Model Build – Miniart 1:35 British Lorry 3t

Following our successful car build back at Christmas, we decided to make another vehicle. We chose this WWI era British lorry by Miniart thinking it would be a walk in the park. How hard could it be? It’s just a wooden box on four wheels, no? No!

Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
This interesting box art is what tempted us to build this model. There are types of lorry you can make: a coal lorry, a generic transport lorry, or wood carrier.
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
As always, it was only after we opened the box that we realised what we are in for. Hands down, this is the most detailed model we have built to date.
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Look, here are the parts for the wooden box! At least that bit would be easy…hopefully!
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Here is the decal sheet and some very delicate photo-etched parts.
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
A big chunk of the entire model build was spent on this engine, which is mostly covered up in the end!
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Here is the completed chassis.
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Large sections of the model is made up and primed in matt black.
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
We airbrushed the main body in matt yellow and hand painted the smaller details (such as the stirring wheel and lights).
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Here is the airbrushed wooden box. Next, we will be bringing out some of those nice grain details with paneliners and a layer of wash.
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
The decals are applied and the model is vanished with a layer of dark wash.
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
We used a dark brown paneliner to bring out the gaps between the wooden planks.
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
To glue on the clear window without clouding the plastic, we used UV glue. It’s a little fiddly to use, but it is much stronger than your normal clear plastic glue.
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
To finish off, we made the ‘coal’. We used cork boulders, which were the right shape and didn’t add too much weight to the overall model. We covered the lorry with cling film, so the ‘coal’ can be pulled out and sprayed black once the glue has dried.
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland
Miniart British Lorry Coal Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Scotland

To Infinity and Beyond

In this project, we have gone big with the Apollo Saturn V Rocket – the space vehicle that transported the first man to the Moon! The real thing was 110m high. We worked on a 1:144 model, which has an impressive height of 77.5cm.

Revell Saturn V Rocket Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland
What could have influenced us to build this model, we wonder.
Revell Saturn V Rocket Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland
The sprues come in two colours, grey and white.
Revell Saturn V Rocket Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland
This kit comes with a detachable stand, which we thought was very handy.
Revell Saturn V Rocket Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland
The build was straightforward, we got to this stage in a day.
Revell Saturn V Rocket Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland
The model can be twisted apart to reveal the stages of the Apollo Saturn V. This allows you to see how the rocket stages separate and is also convenient for storage! Considering the size of the model, we decided to use an airbrush for the exterior shell. The interior and smaller parts were hand-painted.
Revell Saturn V Rocket Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland
We first primed the rocket and then airbrushed it white. Next, we used a combination of masking type and masking fluid to create the monochrome pattern. Here is the finished rocket!
Revell Saturn V Rocket Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland
The rocket experts amongst you might have spotted an error in the monochrome pattern. There was only two ways we could have possibly painted it and, unfortunately, we chose the wrong way!
Revell Saturn V Rocket Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland
The Adapter Panels surrounding the Lunar Module are released.
Revell Saturn V Rocket Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland
The Lunar Module standing on its landing legs.

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?