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I've recently finished the tinkering with my Paj & a real push over the Christmas break got it done, so thought I'd share it with you
I bought this off a TC member early last year with the intention of just running & having fun with but I couldn't help myself & so I set about 'tidying' the detailing. Trouble is, & many of you will probably know what I mean, once I start I get hooked up in the 'I'll just improve this bit, repaint that bit, I could add this here, add that there, etc, etc'.
So before long I ended up doing far more than had planned (& subsequently a distinct lack of progress on my Blazer resto) but I'm very happy with how it's turned out.
I'll try to summerise in not too many words what I did to it:
First I did some minor repairs to the bottom of the arches & inserted a piece in the front below the grille & generally cleaned up the bottom edges where the moulded bumpers had been removed / broken off.
I then replaced the roofrack with an RC4WD one & made a sort of tool / storage box using a computer component box from Maplin & clad it in styrene treadplate sheet. I also made a barrel & detailed the existing rooftop box which housed the switch for the lighting (another component box), just to disguise it a bit.
I made the bullbars at the front, with a platform for a winch & swapped & mounted the spotlights. I made a snorkel for it from styrene too. I replaced the front windscreen as it had a lot of marks & glue already on it & added cut-down wipers from a Hi-Lift sprue. I then repainted the rear rollbar, jerry can & rear bed box & mounted some sandboards, & so mounting the spare wheel on the back.
There was already a Scorcher driver fixed inside so I removed & repainted him & made a basic cockpit, with rollcage, for him to reside in.
I then set about rewiring the headlights & spotlights. This was a bit tricky, especially trying to feed the wires from underneath, upto the roofrack, to the spots, back downagain, etc. I had intended to house the battery for the lighting in the new treadplate box on the roof but thought it better to keep the centre of gravity low & so in the chassis it went. I added in resistors too to make sure the LEDs get the right voltage now as two had already burn't out when I got it. Electrics is something I just struggle to get my head round & there is a bit of science in selecting the right LEDs, resistors, way to wire them, etc. Before I looked it up on the net I simply thought I could just connect the LEDs to the battery & voila! Not quite, but at least now these will last a while. However, I now have to take the front spots apart again coz another of the original LEDs has given up since finishing the project - typical, it worked when I tested it beforehand!
I also added red LEDs to the rear, made enclosures for them the same size as the moulded rear light section on the outside & glued these inside the body directly behind the moulded lights. They shine through the body & light up well in dull light, even better at night. I was surprised how well.
I also had to make a couple of repairs to the chassis, insert a piece to the front (although now covered by the bullbars) & make a rear body post that had snapped off.
After painting the new & various other parts, I put it all together & masked the 'swipe' of the wipers, then sprayed in bursts TS-46 Light Sand to areas of the front, behind wheel arches, lower body, roofrack & rear including spare wheel, even chassis, to give a weathered 'dirt splashed everywhere' look & blend in the fresh parts. The car had already been weathered to a degree when I bought it, so I was looking to add to this & add realism. I really liked the car before & I'm even happier with it now.
I think it looks good even with the front bumper & adds protection to my bullbars as I don't want to obliterate them the first time I run it into something! I am contemplating adding something to resemble a sump protector or oil cooler grille under the bullbars to hide the screws that hold that on, maybe?
I will now be running this soon:D
Any comments / suggestions very welcome & thanks for looking.
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Pajero - As I Bought It (Before)