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!
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.
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.
Look, here are the parts for the wooden box! At least that bit would be easy…hopefully!
Here is the decal sheet and some very delicate photo-etched parts.
A big chunk of the entire model build was spent on this engine, which is mostly covered up in the end!
Here is the completed chassis.
Large sections of the model is made up and primed in matt black.
We airbrushed the main body in matt yellow and hand painted the smaller details (such as the stirring wheel and lights).
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.
The decals are applied and the model is vanished with a layer of dark wash.
We used a dark brown paneliner to bring out the gaps between the wooden planks.
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.
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.
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.
What could have influenced us to build this model, we wonder.
The sprues come in two colours, grey and white.
This kit comes with a detachable stand, which we thought was very handy.
The build was straightforward, we got to this stage in a day.
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.
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!
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!
The Adapter Panels surrounding the Lunar Module are released.
The Lunar Module standing on its landing legs.
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!
We have been eyeing this kit for a while, but high expectations have been holding us back!
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.
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?
Engine parts and lots of it.
Here is the decal sheet with lots of number plates to choose from.
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!
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.
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!
This is what we should have done: rotate a scalpel a few times to enlarge the slot.
This is what the car looks like before painting.
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.
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.
This is what the engine looks like once it has been painted.
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!
Here is the finished car once all the decals were applied.
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…
This is what the engine looks like under the bonnet.
We decided to go with a generic number plate, seeing the GB plate had not aged well.
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.
That’s all folks! It’s time to take it for a spin. Anyone has an enlarge-ray-gun? Kevin? Bob? Dave?