Builder's 1/24 Tamiya Mini Cooper

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The Plan


This is my entry into the GB. As Pete is already doing the same kit, I will be using this kit to build the civillian version of the Mini Cooper MK I, I have not decided on a colour yet, so that will be wait and see. But here are the kit details. 


Kit Details:


Kit Name: Tamiya 1/24 Morris Mini Cooper 1275S Rally '67 Monte Carlo Rally Winner


Kit Number: 24048


Kit History: Kit was released in 1984 and is based on Tamiya kit 24039 released in 1983.


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More pictures of the sprues and started build will follow in the upcoming weeks. 


Hope you like the entry! Coments are always welcome
 
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classic kit, always enjoy building a Tammy Mini cos they are so free from hassle
 

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Not decided on a colour, I can only see it in red myself.
Well Colin, you might not like my choice of coulor then.... :smiling3:

classic kit, always enjoy building a Tammy Mini cos they are so free from hassle
You are right Paul this kit is such a dream to build


Here is the first build update.


I began by cleaning the parts and sanding the body. I washed the body with water and soap before beginning. 





I assembled part of the engine.. the part that was going to be all one colour. I then primed all the parts I wanted to with Tamiya Spray Can Grey Primer.


I have chosen to paint the car in one colour and not have the roof white, personal preference. 






I began painting the small parts first or sub assemblies before I begin construction. The underside / chassis was painted using XF-18 Enamel and Tamiya Enamel Thinner with a paint to thinner ratio of 2:1. This was airbrushed on other small parts as well including the dash board and steering wheel, 





All sub assemblies have been painted in their base colour. The engine is a mix of Tamiya XF-5 and X-5 (Matt Green and Gloss Green). The brake discs and some parts are Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey, and the rest of the parts are Tamiya XF-16 Flat Aluminium. Once again these are all enamel paints airbrushed with a paint to thinner ratio of 2:1. I always use Tamiya Enamel Thinner as it doesnt increase the drying time and I dont get any inconsistencies in colour. I use to use Mineral Spirits, Turpentine and even Laquer thinner, but the best results I have gotten are by using Tamiya Enamel thinner. It also works very well with Humbrol Enamels as well. 








Some parts were coloured Tamiya XF-84 Dark Iron Enamel. 





IThe body is ready to be painted!





The colour chosen is Tamiya TS - Dark Mica Blue. I like this colourm and don't really know wether the car was ever painted this colour but I dont really care if it was because this is the colour I want my model to be!


I am using Laquer Paints because I have had good results with them in the past. The paint is set in hot water for 5 minutes before it is shaken and sprayed on. 





Here is the body








I will now leave this inside a plastic lunch box (which has been thoroughly cleaned and dried), for a day so to make sure it dries properly and no dust settles on it. 





Next up, I will detail up the small parts, and start work on the chassis. It should be complete over the weekend, and I then might move on to the interior. 


I might even switch over to my other project (the 1/35 Commando Car) if I get time in between. It all depends on what I feel like doing tomorrow. 


Time for me to get some ZZZZ's


I hope you all enjoyed the build update and the photos. All comments are welcome. 
 

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Nice start I have finished mine but i split my windscreen :sad:
i will have a look through my spares box cos the last time i built one of these i didnt need the wind screen.......but ive got no idea if i kept it or not
 

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great start with this one,Bob,looking good so far, :D
 

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i will have a look through my spares box cos the last time i built one of these i didnt need the wind screen.......but ive got no idea if i kept it or not
Thanks for the offer but I will be weathering it soon so It may not be to noticeable
 

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you are making great progress
Thanks Paul!

Great work Bob 


this is what I did with mine 


View attachment 261774
Thanks Ian, yours looks really good! Like that dio, makes the car really look like its in the elements. 

Nice looking kit this one and off to a great start
Thanks Stuart

great start with this one,Bob,looking good so far, :D
Thanks Monica!

I'm just a bit old fashioned. Dark M B looks great, a very modern twist.
Thanks Colin, yeah I wanted to give it more of a modern day custom version of the cooper. 

Thanks for the offer but I will be weathering it soon so It may not be to noticeable
Would love to see how that turned out Peter, let us know mate. 


Heres the latest update. So I completed the chasis, some of the paint has come off the sides and will be redone once the car is fully built





The engine is near complete, some more parts will go on once the car is put together. I will also give it a wash once the paint has dried a bit more too. 





I did up the tyres, painted the rims Tamiya XF-11 Chrome Enamel (Paint to thinner ratio 2:1)





I then realised one of the tyres was the wrong one!!! So changed that one out


The dash board, needs a bit more of a touch up here and there





Steering wheel, I want to keep a metallic wheel with a horn button in the middle. 





I then built a cheap quick photo booth and am testing it out in this build update. I have uploaded a post showing how I made the photo booth here:




Here are the photos taken in my new photo booth. 























I hope you all liked the build update. All comments welcome!
 

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looking good Bob, :D ,very nice progress on this one,
 

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For my product pictures I have set up a space and use a 600x600 day light LED panel for light, it floods it with light and gives very little shadows. It costs less than £30, I bought a light box from a photographic shop so time back which cost me over £130, no where near as good. 


John mate, great advice I went out and changed my lamp bulbs to LED ones, makes such a massive difference, have a look at these photos, they seem much better, and not as dark as the previous ones. 

looking good Bob, :D ,very nice progress on this one,

Coming along very nicely Bob
Thanks Ian and Monica


Well heres the next update, almost complete now, did alot of work today. 


Today was my first time using Bare Metal Foil... I had many issues but in the end achieved what I set out to do. 


So this took me around all day to do. 








Here is a look at the interior almost complete








Here is the interior complete


Here are the pics in my new scratch built photo booth and LED lamps (the advice which I got from John) - so Thanks again mate











The body has tyre fenders (I think thats what there called) added to it, in black to give it a cool look one fender is still not put on at this stage




















The side windows arent glued in properly yet so they have been removed for these pictures

















I still think the lighting in the pics is a bit off, might try mixing yellow and white light to get a better overall picture. 


Well its time for me to get some ZZZZ's


I hope you all enjoyed the build update 
 

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Looking great ..... or is that mini?? :D


Excellent work! B|
 
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