Skip to main content

Corvette C5-R Compuware (part 18)

The closer I get to the end of this build, the more things seem to go wrong (and the longer it takes for me to work on this one).

When cleaning the body, the grille of one of the vents popped out.
No problem I thought, just glue it back in. I put the grille on some blu tack, applied a small amount of super glue and slid the grille back in.
That was the plan at least. Somehow I managed to brush against the body leaving a nice glue mark on it and to top it all off, the glue had somehow reached the blu tack, dissolving/glueing it to the body/grille.
Leaving me with a(nother) fine mess... Nice.
In the end I was able to repair this without problems, so everything should be fine.

Next up was the rear window.
I decided to darken the rear window (using Tamiya X-19 Smoke) although it isn't required in the instructions.
In my reference images it apears as if the window on the real car is darkened too. Added bonus is that this will slightly hide the not so stellar detail in the back of the car.
Problem is that I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with clear colors.
For some reason I can't seem to get to grips with these colors (in this case the Tamiya clear colors).
The rear window turned out quite subpar (ie. a lot of orange peel). I'm afraid I'll have to sand back the clear and give it another go.

Painting the glasses of the headlights went without a hitch on the other hand.
These needed to be painted clear yellow. Same brand, same thinner, same thinner-to-paint ratio. You tell me...
After the disappointment of the rear window I was happy that the headlight glasses went a whole lot better.

Than there was the message of D. Leung to my previous post stating that I should have filled some of the panellines on the bonnet of the car.
Amazing that I didn't spot this before. Sadly, it now is too late to do something about it, so I'll leave it be.

Before continuing I'd like to show (another) small mishap.
It seems that I'm a hard learner. Since my last update (way too long ago, I know) the model has been lying on my workbench accumulating dust...
... and shedding parts.
To my (mild) surprise the driver's rear view mirror came off again... That'll teach me not to pack the model  away safely...

Last time I mentioned that I would be using Zero Paints 1K clearcoat on the model.
But in the meantime I've had some serious troubles with the ZP 1K clear coat on another build. So much so that I'm afraid I have to bin that model...

As I'm a bit hesitant to what clear to use now, I plan to test several different makes of clear on some painted sheet styrene.
The clears I want to test are Alclad Aqua Gloss (ALC 600), Lucky Varnish (glossy) from Ammo by Mig (A.MIG-2053), X22 from Tamiya.

No 2K clear you might wonder...
Well yes and no. I do have some Zero Paints 2K lacquer lying around. And I will give it a go as I know it's good.
But I'd love to be able to do a nice and (for me) simple 1K clear coat...

More on this when I have done my testing...


Popular posts from this blog

Citroën Xsara WRC - Francois Duval, ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2007 (part 2)

As promised, only a few days since the first part, here's the second part of this build. Once in a while I tend to keep a promise... As mentioned in the previous part I have been studying the manual to figure out what needs to be modified for this build. A few things were already shown in the previous part. Here I will discuss the other modifications I'm planning. This will be a nice exercise for when I'm going to build Gigi Galli's slightly beaten Xsara WRC from rally Portugal 2007... Renaissance transkit 24/96 contains a PE sheet with mesh sections for the vents in the hood and the main grille in the front bumper. Renaissance tells you to glue the mesh over the appropriate sections of the body. But I'm intending to remove the plastic and create some sort of box under/behind the openings to suggest depth. The body needs some parts removed and filled. The molded quick-release bonnet and boot pins need to be removed as they will be replaced with PE items. The holes

Citroën Xsara WRC - Francois Duval, ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2007 (part 1)

And off we go on another project. When modelling WRC subjects, you cannot ignore the Citroën Xsara WRC as it is some kind of legend. Especially in the hands of a certain French driver. That's why I have 3 Xsara kits in my stash. None of said driver, that is. But rest assured, he is also present in my WRC collection. With this particular build I'm going to build the car that Francois Duval drove so expertly to the runner-up spot in the 2007 ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Sadly, where the Citroën Xsara WRC is a bit of a legend, the same thing can not be said of the only injection moulded kit if the same car... As said, there's not much choice, as Heller is the only kit manufacturer for this car (although the same kit has also been released by Airfix and Italeri). For this build I'll be using Heller kit no. 80769. Let's just say,it's not a Tamiya kit... By far. For several reasons I chose this particular car because I like the livery and I like Francois Duval too beca

Euro Model Expo 2015

Last weekend I went to the Euro Model Expo event in Heiden, Germany. The event was spread over 2 days. I visited on the first day, Saturday March 28th. Just like last year the location was packed with stands occupied by a good mix of vendors and modelling clubs. The quality of the models on show, it being on the club stands or the competition area, was once again very high. During the day members of the Belgian modelling club KMK-Scaleworld were giving demonstrations of several modelling techniques. I decided to visit the demonstration of Jeroen Veen who showed the public several aircraft painting and weathering techniques. For me, as a n00b on aircraft, it was a very interesting and entertaining demonstration and I hope to apply some of the techniques I saw to my coming build of the 1/48 Tamiya Lancaster I got waiting. It was also a nice occassion to talk to some fellow modellers. Amongst others I had a nice chat with Sascha Müller who had a stunning diorama of a Le M