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Brundledonk

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Right then,

my ju-88 group build kit is in stasis for a little while until I can scrape a few quid together to get the paints I need (paint is cheap but postage is a mare lol)

I don't really want to be starting another kit as I have half a dozen ongoing projects that need finishing and in the back of my mind that bugs me lol.
But I need to build something or I will just be bouncing off the walls, finances at the moment mean that I'm unable to carry on with the work that needs doing in the house and poor weather here again means I can't get anything done outside, my daughter Rebecca asked me to build this and to be honest this kind of kit will be just what I need right now as its nice and simple not too many parts (so a good chance it will get finished)
and as I don't have to worry too much about accuracy I can let the old artistic side loose !
Also the last time I made a kit like this I was smiling the whole way through, and that can't be a bad thing either.


So lardies and gentlworms I present to you

Wallace and Grommit in The Curse of the Were Rabbit

20150429_100015 by brundledonk, on Flickr

The kit is a kind of starter kit and is clearly aimed at kids (that's me sorted then) as it's very robust and has obviously been designed with playability in mind (expect plenty of vrooming through the build)
And it comes with a brush, a tube of sticky and a lot of little plastic pots of acrylic paint
20150429_100704 by brundledonk, on Flickr

I have had some experience with these paints in the dim and distant past as it was a couple of Airfix starter kits that got me back into the hobby a few years ago.
My memory of these paints is that they were pants (and socks) somthey will probably stay where they are, but you never know they might come in handy as colour reference if they don't work out
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What follows is the obligatory sprue shots, I am known for my marathon length, soul sapping build threads and as this is a simple kit I need to pad things out to keep the page count up lol !
Also I thought you might want to see what you get in the box

Here's the main body, it's a fair size and is also the plastic is really thick it feels very strong and not at all like a plastic model kit.

I think the intention of the kit designers was for you to leave the body in its moulded colour and not to paint it (again catering to the younger modeller) but I will be painting mine.
There is a moulded in "rust" effect all over the body and it looks a little bit heavy to my eyes so I will probably adress that as the build moves along, but we will see what occurs
20150429_101222 by brundledonk, on Flickr

The chassis plate, and it's ejection pin mark city all the way !
20150429_101237 by brundledonk, on Flickr

Seats, dash and 5 wheels, so i guess there will be a spare stored in the back of the van
20150429_101435 by brundledonk, on Flickr
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5 soft vinyl tyres and metal axles ( i can't wait for the vroom moment on this one)
20150429_101047 by brundledonk, on Flickr

A chrome sprue,
This will be getting the bleach strip treatment, it's a shame really as the finish is really quite nice, but its a little too bright and I will never be able to match the finish where they get removed from the sprue, so it will be Alclad for these
20150429_100933 by brundledonk, on Flickr

Plenty of clear parts too
20150429_101014 by brundledonk, on Flickr

And the stars of the movie,
These are moulded in the same unsandable soft vinyl that the other Wallace and Grommit figures were, so I'll be looking forward to seam removal (not)
20150429_101041 by brundledonk, on Flickr
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The crews bodies along with a little rabbit, these are vinyl too but not as sof as the heads
20150429_101511 by brundledonk, on Flickr

Another sprue (I can't think of anything humerous to say about this one)

A nice little touch is that it comes with parts so you can build it with a little mechanical hand that pops out of the front grill and grabs the starter handle
20150429_101557 by brundledonk, on Flickr

Don't worry, this is the last sprue

Doors, bulkhead and some other bits that I have no idea of where they go
20150429_101622 by brundledonk, on Flickr

An uninspiring black and white instruction booklet, the Shaun the sheep ones were in full colour with photos of the filming props.
But it's clear enough although the colour call outs are numbers ie 21 and not black or whatever
20150429_101727 by brundledonk, on Flickr
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And finally a nice little decal sheet, I love the "eat more cheese" bumper sticker
20150429_101709 by brundledonk, on Flickr


So there we have it, looks like it should be a whole heap of fun to build.
I have made a start on this and will update in a little while, my hands are aching from the typing lol ! And I am going to make myself a nice cup of coffee

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Okey dokey build time,

Fluffy is a big Wallace and Grommit fan so he was well up,for this one

Look, he even put his happy hat on for the occasion
20150429_155036 by brundledonk, on Flickr

I started with the wheels,
I don't usually leave parts on the sprue when I paint them but as fluffy pointed out the attachment points would end up inside the tyres and the parts didn't need any clean up, so it would be easier this way that mounting them all individually on skewers
20150429_153300 by brundledonk, on Flickr

