A quick update on the Turbo Porter. All major assemblies are installed including the remodeled nose section. Most of the aircraft has had a coat of primer applied to find any flaws in the surface and joints.
Video How-To: Scale modeling often calls for the use of a tool found in a mechanics or woodworkers workshop. Many of these larger power tools are available in scaled down form, but often they are not available nor affordable for everyone
Do you want to build a better model? Who doesn’t! Roger W. of IPMS-Steve Wittman suggest building yourself some stands and jigs to hold the components as you build them. This protects those delicate parts from damage by heavy fisted handling. They also aid in the accurate alignment of parts so everything squares up.
What time I have been able to spend at the bench since my last post hasn’t been much but it has been quality time. I’ve got the seams where I sliced and diced the cab to slim it down cleaned up and ready for primer. I’ve also started to fill in the access doors on the side of the cab to make those disappear and filled in the gap on the cockpit interior where it too was cut and spliced back together.
After my recent interview with Tim Ahlborn, I felt the need to tackle some of my Big Rig projects. I mentioned that I drove a slim cab version of the GMC Astro 95 while in the Air Force and since there is no kit of it I had to modify the AMT kit. Somewhere in my stash I have a kit already started, but if memory serves me my first attempt wasn’t what I had hoped it to be. Probably why its buried deep and out of sight.
Holding devices are like a mouse trap, they accomplish the end task but not necessarily in the manner we want or with the desired finesse. I’ve tried my fair share of bench top clamping devices and most didn’t meet my expectations. Well along comes one from Excel Hobby Blades that beats the others at doing the job.
Often we want our models to have as a realistic appearance as possible but often even though the kit manufacture went to the trouble of giving us separate parts for intakes and scoops they are often not really any better than if they had been molded in place. I show how to remedy that!