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One Below? New one on me I’ll have to look if they have a shop in Sheffield.

 

Edit: Well fuck me blind they’re opening one 5 minutes from my house. I’ll pop in next week.

It is the latest venture by father and son entrepreneurs Christopher Edwards Jnr,  36, and Christopher Edwards Senior, who founded Poundworld Retail Limited before it was sold to American private equity conglomerate, TPG Capital in 2014.

Independent chain One Below opened on Saturday, March 16 in the former Poundworld unit.

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That’s not bad. So I’m guessing it requires no primer as well?

I’ve been priming them, but I haven’t tried without. The main reason for priming is that the airbrushes paint is so much thinner you can’t get away with small scratches and casting imperfections so you need a decent layer of primer to hide that.

 

That's given me something to consider, my repaint pile is getting too much for rattlecans as well.

Definitely. It pays for itself very quickly, and the compressors have a high resale value so you won’t lose much if you change your mind. I tried to buy a used one for ages, but they always got bid almost to new price.

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Purple meths, for 24-48 hours, in a sealed jar.  Doesn't damage the plastic - with the exception of making some early Lesney plastic wheels go soft, easily sorted by rinsing them off and letting them air dry for 24 hours, after which they firm up again - is a good low cost, low odour, method.  Tends to work well on modern paints and repaints, not so great on really old paints.  You can re-use the meths as well, so you don't have to dispose it after every car.

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Courtesy of the Ramrod Collection, I've got this on my desk to build.  Because I'm making use of what was in the box it's not going to be a police car, it's going to be a High School Hot Rod.  I have a very clear vision for how this one will look.  I've been warned this kit isn't the best and the fit and finish on some parts is certainly not great, however, that should work in my favour because of how I want the end result to look.

 

Is that the Monaco? I did this one many years ago with various bits from the parts box:

 

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AMT 1:25 Dodge Monaco by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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I'm finding that if a car has been Humbrolled, caustic soda will strip it in anything from five minutes to an hour.  If all it wears is original factory paint, the caustic doesn't seem so keen.  I haven't found an answer yet.

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Another charity shop haul. I can't believe the Bagheera still has it's opening plastic hatch.  :-D

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I thought all the Sierras had a red interior to make the back lights red?

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I repainted the Rolls to match the one my MOT testers have (wonderful place to sit waiting for an MOT)  and gave it to them they were chuffed.

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Spotted:  it is indeed that kit.  I found a video tonight that's going to be VERY useful for some of the detail I wanted to incorporate but wasn't sure how.  There's quite a bit of useful info on this channel, as it happens, including how to make a moderately convincing vinyl roof from masking tape.

 

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Lovely weather and lunchtime have crashed into each other so it's a great opportunity for me to share the completed 4CV with you all.  There's things I learned from this and things I'll do better next time, namely the glass.  My idea for the glass worked on the test samples but didn't work that well on the actual model, so I'll know for the future that I should mask off the areas I want to remain clear unless I want foggy plastics.  Likewise the chrome didn't weather quite the way the sample suggested it would.  The chrome turned out better than expected, that said, the satin varnish coat really helped give it that look of dull chrome and helped the washes afterwards stick without need of cutting back through to reveal shiny chrome.  Number plates were hand painted, naturally, though I had a slight case of exploding brush syndrome so they don't look quite as nice as I'd hoped they would.

 

Still, it'll do.

 

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I found bits of a kit I ruined several years ago and which I've robbed parts from for other projects since.  It's in a sorry state.  It's also complete enough to do *something* with.  It's missing the instrument cluster, most of the rear lights, both front quarter light frames, engine, gearbox, prop shaft, and some bits of the suspension.  I can get most of these bits from other kits or, since the bonnet is glued shut, not worry about the underpinnings.  We shall see.

 

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I think it was originally a Revell build-it-two-ways kit with the option to make bone stock or 60s custom versions.  This is halfway between the two looking at what bits are on it.  Undecided what I'll do with it at the moment so it can sit in the queue behind the HSHR while I decide.

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