Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jim s-w » Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:51 pm

Hi all

I've added some thoughts on tweaking the Oxford Diecast Fiesta to my website.

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby BrockleyAndrew » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:03 am

Hello Jim

I have been reading and re-reading this thread (and enjoying it very much!) and I've been trying to work out how you achieved the great result with your green VW van headlights, where you say you "drilled them out". Have you just painted the resulting hole silver and filled it with clear varnish/glue? they look too regular in their shape for that! Are they new inserts?
Also v impressed with the VW Beetle.

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jim s-w » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:10 am

Nope, just drilled them, nothing else.

HTH

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby Tim Horn » Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:11 am

Just a few snaps of Jim's lovely vehicle stock on Calcutta Sidings :thumb

Road bridge on Calcutta Sidings v2 TJH01 ExpoEM 15th September 2013 Copyright Tim Horn.jpg


Mini TJH01 CSv2 ExpoEM May 2014 Copyright Tim Horn.jpg


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Van (Jim S-W) Calcutta Sidings v2 TJH01 ExpoEM May 2014 Copyright Tim Horn.jpg

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby Lucy » Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:13 am

Hi All,
Finally made the effort to add my first post to the forum. I've been an active reader for a while and I've learned so much from that but now is the time to join in.

Anyway, I've been recreating my own car in 4mm so thought this was the ideal opportunity.

Thanks to Jim S-W for pointing me to this thread.

http://www.p4walsall.com/recreating-my-own-car-in-4mm
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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby Flymo748 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:57 pm

Lucy wrote:Anyway, I've been recreating my own car in 4mm so thought this was the ideal opportunity.

Thanks to Jim S-W for pointing me to this thread.

http://www.p4walsall.com/recreating-my-own-car-in-4mm


1980's XR3i ?

Where are the pink fluffy dice?

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jim s-w » Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:11 am

Hi all

Another mk2 ford transit from the corgi mk1 and ABS ends.

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This one has a bit of an odd future for it but I'm not telling at this stage!

Cheers

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby Horsetan » Wed May 13, 2015 11:02 pm

Flymo748 wrote:
Lucy wrote:Anyway, I've been recreating my own car in 4mm so thought this was the ideal opportunity.

Thanks to Jim S-W for pointing me to this thread.

http://www.p4walsall.com/recreating-my-own-car-in-4mm


1980's XR3i ?...


It might even be one of the early ones that had a carburettor instead of fuel injection.
That would be an ecumenical matter.

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jintynut » Sat May 16, 2015 6:37 pm

Hi All
I've got a 2.8i Capri in my garage 1:1 scale in bits, when the wife gets her stuff out of there I get on with the welding, next year or two maybe. :cry:
The Oxford Diecast Capri looks good, if it's got Ghia alloys it's Bodies 3ltr S. The Oxford Escort isn't right TPM has got closer. :)

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby Tim Horn » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:33 pm

A few more of Jims vehicles from this weekends show at Burton with Calcutta Sidings :)

DR73258 on Calcutta Sidings v2 TJH01 31st May 2015 Copyright Tim Horn.jpg
DR73258 on Calcutta Sidings v2 TJH01 31st May 2015 Copyright Tim Horn.jpg


Jims vehicles on Calcutta Sidings v2 TJH01 31st May 2015 Copyright Tim Horn.jpg
Jims vehicles on Calcutta Sidings v2 TJH01 31st May 2015 Copyright Tim Horn.jpg


Jims vehicles on Calcutta Sidings v2 TJH02 31st May 2015 Copyright Tim Horn.jpg
Jims vehicles on Calcutta Sidings v2 TJH02 31st May 2015 Copyright Tim Horn.jpg


Jims vehicles on Calcutta Sidings v2 TJH04 31st May 2015 Copyright Tim Horn.jpg
Jims vehicles on Calcutta Sidings v2 TJH04 31st May 2015 Copyright Tim Horn.jpg


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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jim s-w » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:15 pm

Thanks Tim

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jim s-w » Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:51 am

Hi all

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I decided I quite liked the idea of doing an abandoned lorry for Brettell Road.  Having mooched around for a suitable victim I quite fancied a kit rather than ready to plonk and I haven't built a vehicle kit for a while. I settled on a Coopercraft Bedford ML and set to work.

The kit is quite poor if i am honest. There's loads of flash and the fit of the parts isn't great. I also decided that the windscreens were far too small but being all plastic it's not too much hassle to fashion something presentable and as I've mentioned before I find poor kits strangely rewarding. I attacked the bed with a circular saw in a mini drill to gouge out some of the planks and simlulate rot.  The above is the more presentable side!

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On this side I cut off a wing and cut down the tires to simulate flats. The rubber at the bottom was added with filler. The lorry was first weathered with a light blue to simulate fading, varnished and then gouache was used for the rust. another coat of varnish and washes of enamels were added to simulate dirt and grime. Finally the whole thing was dry brushed with Klear to make it look wet.

On the subject of road vehicles I will be doing a demo at Scaleforum this month so please stop by for a chat if you are going.

