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Fujimi 1/24 scale Martini Porsche 917 K
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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 06:19 AM UTC

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Joel, how have I missed this build?

Wow great finish and build of this car, a beautiful white paint finish. This is definitely one to be proud of.



Luciano,
Thank you my friend for those most gracious of words. And yes, I'm really proud of how the paint job came out, especially as it's the 1st car I've built in many of years.

Joel

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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 05:17 AM UTC
Joel, how have I missed this build?

Wow great finish and build of this car, a beautiful white paint finish. This is definitely one to be proud of.
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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 12:06 PM UTC

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Wow, looks like a great build.

Nice job!



Calvin,
Thanks so much for checking out my build. It's much appreciated.
Joel
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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 11:51 AM UTC
Wow, looks like a great build.

Nice job!
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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 - 12:42 AM UTC

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Great build Joel!
Well done!



Richard,
Great to hear from you my friend.

Thanks so much for likely my Porsche build, it was a joy from start to finish for me. Brought back a lot of great memories.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2018 - 12:46 PM UTC
Great build Joel!
Well done!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2018 - 07:54 AM UTC

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Beautifully done as usual, Joel!

Followed up the build frequently always impressed by your mojo.
My honest congrats to the overall finish consider that was the first sidestep from major building aircrafts.
As many others Iím afraid of a suitable glossy finish. Iíll try any time, as Iíve got a soft spot for motorcycles. But no matter what kit you build is always amazing to follow up your threads and the results are always great. Thanks for sharing, will follow the next...

Do I understand right, that the shell is not removable to see the fantastic interior and engine?

Th mas




Thomas,
Thank you so much for your most kind words. Praise coming from my fellow modelers is something that I value very highly.

What I've learned from my 1st car build is that if you want to build anything outside of your comfort zone, just go for it. There's so much information out there including 100s if not 1,000s of videos to learn from, or even to learn not to go that route if it seems incorrect to you. There's plenty of modelers right here that will help when ever they can.

So if you want to build a motorbike, then go for it. I for one will be right there from start to finish.

As for the non-removable body, that's true. Right from the start, the two shell halves were glued together as there is no engine, just the top fan housing and the bottom of the block. Turning over the car you can see the rear suspension and there is a ton of clear glass to look into the cockpit. It's just not that easy in pictures to show it.

As I said right from the start, the finish was my main goal, and while it's not nearly good enough for a IPMS Regional contest, it's way better then I thought I could do ono my 1st effort.


Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2018 - 01:17 AM UTC
Beautifully done as usual, Joel!

Followed up the build frequently always impressed by your mojo.
My honest congrats to the overall finish consider that was the first sidestep from major building aircrafts.
As many others Iím afraid of a suitable glossy finish. Iíll try any time, as Iíve got a soft spot for motorcycles. But no matter what kit you build is always amazing to follow up your threads and the results are always great. Thanks for sharing, will follow the next...

Do I understand right, that the shell is not removable to see the fantastic interior and engine?

Th mas
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Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2018 - 09:44 AM UTC

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Well!

That's a championship winner if ever there was one!

Congrats on a fantastic build Joel and thank you for sharing!

It's been quite a ride!

Looking forward to seeing what next graces your workbench!



Russell,
Thanks so much for your most kind and positive comments. it's my pleasure to share with you guys my builds, and if some of my techniques are a help to anyone, so much the better.

My next build will also be another race car, the Ebbro Lotus 49 Ford DFV. It's one of my personal all time favorite F1 cars. I started the build 2 years ago, but didn't even finish step one. It's now on my workbench and I'm almost ready for my 1st update.

Joel



Well, I'll be keeping an eye out for that one Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2018 - 02:12 AM UTC

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Stunning piece of work Joel.



Jesper,
Thanks so much my friend for that high praise. Coming from a builder of your standing, it means quite a lot to me.


Joel
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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018 - 10:11 PM UTC
Stunning piece of work Joel.
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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018 - 03:21 AM UTC

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Like the other core guys here on AutoModeler, you guys just accepted me as part of the family even knowing that I also build aircraft, but cars isn't a "just an alternate build" to get my Mojo flowing. For me it's a passion that I've had since I was 13 years old when I discovered European Auto racing in the pages of Road & Track and Car & Driver.



