Construction of Meng World War Toons King Tiger

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

Our latest build is the King Tiger from Meng World War Toons series – welcome to the world of cartoon tanks!

1) Included in the kit are the sprues, rubber tracks, and a small sheet of decal – which is a nice change from the Airbus A350.

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

2) This is a snap kit, the parts fitted nicely together but glue might handy for smaller parts.

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

3) The sprues come in grey, but we decided to prime it with a matt grey coat for a more realistic look. The finer details are picked out by hand.

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

4) In the final stage, decals are added. All the areas were nice and flat – no dramas here.

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

Space Craft Dundee World War Toons King Tiger

This is simple and straight forward kit, which can be built in an hour. The tank feels very sturdy, despite almost no glue was used.

Construction of Revell Airbus A350

The A350 is the first Airbus airliner with wings and fuselage made primarily from carbon fibre. Compared with traditional materials, carbon fibre is lighter and more robust. Thereby reduces fuel consumption and the cost of maintenance. Furthering fuel efficiency is the adaptive wing design. In mimicking the movement of birds, the wings can change shape whilst in flight to achieve maximum aerodynamic efficiency.

Revell A350 Space Craft Model Shop Dundee

1) Included in this kit are:

Revell A350 Space Craft Model Shop Dundee

Revell A350 Space Craft Model Shop Dundee

Revell A350 Space Craft Model Shop Dundee

2) The plastic components were pieced together to ensure everything fits. Test fitting the parts helps to work out which parts need painting and which are going to be covered up. This ensures that paints are not wasted and joints won’t be clot by layers of unnecessary paint.

Revell A350 Space Craft Model
The plastic pieces were held together with masking types. Disclaimer – no airplane was harmed in the making of the model.
Revell A350 Space Craft Model
Some surfaces on these engine components are left unpainted as they would be covered up

4) Once the fuselage was glued together, the model was primed. Revell Color Stop was applied to mask out the windows before the primer was sprayed on. This is a white gel that turns clear when dried. After priming, the gel was peeled off.

Revell A350 Space Craft Model

5) Decals were added to the model before a layer of varnish was applied to protect the paint and blend in the decals.

Revell A350 Space Craft Model

6) Here is the finished plane:

Revell A350 Space Craft Model

Revell A350 Space Craft Model

Revell A350 Space Craft Model

Construction of Revell Ghost Ship

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.

Revell Ghost Ship Model Shop Space Craft Dundee

1) Included in the kit are coloured plastic sprues, stickers, paint brush, and a bottle of  glow in the dark solution.

Revell Ghost Ship Model Shop Space Craft Dundee

Revell Ghost Ship Model Shop Space Craft Dundee

Revell Ghost Ship Model Shop Space Craft Dundee

2) This is a snap kit, which means the parts are simply pushed together and no glue is required.

Revell Ghost Ship Model Shop Space Craft Broughty Ferry

3) This is what the complete model looks like:

Revell Ghost Ship Model Shop Space Craft Broughty Ferry

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.

Revell Ghost Ship Model Shop Space Craft Broughty Ferry

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.

Revell Ghost Ship Model Shop Space Craft Broughty Ferry

Revell Ghost Ship Model Shop Space Craft Broughty Ferry

Revell Ghost Ship Model Shop Space Craft Broughty Ferry

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:

Construction of Hasegawa Eggplane

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?”

Well no….

“A vehicle that transports poultry away from the cruelty of mankind?”

What…? No!

“Please don’t tell me it’s just an egg-shaped plane?”

Without further ado, here is how we built our egg-shaped Mustang:

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

  1. Inside the box, we were confronted with some chubby airplane parts.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

2) The parts were cut out from the sprues and pieced together. We masked the canopy ready for priming.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

3) We sprayed on an even coat of primer before we started painting.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

4) Carefully we separated and painted the individual parts. Once all our parts were painted, we glued it back together and applied the decals.

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

5) Finally, the paint was sealed with a layer of varnish and our eggplane is ready to roll!

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang

Space Craft Model Shop Dundee Hasegawa Eggplane Mustang
Not all the eggplanes come with a figure. We made sure we our plane had one; here is our focused-looking wide-eyed pilot.

Construction of Revell Camper Van

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.

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

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.

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

2) Next, we went on to the interiors.

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

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.

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

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.

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

5) To paint the straight window edges, we employed the help of some masking tape.

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

6) Here are the completed car body parts.

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

7) The car body was glued together and we’re almost there!

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

8) Finally, we added the decals and glued on the glass panels.

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

Revell Camper Van Space Craft Model Shop Broughty Ferry

Construction of Guillow Supermarine Spitfire Mk-1

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.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

  1. Included in the kit are:
    • Laser cut balsa parts
    • Plastic nose cowl, canopy, radiator, propeller, and wheels
    • Wire propeller shaft
    • Covering tissues
    • Decals

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

2. The frame was assembled using the building plan. Each basal piece was lined up with the drawing to ensure they were correctly placed.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

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:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

4. Building the wings was a slightly messy process. We made use of a few items available on hand to create the dihedral angle.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

5. Here is the completed frame:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

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.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

7. This is what it looked like after all the frames are covered, notice the winkles on the tissues:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

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.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

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?

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

10. The plane was painted with enamel.

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

11. Lastly, the decals and landing gears were added. Here is the finished plane:

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry

Guillow's Spitfire Space Craft Dundee Broughty Ferry