Monday, March 30, 2015

Gain some, lose some

Gain some: Got this new spray booth

Lose some: Dropped the body on the floor, broke a whole bunch of stuff, now I have to redo the front wing again.

Lesson learned: shit happens, just suck it up and deal with it.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


While I thought I was going to spray primer and was getting things ready, I found I probably should assemble some of the parts together before spraying. And I found that there are 2 vertical uprights in the middle that supports the rear wing.

Normally, I attach a nut to the base to mount the car to the display case. This time I got lazy, got myself a hand tap and cut some threads to the white metal. It's not ideal since white metal is so soft and the threads may get stripped. But then I felt that's too much work to grind drill and attach the nut. I can always find myself some excuses.

For the other tiny little piece, they're already on toothpicks or got "clipped". Since I have to use oil to tap the holes, the base needed some rinsing to get rid of the oil before painting. Now I am waiting for it to dry.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Feeling guilty

It's been 2 months since I worked on the Williams FW29. I have been having too much fun with the Lotus and have been abandoning the Williams. So, this evening, out of guilt, I added the 2 upright support to the base.

Next step, get everything ready for a coat of primer.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Since I have been away from the workbench for quite some time, I pretty much have forgotten where I was on the 2 projects. I found myself staring at all the pieces and have no clue what to do. So, tonight I put myself in model building rehab, get myself back to work. First I picked up the file and grind the Tameo Kits logo off the bottom of the Lotus.

After all, the real car did not have the words "Tameo Kits" on its bottom. Now the bottom is smooth and flat.

Then I opened up a whole bunch of holes and added a mounting nut.

Also drilled open all the suspension mounting holes, mirror mounting holes, antenna hole and pitot tube holes on the body.

And I also got more references and reading materials.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

End of an era

It is ironic that as a supply chain consultant, I often question my client's inventory management decision, while on the personal side I have been making all these questionable purchases. Last week I saw another increase in inventory: Tameo Red Bull RB10.

On the real car front, I finally said Good Bye to my long time partner, my very reliable Subaru Legacy GT wagon. Too many miles on the clock (over 200k), while it still can get me from point A to point B and still works really well on slippery roads, the engine is a bit tired. Thank you for getting me through harsh New England and Midwest winters.