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My 7th Manx! Update 10th Sept '16

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My 7th Manx! Update 10th Sept '16
Posted by PatrickW on Monday, September 05, 2016 9:40 AM

This one has a bit of a military look, but I haven't got a white star decal to go on the bonnet(hood). I also wrapped the top in a wet spectacle lens cleaning cloth and waited for it to dry out. It doesn't super-fit but it's OK....................

and three more pics to come.............

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Posted by PatrickW on Monday, September 05, 2016 9:42 AM

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Posted by jbwelda on Monday, September 05, 2016 4:28 PM

Another winner Patrick! Is this the AMT Manx kit? Looks good in flat colors, though, if you dont mind me saying so, that top still might need a little work. Ever try dampening paper towels and letting them dry, or coating them with white glue?

jb

 

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Posted by PatrickW on Monday, September 05, 2016 4:42 PM

Hi jb! Thanks for your comments. Yes it is the AMT kit and yes the top does need a lot more work, as it's the first time I've tried copying a canvas roof.                              

When you say 'coating them with white glue', do you mean brushing the white glue on the kitchen towell/paper, then sticking them to the roof unit and waiting to dry and trimming around the edge?                                                                                                            

I have a few other of these plastic tops, so I can try other methods, thanks.               What I might try also is to go onto YouTube and see if any modellers are doing a tutorial on this subject. 

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Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, September 05, 2016 7:14 PM

Nice looking Manx, never really considered one as a military-style vehicle.  A suggestion I have for the roof is to mix a solution of water and white glue, maybe 50/50, soak a single ply paper towel (cheap ones are usually single ply) or any other similar type of paper (napkins, TP, etc.), form it around whatever frame you are using and set it aside to dry.  Once it is completely dry it should maintain its shape and can be painted and trimmed as necessary.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by nottheband on Monday, September 05, 2016 8:58 PM

G'day Patrick, good to see another of your Manx builds.  Further to Taheel Rick's post, there is a very good step by step 'how to' article on making tarps with paper towels and a white glue/water mix, in the October 1993 issue of SAE.  I'm sure a similar method could be used for a convertible top.  cheers

Steve

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Posted by jbwelda on Monday, September 05, 2016 10:26 PM

Yep, what they said. It will produce a much more scale effect when dry especially if you drape it over the top rails and let it relax as it dries.

jb

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, September 06, 2016 2:40 AM

Thanks for the extra info guys, much obliged! I'll give it a try later today.

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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, September 10, 2016 9:26 AM

Update..................New tarp hood and decals!

I couldn't look at this without decals so added to the front and sides Monster Energy decals and a new 'draped over' hood......................

After taking advice and looking at two 'How To' items from here and one 'How to make tarps' on YouTube............

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Posted by mod3llover on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5:48 PM

     I like the olive drab paint scheme on that Manx.

   It makes me think of a Desert Storm fast assault

vehicle. Maybe add a .50 cal. machine gun and some

military markings of your choice!

   It's very cool, I like it!!

 

 

 

Hobby time is Happy time!

     David S.

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Posted by nottheband on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 6:25 PM

G'day Patrick.  Your tarp turned out really well, when I tried it a few years ago I did 3 or 4 before I achieved one that was acceptable.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 7:58 AM

Thanks guys. I've been around the edge with the scissors just to make it a bit neater.

The tarp previously looked as it had been thrown over, now it looks more like a properly fitted canvas top.

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