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New gadget

As happens too frequently, my blog it seems has gone into an early hibernation.Not that I don't have modelling on my mind. But with vacations, work and too many other distractions, modelling has been condemned to the backseat...
I hope to change that soon though.But before I continue with the current builds I'd like to present a new gadget.
Recently, browsing through the internet, I stumbled upon a seemingly handy tool for (especially) car modellers.Originally the tool is used for holding PCB's to aid with the soldering of the connections.But on the internet someone used the same tool to hold the underbody of a car model. And I immediately thought, that's something that could come in very handy. A third hand, but than differently.Aliexpress to the rescue. And some 2 months later (...) the item (after travelling the globe 3 times it seems) is finally in my hands.I think it was worth the wait though. Looks sturdy enough and can easily hold a 1/24 car underbody.

Aston Martin DBS "James Bond" (Tamiya 1/24) - part 4

Now that I'm installed in my new hobby room I can pick up the pace a bit.
First the parts that needed some extra attention were tended to. I noticed a mould line still visible on the body, and as mentioned in the previous update, the indents for the parking sensors and the boot lid needed some extra attention.

But that didn't stop me from adding color to parts that didn't need some extra attention. I started off with white primer for the license plates and the engine cover, as they needed to be painted white anyway. For this I used white surface primer from Tamiya (decanted from the spray can). For some reasong the primer didn't really give a good coverage. For the engine cover that's no problem. The license plates will be getting some X-2 gloss white next.
When painting the engine cover I noticed that I've been very sloppy in cleaning the part. But as the hood will be closed anyway I won't bother about that...

The parts that will get a chrome coat were painted g…

Citroën Xsara WRC - Francois Duval, ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2007 (part 3)

Work is continuing to prepare this kit for primer.
As mentioned in the previous part, several modifications needed to be done.
I started with the new position for the exhaust. With the aid of a reference picture and the decalsheet from Renaissance I sketched the position of the new exhaust with a pencil. After double checking the position I went to work and made the cutout for the new exhaust.

Using plastic sheet and putty I closed up the old opening for the exhaust.
When determining the new position for the exhaust I taped the rear bumper to the body. Which resulted in some gaps here and there. The moulding really isn't that great from Heller. Some filling and sanding will be needed to get this area to look right. I started off with putty, but in hindsight I'd better filled the gaps with pieces of sheet and than sand it flush...

Next up were the stubs with the brake discs.I separated the discs from the stubs with a PE saw and glued the stubs inside the inner part of the wheels. After …

3D printing - What a difference a setting makes...

Since the first excursion into 3D printing left me with a bit of mixed feelings, I haven't been doing a lot with my Anycubic Photon 3D printer lately.
When I was drawing up a part for the Aston Martin DBS I'm currently working on I thought I might as well give the Motegi wheel for the Ferrari F458 GT2 (my first project on the Anycubic) another go. As I was convinced that the part I drew in OnShape shouldn't pose a problem for it.
I adapted the 3D model a bit to prevent the resin liquid from pooling up in smaller areas hoping that this would fix the issue of residue clogging the said areas as happened with my first attempt.
I also played around with the settings, giving the respective layers a longer exposure time. Where I used the blue framed settings for the first print, I opted for the red framed one this time.

The values are taken from a public document available on the internet where people can contribute their settings.

And boy did that work. Okay. Maybe it was a combination …

Aston Martin DBS "James Bond" (Tamiya 1/24) - part 3

Work continues.
Not as quick as initially promised. Which is explained in my previous post on my new hobby room. Another problem that has prevented me from making quicker progress is the fact that during the move I managed to drop the compressor. At first everything seemed all right (apart from a dent in the laminate flooring in the attic). But upon closer inspection the pressure regulator appeared to be damaged. So much so that I couldn't fix it myself, so I had to go find some help. Which was a bit of a challenge during the lock-down period. But in the end it was fixed, so time to get spraying.

In my previous post on this kit I mentioned that it was time for primer. But before I committed to primer there were still some things to do which I (luckily) noticed before priming. One of those particular things was gluing an insert (part C16) to the rear lid on the body.
On the real car there is no seam on the rear lid (as there is no insert on the real car). As I had already prepared the …

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 in the r…

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 because of …