1/24 HELLER E-TYPE JAGUAR

October 2017

Inspired by seeing the CUT8 racing E-Type on a visit to Goodwood for a Revival Test Day I built this ‘fast road’ version model from the old Heller kit.

Originally released in 1978, the kit is basic but it seems to be the best option among the limited range of kit options available.

The main challenge with this kit is the horizontal seam in the body (I presume caused by the moulding limitations of the time) created where Heller have the lower body panels moulded with the chassis\underbody.

The design of the kit prevents the joining of upper and lower body until the interior and side windows are installed by which point filling and sanding is likely to damage the completed interior and allow water to get trapped inside whilst wet sanding.

After researching similar builds I found on the internet and various dry fittings with parts taped together I decided to separate the lower body (sills and rear valance) from the chassis parts using a razor saw and attach them to the main body, reinforcing the join with strips of plastic card. I then glued the boot floor to the remaining chassis parts, the end result allowing the chassis to slide back into the main body after painting.

My assembly method would leave a small slot where the body sides curl under and meet the chassis but this would be out of sight when finished so was an acceptable compromise. What I didn’t realise at the time was that once the side windows were installed (they are moulded with the interior door card detail) during finally assembly, they would prevent the two sections sliding together as planned ! (see below)

I decided to modify the left hand drive dashboard to RHD, using plastic card to make the glovebox look like the instrument panel and removing detail on the moulded left hand panel to represent a new glovebox.

Remainder of assembly was as mainly as per the instructions; I added ignition leads from fine (approx. 0.3mm) wire inserted into holes drilled in cylinder head and coil, running them back to a distributor made from a small piece of plastic tube (which replaced the lumpy kit distributor).

Body was painted with Halfords car paint; Plastic Primer then Rover British Racing Green with clear lacquer to finish. After 3 weeks drying I user 6000/8000/12000 micro mesh to smooth the lacquer before applying Autoglym polish to give a final shine.

Chassis was sprayed with can of Humbrol 85 satin black acrylic. Engine, interior and other details were brush painted using Vallejo, Citadel and Lifecolor acrylics.

The wheels and other chrome parts had their heavy plating removed using bleach before painting. The wheels were then finished in Humbrol 56 acrylic, again from a spray can. Etched Knock-offs from detail master were added to the wheels as the kit parts were very crude.

Chrome was added to window frames and other details using a 1mm Molotow pen; these pens really are chrome, not silver, and are far easier to use than foil.

The side windows were added to the completed body and then I went to slide the chassis (with attached seats and dashboard) up into the body. The chassis snagged on the side windows so I couldn’t get the boot floor and chassis rear in position so I had to carefully separate the boot floor using a razor saw and insert it first before squeezing the reminder of the chassis into position.

Once together I re-glued and re-painted the cut parts through the open rear window opening as best as I could.

Steering wheel was also added at this point, tricky manoeuvre via front and rear window openings using tweezers.

The front and rear windows fit from the outside of the body, I added these last only to find they didn’t fit well, in part due to paint build up leaving the rear screen proud of the bodywork.

Lights were added to the completed body, Tamiya clear red\orange being used for the lenses. Numberplates were printed from my PC onto photo-paper. Bumbers were intentionally left off for a ‘road racer’ look

Lots of work in progress pictures here: https://twitter.com/search?q=cjhm%20heller%20jaguar&src=typd

1/24 TAMIYA PORSCHE 936

July 2017

Kit is probably a 1980s issue as there was no motor but all the gears and battery connectors were still sealed in their packets

Car is Porsche 936/77-001, Le Mans winner from 1977 as driven by Jacky Ickx, Hurley Haywood and Jürgen Barth

Built from the box, body was sprayed with Tamiya TS Gloss White, details brushed with Citadel, Lifecolor, Vallejo and Humbrol acrylics

Had a bit of trouble with decals cracking (should have clear coated first perhaps) and a gloss coat of Humbrol 35 Acrylic rattle can went cloudy but was saved by polishing with Novus plastic polish

Work in Progress pictures of my trials and tribulations here: https://twitter.com/search?q=cjhm%20%23Tamiya%20936&src=typd

1/24 REVELL PORSCHE BOXSTER

June 2017

Calling this one done, it’s the Revell 1/24 Porsche 986 Boxster kit, few parts but reasonably well detailed; lack of brake calipers, all red rear light clusters and 2 big screws underneath are only downsides really

Wheels were Humbrol Acrylic Spray 11 Silver, interior is Humbrol Acrylic Spray in Ocean Grey, chassis Tamiya TS Satin Black – all with Lifecolor\citadel brushed on for details.

