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“Dun-dee-livery Saturday” – New Delivery Service

Dear Customers

Due to current restrictions in Dundee, the shop floor is closed to customers until further notice. We are operating a home delivery service for customers living in Dundee City. As before, you can browse and order from our catalogue and we will deliver free of charge providing:

  • Your order is over £10
  • You have a Dundee address

Orders must be placed before 3pm on Friday for delivery on Saturday. We accept payment on delivery. For any enquiries, you can email us here.

Thank you for your continued support. Stay safe and we hope to see you soon.

From all at Space Craft

Everybody Needs a Neighbour

During the first lockdown, we had this insane idea of creating a clay model of Totoro (from My Neighbour Totoro). A little into the build we ran out of clay. At the time all the shops were still shut so we had to wrap it up and left it in the cupboard. Last week, with renewed enthusiasm from our recent model builds, we dug it back out to finish it off. Oh, but did it dry out after all this time? Would we have to throw it away? What a shame…nope, it was perfectly fine! So we did our best to ignore our family who stared suspiciously as we tackled this brown blob (we used terracotta clay to start off with). We are happy to report that it is now finished and no longer looks like a brown blob. Meet, our neighbour, Totoro.

My Neighbour Totoro Clay Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland Art
As with all great schemes to take over the world art projects, we began with some good old fashion planning. We worked out the overall dimension of Totoro and the posture that we want to model.
My Neighbour Totoro Clay Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland Art Scratch Build
For reference, we draw out what Totoro would look like from the front, sides, and back to help with the modelling. As you can see from the smudges, we used this guide quite a lot.
My Neighbour Totoro Clay Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland Art Scratch Build
We made the centre with polyestyrene and covered it to save some clay!
My Neighbour Totoro Clay Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland Art Scratch Build
You can still see some of the original terracotta clay showing through near the nose. It doesn’t matter too much because we are painting it.
My Neighbour Totoro Clay Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland Art Scratch Build
Here is the finished Totoro with his faithful umbrella.
My Neighbour Totoro Clay Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland Art Scratch Build
We painted Totoro with acrylics and covered the base with Tamiya Texture Paint. The grass turned out quite well. We prefer it over static grass which would have been a little messy.
My Neighbour Totoro Clay Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland Art
Er…Totoro, we don’t think your paper umbrella is going to last very long in Scotland!

Construction of Hat Gallic Chariot

Building on our new found passion for the Classical Period, we have added some Gallic chariots to our collection.

Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
These chariots are by Hat. Hat produces a fantastic range of historical figures from Bronze Age all the way to World War Two.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
This box contains three chariots. You can see here three identical sprues in soft, rubbery plastic.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Here are the chariots fully assembled.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
The figures are primed with Army Painter White Primer.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
We were worried about painting on rubbery plastic, but the paint went on just fine. The thinner parts are quite bendy – so a few retouches were required.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Compared with the Italeri figures we painted, these were not as detailed. But at pocket money price, you can’t really complain.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Here are the painted chariots battling with the Romans! Can you spot all three?
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
After taking the last photo, we realised we completely forgot to add the reins. So here they are with the reins added.
Space Craft Model Shop Hat Gallic Chariots 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Hey! Come back, Jac…I mean…fierce-looking-warriors, come back!

Construction of Hat Carthaginian War Elephants

Working our way through the “started-but-probably-never-going-to-be-finished stash”, we have finally completed our Carthaginian War Elephants!

Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
We have been looking for some figures to add to our Roman villa diorama, and these seem to fit the bill!
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
The figures in this box were made from hard plastic. Some Hat kits are made from soft, rubbery plastic that may be more difficult to paint.
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
To start off, we lightly spray primed the figures. Next we coloured the flesh and continued with the clothing. There’s a bit of paint over the line, but don’t worry it will soon be covered with the next layers
of paint!
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Here are the completed Carthaginians pre-varnished.
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
The elephants come in one piece and are very sturdy. We painted the elephants in dark grey and then drybrushed lighter shades on top.
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
Here are the finished elephants. The howdah was very plain so we added some wooden detail.
Space Craft Model SHop Hat War Elephants 1/72 Dundee Scotland
The final figures – we varnished with Army Painter Soft Tone and added static grass to the base. Watch out Romans, the War Elephants are coming!

Construction of Revell 1:24 Ferrari SA Aperta

So…Christmas was a little different from what we expected. With tons of spare time and nowhere to go, we ended up racing through this model in just one week!

Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
We have been eyeing this kit for a while, but high expectations have been holding us back!
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is one of those kits that comes with coloured spures – an excellent choice for any modeller who just want to built something quickly without worrying about the painting.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
Ah, those seats look comfy. We were hoping Santa would bring us a comfy chair this year. But no, it didn’t happen. Next year, maybe?
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
Engine parts and lots of it.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
Here is the decal sheet with lots of number plates to choose from.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
Learning from the mistakes of our last car, we dry fitted the parts before gluing and painting. Take special cares with cars, because some parts are not meant to be glued otherwise the wheels won’t turn!
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
And BAM! We made our first mistake. These are parts of the steering linkage. Each one was supposed to slot into the bottom panel. Except they didn’t. Instead, the first one we tried was stuck half way through and then broke off! We had to replace it with a match stick.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is the diagram that tripped us. We were confused by the bottom logo. Apparently you’re supposed to heat the plastic after you slotted it in – we have already broken the piece before any heating could occur!
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is what we should have done: rotate a scalpel a few times to enlarge the slot.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is what the car looks like before painting.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
We took it outside for a quick spray. We kept the parts intact so we can see what needs to be painted and what can be left as it is.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is the engine after it was sprayed. Only the centre part needs to be painted, the rest can be left as it is since it would be covered up anyway.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is what the engine looks like once it has been painted.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
The dashboard and steering wheel are shown here. It was a little surprising how well The Army Painter Matt Black turned out – not a stroke line in sight!
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
Here is the finished car once all the decals were applied.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
We painted the windscreen border with just a paint brush – partly because we wanted to test our dexterity, but mostly because we were too lazy to find masking tape…
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
This is what the engine looks like under the bonnet.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
We decided to go with a generic number plate, seeing the GB plate had not aged well.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
We used Tamiya TS53 Deep Metallic Blue for the body, which turned out great if we may say so! The only problem with Tamiya sprays is that they don’t always have matching paints for touch ups. To mitigate this problem, we sprayed some paints into a jar and applied it with brush.
Construction Model Build Revell 1:24 Car SA Aperta Ferrari
That’s all folks! It’s time to take it for a spin. Anyone has an enlarge-ray-gun? Kevin? Bob? Dave?