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
Yes, after six months and three attempts, the body and doors ar finally painted! The last steps were to paint the interior/carbon fiber parts black, add the carbon fiber decals, and seal them with a semi-gloss topcoat. Here then are the pictures: Interior surfaces all painted blackThe painted doors, with carbon fiber on the interior … Continue reading OMG the body is painted!
Fuel Cell and Piping Just the one photo of a mostly complete fuel cell with a bunch of piping and wiring on it. Most of these lines are additional to the Model Factory Hiro kit, and are based on reference photos like the one I have included here (from Super Detail File: Mazda 787B). Note … Continue reading Section 1 Bigger Sub-assemblies
CF Plain Weave: Try Again I have found out the hard way that some of my carbon fibre decals - specifically, the plain weave - don't look right. The pattern is just too large to fit the scale of the model. Here is a sample from the cockpit (images from Super Detail File: Mazda 787B) … Continue reading Carbon Fibre Do-over
Section 1 continues... slowly. I am still prepping the monocoque and doors, but have begun to assemble some small sub-assemblies. My progress chart now tells me I have completed 4% of the model (probably optimistically as the number of parts will increase a bit as I add decals). Fuel Filler Necks As previously mentioned, I … Continue reading Section 1 Sub-assemblies
Painting This past week I have been prepping and painting parts for Section 1 and 2 - basically the monocoque (RE3), the fuel cell and some body fittings. RE3 has been prepped ... it doesn't look much different from last week, but all the holes for attaching parts have been drilled - even those for … Continue reading Painting Begins, Carbon Fibre Begins