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


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:


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


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


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


2015 Build, It’s the recent Austin Mini from Revell in 1:24 which depicts a 998cc Cooper

Nice little kit, main paint is Humbrol Acrylic Racing Green and White from rattle can, interior is dark grey from Vallejo leaving the Racing Green on ‘metal’ parts as needed

Body was lightly finished with micromesh cloths then polished with Autoglym Resin Polish for real cars

Window rubber trim was done using a Sharpie, windows are attached from the outside which is different to most car kits I’ve done

Number plates were made on PC using UK number plate font and printed on photo paper

Chrome wheels were given a coat of Games Workshop black wash to remove the shine

Overall I wanted to produce a representation of a loved and used classic rather than factory fresh super shiny

Hope you enjoy