Jump to content

Spottedlaurel

Full Members
  • Content Count

    4648
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    1

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to morrisoxide in Shite in Miniature II   
    Back from the Oxide paint flash overs "you scuff em we paint em".
    Loosely held together with bluetack for now. I'll get some better pictures when it's daytime and fully together.
    Also the interior looked ok until the blue window tints make the interior look too blue.


     
     
  2. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to Shite Ron in Shite in Miniature II   
    I decided to get my models out of their boxes last night to put them on display. I started with as close as possible to the current fleet, there are some variations with spec. and colour, also some saloons substituting estates but this was as close as I could get:

    The finished display:


  3. Like
  4. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to TripleRich in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1332 hours of work - Getting close now   
    I've done quite a bit more work since the last update.  Over the past year or so since I painted it I've spent a lot of time with the car and got to know every defect no matter how small.
    Something I decided to do a while back was repaint both quarter panels when I had the opportunity.  When I painted the car originally I had never done anything like it before.  As a result my filler work was basic and only focused on areas I could see or feel.
    The results of that method are missing ripples and shallow dents.  Once the paint goes all of them show up when you look down the side of the car.
    Now with more experience, the right tools, products and method I set to redoing the rear quarters.  I rubbed them down with a long block which shows up all the highs and lows.  Applied a skim of filler to the entire panel and then blocked it down.  It's much more involved than that but you get the idea.  I found lots of issues and worked hard over the course of 4 days to get them right.

    Primed the panels and blocked that back to prepare for paint.  About two days to prime, prepare and paint.  Much happier with it now.


    It won't look all that different in pictures but it really has made a massive improvement to the car.
    With that difficult and daunting task complete I flat and polished the panels to remove the orange peel.  Then put everything back together, about a days work.

    Back on track I continued adding the final few parts.  This is a factory under tray, not often seen in the UK but was an option on these cars.

    Cleaned up the jack and spare wheel hardware.

    Made and fitted the last bit of trim for the boot.  This covers a void between the quarter panel and boot floor.  It's originally filled with foam but I've left that out as it causes rust in the wheel arches.
     
    Finally I flat and polished the sills and ordered some new tyres.

    Very close now, perhaps another 8 hours of work and the car should be finished.

  5. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to STUNO in Been to the races   
    Saturday was just an ordinary day, except that my neighbour had said " lets go to the races", or to be specific to the NZ Historic grand prix, which was being held in Taupo only 40 minutes drive away
    The program included saloons, formula junior, trans am and the old but impressive and noisy formula 5000 open wheelers.
    Have a look. the camera is poor and did not pick up the noise, but I am sure you can imagine the sound of a straight-piped 7 litre Ford , or a Dodge Viper.
     

     

    ^^^^ A company car !!

    After their races all the Anglia drivers got together.
     
     

    Crap video to come soon !


  6. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to Parky in Kiwi Kar Konundrums - Parky2 adventures so far   
  7. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to Parky in Kiwi Kar Konundrums - Parky2 adventures so far   
    Nowt to report on the Mitsi but yesterday saw the “Wings and Wheels” festival in Oxford up the road from my house.  I didn’t even realise there was an airfield there.  Anyway, some sights for your delectation.....
    The Austin was my favourite.  Made the same day I was born!












  8. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to flat4alfa in Shite in Miniature II   
    Anyone into current Bburago 1/32 series of modern diecasts?  This one came in 'kit' form, which just meant 'not assembled' as it's pre-painted (and nicely too)

    The other day I converted this Jaguar XF to be a slot car. 

    Diecast body, so is a bit hefty and won't win too many races off the line.  But that wasn't the point.

    Motor is tucked inside between the hacked about seats, which took a while to get right while keeping centre console and most of the seats intact and tidy.  Then blacked it out to match.   Ought to fit a driver, but might just re-do the interior in tan, to complement the exterior colour.  Or just leave it and get back to repairing the kitchen.