Joel, a modeler with your experience and rigorous approach is a godsend for any micro modeling community Same like you said, I was an auto modeler "part time", my first love being soft skin vehicles - more German they were, the better they were (LOL). But my personal record shows that I am a capricious lover, flirting with 72nd scale now and then, and lately having a crush on 24th scale


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Whenever I tried to paint a car shell, it turned out to be a true disaster, so I just modeled what I've always modeled: Aircraft. But now I've finally crested that hump.



It's good you never gave up! I have couple of kits in my stash that I am afraid to open - but I know I just need more time for my skills to "ripe".


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I'm equally glad that you enjoyed my build blog presentation, and even learned a thing or two. Funny, but I felt exactly that way about your Bike and even trailer build. You're an excellent painter, and you've really got me thinking about trying Urethane's sooner then later.


I consider urethanes to be a "necessary evil": they are stinky, they are gluey, they are difficult to clean and a pain to strip if something goes wrong. But once well applied and well cured, they are shiny and though as glass and because their hardness, you can polish them "miles deep", as per your favorite saying I'm waiting now for my first 2K shipment - due to arrive next Tuesday. I'll keep you posted how they perform.


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My current build plans (which change faster then the local weather), is to build two cars, then one aircraft. I'm sure that at some point that will balance out to one & one, but for now two to one is where my Mojo has me going.

The next build was actually started two years ago, the Ebbro 1/20 scale Lotus 49 Ford DFV 1967 F1 car. I got maybe half the cockpit done, and the thought of the Yellow stripe scared me off and it became a shelf Queen. So look for my 1st update next week.



Definitely you caught me again - you're a crafty one ! Lotus and Benetton are my favorite "underdogs"! I'm eagerly anticipating your postings!

Gabriel



Gabriel,
My all time favorite F1 car from the 60s is Gurney's AAR Eagle that he won Spa with. The guy broke my heart as a fan as the car just never could stay together and broke constantly, but when it was on with Gurney behind the wheel, Clark said that he was the only driver he ever really worried about. Chapman's Lotus mark was a true ground breaker, and Clark to me will always be the best of the best. Not even Senna could fill his shoes. A true Gentleman Farmer was he goal.

So it's fitting that my next build be the Lotus 49. should be a rather interesting build.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018 - 03:11 AM UTC

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Well!

That's a championship winner if ever there was one!

Congrats on a fantastic build Joel and thank you for sharing!

It's been quite a ride!

Looking forward to seeing what next graces your workbench!



Russell,
Thanks so much for your most kind and positive comments. it's my pleasure to share with you guys my builds, and if some of my techniques are a help to anyone, so much the better.

My next build will also be another race car, the Ebbro Lotus 49 Ford DFV. It's one of my personal all time favorite F1 cars. I started the build 2 years ago, but didn't even finish step one. It's now on my workbench and I'm almost ready for my 1st update.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2018 - 01:49 AM UTC

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Like the other core guys here on AutoModeler, you guys just accepted me as part of the family even knowing that I also build aircraft, but cars isn't a "just an alternate build" to get my Mojo flowing. For me it's a passion that I've had since I was 13 years old when I discovered European Auto racing in the pages of Road & Track and Car & Driver.



Joel, a modeler with your experience and rigorous approach is a godsend for any micro modeling community Same like you said, I was an auto modeler "part time", my first love being soft skin vehicles - more German they were, the better they were (LOL). But my personal record shows that I am a capricious lover, flirting with 72nd scale now and then, and lately having a crush on 24th scale


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Whenever I tried to paint a car shell, it turned out to be a true disaster, so I just modeled what I've always modeled: Aircraft. But now I've finally crested that hump.



It's good you never gave up! I have couple of kits in my stash that I am afraid to open - but I know I just need more time for my skills to "ripe".


Quoted Text


I'm equally glad that you enjoyed my build blog presentation, and even learned a thing or two. Funny, but I felt exactly that way about your Bike and even trailer build. You're an excellent painter, and you've really got me thinking about trying Urethane's sooner then later.


