford variant on the bench, as well as an IMC/Union Chaparral 2E and possibly a Italeri/Testors Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder to keep me occupied. The Deuce is well along and, since I can virtually do those in my sleep, should be the first to hit the finish line. The Chapparal is waiting on some 3D printed carburation to show up but then, since it's pretty much a kit build, should move forward without too much difficulty. The Ferrari is an old project that hit the wall when I realized I would have to drill out the kit Marelli distributors if I was going to properly detail the motor. That will be a new skill set for me (any tips would be welcome) so it's probably the "long pole in the tent" build of the 3. Most all the parts are painted and polished so once I get past that challenge I should be one my way. I figure that the shutdown here will last at least into mid-April and perhaps longer so I have some time for all this.

People here are being really good already about the "social distancing" thing so hopefully we should see some "curve flattening" evidence by then. But Wuhan is still pretty much locked down so, even though new COVID-19 cases there are now down to very small numbers, we still don't know what the far end of the curve looks like. The concern, of course, is to avoid a second wave as we all come out from our caves... 

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by Papajohn on Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:24 PM

Some progress on my builds:

Hudson: majority of the components are primed & painted but I've been in a holding pattern waiting for temps to rise above 60F here in sunny So Cal.  Hoping to spray the body with Italian Red Tamiya lacquer on the lower portion and a black lacquer top, pretty much like the pic on the box. I went with red, grey and charcoal for the interior, not a stock scheme but because it looks good IMO.

My Shturmovik is proceeding slowly. My car build mojo has far exceeded my aircraft mojo these days. I sprayed a Tamiya Bare metal over the primered airframe then airbrushed some MIG chipping fluid before airbrushing the first of the three camo colors (tan). I hoping to add some moderate chipping after the paint scheme is complete. Also trying to decide weather to use kit decals or spray the insignias on using a Montex mask kit - what do you think?

John

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Posted by Papajohn on Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:38 PM

Here's a shot of the basic interior color scheme for the Hudson. I'm hoping this will pop a little better on the finished model than the typical/ more realistic tan or grey mohyde interior on early 50's American iron.

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Posted by Papajohn on Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:45 PM

Thank God for my scale model hobby and my garage man cave! My poor wife and quarantined upstairs adult daughter are going nuts in the house. I offered both of them to make a selection from my model kit stash but there were no takers, they'd rather binge watch Grey's Anatomy for the upteenth day....

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Posted by Papajohn on Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:59 PM

Bernard,

looking forward to seeing your Chaparral 2e build. I've always been a big fan of Jim Hall's race cars, so innovative. I got a chance to see him and his collection at the '87 Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca, a tribute to Chevrolet but they invited him as well. At last years IPMS Nationals in Chattanooga, a member brought his Chaparral collection for display only, it was very impressive!

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Posted by rodnic47 on Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:18 PM
Right out of the Navy in 1971 I ordered a 1971 Ford Pinto, sight unseen! I drove that car for 15 years, fixed it up and finally sold it. And of course wished I had it back! So on my bench is not one but two Pintos. With more than the normal amount of time I should at least finish one of them. Regardless, I’m enjoying it and hope everyone is doing well and being safe. Rod
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Posted by The Firefighting Modeler on Sunday, March 29, 2020 9:21 AM

I work in both a grocery store and am also a volunteer firefighter. Building is one of the ways to help me keep myself in check since this happened and I'll keep on building when it's over. 

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Posted by Papajohn on Sunday, March 29, 2020 11:53 AM

Hey Rodnic, a late dear friend of mine, Mark, owned an early 70's Pinto "ranch wagon"(?phoney wood on the side). Four of us left town one day in it packed to the gills with camping gear when the timing chain (belt, I can't remember...) broke. The tow truck parked it in my garage and we rented a Ford Fairmont Wagon to complete the planned camp trip. On return, the four of us had an unplanned very memorable day making repairs and drinking a lot of beer. One of the best days of my 20's! Mark loved that old Pinto. Send pics of your build, would love to see what the kit looks like.

