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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 09:28 AM UTC
Cheers Joel and Russell

The sure sign of a modelling bug that's bitten is when you catch yourself contemplating how best to fill sink marks on the way to work! I think a mixture of superglue and talc is on the cards for the MGB.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 11:41 PM UTC
nice start on the parts Rowan.

Lot's of clean up required for sure, but plenty of potential
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 03:07 AM UTC

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Hi Joel

I'll be looking at your 1:24 builds for tips, because they'll undoubtedly be a different league to what I can do on this!

All the best

Rowan



Rowan,
Nothing like adding a little more pressure, and the kits still haven't been released.

There is also a 1/16 scale Porsche 356 that I've been waiting for which still hasn't been released as yet. This is my other dream car ever since I saw it in the early 60's.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2018 - 11:50 PM UTC
Hi Joel

I'll be looking at your 1:24 builds for tips, because they'll undoubtedly be a different league to what I can do on this!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2018 - 01:22 AM UTC

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Cheers Joel

I've made a start smoothing things out. Something else I notice was a rather abrupt change in the contour between the front wing and the nose of the car along a mould-seam, so I'm rounding that a bit to look more like photos of the real thing.

It's going to be fun having something totally different to turn to alongside the new Nieuport and my ongoing Luftwaffe builds. It might be a bit of a proverbial "busman's holiday", but there's nowt wrong with that.

All the best

Rowan



Rowan,
Just keep on making progress when you can and when you feel like it.

The 1/24 scale release from Aoshima is now scheduled for Dec. but I'm not holding my breath as it's been pushed back and back all year. While it's listed as a '68, I'll be doing the very minor changes to back date it to my beloved '67 model. And then i'll be building a min of three of them. One as it was released for the street. One as I modified my street car including my legal roll bar, and one as the final version as my street/time trial car.


Joel

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Posted: Friday, December 07, 2018 - 10:06 AM UTC
Cheers Joel

I've made a start smoothing things out. Something else I notice was a rather abrupt change in the contour between the front wing and the nose of the car along a mould-seam, so I'm rounding that a bit to look more like photos of the real thing.

It's going to be fun having something totally different to turn to alongside the new Nieuport and my ongoing Luftwaffe builds. It might be a bit of a proverbial "busman's holiday", but there's nowt wrong with that.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, December 07, 2018 - 02:22 AM UTC

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Neat Rowan. I've got one in the stash that I too picked up at a resale kids clothing shop. I'll have to reread this one in detail before I start.
My mom had the 1974 1/2 MG, with the rubber baby bumpers, in screaming yellow. Don't remember the tail being jacked up, but it was difficult for 20 something year old me to get in and out of. She had it repainted at some time in a proper British Racing Green. IIRC they had it hauled away on the 2000's when the mechanic told 'em it was too expensive to fix and my sister's offensive lineman sized son wouldn't fit behind the wheel.



Mark,
I always felt that the one of the reasons for the demise of the British sports car in the USA was due to the stupid rule of a min height for the bumpers. They instituted it so that when you were involved in a crash, bumper to bumper would be the result. As it stood for smaller cars their bumpers ended wedged under a full size American car's bumper. So to meet that new rule, in the early 70's they jacked up the B's. The end result was a horrible looking car that drove more like a truck in need of a new suspension. The classic knock offs were replaced with those huge lug nuts that required a wrench to be attached, then you went to work with your copper hammer to loosen them.

Of course the non-synchro 1st gear didn't help either, but you just almost never needed 1st gear from a roll. The few times I did, double clutching took care of that issue.

Joel
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Posted: Friday, December 07, 2018 - 02:11 AM UTC
Rowan,
I'm thrilled to no end to see that you've started this build, while I still wait for the new MGB release.

Even with all it's short comings it still looks like my Treasured B.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 09:05 AM UTC
Hi everyone

Thanks for the interest and encouragement.

@ Richard - you were quite right to assume I wouldn't be able to resist CSM's Nieuport 17 - I made a start on that today too! I owe Edgar at CSM a build, and the Nieuport is so tasty, I got cracking at the first opportunity. As you can imagine, the two kits are like proverbial chalk and cheese in terms of detail and quality.

Sticking with the MGB, the first tasks will just be lots of filling and cleaning up. I've got the kit sat in front of me as I write, and it would be great to have a Blog with audio because you'd have just heard a "What the hell?!..." as I spotted a bunch of scratches in the interior tub that I'd missed previously.