I consider urethanes to be a "necessary evil": they are stinky, they are gluey, they are difficult to clean and a pain to strip if something goes wrong. But once well applied and well cured, they are shiny and though as glass and because their hardness, you can polish them "miles deep", as per your favorite saying I'm waiting now for my first 2K shipment - due to arrive next Tuesday. I'll keep you posted how they perform.


Quoted Text


My current build plans (which change faster then the local weather), is to build two cars, then one aircraft. I'm sure that at some point that will balance out to one & one, but for now two to one is where my Mojo has me going.

The next build was actually started two years ago, the Ebbro 1/20 scale Lotus 49 Ford DFV 1967 F1 car. I got maybe half the cockpit done, and the thought of the Yellow stripe scared me off and it became a shelf Queen. So look for my 1st update next week.



Definitely you caught me again - you're a crafty one ! Lotus and Benetton are my favorite "underdogs"! I'm eagerly anticipating your postings!

Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 01:24 PM UTC
Well!

That's a championship winner if ever there was one!

Congrats on a fantastic build Joel and thank you for sharing!

It's been quite a ride!

Looking forward to seeing what next graces your workbench!
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 02:29 AM UTC

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Joel your Porsche didn't just crossed the finish line, but crossed it like a winner. You really should be splashing some champagne around (be careful with the models though!)

It was a really pleasure to follow your progress, as I am always interested to learn new "tricks" or just to confirm the ones I know. You managed to keep my interest alive with great updates, very well explained and top notch quality of the work. Thank you, my friend!

so... what is next?

Gabriel




Gabriel,

Thanks so much for those accolades, I'm actually almost speechless, and as you know, I'm not the quiet shy type by any means.

Like the other core guys here on AutoModeler, you guys just accepted me as part of the family even knowing that I also build aircraft, but cars isn't a "just an alternate build" to get my Mojo flowing. For me it's a passion that I've had since I was 13 years old when I discovered European Auto racing in the pages of Road & Track and Car & Driver.

Whenever I tried to paint a car shell, it turned out to be a true disaster, so I just modeled what I've always modeled: Aircraft. But now I've finally crested that hump.

I'm not by any means fooling myself that my painting is IPMS contest quality by any means, but it's certainly more then acceptable. and I find myself just starring at it in it's own plastic display case, still not believing that I actually accomplished this.

I'm equally glad that you enjoyed my build blog presentation, and even learned a thing or two. Funny, but I felt exactly that way about your Bike and even trailer build. You're an excellent painter, and you've really got me thinking about trying Urethane's sooner then later.

My current build plans (which change faster then the local weather), is to build two cars, then one aircraft. I'm sure that at some point that will balance out to one & one, but for now two to one is where my Mojo has me going.

The next build was actually started two years ago, the Ebbro 1/20 scale Lotus 49 Ford DFV 1967 F1 car. I got maybe half the cockpit done, and the thought of the Yellow stripe scared me off and it became a shelf Queen. So look for my 1st update next week.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 02:07 AM UTC

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Just awesome!

Cheers
Michael



Michael,
Thanks so much for you most positive comments, they mean quite a lot to me, especially on my maiden car build. There were more then one of two times when I was really concerned about not getting to the finish line, but you guys really helped me over those humps.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 12:01 AM UTC
Joel your Porsche didn't just crossed the finish line, but crossed it like a winner. You really should be splashing some champagne around (be careful with the models though!)

It was a really pleasure to follow your progress, as I am always interested to learn new "tricks" or just to confirm the ones I know. You managed to keep my interest alive with great updates, very well explained and top notch quality of the work. Thank you, my friend!

so... what is next?

Gabriel
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 01:58 PM UTC
Just awesome!

Cheers
Michael
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 06:41 AM UTC
Well, my Porsche 917K build has crossed the finish line, and my 1st AutoModeler build is in the books.

The few final touches have been addressed such as the lights and lenses installed, the main windshield installed, as both fit like a glove.

