Loving your work. I've just moved house so all my stuff is packed away. Don't have many pictures of the stuff I've done, although there is a thread somewhere with a Corgi ambulance, Matchbox Camper and a Matchbox Caddy lowrider that I've done a few years ago.
These are all items I'm working on at the moment, got them moved on a fair bit further today. I really need to finish stuff before I start more stuff.
Vinyl roof, or plain silver roof for the taxi? I'm undecided. It's nearly finished other than that. The Porsche is nearly finished now, pretty pleased with the colour scheme on it.
This Commer van was a fairly broken ice cream van version. I had already customised it once with an engine in the back but I wasn't really feeling it so changed tack. I'm going to paint it to match the catering trailer, maybe even have a go at printing some of my own decals to get them both signwritten to match.
Not made much progress on the bigger kits lately, been too busy with work and the 1:1 scale projects for those at the moment.
Bit of a mixed bag on recent completed stuff. I've been having issue with paints for no obvious reason and it's been a bit frustrating. Just the way it goes sometimes. So the following aren't my best work but they're nice enough for display.
Mk10 Jaguar. Bit disappointed about the bonnet on this one which came out in a different colour to the body, even though I painted it with the same paints and at the same time as the rest of the body. Maybe the paint just sat differently on the bonnet because it's a small piece? Turned out okay, all things considered.
This MG 1100 was in rough shape to start with and it fought me every single step of the way. After redoing the paint and detailing a third time I just drew a line under it and called it done. Sometimes you just have to know when to stop and when one of these is going to get as good as it wants to get. Looks better than it did, at any rate, and the red suits it much better than the original green.
This one turned out very nicely. It uses the wheels from a scrap Husky diecast which have a similar look to Cadillac wheel trims, the dogs and rear interior is from a Mercury Commuter wagon and the base vehicle is, of course, the S&S Ambulance.
These two are almost finished, I just have to order some spare parts from www.model-supplies.co.uk so I can finish them off. There's quite a few spare parts I need now so I can place a decent sized order and get quite a few of this tiny projects moving on again.
This Porsche 910 was almost a lost cause with no wheels and a thick coat of pewter coloured paint over the whole thing. Fortunately, underneath the paint it was in reasonable shape and a good coat of gloss varnish on the glass rescued it to an acceptable level. Wheels were nabbed from a broken Rolls Royce that's donated bits to other projects too. Never a model I found particularly inspiring in stock trim, I find the new colour scheme makes it much more appealing.
Blue Shark is a childhood favourite and the one I had I must have played to death with, I have no idea what happened to it. This one I got in a job lot was in a sorry state. Some patience later and it's looking how I wished my childhood version did. I don't have an airbrush and managed to do the fade with regular old automotive rattlecans, which I feel is quite an achievement.
Those last three are the newest completed projects, so let's have a dig in the archives and show you some older items next.
Originally the old Dunlop themed Bedford CA, my intention was to make this a John Deere themed one, before I knew how to make little decals and stickers. At some point it will get some John Deere branding on the yellow side panels. I realise as well that the chrome trim on the front is incorrect the way I've painted it, earlier vans like this had a body coloured grille unlike the later ones that got an extra grille stuck on to 'modernise' along with a single-piece windscreen.
One of the very early ones I did was the 'American Ford Station Wagon' which is a very simple model. Based on a 1956 Ford Fairlane wagon, I suspect. This was brush painted with enamels, something I've since moved away from because of yellowing issues.
With the exception of the windscreen I made for this which was slightly too tall, I like how this old Packard turned out. The interior is almost entirely the original paint, I merely touched in the chipped paint on the seats with a red I had that luckily matched really well. I much prefer the black on this model to the original milky coffee colour.
The Wolseley 1500 is a charming little model, let down by a disappointing choice of greeny-white paint. Redid this one in a colour scheme I'd want if I owned a real one of these. This is one of my earlier reworks and done in enamel but it hasn't suffered the same yellowing issue some of the others have.
To finish off this update here's some updates from the desk of what I'm working on. I tend to do stuff in batches, it's easier to keep things moving that way, and I like variety. These are all at varying stages of readiness for paint, even though they all look to be at about the same point thanks to that fresh coat of primer.
The other item I've been working on is turning these two broken Toe Joe trucks...
...into a single-car transporter.
Today I got the base coat of mirror gold on it. I'll be layering up some detail in different metallic browns after that and possibly a bit of thin stripe detailing in orange. I want it to look something like a Gerry Anderson/70s concept sort of thing.
You may have noticed the oddity that is that Z-car on the back of it too. That's one of my perhaps silliest reworks because I wanted to redo it in exactly the overpaint it had been done in (this car had many overpaints, the details were lost), I just need to order/make a new windscreen frame for it to finish.
To demonstrate just how daft a resto that was and is, here's the before and after shots.
You must have the worlds steadier hand, and patience stored away in garage sized amounts, they are cracking little restos. They're what I want mine to look like, and they always turn out like I've had 5 too many pints beforehand