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I've wanted to build this car ever since I saw the first pictures of it. I just love its mean looks! I posted a picture and a brief intro in the "Is no one building anything!" thread, but I think it might deserve a thread of its own. The body is from a Scalextric kit, and I'll be making some kind of a scratchbuilt chassi for it. I think I'll go for a front motor setup, to make it "real life like" and for it to be able to compete nicely with the Lister, Marcos, Viper, Ferrari 575 and such cars.
Here are a couple of pictures of the work this far:






As you can see, I'm not done with the filler business yet, but I ran out of filler a couple of days ago, so I just sanded it lightly to see how much more that had to be done. I haven't yet decided if I'm going to fill the doors too and reshape them slightly. It seems the real car has almost standard doors on it and just bulbous wheelarches, but the Scalextric version seems to have a slightly wrong door profile to it, so maybe I'll have a go at that too... We'll see if I can be bothered.

I'll keep you updated on the progress.
 

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..so why can't I see the pictures? Seems to be something with the IE6.02 we use in the company - no chance to swith to firefox...
 

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JohnP! Hehe, why not?

Nice to hear that some can see the pics. Are you still not able to see them Thomas? They are from my photobucket site, but I could move them to a gallery here at slotforum too, being a plusmember and all
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I got myself a new tube of filler late today, so I'm busy shaping now again... great flashbacks to the P68...
I've also got myself a couple of different paints to try to finnish it of eventually. I think the paint used on the real car has a "candy" effect that goes from deep blue to purple, and that would be really cool to have on the little one too. Problem is it seems to difficult to get in 1:32 scale. I haven't decided if I'll go for just a blueish-purpleish metallic paint job or if I should try to make it "candy". I suppose to make a "candy" job look even half decent and evenly applied I'd need to invest in an airbrush though...
. Not overly keen on that at the moment. The paint is of course also depending on what livery I go for, since the cars raced at LeMans are candy and the ones raced in the LMES seem more purple in the pictures I've got. Any help with pictures is of course very appreciated. I've gathered a few at www.motorsport.com but apart from that they are not easy to find on the web.
This is the car that raced in LMES:


Here's a pic of one of the LeMans cars:


Both pictures from www.motorsport.com

So anyway, more pictures always welcome!
 

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Strange
. Anyway, sorry about that Thomas, but I just created a gallery with the pics in the Gallery section here on the site, so you should be able to view them over there. (Not that they are that exiting...
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I'll try and avoid making this a thread about posting photos on the forum! So can I just say what a great car to model. Quite a challenge taking on the sweeping shape of a TVR. Your work so far looks brilliant.

I think the problem with making a TVR correctly is that even the real ones are hand made and so every one is slightly different!

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Thanks for the kind words and for steering it away from pic posting! I'll hope to get some more done on the car tonight, but we'll see...

QUOTE I think the problem with making a TVR correctly is that even the real ones are hand made and so every one is slightly different!
Hey this gives me some room in my intepretation then too I guess
. Ah, well they're all different anyway...
 

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This has been a long time really! Anyway, now I'm fairly happy with the overall shape of the car, and I've recieved paints for it too
. It is a very special colour on the car, so I have done a bit of research. Thanks to "PAB" here on the forum I've learnt how to create a candy look! He has also helped me acuire a small selection of very nice paints from Acrylicos Vallejo. I've got a transparent blue and red, a metal medium (miniscule metal flakes, creating a metallic effect), a gloss varnish, a satin varnish, a transparent smoke, and even a fine putty. Those paints are really nice and very easy to work with, and I can easily recomend them to anyone
They come in small bottles with a drop dispenser for easy mixing. That was completley new for me and seemed strange at first, but now I love it for its simplicity. You just drip the amount you need into a small cup and then use that with the rest of the paint safely tucked away in the closed original bottle. They have a range of 220 colours and they are all mixable with eachother to create some truley stunning effects. If you're interested go here to read more.
I started out testing a few different methods of creating the candy effect for this car, and now I've come to a conclusion of how to make it. First I start with a base of Humbrol Metalcote (#27001), then I've applied one coat of my special mix from the Vallejo paints, and last I added two coats of varnish to get some more deapth. The mix contains the following:
3 parts transparent Blue
5 parts transparent Red
3 parts glossy varnish
1 part metal medium

The result is very nice!!! Very deep blue in some lights and angles, and quite purple in other lights and angles. Sweeeet! I've used a couple of old Scalextric sidecars for trial painting
, they are great because of their flowing curves and smooth surfaces. I'll try to get some pictures of them tomorrow in daylight.

I've also spoken to Mr Iceman about decals, and he said he'd make me some when he comes back from his holiday. I decided on the #96 car from LeMans this year by the way.




And a little teaser of the real one...


There are still a few things that differ on the body of the car, but they are around the a pillars and I think I'll just have to leave that, otherwise I'd have to remake the windows too to make them fit.
 

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...another update, if anyone's interested.

Here's a shot of an old Scalex sidecar painted with my mix. It needs a little more fine tuning with the shades of blue and purple, but it has the candy effect right at least (hard to notice in this one shot though).



Here are some shots of the car after I modified the area around the bottom of the windscreen and the rear points of the bonnet. This area was completely wrong before, and I'm still not 100% happy, but I'm soon there.



I also put on a front splitter today, made from a plactic card:

 

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Looks Excellent Toby, I look forward to seeing the finished car.

The real one did look good at Le Mans, just a shame it's performance didn't match it's looks.

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Thanks for the kind words!
I've made some more progress today, and I've actually painted the first coat of the Humbrol Metalcoat. Very exiting! I'm just wishing I had an airbrush. You can see the brushlines quite clearly, and I'm not thrilled...
. I might just have to invest in a Airbrush system, but it seems so expensive to get started. The expense of a compressor, tank and the airbrush itself. Any good advice here? Do I need a double action one or is single action enough for most things?

Here's a couple of shots of the latest progress:

 

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Well you managed to win the F3L concourse without an airbrush Toby so I don't think you're doing too badly


Having said that the quality of finish and flexibility you get from an airbrush definitely makes it worth the investment imho. Same goes for a compressor. I have a "mid-range" Revell Profi airbrush with Holding Compressor/reservoir tank which work great for me.

And, the car is looking mighty good - be sure to keep us posted as that paint builds up


P.S. rumour has it that mrs Santa is out tonight hunting for my TVR kit
 
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