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Posted by JSS4 | Mar 23, 2015 @ 06:59 PM | 1,411 Views
Been hunting one of these down for over a year now. FInally managed to find one for sale locally, so I just HAD to get it. It's a sweet model, I just wish they made one in 1/18 Have some SWAT treatment lined up for this one, may even have to get another one

Posted by JSS4 | Mar 23, 2015 @ 06:54 PM | 1,387 Views
Got this a few months ago, haven't shared it yet. It was discontinued and I snagged what I could get Looks great in the RCMP markings, and I have some special lighting in store for this one

Posted by JSS4 | Mar 23, 2015 @ 06:29 PM | 1,294 Views
Another basic model, this time for display in Tactical Products Canada, a store in Toronto. Low profile lightbar and wig wag lights. Powered by USB for long operation.

Demo video

Toronto Police Service Ford PI Concept with basic LED package (5 min 30 sec)

Working on video from store, will be added to this post later.
Posted by JSS4 | Mar 13, 2015 @ 10:19 PM | 1,410 Views
Model also has an LED pushbar, with 6 0603 SMD LEDs. Version 2 is in development and has 8 LEDs.

More to come...

1/43 LED Pushbar (0 min 50 sec)

Posted by JSS4 | Mar 13, 2015 @ 10:17 PM | 1,389 Views
Built a 1/43 LED lightbar for a project. 18 LEDs, dual control, and alley lights. Total length is about 1 1/4". Controlled by 2 boards

More to come...

1/43 18 LED Dual control lightbar (2 min 19 sec)

Posted by JSS4 | Feb 13, 2015 @ 08:01 PM | 3,963 Views
Yesterday I finally got my first NEW Kyosho model. A store across town had it on clearance so I had it put on layaway. They had it priced at 59.99, but when I went to pick it up, he dropped the price again to $49.99! I also got a 1/18 BMW 330i touring for the same price.

I finally managed to open it tonight and WHAT A MODEL!!! It's gorgeous! I managed to get some pics with my phone, and sometime I'll get my brother to use his DSLR to get some much nicer shots. I also included some unboxing pics.

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Posted by JSS4 | Dec 17, 2014 @ 07:14 PM | 1,512 Views
In June this year I did some flying while my brother took video. Like the Cessna, I finally got around to editing the footage of the flights recently.

Parkzone UM Spitfire flight compilation (3 min 24 sec)

Last week I made up a nav light kit for my Spitfire, can't wait to try some night flying when the weather agrees!

Posted by JSS4 | Dec 17, 2014 @ 07:10 PM | 1,495 Views
I posted a thread about my Cessna build earlier in my blog, but it wasn't until recently that I managed to compile a video of some of the flights I made with it.

Micro RC Cessna Flights (1 min 56 sec)

Enjoy, and feel free to post your comments, criticisms, suggestions, etc
Posted by JSS4 | Dec 13, 2014 @ 08:56 PM | 2,744 Views
Finished this one today after a day long build. The order was a model identical to the last RCMP Vic so that's what I did.

Feel free to post comments, criticisms, suggestions etc.


Another 1/24 RCMP Crown Victoria with working lights (0 min 56 sec)

Posted by JSS4 | Nov 14, 2014 @ 11:08 PM | 2,500 Views
Today (okay, yesterday - just nitpicking) I got a relatively rare diecast model - It's the AutoArt Ford Crown Victoria in RCMP markings in 1/18 scale. One thing I can say - This thing is HUUUGE! It even puts my BMW to shame. It's very well detailed (typical of a model of this caliber) and it looks amazing. The sheer presence of this car is incredible.

I have been after a 1/18 RCMP unit for a while, and there were 2 options: The Motormax and this. The Motormax is a tad smaller, and not NEARLY as nice looking, well made, and generally as good as this. The thing going for the MM model was the price. The AutoArt, being a relatively hard to find model, and out of production for several years, can be quite expensive and they run on Ebay for up to $250 plus shipping. Needless to say I got this one for a fraction of that off another collector.

Being a 1998 model (from what I've read) it could use a few updates, which will be done when I light this model. The grill will be swapped out for a 2006+ style honeycomb grill, and the wheels changed for dog dish pursuit wheels. The lightbar, as nicely executed as it is, needs to be updated to a low profile LED lightbar. The hood and trunk on this model are very solidly built, and thus have trouble staying open. This isn't an issue, because I don't display my cars with all components open except for very short periods of time. Dust can get in and stay in.

This model also came with extra decals for unit numbers, etc. and other...Continue Reading
Posted by JSS4 | Nov 03, 2014 @ 04:13 PM | 2,507 Views
I got these models a few weeks ago from Larry Bradshaw at www.customdiecast.ca. They are made by First Response Replicas in scale 1/43, and all of them are blank black. I picked them up because FRR is closing their doors, and if I didn't get them now I risked the chance of their prices shooting sky high.