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Posted by Papajohn on Sunday, March 29, 2020 11:59 AM

Hey Fire-F-M, thank you for your service! Wonder if the grocery job might be as dangerous as fighting fires these days. Wife and I ventured out to the local market yesterday in search of fresh produce. They are doing a fabulous job controlling density and decontaminating the checkout conveyor between shoppers but the visit gave me concern for the market workers (little to know no PPE). Please take care of yourself in both jobs and send a pic of what you're building when you get a chance.

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Posted by Papajohn on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:19 PM

A little more progress on the Hudson, interior is complete and I masked and painted red detail onto the center of each of the wheels:

It finally warmed up to the mid/ high 60's here in Ventura county so I was able to spray the red and black lacquer on the body, I'll post some pics once I complete Alclad spraying the stainless trim and remove all masking. So far Sim really enjoying this Moebius kit.

I've completed the tri/color Soviet camo on my Shturmovik and decided to use masks for applying the commie stars. Each star has an inboard narrow outline of white within each red star and boy-O-boy did I pick a challenging scheme for my first attempt at stenciling markings! I sprayed a white base and tried to place this narrow outline star mask within the white, what a challeng! Wished I'd used the decals now....

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Posted by Metalbender on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 10:16 AM

Hi John;

     Building two at a time? Shoot, my friend that's normal. I usually have at least four going. remember I preside over a Rail Museum so I do a lot related to that and use my Cars and Ships as my escape from Buildings and Scenery.

        My scenery skills relate to parking lots,driveways and roadways. Oh, and R.V. and old style Trailer parks, Like you find in national Parks!

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:52 PM

The interior is looking great. It's going to be snazzy. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:56 PM

A big Pinto fan here, too. What Pintos are you building?

rodnic47
Right out of the Navy in 1971 I ordered a 1971 Ford Pinto, sight unseen! I drove that car for 15 years, fixed it up and finally sold it. And of course wished I had it back! So on my bench is not one but two Pintos. With more than the normal amount of time I should at least finish one of them. Regardless, I’m enjoying it and hope everyone is doing well and being safe. Rod
 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by Papajohn on Friday, April 3, 2020 4:06 PM

Ok you guys, now you've done it. Due to your comments about simultaneous multiple builds being SOP, I've expanded my "dueling build" into a "quadruple build"! I've started two more 60's SS builds, the Revell '64 Ford Thunderbolt and the Moebius '65 Comet. 

I'm going to do the Thunderbolt as Gas Ronda's Poppy Red (Rangoon Red?) car via some 30 yr old decals I found on eBay and the Comet as Hayden Proffitt's white car.

The T-bolt parts have been washed, a few subs assembled, teardrop hood scoup holes cut, and everything primered. I also removed the chrome from the front bumper and intake manifold using oven cleaner in prep for aluminum paint.



Making progress on the Hudson, applying Tamiya red and black lacquer rattle can with Tamiya clear coat on the body. Once the clearcoat cures, I'll start masking the stainless steel trim for Alclad over black enamel airbrushing (I'm a klutz at foiling).

And finally, on my slow moving, unloved and neglected Shturmovik build, I completed the mask and airbrushbig of the commie stars using Tamiya acrylics  (Look mom, no decals!!!) Came out pretty good although they will require some minor touch-up.

I figured out why I like building cars the most these days: 1) time investment is a fraction of aircraft or ships and provide the quickest build gratificatio, 2) they are cheaper, if I screw then up, I'm only out $20-$30 (plus $50 in paint, decals, resin carbs, etc.), 3) most important, they don't take up much room! Additionally, they are the closest return to my happy childhood building AMT kits with my big bro's.

Wishing you all good health and happy days stuck at home modeling,

John

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, April 3, 2020 11:54 PM

Cool projects. Digging the 60s Fords. You're doing some first class multitasking, I'm impressed. If I attemped four projects simultaneously, the progress on any one would be positivity glacial. Good on yer'

The Hudson is looking good. Glad the initial problem with the pebbly surface got sorted. The plane markings look great, too. 

My own Fujimi Pantera project has hit a snag, caused partly by my running out of paint (read; used it up on a paint job that I screwed up then had to strip) and the inability to run out to get some more. Having now to paint it with something I have on hand, the project has taken a radical course change. 

