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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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    I have a ton of 1:1 Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build reference material, so let me know if you have any questions.
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    Hi Skip, great, will check in with you as i go along.


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    Looks like you're off to a good start!

    Keep us informed as you progress.

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    About the paint issue: did you clean your parts prior to spraying? You will need to wash your parts in soapy warm (not hot Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build !!) water so all oils and grease will be washed off. These are used to push the sprues out of the molds. Mainly with older kits you may have this problem. Modern ones are less problematic, but still care is needed.
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    Hi, Dominique, thanks for that advice. Though this is a new kit i did wash the parts, but washing will be critical for my 1/8 XKE build, as that one is old and certainly dirty. More progress reports and pics to follow soon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonOC View Post
    Looks like you're off to a good start!

    Keep us informed as you progress.

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    Thanks Ron!


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    Hi Rajen. There are a lot of variables to the paint process that can really mess you up so I share in your frustration. First, I know you're washing the parts but what kind of primer Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build are you using and what kind of color coat are you using? Some brands aren't compatible with others. I recently found that out when I sprayed some clear over my color coat, the surface went haywire. Whatever help you need with the painting skills, let me know what you're doing and we'll sort out the rough parts.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Painting this kit can be a bit tricky since the body is molded in red and is particularly notorious for bleed-through. I really want to paint mine Wimbledon white, but I think I'll go with a dark olive instead.

    To make it more accurate and impressive than most builds of this kit, it needs some fiddling with the up top, which doesn't match the shape of the 1:1 Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build .
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    Red plastic and a Wimbledon white finish leads to light pink. I know what you mean about that infernal bleed through. I know a few modelers that covered their models with a number of coats of a light metallic Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build silver before they sprayed down the color coat and the body still bled through.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by hot ford coupe View Post
    Red plastic and a Wimbledon white finish leads to light pink. I know what you mean about that infernal bleed through. I know a few modelers that covered their models with a number of coats of a light metallic Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build silver before they sprayed down the color coat and the body still bled through.
    Yes, also a grey primer Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build (preferably two coats) and top of that a white primer Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build may help reduce the problem.
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    A superior 'barrier' to the red bleed through is a coat or two of Future applied by air brush. Wash the plastic as stated, and shoot a small test area (like inside the body shell) with two thin coats. Wait for a day of drying then prime with light gray or white primer Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build . Let that sit and try your color coat.
    You have nothing to lose.
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    There you have the solution of the Future...
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    My first model kit I ever built was a 1/43 Jaguar SS100. It didnt end up that good, since my brother didnt let me use the good glue, he let me use the one that goes everywhere!

    The only thing I was proud of, was the decal Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build on the front/grille radiator. I think it said "42" or something. I glued the radiator grill/rack that fits infront of the radiator before the decal Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build ,m so I had to basicly put it on in about 2mm clearance, and it ended up perfectly straight! Shame all the nother decals are wonky ;)
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    Hi All,
    ok, its been a long while since my last post - about three months or so. I have been building the model but just did not have time to post anything. So anyway, its done now, and while not a fantastic result, its a pretty good effort considering its my return to modelling after 30 years or so.

    At last count the discussion was about problems with paint and bleed through if there was no primer Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build (red bleed through in this case as the original plastic is red). Well, all of that proved quite true with this kit. I first painted it what was meant to be a royal blue (without priming) and the result was a deep purple.



    As funky as this colour came out, it just does not work on a classic car, so clearly I needed to go back to first principles. That involved prepping Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build the body with sandpaper and water and going for a first coat of white primer Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build . In the process I also decided to change the colour, and go for something lighter to accentuate the detail of the curves in the body. More on that later.

    In the meanwhile, I completed the chassis and suspension, attached the engine and the wheels and had a rolling chassis.






    Then I returned to the painting To cut a long story short - I took heed of all the advice that had been offered to me (Thanks guys!) and cleaned the body parts, washed it several times, then primed and prepped for painting. For the colour I chose a pearluscent blue (yes, not exactly a classic colour) but it just looked too good in the shop to pass by. The finished result after all prepping Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build and priming (and having to deal with plastic reactions along the way) looked like this:


    A lot better than the funky purple. I know there appears to be a red tinge but thats just the reflection of the curtains (drapes) in the room - as you will see in later pics the colour came through pretty nicely.

    Once the painting was done things moved pretty swiftly with fitting the body to the chassis and then doing the interior. The black rectangles you see on the chassis are meant to be mats.

    Afetr the dabacle with the paintwork, I was particularly pleased with my effort with the battery (small pleasures!).

    HHowever, my enthusiasm was dampened somwwhat as I did mess up the paint on the body in one spot - near the windscreen arm - by spilling CA glue Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build (accidentally of course!).

    Nevertheless, I persevered, getting to the bonnet (hood) which proved tricky because the hinges were quite stiff and simply refused to work well. I tried to find new ones (dollshouse furniture and cigar boxes are apparently recommended) but had little luck so I scratch build Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build hinges from nylon squares and pins and they work pretty well. Finally I got the bonnet correct, but it did not sit well on the car unless I had one side glued in place first, so I decided to removed that side from the assembly and attach it permanently to the body. You can just about see the scratch built Jaguar SS100 1/16 Minicraft Build hinges through the gap in the fold.



    After that it was all the brightwork, including the number plates and the like.


    And then, the home stretch:




    So, all in all, a pretty decent effort. Certainly a massive learning curve for me, and great lessons to carry forth when I tackle the bigger brother - the 1/8 XKE coupe. But first, I am tempted by the 1/12 Bentley blower, one of my all time favourite cars.

    Thanks guys, for all of you help by way of advice and comments - every bit counted. Let me know what you think of the final product.

    See you on the next build!


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