Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tools and productivity

I like cooking, but I hate washing pots, pans, and dishes. Same thing applies to airbrush. While dishes can stay in the sink until I have the motivation to wash them, I must clean the airbrush right the way or risk having the nozzle clogged. And with just a single airbrush, I have to clean it before I can spray with a different color. But the time I am done cleaning, my motivation to spray is usually gone.

Today, the problem is partially solved. I got a second airbrush, an Iwata Neo. It's a relatively cheap airbrush, but it is quite similar to the Iwata Eclipse that I've been using. Some reviewers said that it is not as durable, but the way that I am using them, it probably will last a long time.

Also bought some quick release connector so I can switch between the 2 easily. I immediately started spraying the FW29. If it wasn't because I ran out of semi gloss black paint, I would have finished painting all the black colored parts.

So, at least for today, my productivity improved. Let's see how long this motivation can last.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Latecome becomes the fast finisher?

Taking shape. May be the Lotus will be completed ahead of the Williams. Who knows?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Food coma's impact on productivity

I should have done these yesterday. But after dinner last night, food coma hit and I passed out at 8:30pm. So this evening, all the brake ducts were done, the two exhaust manifolds cleaned up and holes opened up. Next up would be the mirrors, wheels and the rear wing.

The wheels that came with the kit were cast white metal ones. I am going to use a set of turned aluminum wheel from Tameo, which should look better that the cast ones

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Back on track

If it was not because of the accident, this would have happened a couple of weeks ago. I just sprayed white primer over the body, now I am just waiting for it to dry thoroughly, the check to make sure it is good enough to get the real paint.

When you see tulips on Michigan Avenue, you know spring is here in Chicago. In a couple of days, all the tulips should be blooming. This little patch is the only one where they bloomed.

Now, I am going back to work on the Lotus.

Black or Red?

Reference photos are important when building model cars. For the championship winning cars, it is usually not a problem, since there are a lot of photographs around and it is fairly easy to google them. Problems arise when the cars are not the front runners. Such as this Lotus 107.

While the photo and instruction sheet from Tameo indicated that the seat is black in color, the 1/20 Tamiya kit and some photo that I found on the internet shows that it is red.

Is it black? Or is it red?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

With patience, one can grind a steel column down to a needle

The title is the chinese idiom that pretty much means "Where there is a will, there is a way". But this afternoon, I found myself almost like grinding down a steel column into a needle.

Ok, it is a brass rod, not a steel column. And I was trying to make a tiny rectangular block with holes in it, not a needle.

Why? It was because I was not too happy with the shift linkage I made yesterday. That little glob of solder just does not look quite right. So I made up my mind this afternoon to correct that. Scratch build from a brass rod.

Without a drill press and a milling machine, only with a couple of needle files and a pin-vise with a 0.02" drill bit to make the piece was a real test of my patience. But it turned out to look ok. So much with building things out of the box. Now, what else should I make from scratch? May be the steering wheel and the dash... What's wrong with me?

Every F1 race in Asia should be a night race

Watching F1 at 2am is hazardous to health. I was at the workbench to stay awake. 
I just love the look of the F1 cars in the early 90's before the high nose. The front wing is much easier to deal with.

I was going to just build the Lotus out of the box, but a flat gear lever is just wrong. So I built a linkage.

Sanded down the putty. Going to spray another coat of primer tomorrow if I have the motivation.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Kind of a productive day

For the Lotus, both left and right, front and back suspension arms were fitted to the body and the front wing is almost together.

It is still a waiting game for the Williams. Since the 2 front vertical pylons were also broken off, I need to put putty to fill some gaps. Good thing that I will be out of town for a week, the putty should be all cured by the time I come back.

Weather is so nice and warm today, I went out for a walk and found some new sculptures installed in Millenium Park.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

F#%k! It happened again

Honestly, why the hell did aerodynamicist come up with this type of front wing in 2007? After the surfacer dried, I was sanding the nose and the upper front wing element attachment point. And "Oh Crap!" 

Glue it back again. I'll let it sit for a couple of days. I need some time to get over the trauma. May be I should just stick with F1 cars from the 90's or sportscar

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lent sacrifice

This week is the Holy Week, the last week of Lent. So I gave up procrastinating and worked on the 2 cars. A coat of metal primer and a coat of surfacer on the FW29.

And test fit the left suspension on the Lotus 107. So much for tonight.