    Good thing about these Bburagos is the bases are screwed home and the tyres are quite rubberish so no need to change the wheels, just drill them out a bit to fit the axles.  Couple of adjustments to make, but it'll do for now

    Why?  You ask.  Because ....no else has made one
  9. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to egg in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Canadian spec on Cars and Bids...
    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/KV06NxPl/1986-hyundai-stellar-executive



  10. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from mk2_craig in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Listed as being in Clacton, but looks like it might be what some of the locals call West Clacton, aka Jaywick.
  11. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from mk2_craig in Enfield 8000 1970's Electric Car, Acquired   
    Fantastic!
    I used to see one in Lavenham, Suffolk circa 30 years ago, not sure if it was in use as it was always parked in the same place. When I drive past now I still take a look there.
    One turned up at a local show a few years ago:

    1976 Enfield 8000 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

    1976 Enfield 8000 by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

    Electrathon 86 and Eastern Electricity Economy 7 stickers by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr
    Don't know if it was a runner, at the time DVLA said it had been off-road since 1995.
    Looks like they have Avenger door handles?
  12. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Sudsprint in Shite in Miniature II   
    Presumably the same Aurora who made plastic kits?

    This came in a mixed lot some years ago, I sold it on again.
    I believe some of their cars ended up with Monogram. The Maserati 3500 GT I finished last summer was one of their own mouldings, was a pretty decent kit for something dating back to the '60s.
  13. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to barrett in 30th time lucky: one out!   
    As intimated in the 'end of year accounts' thread, one of the longest-serving fleet members left the fold just after Christmas. After about a year of advertising it on various platforms, we stuck a classified in La Vie de l'Auto magazine and straight away had loads of interest. One chap is a car trimmer by trade, so wasn't fazed by the knackered interior. He made an offer, we accepted. Booked in a tat-hauler to take it over to France on 28th December, as we were all aware selling a car to France was going to get a hell of a lot more difficult after January 1st.
    Because life, they closed the French border a few days before the car was due to be collected... we had a few worried days, but fortunately by the 28th things had opened up enough for matey to travel (after taking a Covid test), so off it went...


    After almost exactly seven years, I had mixed feelings seeing it go. It has more road presence than any car I've owned, or am likely to own, and is the only car I've owned that people would really stop in the street just to stare at, but it was also something of a problem child and even after lots of expensive work I never really had complete trust in its abilities to complete a journey. I had some good trips in it, though, including buying and fitting a hard top for it in the middle of a blizzard that turned out to be Northern France's worst weather front for decades, and then a week later crusing up to the Villa Savoye in glorious winter sunshine, using it as a chase car on a photo shoot and hooning round a Surrey car park kicking up the dust, but weirdly one of the best drives was a 10-mile blast up a nice bit of the A24, 85mph in the overtaking lane the whole way up and passing every boring modern car on the road. When it was good, it was very good, but when it was bad it was horrid.

    In less exciting news, the little coolant leak on my Xantia turned out to be the water pump, so I took a deep breath and booked it in for a cambelt etc... It cost me slightly more than the car itself did(!), but I've at least got some peace fo mind that it's not going to explode (via the cambelt snapping, at least) any time soon, and the guy also sorted various little niggles like fixing the screenwash and replacing bulbs, giving it a proper oil and filter change etc, so I reckon it was money well spent. Due to limited travel in 2020 I have only done a shade under 10,000 miles in it since I picked it up in July, but fingers' crossed there'll be many more miles ahead.

    My red BX is belatedly in for an MoT on Wednesday, which it will fail, but it'll give me a (hopefully short) list of jobs to sort and then that can get pressed into use as a back-up/weekend car to take some of the strain off the Xant. And if lockdown ever ends, I still have something a bit more interesting I've tentatively agreed to buy...
     
  14. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from flat4alfa in Shite in Miniature II   
    Presumably the same Aurora who made plastic kits?