In the old days we called them side curtains. Those are the plexi-glass insert windows for the drivers pit, and there is a smaller built in sliding "window" that can be opened by hand by either the driver or a crew member. Those plexi inserts should be a clear yellow, but are just clear in the kit. So I air brushed the insides of each one Tamiya Clear Yellow, and they look perfect. Unfortunately, they were oversized and not quite square to the opening. Some sanding and a little more massaging later, and they popped right in.

And finally the rear brake light lenses. In the kit they're just clear. They should be as called out in the instructions half clear red and half clear yellow. So I painted the mounting plate for each one silver, then hand painted the lenses on the outside Tamiya Clear Red, then the other half Tamiya Clear Yellow. You just couldn't paint the backs as the look from the outside was completely off. I finished both lenses with a few light coats of Pledge. Once installed, they looked just fine.

The windshield whipers were a little fiddly to build, but it fits just fine, and the blades actually laid down on the windshield.

And now the final step, Tamiya Black recessed panel line wash for the various doors and panels that just don't look right with bright, glossy White paint in them. The wash went on without any issues, and I removed the excel with Turpenoid damp Q-tip.

Thanks to everyone whose stopped by to look at my build progressing to the finish line, and a special thanks to all of you who took the time to post your comments. They're always most welcome.

And now here's the Porsche 917K as she crossed the finish line last night.

Joel








































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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2018 - 01:42 AM UTC

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Joel

this is looking fantastic! And so very nearly at completion now!

Just the tricky bit of mating the body to the chassis!

Best of luck with that, but I'm sure you'll manage!

Look forward to seeing it all together.




Russell,
Thanks for the continued support and constant thumbs up.

I've been test fitting the shell throughout the build and I've known for a while that it's not the greatest of fits. I've been sanding, filing, reshaping the cockpit bulkhead, thinning the rear wheel housings, massaging the front clip where the chassis joins it, and I've got it as close as I can.

My original goal was a drop on fit, but it's just not going to happen. the rear half of the shell originally was meant to be displayed off or in the up position. that's my reasoning for the spare tire detail, those huge intakes, and all that suspension detail buried under shell. The rear shell as some what in real life is held in place with two clasps that don't precisely line up as the main frame part was warped in my kit. And the black plastic is weird in that it bends to a small degree, so it's almost impossible to massage it back to its correct shape.

Still, with some weight and more Extra Thin then I wanted to use, I've got the shell on and it looks ok. The main thing is that all 4 Firestone's touch the pavement at the same time. That was always an issue back in the 70's when I tried a few race car kits.

Just the recessed panel line wash to finish up, and she's done and in the books.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2018 - 09:45 AM UTC
Joel

this is looking fantastic! And so very nearly at completion now!

Just the tricky bit of mating the body to the chassis!

Best of luck with that, but I'm sure you'll manage!

Look forward to seeing it all together.

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Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2018 - 01:12 AM UTC

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Joel, that's superb work on detailing the engine especially since its moulded as one piece. The tinted glass has also worked a treat.
Looking forward to final assembly.

cheers
Michael



Michael,
Thanks so much for your most kind and positive words once again.

While AutoModeler is a small community on KitMaker Network, it's still my home for auto modeling, as Aeroscale is for my aircraft models. Hopefully my contributions will bring other aircraft modelers into the fold that also have an interest in model cars as a alternate build.

The final update should be tomorrow or Saturday as the Martini 917K finally powered over the finish line late last night.


Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - 10:34 PM UTC
Joel, that's superb work on detailing the engine especially since its moulded as one piece. The tinted glass has also worked a treat.
Looking forward to final assembly.

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - 08:53 AM UTC

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Joel, nice progress there. I'm straightforwardly jealous

It looks like you accommodated pretty fast with the new "auto-modeler" hat and you look fashionable with it. I'm glad to see you passed well the sensitive moments of the build and from now on you're accelerating on the last straight line - can you see the checkered flag?

Gabriel



Gabriel,
Honestly, I never thought I'd get this far period with my 1st car build, let alone this quickly.

And yes I can finally see the finish line up ahead. Just have to get the shell on the chassis which isn't exactly a smooth drop on fit, then align all the tires. I've already added all the lights, lenses, and plexi glass.

Joel