Sunday, October 30, 2011

1978 Canadian Grand Prix

Found this video when I was waiting for the primer to dry on the FW07 and preparing for the next project - a big one Ferrari 312T3 Canadian GP 1978.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Williams FW07/FW07B 9

Since what got me started this project was the 1980 Williams FW07B SRC kit that I picked up. Besides all the photos that I got as reference, what is better than the actual video footage of the race in Brands Hatch? 

Unlike Tameo kits' instruction that has a lot of photographs, SRC's is just 1 page printed in black and white. The kit includes parts for different versions of the car, but the instruction did not say much about what goes in which version. To build the British GP version of Alan Jones' car, I need to watch the video to figure out which rear wing should be used.

Ok. I could have done more today, but instead I had a nice after noon nap. So all I did today was priming some parts.

The body and engine cover of 1979 FW07. The front and rear wing of the 1980 FW07B.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Williams FW07/FW07B 7

Some setback. FW07B is going on fine, but I dropped the body while the paint is still wet. Ended up stripping it.

Painted and attached the mirror to the body. Still need to paint the inside flat black.

Painted the seat and the cockpit.

Engine cover and sides sprayed gloss white. When the white is all cured, will spray the green.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Procrastination, no progress

Hate it when the coat of acrylic base paint is still not quite cured even after 24 hours. Could have started to prime other piece, just don't feel like doing it. It's been a long day at work.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Williams FW07/FW07B 5

To make the mold to form the air funnel cover mesh, I got some epoxy putty from Home Depot. Still waiting for the mold to cure. It should be ready tomorrow and I'll give it a shot.

Also started to paint the parts. Waiting for paint to dry now.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Williams FW07/FW07B 3

I've been away this week. That means I did not spend any time on this project. This weekend is the homecoming weekend of one of the schools that I've attended, I am planning to be there for some of the activities. I don't expect I'll have any time working on the cars. Anyway, I am still waiting for some reference material for the FW07 to arrive in the mail, might as well just wait for it to arrive and continue.

When building the Toleman TG184, I was using the coffee table as my work bench. Last Sunday, I went out and got myself another desk as my work bench. I have it set up in the living room so I can watch TV while building my models. Here's my new work bench.

Just when I thought there is nothing else to update, I got these stuff in the mail:
1/43 harness from Z model in black, blue and red

1/43 mesh, going to try use this to form the air funnel cover

And the most important of all, the latest issue of F1 Modeling!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Williams FW07/FW07B 2

The SRC made 1979 Williams FW07 and 1980 Williams FW07B kits share so many common parts. After some thought, I have decided to build both kits side by side. The differences between the 2 kits are the side pods, engine cover and rear wing. The rest are exactly the same. Not sure how they'll turn out at the end, but I'm sure I'll have a lot of fun putting them together.

The one on the left is the 1979 FW07, the one on the right is the 1980 FW07B

The mesh above the air funnels on the engine cover in in the kit is molded white metal. Inspired by the Japanese blog alpha macchina (who is building a Ligier JS11), I ordered some mesh material from Z Model. I'll try to custom make the mesh and cut out the molded portion of the kit.

My Addiction: 1979 Williams FW07

Ooops I did it again.

I went to the store to pick up some paint and ended up with this:

Another SRC kit, another Williams, but this one is a 1979 FW07. May be I should build both at once to save time.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Next Project Preview - Ferrari 312T3

This came in today. Tameo TMK 335 Ferrari 312T3 Canadian GP 1978 Winner Gilles Villeneuve.

Although it is a TMK, I think it's as complicated as any of the WCT kits. I guess the only reason it is not a WCT is that Gilles Villeneuve was never a World Champion. I was thinking about building this after the Williams FW07, but seeing the complexity of it, may be I should build a couple more simpler kits first.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Williams FW07

Now that the Toleman TG184 is done and out of the way, it is time to start the SRC made 1980 Williams FW07.

This kit is an older kit. As you can see, almost all parts are white metal. There is only 1 piece of photo etched part which is the 6 point harness. One interesting thing is that it comes with a real piece of spring for the suspension. I'll start cleaning up the flashings and parting lines. To really start building it, I do need more pictures from 1980 British GP.

With all these pieces, I think it will take me a while to clean them all up. Probably will be a while before my next update.

Toleman TG184 Complete

Done, done and done. Not perfect, but a good learning experience. Mounted on a newly purchased display case. Pictures are ok, but if you get close, you'll be able to see a whole bunch of blemishes.

Just got these reference books from Amazon Japan.

3 from the Joe Honda Racing Pictorial Series. Didn't know Model Factory Hiro publish them. They'll be handy when I start building the Ferrari 312T3, McLaren MP4/4 and the Lotus 97T.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Toleman TG184 13

Close, really close...

Still have to paint the roll hoop, put the wheel center lock nut and put on the side vent mesh. But that's for tomorrow.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Toleman TG184 12

My tree of wheels, ready for a coat of paint.

Painted and with tires... Need to put the tire decals on...

Seat belts also installed.

In the final stretch now, probably can finish it sometime this week.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My Addiction: Lotus 97T and Ferrari 312T3

As if I don't have enough unbuilt kits, just added 2 more kits to my inventory. First one is Lotus 97T, the car that Senna had his first GP win. And the other one is Ferrari 312T3 Canadian GP, which legendary Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve took first place the first time in his home GP.

I guess these will have to wait after I finish the Toleman TG184 and then the Williams FW07. That means sometime in 2012? 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Toleman TG184 11

Done putting decals on the body! Really glad that Tameo always supply 2 sets of decal.

After letting the decal to set overnight, sprayed the first layer of clear coat. Now the task is to watch the paint dry and then spray a couple more layers

Here's my high tech paint booth again.

Note to myself: do not touch until it is completely cured...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Toleman TG184 9

Little by little...

It'll be a while before I can finish putting all the decals on.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Toleman TG184 8

In the middle of applying decals. Using decal softeners and waiting for decals to set is a good test of my patience. Sorry no picture yet. Will have another update probably over the weekend.

Update: ok, here's another work in progress picture

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Next Project Preview - 1980 Williams FW07B

Even though I am not even half way through my current project building the Tameo Toleman TG184, I've already planned out my next project. It's a 1980 Williams FW07B!

I was only planning to pick up 2 bottles of paint from the hobby store. But here's what I ended up with:

It's an old kit from SRC. I was checking out what Tameo kits the store has, but nothing really whet my appetite. I starting checking out other manufacturers and came across a bunch of SRC stuff. Among them, this Williams FW07 Alan Jones. And I know I have to get it.

FW07 was the first F1 car that got me interested in F1 racing. I was in second grade when FW07 in the hands of Alan Jones kept winning races and the championship. Back then, my dream was to buy a Tamiya FW07 RC car. I saved enough money to buy one, but my mom never allowed me to spend that kind of money on toys (to compensate, as an adult now I spent a lot of money on toys...)

For those not familiar with SRC, here is a Japanese guy's blog that I follow, he just finished a SRC made Lotus 78. Really impressive. Lotus on Alfa & Macchina