    This came in a mixed lot some years ago, I sold it on again.
    I believe some of their cars ended up with Monogram. The Maserati 3500 GT I finished last summer was one of their own mouldings, was a pretty decent kit for something dating back to the '60s.
  15. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to antony denman in Shite in Miniature II   
    took me right back to early 70s as a kid bought same kit at hendon raf plane museum 1st kit got me into model makeing,
  16. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to captain_70s in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Attempted murder 2.0 - 22/01/21   
    Thank fuck the weather has remained ideal for finishing this thing and not a mixture of rain, snow and freezing fog....
    Oh wait.

    Now back to functioning as An Car, just needs some fuel hoses for the tank breather system and the handbrake adjusting before work tomorrow and I can drive it to the MOT station.
    There is still a bit to do, interior and trim needs a massive clean and fitting, a few panel gaps need tweaking, wheels need painting and the FUBAR bumpers replaced but the big stuff is hopefully done...


  17. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from eddyramrod in Shite in Miniature II   
    Presumably the same Aurora who made plastic kits?

    This came in a mixed lot some years ago, I sold it on again.
    I believe some of their cars ended up with Monogram. The Maserati 3500 GT I finished last summer was one of their own mouldings, was a pretty decent kit for something dating back to the '60s.
  18. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to Skizzer in Skizzer’s shedlife   
    Not an enormous amount of news on the Skizzer front - the Royale still has issues, I’ve bought an early Renault Espace but haven’t met it yet as @RobT is looking after it for me due to lack of room and lockdown restrictions. And also Rob is a better person at looking after things than I am.
    However, I have started making films about driving and fixing the fleet on my YouTube channel, Grand Thrift Auto.
    Think Harry’s Garage if Evo magazine had bombed, and also if he had a rubbish sound engineer.
  19. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from RoadworkUK in Shite in Miniature II   
    Every so often I'll have a dream about finding some old Superfast or the like in a shop, but something always happens that means I don't end up buying anything.
  20. Like
    Spottedlaurel reacted to Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    Yeah, I didn't manage to complete my purchase last night either - firstly, because I got distracted by a box of comics, and then because I suddenly realised that I'd gone out to the shops with only a towel wrapped round me... ☹️
    Still, I felt they were a bit steep at £2.50 each for some pretty bashed-up Polistil 1/25 scale - a wrecked Polo with no bootlid, two Lancia Monte Carlos with missing headlights, and quite a nice Mk1 Fiat Ritmo cabrio - so maybe it's for the best I didn't waste my dream-quids.
    Though I kinda wish the Matchbox Superkings 6-wheel Chevrolet RV I also 'found' actually existed in real life...
  21. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    Every so often I'll have a dream about finding some old Superfast or the like in a shop, but something always happens that means I don't end up buying anything.
  22. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Sudsprint in Shite in Miniature II   
    Nice one! Box at least is in better shape than mine, and you don't have 'detailed' plates (unsure if it's paint or Tippex). They are a very satisfying thing, I do agree.
    Of course I wouldn't do anything as foolish as suggesting you need to get one of the 1:64-ish Sierras in a branded box to match.......

  23. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Sudsprint in Shite in Miniature II   
    I invested a bit of Christmas money in these:
    Majokit or Majo-Kit? Looks like they couldn't make their mind up. Set 733 is pretty weighty, I wonder if it's ended up with some other stuff in there.
  24. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from andrew e in Shite in Miniature II   
    Nice one! Box at least is in better shape than mine, and you don't have 'detailed' plates (unsure if it's paint or Tippex). They are a very satisfying thing, I do agree.
    Of course I wouldn't do anything as foolish as suggesting you need to get one of the 1:64-ish Sierras in a branded box to match.......

  25. Like
    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from andrew e in Shite in Miniature II   
    I invested a bit of Christmas money in these:
    Majokit or Majo-Kit? Looks like they couldn't make their mind up. Set 733 is pretty weighty, I wonder if it's ended up with some other stuff in there.
×
×
  • Create New...