This 1:25 Ford Gran(dma) Torino from Revell is a nice one to build. My half of a challenge that is what got me into bigger kits proper. A friend in the US sent me this as a fresh unbuilt kit and I sent him a batch of Matchbox stuff to see what we could each do. He hasn't revealed his yet.
Theme with this one was a well looked after grandma car. It's fun to make little stories about the owners. I made the newspaper and walking sticks on the front bench, and the bumper stickers on the back.
Engines are my least favourite part of a build.
It's a really nice kit, I recommend it. Ideal for someone with some modelling skill that wants an easy win, unlike Heller's offerings that fight you every step of the way.
Speaking of Heller, I inflicted another one on myself in the form of this 1:24 scale Renault 4CV. Inspiration here was a city car that had basically never been out of service. Kept for being cheap, reliable, and familiar rather than because the owner actually cared about it particularly. I learned a lot about what weathering techniques were transferable and what weren't, and this made up my mind that while I like the end result, I don't want to build another Heller kit.
I've got other stuff in the works, loads of smaller 1:64(ish) Lesney/Matchbox stuff, and a couple of kits. I hope you like what you see here so far, I'll be happy to post more if it's the sort of thing you'd like to see.
On the desk at the moment is the Dodge Monaco that I'm doing as a 1980s high school hot rod. I'll be trying out some techniques that are new to me on this one, and seeing just how realistic I can make this. The vinyl roof I'm very pleased with so far.
There's also loads of small stuff I've completed. Any particular requests? Might help me pick out something you'll enjoy.
One thing I wish there were more of were hearse kits that didn't cost a small fortune. So I made my own. This is one of my first attempts at this sort of work and I've learned a fair bit since and have many more parts in my bits box now so I could definitely do this better if I had another go.
I haven't got a before shot of this little Fiat. Originally it had a big ugly roof rack casting on the top, originally covered by plastic luggage. I didn't like that, or the colour it came in, so I did this with a combination of Rustoleum spray paint and acrylic brush-on paint.
For coloured lights, as on the Fiat, I use chrome or silver paint (depending on how bright I want them) with a coat of Tamiya or Citadel clear paint over the top. It gives them a little more realism which is very well suited to the small scale kits.
If you want different variations from a single metallic colour, you can change the undercoat colour. I tend to do gold over a red primer so it looks richer, but for the Field Car I wanted a much paler gold than I had so I did it over a white primer which went particularly well with the cream roof.
The backdrop I'm using is a simple trick I picked up years ago. Using a sheet of plain white paper - I just use cheap A4 printer paper for the Matchbox stuff - you need to have it laid flat on the desk and then softly curved by propping something behind it to make it stand up. It's better than two boards set up at right angles because you don't get any hard line so there's no sense of scale to your backdrop which, in turn, really makes your model look lots better. I also use an angle-poise lamp with a daylight bulb to light the model, angled so the light points about at the soft curve of the paper.
It's cheap and easy to do, and it's a method you can scale up for larger kits.
Anyone who tells you the Ford Mustang was a sports car is being silly. It was a personal coupe for the most part and not really any more exciting than a Ford Falcon. I wish I had a 60s Ford Falcon in my collection. Anyway, here's a beige Mustang.
It's really easy, they're very forgiving things to work on, especially if you're just painting them a single colour with no detailing. Seems a shame not to detail the earlier stuff, the castings are far better than you'd expect of a toy.
Its amazing how good some of the old castings can be, alot of the time its the thick shot of paint they are given when new that makes them look poor. Nice work here, the field car is a great improvement with the details. Nice tip with the undercoat colours.
Got all the base colours down on the Monaco kit today. Weathering next, which is the fun bit. I've noticed most kit builders seem to do the chassis and engine first, then the body, and finally the interior. I work exactly the other way around, because doing the engine is boring.