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Pete Shepherd
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Since I my honeymoon last September I have built a number of cars for various events. Unfortunately my camera had a problem which I have only recently fixed. A few of the below have been used in competition and some have been built with events in mind but most will just be raced around my home track Cuckoo Pines

First up is one of my favourite cars to drive, a Ford Cortina GT. Kevin Owens (loosesalute) kindly sent me the car a couple of years ago, it was a complete MRRC car but I just used the body and added a PCS chassis. The car was raced at Wolves and the Norwich revival.







The next two cars have been built with the Southend slot racing club Unsung Heroes class which I haven't been able to compete in yet as there club nights clash with Colchester's. Both use Airfix bodies and again utilise the PCS chassis, an MGB and E Type Jaguar. The MGB is built to represent an SCCA racer and the E Type more of an early version before the Lightweights came along.















Next up are a couple of my favourite marque, Lotus (couldn't post some pictures without including my beloved Lotus could I!). The Elite is a rebuild of a car I had already built but after a few too many racing incidents I decided it needed a repaint and some improving. The body was originally cast as the Le Mans version which had an air vent/bulge in the bonnet and extra fuel caps as well as other details. These were all taken off and I made the car into a more conventional Type 14. I also improved other small details like the rear lights, front side lights as well as cutting out the air vent in the nose and adding some exhausts.
The Lotus 7 was much more simple as it is just a detailed Scalextric model. The biggest improvement was the change of the driver figure, the one that comes with the car is pretty horrible but Protoslot offer some pretty nice replacements and the one I used required little work to make him fit. I've also changed the wheels and painted the bonnet silver.















The final car is a Ghostmodels Ferrari 250 SWB. This is something I bought on my honeymoon from Electric Dreams in LA and built it as soon as I got back
. It was a very straight forward build and it went together very well. The car represents one of the cars from the 1961 Goodwood TT, the driver slips my mind??









Thanks,

Pete
 

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The cortina is stunning, those wheels
and the body colour is spot on and really suits it.

The caterham is excellent too, just goes to show that a few well executed details make all the difference!
 

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QUOTE (scudbong @ 19 Mar 2012, 00:23) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The final car is a Ghostmodels Ferrari 250 SWB. This is something I bought on my honeymoon from Electric Dreams in LA and built it as soon as I got back
. It was a very straight forward build and it went together very well. The car represents one of the cars from the 1961 Goodwood TT, the driver slips my mind??

Mike Parkes

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Martin De Ath
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Pete, an excellent collection of builds....

I especially like the Lotus 7, the Ferrari, the MGB, the.. "OH" all of them....


Great work...


All the best... Martin.
 

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Pete Shepherd
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Glad you like them guys and Munter your compliments are my favourite


QUOTE What wheels did you use on the Cortina??

They are Penelope Pitlane 13" sprayed cream and finished with a hubcap from a Ninco Porsche 356 wheel. I was pretty please with the way they came out.

QUOTE Can you give us details on how you achieve your paint finish?

Blimey where do I start?? I use full size car paints for a start from a shop in the UK called Halfords. I prime the cars and then give the primer a gentle going over with some 1500 grit wet and dry. I then leave the car on my spray tower (an old drink bottle with a crocodile clip wedge in the cap) in front of a warm radiator for a while until I'm ready to paint the top coat, usually the next day but I've often done it on the same day as well. When I'm ready to paint I put the spray can in some hot water for 5 minutes or so and then give it a good shake (after drying it) and then give the car a few light coats and then heavier ones, Usually about 5 coats in total. Between each coat I put the can back in the hot water and give it another shake. I always spray outside, preferbly on a sunny day and when I'm painting I try to spray heavy enough so that the paint looks really wet when the sun reflects off of it but not too heavy so that I get runs. This part obviously takes practice and I find that new cans of paint have more pressure and are easier to achieve a decent finish with. I then leave to dry for 24 hours and then give the body a polish with some full size car polish, I don't laquer my cars. If i'm not happy with the finish I give the car another rub down with some more 1500 grit and then give it another blast of paint.

Thanks again for the compliments,

Pete
 

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Jon Grainger
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They all look really nice Pete, I cant wait to be racing against these in the near future or 2013.

Could you advise how you did the chrome finish around the windows on the Fezza? I've got an Arii 911 which had the chrome flashing around the windows, and am debating whether to use either BMF or a chrome effect paint. (Your 911 looks stunning, great source of research for me!)

Jon
 

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Spray cans, hot water, and God's-own-very-large-spray-booth? Unless your photos have been photo-shopped
I'll be cancelling my order for that new airbrush and stop thinking about building that booth.

Beautiful!

/Christian
 

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QUOTE (scudbong @ 20 Mar 2012, 13:53) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Glad you like them guys and Munter your compliments are my favourite


They are Penelope Pitlane 13" sprayed cream and finished with a hubcap from a Ninco Porsche 356 wheel. I was pretty please with the way they came out.

Blimey where do I start?? I use full size car paints for a start from a shop in the UK called Halfords. I prime the cars and then give the primer a gentle going over with some 1500 grit wet and dry. I then leave the car on my spray tower (an old drink bottle with a crocodile clip wedge in the cap) in front of a warm radiator for a while until I'm ready to paint the top coat, usually the next day but I've often done it on the same day as well. When I'm ready to paint I put the spray can in some hot water for 5 minutes or so and then give it a good shake (after drying it) and then give the car a few light coats and then heavier ones, Usually about 5 coats in total. Between each coat I put the can back in the hot water and give it another shake. I always spray outside, preferbly on a sunny day and when I'm painting I try to spray heavy enough so that the paint looks really wet when the sun reflects off of it but not too heavy so that I get runs. This part obviously takes practice and I find that new cans of paint have more pressure and are easier to achieve a decent finish with. I then leave to dry for 24 hours and then give the body a polish with some full size car polish, I don't laquer my cars. If i'm not happy with the finish I give the car another rub down with some more 1500 grit and then give it another blast of paint.

Thanks again for the compliments,

Pete
if you have the odd blemish in an otherwise good "rattle can" paint job you can always cut/polish them out , providing you have put enough paint on in the first place. it also saves risking any further coats of paint obliterating shut lines and other details. a light going over with (wet) 1500/2000g paper followed by a fine cutting compound (i use "3m finess-it") should leave a decent finish. once you have completed any other detail painting , a final polish with autoglym super resin polish (or similar light/non abraisive polish) will really buff the paint to a fantastic shine. if you apply any polish to the paint before detailing you risk loosing adhesion to your chosen detail finish. a high standard of paint really isnt difficult but if you you are unsure , practice on a couple of other items first (plastic bottles or similar) as its better to use a little more paint than "trash" a good shell!
 
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