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The Bench – January 2017

I had a great sense of satisfaction having completed two long term projects as well by the end of 2016. I had hoped to finish my Buick GSX and Superbird by the end of the year but I realized that there was more to do than I had time. After…

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Honda CRX 1st Gen – Tamiya

When I visit other cities, I always try to visit a local hobby shop. While in Vancouver, I found a fun little shop and while I was there, I found this CRX. I wanted to add to my Honda Civic/CRX collection and I didn’t have one of this generation. Naturally,…

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VW Bus – Hasegawa

The Build: Back in 2007, I watched a video of a VW bus with a 911 engine and suspension running competitively on a race track. I immediately knew I had to build a model of one Porsche engine and all! When I bought this cargo version of the bus, I…

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The Bench – December 2016

December tends to be the time of year when I push to finish projects. I have a “goal” of trying to complete five kits a year. In the past, I’ve rushed through simple builds or going with a rat-rod satin finish that doesn’t require a lot of effort just to…

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The Bench – November 2016

Moving along! Although I didn’t need to start MORE projects last month, doing so reignited my motivation to build. Not only did I make good progress on new projects, I also moved forward with old projects. I even dusted off a very old project that was started some time in 2005!…

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1979 Z28 Camaro – Revell – WIP

I originally built this kit some time in the early 90’s. There was a little paint work done with paint markers but otherwise, it was plain. I remember having to repair broken wheels and other miscellaneous issues over the years. I had been eyeballing this kit for a rework for…

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1/32 Scale Split Window Bug – LS – WIP

While pondering life’s greatest mysteries, I realized that I really wanted a model of the VW split window bug. While searching the internet, I discovered that there weren’t many options options. There is a large scale version and this 1/32nd scale LS kit. I don’t collect larger scale model kits…

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The Bench – April 2016

Motivation and time to work on projects has continued to be slower than I would hope. I still managed to paint the VW bus as well as paint several of the smaller parts on the 70 Superbird. I needed to finish some minor body work on the body of the…

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The Bench – March 2016

March followed the trend of last month. Still reeling from having to strip the VW bus, I continued working on other projects. The 70 Superbird chassis and engine were completed. I dusted off my wildly long term diecast Civic project by grinding off the last of the previous paint attempt…

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The Bench – February 2016

Through February, I started digging into my full scale car hobby and didn’t spend as much time on models. I also ran into a problem where Tamiya spray primer had become scarce. After reading about using JB weld for filler in Scale Auto, I decided to give it a shot.…

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The Bench – January 2016

After bombing the paint on my VW bus in December, I really had a hard time moving forward with anything significant. My intent has been to finish every car that is currently in progress and I’m sticking to it. There are a few that have been sitting for years simply…

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The Bench – December 2015

Having wrapped up a few projects, I started attacking the VW bus. I started that project in 2007 and having figured out how I wanted to paint it, I really wanted to hammer it out. For the most part, the paint work was going well until a mishap to the…

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1955 Ford Rat F100 – Monogram

Here is a truck that started out life as a parts donor. My friend Greg bought it for the the wheels for another project. I believe this happened in 2000 or 2001. He let me keep the rest of the kit. Shortly after, I used the hood to test paint compatibility.…

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MKI VW Golf Racecar – Tamiya – WIP

I always like earlier Golf’s and this kit being a race car version influenced me to build it. The four tone color scheme will be very challenging however I will do my best! Interestingly, other than the body, the color call-outs in the instructions are very simplified. The entire chassis…

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The Bench – November 2015

I’m happy to say that I’ve been fairly productive this month! I was able to finish the ’65 Corvette and 928 Porsche projects.  I was made progress on the ’68 Corvette. I finished detailing the engine including plug wires as well as set the ride height and attach the suspension. Wrapping…

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Porsche 928 – Gunze Sangyo

Gunze Sangyo? Prior to buying this kit, I had never heard of this brand. I was looking through eBay for loose model wheels and this kit, along with another Porsche 928 (also made by an unfamiliar brand), popped up.  Other than missing wheels and tires, this was a complete kit (the…

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The Bench – October 2015

Bringing projects closer to completion always motivates me to work harder! Having finished sanding and polishing the ’65 Vette, S15, WRX and 928, I was able to focus on detail work. Trim was painted, windows painted and installed, as well as headlight and tail lights detailed painted. I also realized…

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Subaru WRX STi – Tamiya

I’m hoping to tear through this kit quickly.  It is a simple curb side kit with the only real challenge being the detail work necessary to finish the chassis.  My plan is to sit down with this kit, come up with a plan of attack and focus on getting it…

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Nissan S15 Silvia – Aoshima

I bought this kit to compliment the S13 and S14 kits I’ve already built. Since this model was a curb-side, I knew I could finish it quickly.  I would have preferred to build this as a more subtle version of the car without the ground effects. Alas, the kit did…

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The Bench – September 2015

With most of the paint work complete on the WRX, 928, S15 and ’65 Vette, I focused on sanding and polishing. I also continued working on detail parts for most of the active projects. I made a great deal of progress on the 928 bringing it closer to a finished…

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The Bench – July 2015

Knowing that I have limited time to work on projects, I try to plan work that can be completed in short bursts. I will prepare a stash of parts that need to be to be sprayed the same color. It may take me a day or two to have them ready,…

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The Bench – June 2015

After I stripped the paint on the ’70 roadrunner in February, I really lost the drive to work on any projects. Still, I was feeling the draw and finally got back into it at the end of May. I decided to push myself to work on the 928.  I started…

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