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby Noel » Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:00 pm

With an old lorry in that state, surely someone would have thrown something heavy through the glass by now, Jim?? [Presumably it would have been before Triplex toughened glass as well?]

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jim s-w » Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:55 pm

That's why the nearside side window is missing noel :D

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jim s-w » Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:59 pm

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The above 2 vehicles represent a return for me in a small way in that both come from manufacturers I have used before and in both cases I was a little bit disappointed previously . On the left an Austin A40 from Road transport images who I used before for a dodge cab on New Street. In the case of the dodge cab I felt it was a bit too rounded and didn't really capture the look of the real thing all that well but I must say I'm much happier with this little van which was an impulse buy at this years Scaleforum. This is one of their all in one kits which is unusual for them as they usually sell all their bits separately so you can build the vehicle you want.

The Lorry is a Ford Thames from John Day models. In this case my previous experience was with a diesel-powered Transit bus and again I wasn't all that impressed. This model couldn't be further from the transit though as its much better cast with very little work to do. I swapped the supports in the bed for wire as they were a tad scruffy and the bed and cab both needed a little bit of evergreen 40thou section to make them fit a little better but I like it!

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jim s-w » Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:09 pm

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My Ford Thames and Austin A40.  The colours of the Austin have a somewhat obvious Birmingham influence. Cartwrights was a furniture store in Brierley Hill but I have no idea if they used Austin vans or even if they had any road vehicles at all.
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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jim s-w » Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:09 pm

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Long time followers of my efforts might recall a batch of 4 Sherpa vans I did from the kingfisher Miniatures kit. I said at the time that I wanted to do more and after a long wait the kit is back in stock so a second batch has been started.

Sherpa's were a common sight in my childhood as they were produced locally at Washwood Heath. While my travels didn't take me over there often I tended to see rows of brand new ones parked up between Tysley and Small Heath waiting for shipment by rail. Public bodies were urged to by British and BR, the Post Office, BT and schools used them extensively over the (better) for Transit. The suggestion was that Ford couldn't make Transits fast enough to meet demand anyway!

Unlike the last batch which was relatively simple (the conversion of 2 to sliding door variants was about as adventurous as I got) this batch is a bit more involved.  On the left a BT version with swappable body/ The body being a simple plasticard box. Second along what will become a minibus in the livery of my secondary school. This is a bit of a best guess as I cant find a picture of one. We definitely had them and I am pretty sure they were long wheelbase ones. The back of the BT one was used to stretch the body but minibuses were wider than vans so the whole model was cut in half (2 cuts down the bonnet on the panel lines and spread with microstrip before gluing back together.The wheels are from Paragon models.

Third along is how the kit was intended, this one is destined for British Gas livery. Lastly another port office one, tis time long wheelbase and high roof. I remember PO vans being slung round the streets of the midlands with the driver's door wide open. Careful consideration of where you cut the van bodies mean you can get 2 long wheelbase vans from a single spare shell.

This is the basic surgery stage. The detailing stage starts next.

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby Armchair Modeller » Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:30 pm

All looking very nice, Jim. I assume the A40 and the Thames are for your steam layout - i.e. pre-1980s?

The Sherpas may have been rubbish, but the design lasted a very long time. You still see the occasional one even today. I remember our local football club got one of the minibuses presented as winners of the Freight Rover/Sherpa Van Trophy.

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jim s-w » Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:46 pm

They are indeed

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby jim s-w » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:03 am

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My 4 Sherpas are now done. Aside from the Royal Mail one the transfers were all drawn up in Illustrator and printed on crafty computer paper. I decided that the paragon models wheels that I used for the minibus were too big so swapped them for the wheels from and Oxford beaver tail transit. As supplied they were no smaller but by changing the types for some from their mk3 escort they look much better. Its worth doing this even if you are keeping them under the transit to my mind. On the subject of tyres I tend to paint them Humbrol 67 grey rather than black. You only really see black tyres in car showrooms or at car shows.

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby dal-t » Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:46 am

jim s-w wrote: On the subject of tyres I tend to paint them Humbrol 67 grey rather than black. You only really see black tyres in car showrooms or at car shows.


Absolutely - same applies to tyres on aircraft wheels. If you want some variation from Hu 67, you might take a look at Tamiya 'NATO Black' - despite the name it is also a (very dark) grey. It is my preferred choice for 1/76 military vehicle tyres, although I do lighten it a bit (going against the 'scale effect, I know) for the 1/35 things I build.
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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby shipbadger » Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:02 pm

Love the telecom van Jim. Round my way the box bodies became very popular for storage in peoples gardens. There are still a few to be seen although they are now by and large painted something other than bright yellow!

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Re: 1980's cars and other road vehicles

Postby Knuckles » Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:23 pm

:shock:

That Bass building is hard to distinguish between model and reality. Well done indeed.

Wagons and vans look good too but the building is what does it most for me. Custom decals are an area I haven't ventured yet but would like to. I'm interested in that Crafty Computer Paper.

Good job on the vans, Jim.

Nice flat tyres btw. 8-)
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