But I'm getting lots of bench time. Cheers. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by Papajohn on Saturday, April 4, 2020 10:20 AM

Thanks Trev for the encouragement. Not sure my wife would agree with you on my multi-tasking abilities, I'm a master procrastinator on my honeydoo list these days. 

Despite the entire world having to order everything online these days, I've had amazingly fast response these days receiving paint orders from Scalefinishes as well as Scalehobbyist.com. 

My biggest recent painting challenge has been the unseasonably cool weather, today's the final day in the mid-sixties here in So Cal, heading into 4 days of rain. I don't like to spray lacquers in anything under 65- 66 F so I'm limited to acrylics and maybe enamel indoors.

Please post a few pics of your Pantera when you get a chance. I remember when they were sold on Lincoln-Mercury car dealers here in CA. Cool cars, the ultimate late 70's/ early 80's babe catchers! Panteras were the follow-up car to the beautiful de Tomaso Mangusta, the car that Shelby wanted to use for Le Mans before he got involved in the GT-40 program. Would love someday to see a 1/24 Mangusta kit issued from Fujimi/ Hasegawa/ Tamiya...

John

 

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Posted by rodnic47 on Saturday, April 4, 2020 12:28 PM
Hey Trevor, I am doing 2 Pro Stock Pintos. Bob Glidden’s red car and Gapp & Roush’s 1973 Championship car. Both from resin bodies with MPC Firefighter as donor cars. I may have bitten off more than I can chew! Lots of modifications but I am bound and determined!
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Posted by Papajohn on Thursday, April 9, 2020 8:22 PM

Ive completed paint on the Hudson (red w/ black roof),  Comet (white) and Thunderbolt (burgundy). I've decided to build *** BrannAnn's Thunderbolt ca. the orange Gas Ronda version, just felt like spraying the burgundy.

I spent three days (4-6 hrs each?) masking off the window frames and stainless trim on all three bodies using my favorite masking tape (Green Frog tape):

Yes, I know, I'm crazy. These bodies are now ready to airbrush Testors black gloss enamel as a base for Alclad polished aluminum (or chrome).  Some day, I'll give foil another try but this is how I do it for now.

John

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Posted by Papajohn on Thursday, April 9, 2020 8:27 PM

Sorry for the typos! Posting these entries on my iPhone which has micro keyboard and a spell correcting mind of its own. Quite amusing when I type "***" (short name for "Richard") Brannon, this forum appears to replace it with "****"! Anyone else ever have that happen?

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, April 10, 2020 1:41 PM

Cool production line. Looking great. Marathon masking has the potential to drive one mad, unless, of course, one practices zen masking. Since you are not babbling incoherently now, I can only assume you were successful in achieving zen. Well done. 

I giggled when I read **** Brannon. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, April 10, 2020 1:48 PM

 

rodnic47
Hey Trevor, I am doing 2 Pro Stock Pintos. Bob Glidden’s red car and Gapp & Roush’s 1973 Championship car. Both from resin bodies with MPC Firefighter as donor cars. I may have bitten off more than I can chew! Lots of modifications but I am bound and determined!
 

Very cool!  Great project. I have had a hankering to build both since I was a kid , but have yet to. I hope we get to see them. 

I recently picked up an unbuilt MPC 75 Pinto to build a replica of my first car. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, April 10, 2020 2:25 PM

Hhmmmm...

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by Papajohn on Saturday, April 11, 2020 10:53 AM

Hey Trevor,

Thanks for the Pantera update. Love the shot of the cute babe with her pink ride that you included in your post. Of course I had to do a web search to learn the phot's background; it's Ms. Liv Lindeland, Playboy Playmate of the year 1972. I say "go for it!!!" (pink paintjob). I can see a group build coming on, "Playmates of the Years and their Cars", a topic that we would all enjoy doing extensive reasearch on!

Yes, a Zen attitude helps with masking as well as most other scale modeling tasks. I tell my wife it's my form of meditation. I airbrushed the black enamel on my masked assembly line yesterday and they are now sitting for a few days cure before spraying the Alclad. I really like this green Frog tape because it can be left on fully cured Tamiya Lacquered surface for days without any chemical attack ( unlike Tamiya tape!). I'll use this dwell time to work on the remaining engines, chassis and interiors And try to post some more update photos. My poor Shturmovik is collecting dust while I have fun on my auto assembly line.