This is a classic old kit, but I think the moulds have been through the wars over the years. It would be really interesting to compare this boxing with a '60s original.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 07:44 AM UTC
Hi Rowan.

Great to see you join the team here and with a kit I haven't seen built up before. Following with much interest.

Also promises to be a great thread for nostalgia from the followers! For my part I learned to drive in cars at opposite ends of the spectrum. Mum had a Hillman Hunter, folding my 200 cm plus frame into that little box was an episode in itself. Dad had a 1968 Pontiac Parisienne, like driving a yacht!


Looking forward to more progress.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 07:17 AM UTC
Rowan - I'm glad to see you making a start but I am actually quite surprised.
After reading your lustful review of CSM's 1/32 Nieuport I was certain the MGB would be put way on the back burner !
Admirable self restraint but I bet you toss and turn at night in a sweat with Nieuports buzzing around your head !

Happy modeling- Richard
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Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2018 - 06:48 AM UTC
Neat Rowan. I've got one in the stash that I too picked up at a resale kids clothing shop. I'll have to reread this one in detail before I start.
My mom had the 1974 1/2 MG, with the rubber baby bumpers, in screaming yellow. Don't remember the tail being jacked up, but it was difficult for 20 something year old me to get in and out of. She had it repainted at some time in a proper British Racing Green. IIRC they had it hauled away on the 2000's when the mechanic told 'em it was too expensive to fix and my sister's offensive lineman sized son wouldn't fit behind the wheel.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 - 11:12 PM UTC
Hi again

Well, I've finally got a day off work and took the opportunity to do a test fit of the main parts and do an overall assessment of the job ahead; suffice to say, it'll be fun - but it won't be quick!

The body and chassis can be bullied into fitting together, but the fit isn't great and there's a lot of clean-up needed on every part. There are sink marks and mould-separation lines all over the place, plus the surface of the body has a nice mix of lumps and nicks to level out.










The biggest shock, though, is that the instructions are hopelessly optimistic - virtually a recipe for guaranteed disaster. So, I'll basically ignore them totally and build the beast in a sequence that will allow me to sort out the fit and finish (hopefully) satisfactorily.

One disappointment is that the sprue attachment for the windscreen causes a nasty mark that I fear will be visible. Perhaps a slightly over-deep windscreen surround at the base will hide it...

So, I can tell there's going to be a lot of prep-work to put in before I can show any progress, but at least I now know the scale of the task ahead.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 09:52 AM UTC
Rowan,
Glad to see that you're going to start your epic MGB build.
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 09:15 AM UTC
Rowan, et. al;
So I have a funny MGB story, and this build brings back a lot of memories. Way back in 1967, my brother worked for Westlake Motors here in Seattle. They sold MGBs, as part of their Foreign car line. I was 14 at the time, and itching to drive. One night he brought an MGB demonstrator home--my parents were gone out for the evening, and we lived on a 1.5 acre farm of sorts, which was interspersed with large fir trees at intervals throughout the farm and garden areas. His MGB was British Racing Green, with a cream or white pinstripe as I recall. After my parents left, and darkness fell, my brother said "come on, no ones looking, I'll let you drive the MGB!" I thought he meant on the street, but he wasn't that brave-- so we confined the driving to the garden, yard and driveway! I was all "over the road" so to speak, and narrowly missed hitting several of those fir trees, but we had a blast. That is until the next morning when my Dad looked out into the yard and garden and saw MGB tracks all over. After that, MGB driving in the yard was strictly forbidden! Have fun on this build, I'll be following along.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 08:42 AM UTC
Hi again

Sorry for the total no-show after my excitement at the prospect of this build! But my deputy is back now, so to get a chance to start at least.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 08:18 AM UTC
Hi Richard

And the coincidences continue; I'm reading "Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña" at the moment.

And, would you believe it... Bob Dylan's favourite car was a souped up Morris Traveller! Actually, don't believe it - I just made that last bit up.

I won't get a day off work this week because my deputy's on holiday, but I hope to actually make a start on the MGB before long.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 03:08 AM UTC
This is turning into one of the best ever threads on Kit Maker Network. Guys, keep the memories coming. And to think it's all because Rowan is building a MGB.

