I got it out of the box and tidied up the chassis. Then came the body. Well, I knew that I shouldn't have started. It went like this
- Decided that the body covered all of the great stuff I had done so I would show the car with the body removed
- Sprayed the body and the nose with AK Interactive Polymer Acrylic White Primer - great stuff.
- Masked off the top of the body as this was to be white anyway
- Sprayed the rest and the nose with Zero Paints Tyrell Blue
- Took the primer off - usual mess of a line
- Tried to clean it up - made it worse
- Masked off the white (mostly) to respray the blue
- Over sprayed the blue onto the white
- Masked the blue and sprayed the white
- Over sprayed the white onto the blue
- Gave up and got out an Andrea blue (from their Shades of Blue set) and hand painted the body.
- One coat of Johnson's Klear prior to decalling
- Applied the decals
- Microsol interacted with Klear and had some white patches
- Retouched blue
- 5 coats of Klear sprayed - useless
- Tried Xtracrylix Gloss - useless
- Three coats of Vallejo Air Gloss Varnish - job done
I then spent some time going through finding all the little bits that I had missed off, including some tiny decals.
Well, it is now finished. I am not happy with the body but I am very happy with the chassis.
Warning: When fitting the dash, I broke off the steering wheel. I re-attached it but in some of the photos it has slipped a little. It is fixed in the last image!
I can't say that I enjoyed this build. The chassis is very complex with lots of small parts that broke very easily and the body was a right bother to paint. One sidepod wouldn't go in properly and the nose and bodywork are supposed to fit on pegs on the chassis so I had to fill them, which didn't go very well, either!
I used to have the 1/12 Tamiya kit but it got damaged in the garage of my old house so I had to throw it away. I would like to have another go at that if I can find one (and afford it).