The wheels need to be white and the hub caps will be chrome, so I gave them a prime with the old Halfords White primer, this is quite course but it covers well and I needs to, to cover the green plastic that this is moulded in
20150429_155126 by brundledonk, on Flickr

Here's the result after a quick blast
20150429_154225 by brundledonk, on Flickr
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It looks ok in the pic above, but if you look at this close up picture you should be able to see that the primer didn't fully cover in the recesses of the wheel.
If I had tried to get full coverage (even with 2 or 3 light passes) I would have ended up with a really thick coat that obliterated the detail
20150429_175201 by brundledonk, on Flickr
So after the primer had dried (not long as it was a light coat) I loaded the airbrush up with some Tamiya gloss white and sprayed into the recesses where the primer had missed and all over the wheel.
The finish is more of a satin than a gloss finish and is the perfect finish for the wheels, these will be getting weathered too as pics of the filming miniature show it was modelled to be pretty beaten up
20150429_175154 by brundledonk, on Flickr
Fluffy was feeling a little peckish, so I made seat kebabs
20150429_155112 by brundledonk, on Flickr
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Do love these lighthearted builds you do. 
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Do love these lighthearted builds you do. 


Hello Simon !

Yeah me to, and it looks like it will be a blast to build.

I had a quick look at your Zombie hunter dio too, great stuff mate ! I will be heading over and having a proper look after I have posted today's update

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The seats got a blast of Halfords finest too
20150429_180450 by brundledonk, on Flickr
It was at this point Trevor appeared and it all kicked off (fluffy and Trevor don't really get along) there was bone, horn, Bits of Easter hat and glittery poop all over the place !

And this was the reason for Trevors unannounced visit
20150429_155335 by brundledonk, on Flickr

The last time I had changed the filter in my booth Fred Flintsone was still at school ! And I had been breathing in the fumes (I know better and should be wearing my respirator anyway)
So a quick swap and Trevor was on his hooves and back to spangly sparkly rainbow land

20150429_155432 by brundledonk, on Flickr
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So with a bit of oxygen in the Pete cave and the figment of my imagination out of the way, I got to painting the seats.
I wanted to try and get a kind of period vinyl look to the seats and though that a reddish (that's reddish and not radish) brown might work,
So I chose these colours
20150429_185045 by brundledonk, on Flickr
I mixed in the airbrush cup and started with red and just added the other colours test spraying on a bit of paper until I got a shade I was happy with
20150429_183542 by brundledonk, on Flickr
Fluffy liked the colour but thought they were a bit plain, so I used a black artists pencil to line the edges and IIm the ribs of the cushions
20150429_184503 by brundledonk, on Flickr
A light spray of satin varnish finished them off nicely
20150429_184926 by brundledonk, on Flickr
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I quite like how they turned out, he's a clever disembodied chap is our Fluffy
20150429_184535 by brundledonk, on Flickr
The pencil worked a treat, I just need to paint the seat frames
20150429_184540 by brundledonk, on Flickr
I wanted to assemble the figures next as I knew from building the other kits that cleaning the vinyl was a pain, so better to get it out of the way early.

I think I have the special edition of this kit , with bonus bad "fittingness"
20150429_162806 by brundledonk, on Flickr
It looked like this bit might be hampering the fit
20150429_162855 by brundledonk, on Flickr
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So out with the clippers,

But Wallace started screaming "don't cut me Pete, please don't " It was breaking my heart to see the fear in his eyes
20150429_163010 by brundledonk, on Flickr

So out with the blind fold
20150429_163227 by brundledonk, on Flickr

The screaming started but the act was done
20150429_163316 by brundledonk, on Flickr
But it was all for nothing as it still didn't fit !
20150429_164422 by brundledonk, on Flickr
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More drastic action was required,

So with Wallace begging for his life the surgery began
20150429_164535 by brundledonk, on Flickr
The procedure went like clockwork !
20150429_164753 by brundledonk, on Flickr
The giblet from his neck got glued back in
20150429_164943 by brundledonk, on Flickr
And everything fitted much better
20150429_165005 by brundledonk, on Flickr
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His head can be glued to the giblet now
20150429_165022 by brundledonk, on Flickr
A nice side effect is that now Wallace can see where he's been
20150429_165047 by brundledonk, on Flickr
Another added bonus of all this butchery is that I will be able to paint the head shape rate from the body now.

This gave me an idea, the instructions show the hand to be trapped between the 2 halves of the body
20150429_165311 by brundledonk, on Flickr
But a simple amputation in the same vein as the head means I can keep the hands sperate to paint too
20150429_165327 by brundledonk, on Flickr
"Doctor I can't feel my legs"
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"Of course you can't sir, I've cut you hands off"
20150429_165443 by brundledonk, on Flickr
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