Richard, those are great memories for sure. Bob Dylan singing and playing guitar while sitting on the floor.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 11:50 AM UTC
Ha - this is turning into a whole " 7 degrees of separation " bit. You are building an MGB - my sister and Joel each had one - You had a Morris Traveler - My older brother had a college buddy in the 60's with one . I was about 10 yrs old at the time.
One night there was a knock on our door - a police man said there had been an accident- my brother and his buddy were a little beat up but otherwise OK - they rolled the Morris 3 times in a display of youthful machismo- no seat belts either back then !
My brother briefly attended a very good art school in Philadelphia -I played guitar for a bit and my brother would occasionally bring a friend home who was a fabulous finger style guitar player - he taught me Travis style and he later went on to play bass with The band " Nazz " ( with Todd Rungren maybe ? ) . Years later my father in law became interested in Model railroading. While thumbing through one of his magazines I came upon an article by this same guitar player who was now an avid model railroader and worked for Walt Disney .
As a side note a fellow would occasionally show up at my brothers art school and sit on the cafeteria floor and strum a bit - his name was Bob Dylan .
It's a small world- Richard
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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 10:39 AM UTC

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Rowan,
A Morris 1000. I don't recall ever seeing one on the road. Sure hope it was at least a sporty two door Coupe rather then the 4 door Sedan...

Joel



Hi Joel

Actually, it was a Traveller (a British poor-man's take on the Ford Woody).

Same colour as this one, but with a red interior.

I loved it - it was a real workhorse and could carry a ton of gear, but it was a bit hairy if the back end got away from you with a heavy load. The best skid I ever had was in the Traveller, despite its lack of power!

Actually, that struck me the other night when driving a modern car - I was about to back off going around a windy country lane when I realised the car was sticking to the road like glue!

So, I suppose there's something to be said for progress, even if modern cars don't have one iota of the character of the old ones.

All the best

Rowan



Rowan,
A woody. Now I'm impressed.

Yep, today's cars are marvels on the road. they're 10 years ago F1 technology. I never thought I could drive a 5 speed, but my Coupe is a 6 speed, ABS braking and traction control. Now that's living.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 09:56 AM UTC

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Rowan,
A Morris 1000. I don't recall ever seeing one on the road. Sure hope it was at least a sporty two door Coupe rather then the 4 door Sedan...

Joel



Hi Joel

Actually, it was a Traveller (a British poor-man's take on the Ford Woody).

Same colour as this one, but with a red interior.

I loved it - it was a real workhorse and could carry a ton of gear, but it was a bit hairy if the back end got away from you with a heavy load. The best skid I ever had was in the Traveller, despite its lack of power!

Actually, that struck me the other night when driving a modern car - I was about to back off going around a windy country lane when I realised the car was sticking to the road like glue!

So, I suppose there's something to be said for progress, even if modern cars don't have one iota of the character of the old ones.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 09:40 AM UTC

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Rowan,
I'm right here buddy.

To be truthful, my B was Red with a black interior and a black convertible top. Why Red over BRG you may ask? the answer was simply that the only MG dealer within the county we lived, Trencher Motors (long gone), didn't have a BRG MGB. Can you believe that. they had one Red with Red leather seats and a Red convertible top. Looked like a Pimp's car to me. But they also had a Red car with a Black interior, and a Black convertible top.

Now keep in mind that I'm a huge Ford racing fan whose been dueling it out with Ferrari in Endurance racing for two years at this point. So Red to me and my friends only meant one thing: FERRARI I didn't want White nor Blue, so Red with Black was it. Talbots over the front axles, but in hindsight I would have been much better off with them on the doors. And like I said a Nardy Wood Wheel, and an Abarth exhaust which came about 6 months later as I was running out of money at this point. Of course gas was only 29.9 cents per gallon back then

No rush on the build nor posts. But I'll be here for each one of them.


Joel



Hi Joel

Yeah - tartan red with a red interior (it's one of the options listed in the link above) would be a bit overkill. "A pimp's car"! I love it!

I have to say, though, my old Moggy was claret/burgandy with a red interior and that worked OK - and I seriously doubt that any pimp would be seen dead in a Morris 1000!

Your mention of Ferrari reminds me that one of my favourite cars as a kid in the '60s was the Berlinetta (I had a Corgi toy of it). So, if I don't totally screw up the MGB and the "car kit bug" really bites, that would be a fun build.

But before I do that, I've remembered I have something of a monster in The Stash! The Academy/Minicraft 1:12 1936 Mercedes Benz 540K. I picked it up for a song when a model shop chain (Beatties) closed down in 2001. I think it's probably a re-box of the 1970s Gakken kit.

