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1/32 MPC Jaguar E type Cheap n EZ build - COMPLETE

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  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
1/32 MPC Jaguar E type Cheap n EZ build - COMPLETE
Posted by steveracer on Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:54 AM

Have this kit given to my by a buddy.  So I am gonna build it up and send it back to him. Never built one of these, plastic tires and all, but here it goes.  Pretty easy, but we will see how it builds up.

 

MPC Jaguar E-Type

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Posted by Wild Bill from Hortonville on Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:04 PM

I think that's actually an Airfix kit w MPC boxing.  does it say on the tooling?

 

I build cars, airplanes and military vehicles, generally all at the same time.  I'm always looking to try new kits, paints, tools and finishing supplies to improve my results and keep the hobby fresh.

 

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  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 6:16 PM

Wild Bill, the box says "Made in USA" as does an ingraving in the body undersides....

 

A little progress, I got tied up being called back to work for a bit.  Anyway the front lower hood or today it would be the fascia, has a blocker that needs to be painted black or opened up for the radiator. I am NOT doing modifications to this kit, just going to build it with what it has. Anyway I removed that blocker or "core support" in a normal car.  Started the body sanding and priming.  

Then I glued the front lower hood/fascia to the body to complete the unit as well as the rear lower body panel.  This allowed for a nice structure to sand and prime.  Had to trim and cut some locator pins on the rear because the lower would have been indexed to the left, so I just made it correct. This plastic material is awesome. Good old plastic, not the cheap junk of today.

The body is pretty nicely molded.  Had to fill a few door sink marks, but I think they were trying to make the model authentic - however my buddy's car was repainted and surfaced by his friend who owned a bodyshop.  No bad surfacing for the Jag.

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Posted by steveracer on Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:27 PM

Unfortunately I have a pretty bad update on the kit...but first...

Wild Bill, YES the kit is currently sold as an Airfix kit, as I have done the research and things add up pretty conclusively.  The reason for my research is that I messed up the body pretty badly, likely beyond repair so that I need to buy an Airfix kit to complete.

Went for a few coats, and a heavy last coat for the body, and yes, there is some weird dirt or air bubbles that got in the paint.  That could have been sanded down as I was going to do a final top coat of dark metallic blue.  However, I put the model under my bench lamp, went out for some take away food, came back and to my surprise I hade melted the hood quite severely that it looked like a Lucas electrical fire took place in there.  See the pics below...So I am either going to try to sculpt the hood again, or buy an Airfix kit to replace the bodywork. Unfortunately the car won't have "matching numbers" then, but what the hell, my buddy had the car painted a non OEM color anyway with the dark metallic blue.  So on to other projects while I tend to the oven cleaner to remove the paint, and await the insurance company to clear things up....

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Sunday, April 26, 2020 10:28 PM

Oh man, that sucks. Sorry to hear that. It was a cool little build. Hope you find a replacement. 

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

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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    December 2004
  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:44 AM

This arrived to my doorstep a few weeks ago....exact same kit with some minor tooling differences which are weird to understand why....

 

 

So started prepping the replacement kit to fit the ORIGINAL monocoque chassis (bottom half with the VIN).  I am using most all of the original MPC kit pieces except the upper body, so the kit is original and I can tell my buddy he has the original kit back!

 

This time I did NOT get stupid on body surface and did minor sanding, priming, scuffing and paint Tamiya Blue Mica, about 4 coats including the dust coat.  Turned out nice and ready for Tamiya Clear. 

 

But with the clear, we had  little problem....notice the trunk and hood panel flanges are now WHITE - the clear ate the blue and primer down to the white body.  The paint flowed down into the shut lines between the panels!  I will take care of this later, at the end of the assembly, with a brush and some Blue Mica paint.

 

 

So on to some details....just for fun I found some period paints...

 

The tires were painted Testors gloss black, from an old can (different than original body) and then dusted with some vintage dullcoat from Testors, the result was superb!

Gonna leave it at that for now.  I am starting to mock up and test fit the parts together and finding that I need to loosly install the rear tires on the axles before gluing the lower chassis to the upper body because the wheel wells are pretty tight. The Instrument Panel needs careful alignment, door cards need some filing all that kind of normal stuff.   

Next report should show what this looks like near completion.  :)

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Posted by steveracer on Friday, May 29, 2020 9:30 PM

 

 

 

 

Here we go, the 1/32 scale Jaguar E Type Drop Head Coupe is complete!

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Posted by litespeedsae on Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:10 PM

Way to go! Nothing like an E Type for good looks. Thanks for this.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, June 1, 2020 10:46 AM

Cool vintage kit build. Glad you saved the build after the body disaster. Very cool.

I have often wished 1/32 was a more popular scale.

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

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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