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My first...

...3D printed parts.

Way back in 2015 I posted an entry about 3D modelling and printing, a post started because of the need for special wheels for a(nother) project.

Fast forward almost three years and it has finally happened. My first 3D printed parts. In this case being the rear wheels of the no. 71 Ferrari F458GT2 that was raced at the 2013 edition of the Le Mans 24 hours race, with (amongst others) Kamui Kobayashi at the wheel.

But things have changed a bit.
For one, I switched CAD programs. The first version was drawn in SolidWorks. But the final version has been drawn in OnShape (an on-line 3D CAD program).
And I haven't used any third party sevice like Shapeways but "just" bought my own 3D printer...

But let's start at the beginning: The 3D model.
The first model which I made in SolidWorks was rather crude. After upgrading my PC (I'm talking 2016 here), I didn't bother reinstalling SolidWorks and went with OnShape instead. The differences are minimal, …
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KMK Scaleworld 2018

As promised in my previous post this post will be about the KMK Scaleworld modelling event.

As with the previous editions, the event was once again held at the Technisch Instituut St. Paulus in Mol (Belgium).
And as ever, the event was great with a lot of vendors and clubs present and a lot of fantastic models in the competition area. But not only there, as there were great works of art on show at the club stands too.

For me a bit of a first as my daughter (9 yrs. old) insisted that she wanted to go there too.
At first I was a bit reluctant as I feared that she might get bored after let's say 15 minutes or so...
No such thing. She was very patient (which is rather unique for a woman of any age...) and inquisitive. Which was great. We had a great time there.

For some reason though she was extremely interested in tanks. Strange as that's the one type of kit that I haven't lying around here. Or maybe it is just because of that.
One vendor was kind enough to hand her a free (a…

What is going on here? (apart from not much at all...)

Yes, I'm still here.

Shame on me for not posting for such a long time.
The long silence is not without reason of course, as I haven't been very active modelling-wise.

Not that there aren't enough projects on my mind (or started kits on my workbench for that matter).
Just haven't really felt the drive to build something, especially after the clear paint job on my Ferrari went down the drain in the worst kind of way...
The long and hot summer didn't help either with the temperatures on the attic rising to inhuman levels. Just sitting at my PC had me breaking a sweat, without moving even the tiniest muscle...

Anyway. After changing jobs recently I happen to have some more spare time on my hands courtesy of shorter travel time and better work hours.
This gives me some welcome extra time and actually makes me feel more relaxed.
To the point that I actually am getting a little fired up to start building and painting again.

After visiting KMK Scaleworld (a post on that wi…

Leuchtfeuer/Funkfeuer dio (part 5 - start of the Einheitsdiesel Kfz. 61))

Another key element of the Leuchtfeuer/Funkfeuer dio will be the Einheitsdiesel Kfz. 61 from IBG Models.

Upon opening the box 4 sprues of grey styrene, one sprue of clear parts and a small decal sheet greeted me.
In total there are a whopping 256 parts on the sprues of which 6 won't be needed for this build.

The instructions cover the building of this truck in 29 steps, laid out in clear pictures, obviously taken from a 3D model.

A quick overview of the sprues shows a good level of detail with some very delicate and well executed parts on display.
What is quite evident from the beginning is that the sprue attachment points are quite heavy and they require careful trimming from the trees so as not to damage the parts.

The frame of the truck is depicted in great detail. Shame that all of this won't be visible once the model is finished.

One of the peculiar details I noticed in the instructions is that the clear parts should already be mounted in the first steps...
Nothing too dr…

Alenia C-27J Spartan - 98° Gruppo (Italeri 1/72) - Part 2

As I mentioned in the previous post I've started building this kit already.

The first few steps of the building instructions went without a problem.
Not surprisingly these steps concern the interior of the plane.
I assembled the interior as far as I deemed smart without compromising the possibility to detail paint the smaller stuff.

I actually like the plastic Italeri uses. It's not too hard and not too soft. It can be sanded easily.

Apart from assembling the interior I've also been test fitting some of the larger sub assemblies.
Test fitting the fuselage halves showed some minor seams, but nothing too dramatic.
The fit of some of the parts though seems extremely tight. Especially the tail planes come to mind in this regard.
These need to fit in a slot in the outer AND inner fuselage. It is extremely important to get everything aligned correctly. Test fitting (in this instance) the left tail plane showed the fitment to be very tight and it was quite hard to get the tail p…

Chevrolet Cruze WTCC TC1 - Tom Coronel (part 1)

And off we go with another project.
But this won't be a quick one (as if I ever had quick projects...) as there's quite an amount of plastic surgery involved...

Ever since I got the ZoomOn transkit in my possession (discussed here) I've been very eager to get working on this one.
But I tried to keep my cool and finish one of the unfinished builds first.

Well. I can tell now that that plan has failed...

As a matter of fact, I was so eager to get going on this one, that I forgot to take some pictures showing the original body of the car (as supplied in the kit).

So, what's the plan?
Base kit is the Aoshima/Beemax Chevrolet Cruze WTCC.
This will be enhanced with the transkit by ZoomOn.

Before starting with the chassis I wanted to get the body sorted first as I suspected this was going to take a fair amount of work.

First step was easy. To remove the front of the original body.
Well, okay, not that easy, because there was some delicate cutting to do. But all went well.


Alenia C-27J Spartan - 98° Gruppo (Italeri 1/72) - Part 1

A new year, a new project.
But different this time. At least, that's the plan.
No thrills - no frills, just out of the box...

When I first started modelling (a long time ago) I mainly built 1/76 and 1/72 Matchbox kits as they were easy to come by.
There was also a good selection of Revell kits, but I didn't like them back then. Too much flash to clean up and soft detail. At least that's what I can remember now.

Planes soon became the main staple in modelling for me, before I discovered the 1/20 F1 cars from Tamiya...
Although my main interest lies still with car kits, the occasional plane will find its way into my stash.
And this happened too with this particular kit.

When I first saw this kit in the new kits section of an issue of Airfix Model World I was intrigued.
I never heard of this plane type before (not that I now all plane types by heart, mind you). When searching Google for this plane I discovered a great special livery for it. And that's when I decided that…