Anyway, that's definitely something for the future. I won't let it distract me.

All the best

Rowan



Rowan,
A Morris 1000. I don't recall ever seeing one on the road. Sure hope it was at least a sporty two door Coupe rather then the 4 door Sedan.



Love to see you tackle the 1936 Mercedes 540K in 1/12 scale. it certainly would be a fantastic build one doesn't get to see these days. Of course, anything in Italian Red with the name Ferrari on it, will turn an enthusiast's head in a nano second.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 09:36 AM UTC
Hi Thomas

That is a gorgeous Spitfire! I always loved that car when I was a kid (although I could never understand why there wasn't a Hurricane to go with it...).

The closest I ever got to either the Spitfire or MGB was the bass player in our band's MG Midget back in the early '80s. He was rather shorter than me and had no trouble with it, but I really struggled to squeeze my legs in. There was no way I could have driven it for long without risking a serious attack of cramp! It was a great little car, though - masses of character.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 09:25 AM UTC

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Rowan,
I'm right here buddy.

To be truthful, my B was Red with a black interior and a black convertible top. Why Red over BRG you may ask? the answer was simply that the only MG dealer within the county we lived, Trencher Motors (long gone), didn't have a BRG MGB. Can you believe that. they had one Red with Red leather seats and a Red convertible top. Looked like a Pimp's car to me. But they also had a Red car with a Black interior, and a Black convertible top.

Now keep in mind that I'm a huge Ford racing fan whose been dueling it out with Ferrari in Endurance racing for two years at this point. So Red to me and my friends only meant one thing: FERRARI I didn't want White nor Blue, so Red with Black was it. Talbots over the front axles, but in hindsight I would have been much better off with them on the doors. And like I said a Nardy Wood Wheel, and an Abarth exhaust which came about 6 months later as I was running out of money at this point. Of course gas was only 29.9 cents per gallon back then

No rush on the build nor posts. But I'll be here for each one of them.


Joel



Hi Joel

Yeah - tartan red with a red interior (it's one of the options listed in the link above) would be a bit overkill. "A pimp's car"! I love it!

I have to say, though, my old Moggy was claret/burgandy with a red interior and that worked OK - and I seriously doubt that any pimp would be seen dead in a Morris 1000!

Your mention of Ferrari reminds me that one of my favourite cars as a kid in the '60s was the Berlinetta (I had a Corgi toy of it). So, if I don't totally screw up the MGB and the "car kit bug" really bites, that would be a fun build.

But before I do that, I've remembered I have something of a monster in The Stash! The Academy/Minicraft 1:12 1936 Mercedes Benz 540K. I picked it up for a song when a model shop chain (Beatties) closed down in 2001. I think it's probably a re-box of the 1970s Gakken kit.

Anyway, that's definitely something for the future. I won't let it distract me.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 03:49 AM UTC

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Very nice choice and proposal, good luck on your build Rowan!
Really curious on how you'll bring it out.

When it cames to choose my 1. car in the early 80's after years of motorbiking I had two in mind:
#1 was a MGB, what was quite hard to get in West-Berlin in a proper condition and for a reasonable price.
#2 was a BL Spitfire Mk. IV ( ) that I finally purchased. And for sure it costs me a lot of money and repair-time in the following years. Really - You cannot have too many Spitfires, especially for spare parts!

Leakeges, Problems with the engine, the carburators, the gearbox, the hydraulic system ,the axles etc. and a lot of rust issues. Two times repainted; metallic green and later on a white/black sheme.
So most of the money was spent for keeping it in a regular driving condition - far away from modifications like Joel did on his MG.

Anyway, it was a fun time and I learned much about mechanics. Only the type plate remained


Rowan, excuse my short off-topic





Th mas




Thomas,
Wow, a Triumph Spitfire. I do remember them well including the Triumph TR-4, 4A, and 250s. My brother had a 250 and his girlfriend (later his wife) had a Spitfire coupe. Both were 6 cylinder engines, and I maintained both cars for them. Those duel Stromberg carbs were a royal pain to keep properly in sync as were the SUs in the B, but both cars were easy to work on, and I did like the sync 1st gear.

the fenders were two piece affairs with that chrome strip between the two, which was like a rust magnet. So I really spent time keeping that area highly polished to repeal any water.

Gotta thank you for bringing back more wonderful memories of better times.

Joel