The models I bought are as follows:
2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit
2010 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
2008 Chevrolet Tahoe
2011 Chevrolet Impala
2014 Ford Sedan Police Interceptor

They are all lined up to be lit. Full overkill lighting is going to be hard on these but I love a challenge.

I finally got a camera to use for the photos, but because the Tahoe is in its original bag I opted not to open it.

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Posted by JSS4 | Oct 30, 2014 @ 07:10 PM | 2,231 Views
At yesterday's indoor flying session I also brought along my Beaver to see if I could have some more flights on it. I managed a few good ones, mostly at full throttle due to the low thrust to weight ratio. In order to fix that I was looking at using an AS3Xtra motor, high performance prop, and a 150mAh 45C battery. Anyone think it would help?

It flew well for it's condition and it exceeded my expectations for my first scratchbuild. The drag flaps I attached greatly help with the flight requirements.

Towards the end of the flights I noticed that as I banked left and applied up elevator to carry through the turn it rolled back to the level. I landed immediately to find out that the wire joining the elevator halves had come loose. This resulted in full down travel and only starboard up elevator travel.

Like the Cessna, the flights had their issues, but I'm elated that my first scratchbuild was a success.

Feel free to post your criticisms, comments, and tips and suggestions for any changes or upgrades I should make.

Credit goes to my brother for coming out and shooting all the photos. He's getting better with his DSLR and I look forward to better flights on better planes with better pictures! I tried to get some shots, but the planes were just too small and too fast to try and track and autofocus on.

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Posted by JSS4 | Oct 30, 2014 @ 06:24 PM | 2,307 Views

Yesterday night I attended indoor flying to perform the Cessna's maiden flight, and to try for a more successful flight on the Beaver. They both did quite well, especially for early scratchbuilds!

There is just something about the feeling you get when you taxi your creation and line up. As you give it power, it speeds down the "runway" before finally breaking free of the ground and soaring toward the skies. It's a wonderful feeling and put an in-erasable grin on my face

Needless to say, there were some issues with it. The lack of a steerable nosegear was obvious in the large turning circle. Another issue with the flight was the lack of sufficient right turning. For some reason, despite the centred servo and trim, the rudder would turn left, but the entire fin would twist and negate any right input. I figured

Even with said issues, I managed several short flights (with me being the limiting factor). Some of them were 1 lap, others with much more. Results at the end of the session were a broken motor mount, and damaged wing pins (which turned out to be unnecessary).

The plane now requires repairs, but it flew and that's what matters to me.

Feel free to criticize, comment, and give tips and suggestions for repairs and upgrades.

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Posted by JSS4 | Oct 13, 2014 @ 05:03 PM | 1,866 Views
Right here is the Motormax 1/43 2011 Dodge Charger Enforcer. I saw this model at Walmart when I got my 1/24 RCMP Charger (which will be posted here when completed) and decided to get it later on. Well, I searched but found nothing. Yesterday as I was at Walmart I decided to check for another 1/24 Crown Vic or if they had any of these Chargers in stock. To my delight they did! I bought it and brought it home for further inspection.

The decals were poorly placed, even up to 1/8" off in some places. I had planned to strip the paint and decals off this and repaint it black for a mean looking unmarked cruiser. Didn't need to. To my delight I was able to simply peel the markings off to expose a nearly perfect unmarked Charger! The rear bumper was painted, so I'll have to mask and paint it black (hoping I get the shade right) and the side markers need to be moved down. The outer part of the rims will also be painted black.

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Posted by JSS4 | Oct 11, 2014 @ 10:57 PM | 2,167 Views
This model was a gift from my brother for my birthday yesterday. It is a Bburago 1992 Viper RT/10.

It's a nicely detailed model, especially considering the brand. The engine is very well detailed, but the interior not so much. The gauges are just stickers and so is the rest of the dash. The seats aren't bad, and the underbody is very nicely detailed.

He told me when he gave it to me that it was a something I could practice on and not be too scared (like I am with my 750Li). It was incredibly nice of him. I also got digital calipers (something I've been wanting for a while), and alligator clipped leads for electronic testing (which are very handy and useful). It was a great day.

I am debating on whether to give this normal lighting or undercover pursuit lighting. One thing I do know: It fills all the bays in my garage diorama Wasn't expecting it to happen that fast.

Pics were taken with my phone, so please excuse any quality issues. I'm still learning the ropes of phone photography

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Posted by JSS4 | Oct 10, 2014 @ 06:59 PM | 2,373 Views
Last month I attended a preachers' conference at a church in Barrie, ON. While I am not a preacher, nor can I speak publicly without drawing blanks, I went along to help a friend who is a preacher who had been injured. All I can say was that it was a tremendous experience. While I went along willingly to help, I would go on my own accord in a heartbeat.

