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    Lurking among the gothic shadows of Bath
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    Streetfighters, motorbikes, fiction writing

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  1. I haven't been working quite as quickly as I was back at the start of lockdown, in fact I think as we gradually get more freedoms I find myself less inclined to do anything now on the basis that a) if the government's scientific advisors are right, I'll have more freedom to do whatever I want over the next couple of months or 2) if the government's advisors are wrong, I'll be back in lockdown before the year is out with plenty of time to crack on and finish some of these projects, so why rush now? Of course this kind of "should I, shouldn't I" mentally is likely tied in with a kind of apathetic symptom of underlying low-key mental ill health and should probably be considered poor mental hygiene. With that in mind, on Sunday morning I stopped procrastinating, sat outside in the glorious sunshine and set about the long, laborious process of masking my RCon Siren body and still had time to throw 4 different paint colours on it before I turned my attention to my Truck of Many Wheels project, which got an underbody box to hide the chassis gap, and a fresh coat of paint.
  2. The best parts: Spending half a day loading the van, driving 4+ hours with my favourite music playing, pitching an awning, laying out my cars and tools and spending a whole weekend in the summer sun laughing, racing, bashing, drinking and eating junk foods with mates from all over the country Continually going back to a model I've just finished and looking at it again and again, as if it will take me several viewings to fully appreciate its awesomeness During the height of lockdown, when we were told we were likely to die if we just went for a walk to the end of the estate and back, being able to pop into the workshop on my weekly day off and always find something to occupy myself The worst parts: Cutting lexan bodies Masking lexan bodies Having a huge stack of small parts that need sanding, masking and painting all at once As the desire for perfection grows and more and more stuff is designed on the computer, finding myself with a longer and longer list of things that I need to sit down in front of a screen in order to finish - I spend my entire working life in front of a screen as well as my other two hobbies, I'd rather not spend my RC time behind a screen also. But I don't want to delegate to anyone else because a) I can't afford to pay what they're asking, 2) they'll do a terrible job or iii) I'll have to wait for a slot in their schedule As I get better at CAD and graphic design, finding more and more people wanting my services, which I have not advertised and do not have time to offer, even on a favour-for-favour basis, when I have so little time to do my own stuff as it is
  3. I think it's pretty good for a very quick and lazy paint job. Minimal prep, zero dry time between coats, multiple different paint types and brands with no curing time between - the results could have been disastrous but ended up looking great. I think I need to polish the orange a little as there are some high spots around the masking lines, but otherwise it's good. I will probably mask and repaint the bed in satin black, as well as the underside. I also need work out if I'm going to leave the rear end open or make up some kind of closing panel. Also I might add some kind of box under the front end similar to the rear, and add a flexible arch liner to close up some air gaps. Windows and grill to be refitted when it's done (I might satin black the grille like I did with my CC01 KBF build).
  4. Earlier in the day I'd been painting my new RConn frontie body, so I figured with a clear paint bench I would have a go at painting this badboy. I didn't bother with loads of prep on the body, as it gets run hard and rolled often and was only going to get battered anyway. Despite being well used and abused, it was never painted, so this is the first time it's seen paint. I started with some Halford's high build primer. Then I went hunting in my stash for a colour. I've got lots and lots of old half-empty automotive spray cans but the only one that stood out was purple. I considered yellow (with black stripes) but didn't like the yellow look of the primer and thought something darker would be better. But I wasn't exactly happy with the outcome. The purple is a bit dull and doesn't really pop like Tamiya's purple lexan paint, and I didn't want such a bold truck to look so glum on the track. I figured orange would work well with the purple. Actually I have a purple and orange Lego monster truck that my daughter got me for my birthday, so I've been keen to try a purple and orange paint job. I had some Halford's VW Brilliant Orange left over from another project, so I shot some of that at the body. Unfortunately the purple had gone off too much for it to tack on the surface and I hadn't bothered to key it again, so it beaded up and ran. I had to wait for it to dry before I could flat it off and try again, but there wasn't enough pigment in the orange to cover the purple. So, I flatted it off again and put some grey primer on, which I should have done in the first place, then came back to the orange. It was starting to look good, but unfortunately I'd wasted too much paint and I ran out just as it was about to achieve full coverage. I was a bit upset by this, so I grabbed some leftover Tamiya PS-61 metallic orange, which I had used that morning to paint my RConn, and literally shot just 2 coats on to cover up the Halford's orange. The result was a fabulously rich metallic that sets off the purple quite well.
  5. I had to trim a couple of sections around the upper arm mounts final shape
  6. Underbed now looks much more chunky added another closing piece. Probably should have made this all part of the original box but I hadn't thought that far ahead
  7. Added an arch liner from 1mm plasticard. There's a 5mm overhang outside of the body. I wasn't 100% sure I wanted or needed this, but thought I'd give it a try to see how it looks. A healthy dollop of hot glue helps hold the bendy arch in place fin.
  8. Trimmed around the rear towers added some support for rigidity then added some more square section outside the box. This is the perfect height for adding an arch liner.
  9. Bump. I've been meaning to do some more work on this rig for an absolute age, and as I was without parts to finish off some other stuff and it was too nice of a day to spend indoors doing 3D designs or printing stickers, I decided I'd pull the body off the Truck of Many Wheels and give it some updates. The first thing I wanted to do was hide the ugly empty space between the bed and the chassis. This doesn't look very scale and makes the truck look a bit thin and weedy. The easiest way to do this was to build a box from plasticard. Here's how the underbed looks. Added some styrene square section and some sides from 1mm plasticard
  10. Not sure when I'll have time to do any more work on this rig - I'm pretty busy with racing and prep over the next few weeks so I need to put this one away somewhere safe. Fitting the tipper mechanism seems a little trickier than I first thought as there is no mounting point for it on the tipper bed...
  11. Another quick update - there was a problem with my ebay order for alu sheet, so I haven't made the rear axle bracket yet, but I did have a spare day in the week when I managed to fit my tipper bed. I managed to fit this without the Lesu tipper bed rails - the tipper pivot nicely fits into the last hole on the stock chassis. Note that the rails have not been changed at all in this pic - this is a standard Grand Hauler length with a chopped day cab.
  12. That's about as far as I've got - the arches are cut, the interior is mounted, the next big job is to mask and paint the body. Got a few ideas for colour schemes but there's a lot of little details to mask on that Jeep body if I want to keep it scale. Updates to follow whenever I can be bothered to mask the body.
  13. I ended up going back to the Proline Cherokee body that I originally bought for this rig way back before the Axial Cherokee body was released. So with the jig re-assembled again for the shorter Cherokee wheelbase, I made up some new links. The interior in these pics is not a genuine Proline item - it's a cheap knock-off from China. This is (still) going to be a Class 2 rig, so cut arches are the norm
  14. OK, further updates from the past couple of weeks. I wasn't happy with the chopped body so I made some extended links and test-fitted the JConcepts body. I think it looks great, but to run this body over these tyres I'd either have to mount the body very high, chop out the arches, or restrict the articulation - and I didn't want to do either of those. So, back to the drawing board.
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