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 make my “numbers”. I didn’t do that this year.
Although I didn’t spend much of this year building, I did pick up the pace in the last quarter. In doing so, I was able to finish two very old projects and knock out a recently started kit.
This month, I wrapped up the VW Bus and 1st gen CRX. The bus was down to attaching the last of the trim pieces, license plates and touch-up. I decided to give flocking a try on the CRX interior. For my first attempt, it turned out ok. I realize I should have practiced more prior to committing to a project. I had finished sanding and polishing the CRX last month which left me with all of the detail work. Once I focused on the CRX, I was able to finish it quickly.
I also helped my son by finishing the crazy paint on his Boss 302 Mustang. The paint scheme was nothing I would ever do on my own, but it did give me a chance to see how well I could mask a multi colored paint job that didn’t use existing body lines. I’ll need this on my MKI Golf race car.
I also managed to finish the die-cast Civic that I started in 2005. I had restarted work on the body a few months earlier and only had minor details to finish. Once that was done, it was time for primer, color and clear. I did have some challenges with the color and clear but sanding and polishing knocked them out. With the body complete, I masked and sprayed the trim. I also took the time to add detail to the dashboard and door panels. Having just finished carpet flocking on the CRX, I decided that this project needed it as well. The flocking work on this build turned out really well! I also detail painted the engine. While piecing the Civic together, I realized I was missing a few parts. I managed to find them stashed with another aborted die-cast project. I also detail painted the wheels and scrapped the plastic exhaust tip for an aluminum tube. Finishing this long build, started 11 years ago, was very satisfying!
Models completed this year:
1st Gen Honda CRX Si
1966 VW Bus
1:18 Scale Diecast Honda Civic Coupe
Before I painted the CRX’s chassis, I carefully cut the engine out. Once the engine was painted, I simply set it in place and glued it from the top. I made tabs to reinforce the glue joint.
This would have been much more difficult if I had tried to do the paint work with the engine attached to the chassis.
With the engine in place, I installed the rest of the front suspension and exhaust.
I wanted to give the axle more detail. I used red paint to simulate Eibach springs and yellow on the shocks to make them look like Koni Yellows. These would easily be found on an autocross prepped CRX!
I used white paint and a small brush to highlight all of the buttons on the dash.
Here’s a shot of the completed interior tub. The flocking looks decent, but it could have been better.
The CRX is moving along. Glass and body installed along with exhaust and aluminum tubing for tips.
The exhaust and aluminum tubing nicely complete the chassis detail.
All of the indicators and lights have been installed.
After finishing the bulk of the work, it was time to touch up a few nicks and chips.
This is my son’s mustang. He wanted a three color paint scheme and he got it. First color was blue across the top.
The second color was dark red. I primed and then sprayed color.
I had hoped to finish the Buick this month. I attached the rear suspension only to find that it allowed the back of the car to sag significantly.
I tried a set of Pegasus wheels. I was still going to use the kit wheels. The sag isn’t that obvious in this picture.
I moved the masking over to the other side and I sprayed primer and then green. I didn’t thin the paint as much as I needed and it went on a little thick. Lesson learned. It was more than good enough for my son.
Not exactly how I would have finished this Mustang. However, my son was thrilled!
Work continues on the Buick and the die-cast Civic.
The completed Bus and CRX.
The detail work on the CRX turned out very well.
Along with the Buick, I had hoped to finish the Superbird this month. I applied the Kieth Marks decals to the rear wing and nose cone. The Roadrunner logo added much needed detail to the model!
When I sprayed and baked the color on the die-cast Civic, small pinholes appeared in clumps around every part. I was able to knock them out with 1000 grit sand paper. It was ready for clear.
My son was able to continue work on the Mustang once the body was painted.
My son finished the Mustang.
I finished my Lego Ferrari F40. Definitely a fun distraction!
Several parts baking.
After painting the wheels for the bug, I tried them on. They are too big for the project but I believe it will look good with the right tire.
I finished the bare metal foil on the GSX
I sprayed clear on the Superbird.
I started preparing all of the small parts for the 1/18 scale Civic.
After spraying all of the black trim, it was time to start assembly.
As I started laying out finished parts for the Civic, I realized that this would make a great picture. Virtually every part is there.
Several finished, or nearly finished parts for the Buick.
Several projects are moving along.
After a so-so attempt at flocking on my CRX, I knew what I needed to do and tried again with this project.
I was much happier with the flocking work on this project! I took better care to get the glue on thick enough and it made a significant difference.
I took a break from the die-cast Civic project and sanded the clear on the Superbird.
The die-cast Civic’s engine was a disaster as far as accuracy is concerned. I did my best to make it look better. the detail on the valve cover really improved the look.
The engine block is very, very wrong. The valve cover and details are fairly correct. Detailing the valve cover, and Alclad chroming the header helped make this a convincing engine.
After many, many years, the die-cast Civic is complete. The final touch was the aluminum tubing exhaust tip.