The theme of the conference was "Operation: Stand Strong", taken from 1 Corinthians 16:13, which states:

"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."

In keeping with the theme of the conference, there was a bunch of old military memorabilia that was on display, some being a uniform, kit, etc. And of course the Willys jeep parked out front. I didn't have a camera, so I took the pics with my phone, and I hope they turned out OK.

While I believe it is an authentic WWII era Jeep, I may be wrong and it may be a replica. Either way, it's an incredibly cool vehicle and I'm glad I got to see it up close and personal. My brother commented that it sounded like a motorcycle as it left following the end of the conference.

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Posted by JSS4 | Sep 25, 2014 @ 04:33 PM | 2,177 Views
So yesterday this beauty arrived in the mail. I had ordered it NIB off Ebay last week after finding it for the cheapest I'd seen in months.

It's a Motormax 2004 Audi A8 3.2 in 1/18 scale. This is a surprisingly well detailed and well executed model for the pricepoint. While it's not up to par with my Kyosho 750Li, it' still a very nice model. Both the front and back doors open, as well as the hood and the trunk. One gripe is that the trunk is very rough to open and close. Maybe some grease will fix the problem.

One reason why I got this is because I like the big German Luxobarges. My Mercedes is now out of the competition for size. The 750Li only beats this one in length by about half an inch. My suspicion is because this model is a replica of the A8 SWB. If it was the LWB model like the Kyosho it'd probably be on par.

The primary reason I got this is to light it up. I plan to light the BMW in due course, but I was scared of messing up on such a nice model. With this one I'm not as scared of lighting it as there seems to be larger margin for error. This model will also get some extra detailing and touch ups when it's lit.

Feel free to post your comments, criticisms, and ideas.

Sorry for the poor pictures, they were taken with a phone camera. When I can use a better camera I'll do a proper photoshoot and post it.

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Posted by JSS4 | Jul 19, 2014 @ 02:54 PM | 2,486 Views
Finished lighting this model earlier today. Fastest build ever at under 3 days. Things like this normally take me in excess of 2 months to complete. This model is a gift for a relative who serves in the RCMP. It features a low profile lightbar control board and a blinker circuit for the body lights. I ground out the headlight buckets for a nice even shine from the SMD LED inside. All in all I'm pretty happy with the result for my first police model.


1/24 RCMP Crown Victoria with working lights (0 min 51 sec)

Posted by JSS4 | Jul 10, 2014 @ 12:18 PM | 2,980 Views
A few years ago my brother and I built a basic and small 1/18 scale 3 car garage to display our models. Since then, time has taken its toll and we decided it was time to replace our old diorama with a new one.

My brother and I used to have mini contests several years ago to see who could use recycled materials to make a free run airboat with minimal cash output. His consisted of two scrap bottles, a light piece of wood, 1 motor, a prop, and some C cell batteries. Mine consisted of something like 10 motors, 7 9 volt batteries and 2 large bottles, among other things. It was a (very heavy) powerhouse His was small and while his zipped to the other side of the pond, I had to rescue mine from sinking

We looked at the old garage and recalled our old contest days, so we agreed on a contest to replace the old diorama: who can make the best 1/18 garage diorama for the least amount of money. It isn't a serious contest, just a chance for me to see the margin by which I beat him But, if it has any results similar to our previous contests, he will beat me by a clear mile.

Anyhoo, enough rambling and on to the garages themselves.

The old garage was built from gatorboard and my brother made the accessories for it while I did the overall structural work (not much). The plan was to have a roof and front for this one but that never came to fruition. It still made a pretty good photo studio for time it was in service.

My brother's garage is designed as a 4 car and he's shooting for...Continue Reading
Posted by JSS4 | Jun 23, 2014 @ 09:52 PM | 2,819 Views
Last Tuesday I picked up 2 more diecast cars. The first was the Greenlight 2010 Ford Mustang GT in white, and the second was a Kyosho 2009 BMW 750Li in moonstone silver. It looks far better in person than it does in the pictures. I bought both models used for $75 total.

Notes about the Mustang are that you get what you pay for. It's a nice model, but it has its flaws and could use some touch ups.

The BMW is a different story. Though I can see that some of the paint chipped off the door handles and off the edge of the hood, I had to look hard to see them. It is a beautiful model with stunning detail, and it is also currently the nicest and largest model in my collection. Only my E320 estate challenges it, and it's still an unfair match in favour of the BMW.

The plan is to light these, when I get more experience and I've finished all my current projects. The Mustang will be an undercover unmarked police car, and the BMW will be lit as a VIP dignitary transport. I may add some whip aerials, and I will put red and blue strobing lights in the grill. The Mustang will have visor lights, grill lights, and a bunch of other flashing lights hidden along it.

Feel free to post your comments and critiques. I plan to take better pictures to replace these sometime soon. Any tips on photographing models like this?...Continue Reading