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Posted by JSS4 | Jul 19, 2014 @ 02:54 PM | 1,286 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.

Enjoy

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

Posted by JSS4 | Jul 10, 2014 @ 12:18 PM | 1,485 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 | 1,625 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
Posted by JSS4 | Apr 18, 2014 @ 07:04 PM | 1,868 Views
I recently completed this Cessna 182 built from Dave Blum's plans, scaled back 50%. These plans were very well drawn and relatively simple to follow.

Wing is held on with pins in the front and magnets in the rear. Cowl and rear window molds has been carved but not molded. They will be installed when this plane is over with its testing.

Receiver is from my dead Champ.

WS: 18.75"
3 Channel
UM P-51 motor/gearbox and prop, cut down to 4"
AUW: ~35 grams