In this post I am going to describe my process for making custom carbon fibre decals. When I first wrote this post I was working on the decals for carbon fibre parts in Section 3, which deals with the front suspension and radiator. Here is an excerpt of the instrucitons showing the parts in question … Continue reading [Episode 8] Creating Carbon Fibre decals
The big problem I had with my first attempt was fit of the body panels. Just lining them up for paint was no picnic either. My plan this time is to test fit the entire structure of the car together, paint all the body panels, and then I will be more confident (hoping and praying) … Continue reading [Episode 7] The Start and End All in One
Out of the Box It's time to have a quick look at what's in the box for the Model Factory Hiro Mazda 787B. This post isn't quite the grand unboxing video, but hopefully will give you a sense of what's in the kit, and what extra parts I have for superdetailing. There are some additonal … Continue reading [Episode 6] Parts Parts Parts
Now we get to the fun stuff: adding detail to this already wonderfully detailed kit. Part of improving the detail is in the paint treatments (see Episode 2): getting the paint colours accurate, picking out details on each part in different colours, and adding carbon fibre decals. The other part is adding stuff! Superdetailing parts … Continue reading [Episode 5] Proper Planning Part 5 – Superdetailing
At this stage of prep, The Big Spreadsheet (see Episode 1) is a database of every part used in the kit. One of the particularly cool things I can now do is to identify how some parts get attached to parts from earlier steps in the instructions. Let me explain... One important thing to note … Continue reading [Episode 4] Proper Planning Part 4 – Attachment Anxiety
Build Flow Having identified all the paint/treatment options in the Colour Table (see my last post or the Documentation page), there is just a little more prep to do for painting. First off, here is the 'Build Flow'. This set of diagrams describes how I plan to prepare and paint each part, by showng how … Continue reading [Epsiode 3] Proper Planning Part 3 – More Painting Prep
In my last post I described creating a database of every part used in the kit, connected to an anotated set of instructions. The next step is to research the real Mazda 787B and decide on paints and/or other treatments for every part. The most useful references I found are two books: Photograph Collection Volume … Continue reading [Episode 2] Proper Planning Part 2 – Colour Me Prepared
[Updated 2002] I am re-issuing this post as part of starting my 'do over' - basically, a second attempt to build this kit to my desired standard (the body fitting together, etc.). I'll make a few updates and improvement as we go along. Firstly, let me admit that my preparation for these complex, expensive models … Continue reading [Episode 1] Proper Planning Part 1 – The Big Spreadsheet
You may be wondering why I haven't posted for more than a year. Weeeeeeellllll, I put the model aside for 'a while' after running into some troubles with the latter stages of the assembly, while I worked out exactly what to do about those troubles. Bad news - its not fixable The short version is … Continue reading Where did the 787B go?
It's a bit of a bit moment as, in Section 10, the the monocoque body, the undertray and the engine are married together! The instructions don't seem very specific about the order in which these assemblies should be joined; I tried a couple of things but the winning approach was to join the engine to … Continue reading Something that looks like a car!