[Episode 8] Creating Carbon Fibre decals

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 showing the parts in question: First I will … Continue reading [Episode 8] Creating Carbon Fibre decals

[Episode 7] The Start and End All in One

The big problem I had with my first attempt was fit of the body panels. Actually 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 … Continue reading [Episode 7] The Start and End All in One

[Episode 5] Proper Planning Part 5 – Superdetailing

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

[Epsiode 3] Proper Planning Part 3 – More Painting Prep

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

[Episode 2] Proper Planning Part 2 – Colour Me Prepared

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

[Episode 1] Proper Planning Part 1 – The Big Spreadsheet

[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