Wrestling With Paint.

Model Car Building, What's new with me

Application of the white color coat has been a challenge. The Dupli-Color paint doesn’t seem to like the primer I used. I really couldn’t get a smooth coat and I got some crazing in some places. So, I wet sanded the problem spots and forged on to get pretty decent coats. You’ll notice that I rigged my small paint booth to better accommodate the 1:8 scale size.

Next comes a clear top coat, which is going to be Futura floor finish.

More Details.

Model Car Building, What's new with me

Here are a couple more things added to the engine compartment: an air ventilation intake receptacle on the firewall that connects with the air intake pipe that runs from the front grill to the back edge of the bonnet, and a protective skirt in the wheel well.

Progress.

Model Car Building, What's new with me

It’s been awhile since my last update on my 1/8 scale 1962 Briggs & Cunningham Jaguar E-Type Le Mans Racing Coupe model build, so here’s some photos of what I’ve been working on. I’m almost done with the engine compartment, but I have switched to body work, which is very tricky. The stock kit seems to be designed for beginners who are not going to paint it. If, like me, you’re going to paint the body inside and out, you can’t assemble the monocoque following the instructions. I’ve had to plan out the sub-assemblies and how I’m going to join them in the end. I’m painting each of the seven body pieces separately. Thankfully, the real car has body seams showing.

I’m using Rustoleum 2x Ultra Cover Flat Gray Primer for the first time and I’m really pleased with how easy it goes on. The final coat will be Dupli-Color Super White II.

The real car has a British Racing Green interior color. I’m guessing the original Jaguar was that color inside and out before the Briggs & Cunningham livery was applied. I custom mixed my own acrylic craft paint to get close to the right green. It’s applied with an airbrush.

 

Details, Details.

Model Car Building

I’ve made a correction to the break system: I had left off the dedicated rear master cylinder (I couldn’t see it in the reference photos I had), so I had to scratch-build another one and add it the assembly. Accelerator linkage has also been added, along with what I think is a fuel filter and a break fluid overflow canister. On the other side of the engine compartment I’ve installed the windshield wiper fluid reservoir and pump.

Nuts and Bolts

Model Car Building

Here’s an update of my 1/12 scale Monogram 57 Belair Gasser build. I’ve primed the undercarriage with red oxide Plastikote, and thin top coated with semi-gloss black paint. I then lightly rubbed edges with fine steel wool to age. Faux bolt heads and nuts are sliced styrene hex rod. When glue is cured I’ll finish sanding  those and prime and paint them.

Bench Seats are All Right With Me.

Model Car Building

This took some doing. My stock Monogram 1/12 scale 57 Chevy plastic model kit came with the option of solid molded bench or bucket seats. I was going to go with the buckets, but thought, What about modifying the bench seat to actually operate like the real car? Remember having to fold the seat forward to get into the back seat of a two-door? Well, after many hours of cutting, gluing, and trying different ways to hinge the seat backs so the outer edge of the seat back folds farther forward than the inner edge, I finally made it work, however imperfectly.

The hinge arms are nylon model airplane micro pivot hinges and flattened brass tubing. the ribbed nylon hinge plugs into piece of styrene tubing glued to the seat frame. The inner part of the seat backs pivot on a small bolt and nut thread loosely through a styrene bracket glued to the underside of the bench seat. Everything can be disassembled for putty and painting.