I've always enjoyed building models since I
was a kid. I've built WWII fighter planes, space vehicles, architectural
models of buildings I designed in high school, fighter jets, sci-fi models, and
cars... lots of cars. Everything from a 1/32 snap-together Corvette, to a
1/12th scale Lamborghini Countach that cost me almost $100 back in the summer of
My first kit was a Monogram Rattler, a street
rod, which is no longer produced and is now extremely rare, but I'm on kind of a
quest to rebuild all the kits I had as a kid and many more. Some of my
favorite things to build are "movie & TV" models and scale replicas of real cars
I've owned (or even some of the cooler ones my friends have had).
You know the
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Here's my new work bench, established in Dec 2015 on one
of the sections of my computer desk. It's nice having it
co-located with the computer so I can look up various things for
reference on techniques and images of the various things I'm building.
On The Bench
First kit of my 'new era of model building (started Dec 2015):' 1995 Honda Civic VX.
It's a 'tribute' build of my 1995 Civic hatch. Started with a
Hasegawa Honda Civic kit, and kit bashed a later-model Revell Honda
Civic 2-n-1 kit for the wheels. They were close, but not quite
right. I found some more correct wheels on ebay, and 'chromed'
them with some Duplicolor Chrome automotive paint. Took a little
bit of trimming with the Dremel to make 'em fit right. Everything was
going fine with the Testors Primer and Flat White Enamel - sanding with
1000-grit after each. Then I shot some Testors Gloss Lacquer over
the enamel, and the finish wasn't right - seemed like it didn't lay down
right. No biggee, I was going to sand and polish it anyway.
Wet-sanded with 1000-grit and started in on the polishing with 3M
Perfect-It automotive polish, and the lacquer clear-coat softened up and
rubbed right off. Huh... didn't see that coming. So, I'm at
the point of needing to clean off the remaining clear with some
isopropyl alcohol - can't wait to see how that goes.
It seems like painting was a whole lot less complicated when I was a
Fast-forward to Feb 2018, I saw a
message pop-up on Facebook saying something about Memory from 2 years
ago with the picture of the car body next to the chassis. That's
So, I cleaned up the bench area and got back into
the kit - I finished up the last 7 pictures worth of work in about 8
hours spread out over 3 days. It turned out OK... I'm a little
disappointed with the driving lights I scratch-built, but they're stuck
on there now. Also, the A-pillars broke, and I trimmed them a
little too much, so I'll go back, glue 'em down, and add some filler in
Not too bad - my skills need some improvement,
Coming Soon... when I actually get one done..
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