Good luck on the pink if you decide to go that way,

John

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Posted by Papajohn on Monday, April 13, 2020 6:20 PM

Airbrushed the Alclad polished aluminum on all three bodies, results came out pretty good:

It's amazing how long it takes to apply this masking (3 days) and how quickly it is removed (10-15 min).

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:37 PM

Looking good. There were few cars that rolled out of Detroit looking as mean as a 65 Cyclone. Just seeing that body in white gets the goose bumps up. 

Papajohn

Hey Trevor,

Thanks for the Pantera update. Love the shot of the cute babe with her pink ride that you included in your post. Of course I had to do a web search to learn the phot's background; it's Ms. Liv Lindeland, Playboy Playmate of the year 1972. I say "go for it!!!" (pink paintjob). I can see a group build coming on, "Playmates of the Years and their Cars", a topic that we would all enjoy doing extensive reasearch on!

Yes, a Zen attitude helps with masking as well as most other scale modeling tasks. I tell my wife it's my form of meditation. I airbrushed the black enamel on my masked assembly line yesterday and they are now sitting for a few days cure before spraying the Alclad. I really like this green Frog tape because it can be left on fully cured Tamiya Lacquered surface for days without any chemical attack ( unlike Tamiya tape!). I'll use this dwell time to work on the remaining engines, chassis and interiors And try to post some more update photos. My poor Shturmovik is collecting dust while I have fun on my auto assembly line.

Good luck on the pink if you decide to go that way,

John

 

Thanks for the encouragement, and I think a group build of Playboy cars is a great idea. 

Very interesting comments on Tamiya tape marking lacquer paint. I have heavily damaged two lacquer paint jobs (my only two, actually) with Tamiya tape, and have been wondering what I've been doing wrong. I've never heard anyone else mention it. I painted a Lotus Esprit last winter, and after polishing I declared it the closest I would ever come to perfect paint. Then I covered parts of it with Tamiya tape to protect it during final assembly. When I pulled the tape off a few days later it was all aligator skin inderneath. I was bummed. Oh well, builds character. 

As for the Pantera, haven't pulled the trigger on the pink yet, but its really growing on me. This is growing into a neat project. I've got to figure out how to build a girl to pose with the car. I need to duplicate the photo precisely. I've been checking out Master Box 1/24 scale figures. They have a bunch of women in different poses, dress, hair styles, and I think I can mix n match parts to come up with a good starting point. Working with figures will be a new skill set for me. 

And I just ordered a new airbrush this evening that will come in handy for painting her. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:42 PM

In the meantime, I made up a set pf flush fitting screens for the grills. 


Please excuse the crappy phone photos.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by Papajohn on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 7:06 PM

Today's update:

Hudson: chassis, engine and interior bonded together. I managed to bond the rear lower front steering rod (stabilizer?) upside down (thanks ambiguous Mobius instructions) which interfered with engine installation. I'm getting better at using Tamiya extra thin solvent to loosen previous bonded components without major parts damage. Everything's fixed and engine installed really nicely:

Thunderbolt: completed the interior assembly (except for dash mounted tach, need to separate from runner, clean & Molotow gate area, apply decal and epoxy cover):

Also painted the steel wheels and sanded the tires with a drill motor, bolt/ washer/ nut fixture and 150 sandpaper.

Comet: Started assuming painted gnome components and test fitted into engine well/ body:

My goodness this SOHC 427 "Cammer" is a crazy big engine compared to the non- over head can 427 FR block/ heads in the Thunderbolt:

I also sanded tires and assembled the front/ wheel tire wheel set for the Comet. I'm using some aftermarket resin Halibrand mags for the front wheels per photos of Hayden Proffitt's Comet that I'm building. I used Alclad Magnesium on these front wheels which look a little dark to me, maybe I should over spray some Alclad white aluminum you think?

Productive day. This assembly line building as fun and challenging (to not mix up parts!)

John

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