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Brundledonk

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Well it's been a while,but I'm finally back at my bench and will attempt to actually finish something this time.
I was struggling to find a subject to build and my stash is mainly aircraft and truth be told I really don't have any enthusiasm for another plane or even anything military right now but whilst digging around I came across this kit


I've had it for a very long time and hadn't really had a good look at it until now. To be honest it's a bit of a disappointment as although it's a decent size (1/12) the details are somewhat lacking in as much that it's more like a scaled up 1/24 kit



My intention was to build this up as a clean display model but after delving deeper into the box and seeing the soft detail and also fueled by an urge to build something apocalyptic I have decided to do,things a little bit differently than Revell intended.
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To achieve what I've got in mind for this will mean sacrificing some other perfectly good kits and also some that have sat on my shelf of doom for far too long ( but as long as it keeps me off the streets I spose ) and I reckon this will most likely be my only personal build this year due to some other commission model related commitmants and also a desire to spend summer outside as opposed to down in the dungeon that is the Pete Cave ( if the weather here in Narnia permits )

Here's the first perfectly good kit that may donate some organs for this project


It's not a complete crying shame as its a shelf of doom resident


This was Started way back when Kermit was still a tadpole and sat on a shelf with the lid off.
Look it's got cobwebs


And as for this bit. ( well if only mr Mrs was as filthy..... Nudge nudge wink wink )
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This poor fella might have to step up to the breech too but I'll see how it goes


Any " mint in box " action figure collectors may want to look away as these two will be getting a major make over to fit my theme

Picked up for £5.99 in Home bargain ( back of the net ! ) I was planning to build a nice StarWars display base for each of them but they are the same scale as the car and bike so I afraid it's the apocalypse and medical experiments for the pair of them


Pic to show scale
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I didn't take sprue shots of the Ferrari as trust me they really aren't that interesting and there aren't that many parts for such a large model ( and I couldn't be arsed lol )

But ill try and remember to,take pics of the parts at the build stages as I go along.

Things begin in the instructions with the engine and here's odds and sods for stage 1


Not much to it at all but i like the cast texture that's moulded in


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Not much in the way of flash in this kit but some of the sprue attachments are shocking


Hack em off the sprue


And sorted with a bit of heavy grit sanding type action
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Engine block halves had major warpage so some clamp on clamp action was required


Manifold parts are smooth


But I want manky pitted rusty ones, so........


Dip and wipe on tissue ( adolescent giggle )


And dab till yo can't dab no mo
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Engine block glues and cam covers dry fitted

Let's have a butcher's shall we ?


Was a couple of big sink marks on the ends that needed filling but nothing too taxing



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primer air brushed on with.... Er.........an airbrush


And t'other side


Sprayed with Alcald white aluminum


In my hand for scale shenanigans
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Then into the hair salon and sprayed the engine with


And sprayed the whole shebang with a mix of these 3 colours


I didnt try to get an even coat, just went heavier and lighter wherever took my fancy


Gave it 5 minutes to dry, covered it in water and then went in with a stiff brush and scrubbed like the dirty little scrubber I dream to be
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It's proper grimy but a bit too heavy even for the wastelands, but it's ok as I'm not done yet and this is just the base to give me a dark and light tone







I used the same technique on this end bit but my top coat was predominately semi gloss black ( in truth I could have painted this bit sky blue pink as it won't be seen when fifted into the engine bay as it butts up against the firewall )
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Next I sprayed Alclad white aluminum lightly over the whole engine block to blend things together and then added some black and sepia wash to grunge it up a bit


This took away the Starkness of the 2 previous tones and have a nice variation to the finish ( well I think it did YMMV )




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I still need to add some more washes and pigments but will wait until all the engine parts are together



But the thing is once the manifolds and air box goes on not much can be seen


So I think I may have to modify the air box so that a bit more of the engine is visible, I've got some ideas but will see when I get to it how it's going to work
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Cam covers got a coat of gloss red over a base of aluminum


I gently scraped away the red to reveal the aluminum, I'm going to wire the plug leads ( all 12 gulp ) so drilled a hole to take 6 each side as per my references. By "references" I mean by looking at the engine of my Testarossa I have parked in the garage*


* I wish
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Post shaded over the red with the same smoke, hull red black mix I used on the engine block along with a tiny bit of Matt varnish to tone everything down as it was a bit too shiny



It's heading in the right direction but still needs some washes and pigments to create dust and oily grime


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Wow, Pete. This is right up there with the level of realism that Ken puts into his engines. Just needs wires, hoses, and linkages. [smile]
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