The first complete section of the do-over is complete - Section 6, which is the engine block build. This is the first assembly completed as I need the block, plus a few other parts which mount it to the body, so I can test the fit the engine and transmission to the body. Photos of … Continue reading [Episode 14] Section 6 (Engine block) completed!
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
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
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