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      Hi Everyone,
      I read recently that 1/16 is regarded as large scale so am posting details of my build of the Minicraft Jaguar SS100. I bought the kit recently as a means to hone my modelling skills after a long break of over 20 years. Also, I have a few larger scales (1/12 and 1/8) waiting in the wings so this is a practice run. Not that I regard the Jag so lowly, in fact, I have a 1/8 Monogram XKE that I am dying to get to. But first, this one.
      I started a week ago so am posting a few sessions of work right away. Later I will post depending on when I get a chance to build.

      To start, let me state that I am pretty rusty in terms of my modelling skills, so am bound to make plenty of mistakes. But hopefully learn a lot so I can start once again down the road to model bliss.

      The Kit
      The kit is a pretty reasonable one. The parts are well documented, and each sprue Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build is bagged in fairly thick plastic to avoid them tearing through. There are very few problems with flash Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build , and most parts require very little work before they are ready for installation. The instructions are very detailed and comprehensive (nothing like the summarised instructions which I saw in my Monogram 1/8 box!) and assembly is straightforward even though some of the diagrams can be a bit confusing when too many small pieces are indicated at one go.

      There are a few integrity issues in terms of representation of the original model. For instance, the front grill is not all chrome but rather black wash mesh with a chrome surround - but these can be overlooked as the kit promises to build up to a nice model.

      So I began with the wheels, which was fairly easy, requires two halves per wheel. The original car can with both black and chrome spokes, and I thought of going for the chrome. Painting proved easy though the paint does make the spokes thicker and thus somewhat less authentic. Some wheels did have flash Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build issues on the spokes, expected given how thin they are!


      Once the wheels were done I fitted the tyres by soaking in very hot Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build water for a few minutes and then they slipped on easily. Soaking was necessary as the tyres are quite hard, and after soaking they need some pampering to bring back into shape.







      Encouraged by the completed wheels, I started on the engine. The main engine is made up of a small number of parts so assembly is easy, and its only the scale the makes it hard. Dry fitting is essential as the parts donít always go well together.



      Getting adventurous I thought I would paint the engine as I went along.





      All went well until I got to the engine block, which is made of red plastic and which refused to take paint properly. I tried a few coats of grey but to no avail, even after primer Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build . Then I applied a coat of chrome silver and when that dried thoroughly, the grey finally took. The pics do show the somewhat average paint job on the block, though things went better on the carbs, exhaust manifold and a few other silver pieces.

      The HT leads proved a real challenge, and the pic shows the octopus that was the distributor with the leads emanating from it. The (very tiny!) spark plugs were supplied but getting them to fit and then to attach the leads to them was very difficult, so I glued the plug to the leads and then installed them. Seemed to work well enough.

      When done, the engine looked like this...







      A reasonable effort, I thought. Need to work on my painting skills though!


      Next I will start the chassis and suspension. See you then...


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  1. sjordan's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Very, very nice. I've been researching the car and preparing to build this kit for a long time, and I'm glad to get your observations on it. Looks like you did a good job on detailing the wire wheels, which can appear too thick without a little attention.
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    The Airfix Bentley is well worth building. I put one together many years ago, found it to be a well designed and executed kit, and it presents very nicely when finished.
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    Looks great Rajen, one day I swear I'll have a finished model to show off here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjordan View Post
    Very, very nice. I've been researching the car and preparing to build this kit for a long time, and I'm glad to get your observations on it. Looks like you did a good job on detailing the wire wheels, which can appear too thick without a little attention.
    Hi Skip,
    thanks for the comments. As I said, its a starter kit for me after a long absence from modelling, so more of a learning experience than anything else.

    As I mentioned before, the kit is a a relatively good one and so was easy to set up and build. Some key issues for me:
    1. The wheels - they can be a hassle if you dont take care to clean up the flash Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build off the spokes - they look too thick and toylike otherwise. It does require some care for fear of cutting a spoke but once they are cleaned up the finished product is quite nice.
    2. The chassis - although the instructions direct you to build the chassis by itself, its better to build it with regular checks by fitting on the undercarriage. This avoids the problem of a slightly skew chassis which poses a challenge when it comes to fitting the body. I build the chassis on its own and though I was careful I did not get it exactly right, which meant some adjustment when it came to fitting it to the body.
    3. The interior - its quite plain and bare, so I added some detail such as the floormats (painted on) and the two tone on the doors with detailing of the door handles. You could add to the luggage rack behind the seats but only if you are using the roof, which I did not. When you use the cover the rear of the seats is covered anyway. I think some more can be done with the interior if you wish (maybe cover the seats with fabric)
    4. The chrome pieces can be a problem with flash Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build , especially the very small ones such as indicator lighst (turn signals).
    5. The doors - the doors are assembled by themselves but then stuck onto the car, which seems a remiss. However, I am sure one can fashion some hinges to get them to open and close.
    6. The body - the bleed through from the red plastic is a hassle, but this is easily resolved with a good priming (as i discovered!).
    7. The instrument decals are quite nice though fiddly. I did not use the wood finish as it looked too artificial and went for the aluminium finish, which I like more.

    Hope this helps - would be keen to see your build when you post it.


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    Good to know about the chassis fitment. Insofar as the dash is concerned, the instrument decals are incorrect since the real gauges are white, and the car was not produced with a wooden dash - merely painted body color. Very nice detail work throughout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Busted Hotness View Post
    The Airfix Bentley is well worth building. I put one together many years ago, found it to be a well designed and executed kit, and it presents very nicely when finished.
    Hi Stu,
    yes, it is a great looking kit. Airfix has rereleased the kit recently but the price is pretty steep. I have an older version and got it really cheap. I will build it and if I really enjoy it - which i expect I will - I will then get a new kit and build it again. Cant get enough of the car!


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    Quote Originally Posted by spinellid82 View Post
    Looks great Rajen, one day I swear I'll have a finished model to show off here!
    Hi david, thats great. I look forward to seeing other builds of it. Probably show mine to be just average! Its such a great car it deserves to be build many times. Check out Skip's comments regarding the dashborad and instrumentation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sjordan View Post
    Good to know about the chassis fitment. Insofar as the dash is concerned, the instrument decals are incorrect since the real gauges are white, and the car was not produced with a wooden dash - merely painted body color. Very nice detail work throughout.
    One more thing - the Entex/Minicraft?Academy 1/16 1928 Mercedes SS (unfortunate name!) kit has great wheels - they are hand laced using a jig and a single strand of wire. When finished they look great. However, comments from others (check out Martin Swire - now late) suggest some issues with the kit but everyone agrees the wheels are a highlight. Pity they cant be used on the Jaguar - the Merc is a huge car compared to the Jag.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Solyrus View Post
    One more thing - the Entex/Minicraft?Academy 1/16 1928 Mercedes SS (unfortunate name!) kit has great wheels - they are hand laced using a jig and a single strand of wire. When finished they look great. However, comments from others (check out Martin Swire - now late) suggest some issues with the kit but everyone agrees the wheels are a highlight. Pity they cant be used on the Jaguar - the Merc is a huge car compared to the Jag.
    In his discussion of the kit, Martin posted a how-to on making the wire wheels he created for the SS 100.

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    Here are a couple of images that may help with the dash and gauges. You might be able to make the gauge faces whiter and sharper in a retouching program (I could try to find the actual faces in my files and scan them if you need something better than this).






    One thing - the tachometer is actually backward for the SS 100 roadster - the numbers and redline should be on the opposite sides. This tach was only for the fixed-head SS 100.
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    Hi
    I'd love a scan of the actual faces if you still have them
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