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  • Lining up the projects for 2020

    From the Spinneyworld blog.

    For someone selling models and modelling accessories, I don’t get anywhere near enough models built. I’ve finished a couple of small scale builds this year, and may manage to wrap up the Bosozoku bike soon.

    So, I’m challenging myself to make more models in 2020. Particularly ones where the build utilises my own products or stock.

    The first three are lined up, and ready to go.

    Build 1 will be this Fujimi Honda CR-X.

    Honda CR-X

    The recently added Street and Track Racer Parts set was designed, in part, to provide bits for this build. I’m aiming for a mix of track day toy and street racer, with definite nods to Kanjo racers and their like.

    Build 2 will be a Gundam.

    Gundam

    I know next to nothing about Gundam. There’s a mythology, games, and who knows what else. I just want to build a giant robot. One of my new distractions is watching Gundam build videos on YouTube, and I am inspired to detail up the model, and pose it in a diorama. I don’t have any specific 3D printed stuff to go with it yet, but the scale is 1:144, so it will work with N gauge/ 10mm wargames buildings and models.

    Build 3 will be a Land Rover. Or maybe several Land Rovers. I have the Italeri 1:24 fire truck, as well as their 1:35th 109″, and Revel’s 1:35th soft top. If I pick up Revel’s new 1:24th offering as well, I may try to build it and the fire truck side by side.

    That’s the current plan. I’d love to be organised, and do a build a month. But I’m realistic, and I know how a plan like that soon comes unstuck, so we’ll see.


  • 1:12th Customising bits for motorbike models

    Available from the Spinneyworld shop, or click on the buttons to add them to your shopping cart, then the cart itself to checkout.


  • The Bosozoku Bike Build continues

    From the Spinneyworld blog-

    It’s been a while since the last instalment of this build report. Mostly because I’ve been neglecting it.

    Masked lotus flowersSky blue sprayLotus flowers in the skyBranches and details added

    Painting the tank took more masking than I’d ever done before. I’m happy with the lotus flowers that resulted, though I am showing you the side where a section of paint didn’t lift off with the tape and require bodging with a brush.

    Also shown in the last photo are the Croc Jaw foot pegs. Future builds will likely use a higher proportion of Spinneyworld products, but this one only features the pegs and the Ape Hanger handlebars.

    Starting to go together

    The bike started to go together, in short bursts. I didn’t get the engine in the right place, though, and that had a bunch of knock on effects. Such as problems lining up the chain. Which were compounded when I glued it to the side of the engine block.

    Pegs in place

    The foot pegs look good, though.

    Pegs on the other side

    Final fit After a certain amount of faff, the exhausts went on. The kit shares parts with another model, so there were actually two exhaust options available to me. I went with the non-standard ones, but had to do some bodging, filing and cutting to get them working. The left hand pipes are a mashup of the chrome ones intended for the kit, and the longer alternative ones I wanted to use. Check out the gallery for a longer explanation.

    The handlebars have finally been ordered from the printer, and the bike should be finished soon after they arrive. Check back soon to see.


  • FittedUK 2019

    FittedUK 2019

    I know, I know. What’s a Green Party member doing at a car show?

    I like cars, particularly ones with a bit of individuality. If I ever get to the point where I can afford to run one, switching it to electric power will be part of the customisation. Until then, I’ll enjoy the looks and styling of other folks’ rides, and steal ideas for models for the Spinneyworld Shop.

    Enjoy the Flickr album. You may have to click on the image to go to the site, depending upon how temperamental the embedding code is being today.

    I just got a second hand digital SLR, so I was trying it out and experimenting with settings a bit. There was definitely a lot less noise than I got from the last camera I used in EventCity, but even with aperture priority set to its widest, and ISO at 800, exposure times were enough to introduce the occasional blur from shaking. I’ve not included the worst of those, of course. And cars with darker paint jobs are less well represented as well. The autofocus had issues differentiating them from dark backgrounds.


  • British Type 22 pillbox for 6mm wargames


  • 1:350th Cigarette boat models


  • Hot Rod Peep Mirrors/Vintage Wing Mirrors


  • 70s custom car interior accessories


  • 1:24th scale hood scoops for custom cars


  • Action cameras for car and bike models


  • JDM/Race car door mirrors 1:24th scale


  • Vintage car interior details


  • 1:24th/1:32nd scale Racing Fuel Tank


  • Interior details for race and drift cars


  • Funky little Renault 5 Turbo

    Funky Renault 5

    I have a magazine full of custom cars and comics by a French artist called Pascal Meslet, which has somehow managed to survive since 1984. I’ve always wanted to make some models based upon the pictures in it, and finally managed to.

    It’s a far from direct copy, but this little Renault 5 was inspired by the image it was photographed on top of. It’s been practically finished for over a month, I just kept putting off painting the rear lights and gluing them in.

    I need to get more modelling done, I reckon.


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  • 1:35th scale Land Rover roof rack

    I took a break from writing about zombies and vampires to do a bit of designing for 3D print. Having recently bought the Italeri 1:35th Land Rover Series 3 109″ hard top kit, I want to design some suitable accessories for it. The first is this roof rack. It looks simple enough, but it was painstaking work getting all those uprights and cross members aligned.

    Of course, once I have my Landie kitted out with survival gear, I’ll probably be putting it in a post apocalypse survival diorama. So I didn’t really get away from zombies at all.