Not feeling the love for little cars at the moment having just built 3 chassis for one Porsche for a proxy but I have to press on with this. At least little Jack is finally available to take up his position as pilot. Mesh is in place without breaking another shell, thankfully.
Now just a matter of finalizing the driver's position and giving him a lick or paint I suppose. Oh and fitting exhaust and screen.
Lynne great job on Sir Jack. Just looking at the work you've done on him and his drivers suit has made it clear to me what extra detail does , and even how you hav done some of it. Well done and thanks for the wonderful instructive pics.. (yes I am a visual learner) Lol Bob
The paint work on the body is a little slap dash, but it does the job.
Mark Huber convinced me to separate the driver's arms from the body and reposition them a bit with the aid of some boiling water. And I drilled his hands (Jack's not Mark's) out with a 1/32 drill so that he can hold a steering wheel.
The head is painted with a basic mid flesh tone then shadowed with transparent layers of dark blue. I then repaint with translucent layers of the flesh tone again to blend. Then lay in translucent highlights with a mix of the flesh tone and white.
I used to mix my own with artists acrylics. Orange and white make a pretty good flesh colour. But lately, for expediency I'm using Vallejo acrylics.
Lenses were done with Microscale Krystal Klear and touched up with Tamiya smoke to tint. The dome of the helmet has been clear coated with Tamiya gloss and the peak/visor left matte. Studs also received a dab of gloss.
Well... It took some time, but it's finally done. I had to get yet another pesky proxy car done between the previous post and this one. I think it rates a mention here as it is wearing an Immense Miniatures livery and is piloted by Jack Brabham with Graham Hill in the co-pilot seat. Thought it might help to get the Immense Miniatures name and product in front of a few more people.
Anyway, to the Lotus....
A minor glitch with the windshield. I cut is a little short and didn't have a replacement piece. I've probably also left a little too much on the bottom when trimming it. Other than that it went on ok. I taped it in place using some Tamiya masking tape on the outside and ran a bead of Formula 560 around the inside. When that was dry I removed the tape and ran another bead around the outside.
Jack has been glued onto the motor and any void backfilled with light putty.
On the whole, I'm mostly satisfied with it for a first effort, but I hope I'll do better with the next one.
The stats: Shell: Penelope Pitlane Inserts: Resin by Munter Driver: Immense Miniatures Motor: SRP 16k slimcan Wheels: front BWA 15" narrow - rear RS Slot Racing 15" narrow Tyres: Paul Gage urethane Guide: Slot.it with MB Slot braid Gears: Ranch Design 9:24 Weight: 55.5g
It seems to run ok on my wee track. Could possibly do with XPG rather than standard PG tyres on the rear, but my track is a little neglected lately. Having never driven anything of the sort it's really not easy to judge the success of the build in that respect. In my brief test run I wasn't able to shake it out of the slot which is a good sign, I suppose.
So, Jack has now left the building on his way to tech inspection for the Tasman Cup.
Thank you to all who assisted me with the build along the way. I thoroughly appreciated your input of information and encouragement.
Post by David Lawson on Apr 17, 2015 1:10:23 GMT -5
Well done for finishing it after all the blood sweat and tears, I bet there were times when you wanted to throw it in the bin and give up.... You've displayed one of the halftonner builder's most valuable attributes - perseverance.
The finished car looks really excellent and I'm pleased that you are happy with it.
Thank you. It was Herr Huber that convinced me to free the driver's arms. Just takes a bit of patience and a little razor saw. Though it took several baths in hot water to get the shape set just right.