Body is Halfords VW Blue over their grey plastic primer and finished with same brand clear Lacquer

Windscreen surround and other trim is Staedtler permanent marker pen, indicators clear Tamiya acrylic.

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

1/24 REVELL 1966 MUSTANG

April 2017, calling this one done

It’s the 1/24 Revell 1966 Revell GT350 Shelby Mustang which has appeared in various guises within both Revell and Monogram boxes over the years as regular and Shelby versions

I drilled out the distributor and cylinder heads to add thin wire ignition leads with a small piece of plastic rod as a coil

Engine block is Tamiya X14 Blue, Chassis and Interior X18 Black, Body is X13 Metallic Blue – All applied by Airbrush

Painted body was clear coated with Tamiya X22 which was polished with a Novus set once dry

Chrome is Bare Metal Foil for window frames and door handles; badges, scripts and other details all hand painted

Work in progress pictures here: https://twitter.com/search?q=Revell%20Mustang%20CJHM

1/24 ESCI PORSCHE 935/77 BABY

I picked this up for a good price on eBay last summer; it’s the 1980s 1/24 Esci kit boxed by Ertl in 1990. The kit is relatively basic but goes together well just needing a bit of filler in some small sink marks.

It’s the Porsche 935/77 as raced by Jacky Ickx in 1977 featuring the iconic Martini livery.

Main paint is all by airbrush – Tamiya X18 for the chassis\interior, X2 over XF2 undercoat for the bodywork and Vallejo Model Air florescent red on the front splitter. When dry the body was smoothed ready for decals using Novus polishing kit (as used by pinball machine restorers!) following the great advice to be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234956647-matts-tips-for-painting-cars/

Decals went on OK considering the age of the kit, bit fragile in places. The decal instructions didn’t always match the numbers on the sheet or what is on the box art. Pictures of the real car on the internet in period show different sponsor decal positions from race to race so final layout is my best effort at a representative scheme; this left me missing the ‘Martini Porsche’ wording across the front; I printed one on some decal paper I had lying around. With the benefit of hindsight I could have used the rear wing wording on the front as I found a picture of the car with only the Martini logo on the wing at a particular race.

After decalling, 2 coats of Tamyia gloss varnish X22 were airbrushed on to seal everything down. Window surrounds are done with permanent marker.

The Porsche 917 in some of the pictures is the Fujimi kit I finished last year; more of that build here: http://blog.cjhm.net/124-fujimi-porsche-917k-1971-1000km-monza

1/24 FUJIMI FERRARI 365 GTB/4 ‘DAYTONA’

Calling this one done, just waiting on some etched wipers from USA to replace kit parts. Possibly a bit of touching up needed after seeing these pictures.

One of my favourite road going Ferraris, possibly at top of the list for the day lucky numbers come up.

WIP here on twitter if anyone’s interested: https://twitter.com/search?q=cjhm%20ferrari%20fujimi&src=typd

This is the Fujimi Enthusiast Model range kit from the late 80s and has lots of detail parts; the originals can go for high prices on eBay but my build is for a new boxing from some kind of Manga cartoon but it only cost £15 delivered from Japan.

Parts are well moulded and hold up well to modern standards in my opinion.

I added ignition and battery leads from electronic wrapping wire, otherwise apart from paint detailing it’s pretty much as it came.

Interior is airbrushed in Tamiya desert yellow acrylic with Lifecolor Satin Varnish and permanent marker detail to the seats. Blacks are Tamiya satin and Vallejo model air for interior and chassis.

Body is Tamiya Gloss Red, rubbed down with Micro-Mesh and then rubbed\polished out with Novus plastic polish following the great guide here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234956647-matts-tips-for-painting-cars/.

Window surrounds are Bare Metal Foil and permanent marker. I gave up making the lights and bonnet move so the lights are glued shut and the bonnet is loose.

Wheels had chrome stripped with bleach and then airbrushed with Tamiya Gold acrylic.

Number plates are made on inkjet printer using UK number plate font and photo paper.

I was aiming for a nicely used car, I’ve deliberately left off mirrors for a clean 1970s look.

Hope you enjoy