1/24 PORSCHE 996 GT3

June 2019

Finished this build of Tamiya Porsche 996 GT3 kit from 2001, a reworking of their standard 996 which was issued in 1998 which usefully still includes the original bumper which I used for a smoother look replacing the chunkier GT3 one. I also omitted the side skirts for same reason.

I’m not a fan of yellow so went for Tamiya TS-44 Brilliant Blue over Tamiya white Fine Surface Primer. After 2 weeks drying the body was finished with 6000/8000/12000 micro mesh cloths (used wet with a hard foam block) and then Autoglym polish to add a bit of shine.

Interior is Tamiya TS satin black, window frames and other black trim finished with Sharpie and Staedtler permenant markers. Indicators and rear light clusters were brushed with Tamiya clear Orange\Red and then had rear reflector area filled in with Molotow chrome pen.

Engine\Chassis details are Vallejo acrylics; number plates are printed onto photopaper with UK number plate font


This is the 2019 boxing of the lovely 1/72 kit from Airfix which includes the appropriate June 1944 markings seen here.

I built this for a Twitter based Group Build, #DDAYGB which has just finished.

Put together OOB, paint is all by brush, Lifecolor acrylics for the camouflage and then details using Lifecolor\Citadel\Vallejo. Glossed with Vallejo before the decals and a final few coats of Mig Ammo matt to finish with Vallejo light\dark grey washes to add a lightly used look.

Hope you enjoy

Work in progress pics here: https://twitter.com/search?q=cjhm%20airfix%20typhoon&src=typd

See stuff the other members of our group did: https://twitter.com/search?q=ddaygb;src=typd

Excellent video from our ‘leader’ here: https://twitter.com/BigHobbyDude/status/1137076505278685184


May 2019

Kit from 1989, main paint is Tamiya TS43 British Racing Green, brighter than I expected but quite pleased with finish after light going over of some dust flecks with Micromesh 6000\8000\12000 cloths and a bit of Autoglym car polish

Interior is TS46 Light Sand with details in Lifecolor and Citadel acrylics

Number plates were created in Photoshop then printed on photo paper.

Window surrounds are Sharpie permanent marker and chrome details by Molotow pen

WIP Here: https://twitter.com/search?q=cjhm%20%23tamiya%20%23mazda&src=typd


July 2018
Finished this build of Group C racer, the only Jaguar XJR-8 that finished Le Mans 1987 (5th place). Drivers were Eddie Cheever, Raul Boesel and Jan Lammers.
Kit is a recent re-release of 1980s ‘curbside’ kit which still includes correct Silk Cut markings on a separate decal sheet. Built ‘from the box’, Tamiya TS rattle cans were used for main white body paint and black chassis.
Decals were brittle\cracking when dry so lot of touch up was needed (Vallejo ‘Hexed Lichen’ for purple, Citadel yellow for stripes) before Tamiya TS gloss varnish sealed everything. Despite lots of softner\setter there are bits that still stand proud so looks a bit scruffy on close inspection.
Black surrounds to glasswork were hand painted inside using the moulded detail as a guide, inside edges of headlamp covers were brushed with Tamiya acrylic dark green. Aerial on roof is a piece of stretched sprue.
Base is from Coastal Kits
If I did another one I would consider masking\spraying the purple and trim decals to match (or go for aftermarket set).
Hope you enjoy, will do an XJR-9 (1988 Le Mans winner) as well soon
Work in progress pictures here: https://twitter.com/search?q=cjhm%20hasegawa%20jaguar


June 2018
British Aerospace Hawk T.Mk.1, No.151 (Fighter) Squadron, Royal Air Force Chivenor, Devon, England, July 1983
Built this new re-release of Airfix Hawk T1 kit to reprise a 1980s build I did with a Matchbox kit
This modern kit has the later ejector seat style so I re-used some Aerooclub Martin-Baker Mk10 seats from that original build which add detail, nose weight and replicate the correct early style of seat. The enamel painted metal castings were stripped back with oven cleaner then repainted.
Rest of the model is pretty much as it comes from the box, little bits of filler were needed. All paint is acrylic – Hataka RAF Paint Vol. 2 was used mainly with MIG Ammo varnishes before and after decals. Wheel wells were painted and then masked with the closed undercarriage door parts attached using Maskol.
Dark Sea Grey was applied over a Vallejo primer undercoat; camouflage was then masked using re-scaled printed scan of instruction sheet as a guide to cut Tamiya tape sections.
Beige canopy surround was mixture of painted decal film for edges with centre strip being masked using print of Eduard mask set as a guide to cut more Tamiya tape.
Pitot was replaced with a piece of stretched sprue as cleaning up kit part with 2 large sprue attachment points looked destined for failure.
Work in progress pictures here: https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&q=cjhm%20airfix%20hawk