New kits arrived today:
In our latest project, we tried out an ‘easy-click system’ model by Revell. This box set contains everything you need to build a glow in the dark Ghost Ship.
1) Included in the kit are coloured plastic sprues, stickers, paint brush, and a bottle of glow in the dark solution.
2) This is a snap kit, which means the parts are simply pushed together and no glue is required.
3) This is what the complete model looks like:
4) The glow in the dark solution could be painted directly on the coloured plastic, but we decided to add some colour to the ship.
5) The model was covered with several layers of the glow in the dark solution. The solution is a bit thick like PVA glue, you will need to thin it with water and blotted onto the model. Once it is dried you can’t see it.
5) If you are wondering what it looks like in the dark, we are saddened to report that we have tried but failed to get a good photo. The solution gives off very little light, which our camera was unable to capture:
Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for some chibi cuteness. For in this project we are building an eggplane!
“Eggplane? You mean something that is edible and can be flown in?”
“A vehicle that transports poultry away from the cruelty of mankind?”
“Please don’t tell me it’s just an egg-shaped plane?”
Without further ado, here is how we built our egg-shaped Mustang:
2) The parts were cut out from the sprues and pieced together. We masked the canopy ready for priming.
3) We sprayed on an even coat of primer before we started painting.
4) Carefully we separated and painted the individual parts. Once all our parts were painted, we glued it back together and applied the decals.
5) Finally, the paint was sealed with a layer of varnish and our eggplane is ready to roll!
Today, we are working on 1:24 scale Volkswagen Camper Van (otherwise known as a Samba Bus). Now, with a glossy car body, you’d think anyone would be insane to try and paint it by hand. Using an airbrush would make it so much simpler, enjoyable, and produces a professional result. We’ve thought about this, and we were going to use one…but to cut a long story short: we chickened out.
Here is the construction of our hand painted Camper Van:
1) To start, we painted the rubber tyres. It was little difficult to paint directly onto the rubber and took several layers of paint. It may be better to prime the whole tyre first before painting.
2) Next, we went on to the interiors.
3) The mechanical parts were very detailed. Be careful not to paint over any joints or the parts won’t come together, which we learnt the hard way.
4) Next comes the car boot, where the engine sits. The instruction gives you a choice of two colours for the car body; blue or red. We decided to pick a third. “Ew, pink!” we hear you say. No, my friend, this is no ordinary pink. This is in fact the no-longer-in-production Citadel Tentacle Pink! The name alone gives this shade undeniable coolness.
5) To paint the straight window edges, we employed the help of some masking tape.
6) Here are the completed car body parts.
7) The car body was glued together and we’re almost there!
8) Finally, we added the decals and glued on the glass panels.
Best known for their role in the Battle of Britain, Spitfire Mk-I fought alongside the Hawker Hurricane to defend Britain against the Luftwaffe, and arguably changed the outcome of the war. Many variations of Spitfire were developed during WW2 to counter the ever-threatening German air force. Over 20,000 Spitfires were produced during the course of the war.
2. The frame was assembled using the building plan. Each basal piece was lined up with the drawing to ensure they were correctly placed.
3. Once the main pieces were glued together with wood glue, the stringers were cut to the required length and glued to the main frame. Here is the finished fuselage:
4. Building the wings was a slightly messy process. We made use of a few items available on hand to create the dihedral angle.
5. Here is the completed frame:
6. To cover the frame, the cover tissue was cut slightly large than each section and glued on with diluted wood glue. Finally, any excess tissue was trimmed off.
7. This is what it looked like after all the frames are covered, notice the winkles on the tissues:
8. We lightly sprayed water over it. Once dried, all the winkles are now removed. To protect the tissues, the frame was covered with a diluted layer of wood glue.
9. The plastic and additional parts are added. To make the rear windows, we used the paper and plastic film from an envelope. I’m told the plastic film from a tea cake box works well too, but can you imagine the awful process of eating the cakes inside?
10. The plane was painted with enamel.
11. Lastly, the decals and landing gears were added. Here is the finished plane: