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Building the Tamiya Mercedes-AMG GT3 #24345 1/24 scale

By Patrick Sedney | 05.23.2023 12:39

Once again, Tamiya delights us with the flawless engineering quality of their scale model, the Mercedes-AMG GT3, which was launched in 2017... or was it? In this tutorial, we will explore the pros and cons of this remarkable replica of the Mercedes-Benz vehicle, created in collaboration with their performance brand, AMG, for various FIA GT3 championships. Customizing it for the 2019 GT World Challenge America Crowdstrike team.

Building and customizing the Tamiya Ford Mustang GT4 #24354 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 04.12.2023 20:15

Basically this kit has been built straight out of the box, using almost all of the parts included in the kit, and small details such as generic photo-etched screw heads have been added. The objective of this tutorial is to share with the reader the steps that I followed to build this model.

Building the Steve Mcqueen Porsche 917k from a Fujimi kit 1/24 scale

By Philip Curtis | 03.01.2023 12:35

To any follower of motor racing history the Porsche 917 needs no introduction. The kit is available in several different versions including the 1970 Le Mans number 20 Gulf car that I have used. For this build I also used Studio 27 photo etch (PE) set, Renaissance Gulf decals (the Fujimi decals are notoriously translucent) and Renaissance PE. With both PE sets nowhere near all of the parts were used, the Renaissance set in particular was mainly left on the fret....

Hasegawa Lamborghini Jota SVR (1975) #21214, 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 01.24.2023 14:04

I built the model straight out of the box, using all the parts included in the kit, and I have added some details in the engine that, although it is not exposed, but it was fun and the work has been reflected in the photos. I added some wires, and generic photo-etched screw heads. These photo-etched parts were also used to detail some other parts of the model. For the paint, a Lamborghini orange tone called Arancio Miura (Gravity Colors Ref. GC-1194) was chosen, and thus, make a different proposal to the red finish proposed by Hasegawa.

Building and detailing the Tamiya Honda NSX 2015 #24344, 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 10.05.2022 11:05

For this tutorial I built the model straight out of the box, and except for some generic decals with logos, I've used almost all of the parts provided in the box. The custom paint scheme was my idea, seeking a harmony of black areas, combined with a metallic dark gray base, alternated with fluorescent red/orange details, a very explosive mix of finishes that gives the model great dynamism. Below I share with the reader the steps I took to assemble the model of this 2015 Honda NSX, starting with the bodywork.

Kitbashing the Tamiya Ferrari F40 photo array 1/24 scale

By Geo Tziafas | 06.23.2022 11:14

We use to publish large tutorials plenty of pictures and large texts, but when I saw these pictures I realized that this probably wouldn't need anything more, sometimes happens. Looking the pictures I understood all the process… besides not always contributors want to spend extra time writing, when already inverted thousand of hours building taking pictures…etc. I hope you enjoy the pictures as I did, thanks Geo!

Customizing the Revell Citröen 2CV 1/24 scale

By David Guardia | 05.05.2022 11:09

The paint scheme I have chosen is based on a World War II plane belonging to the Armée de l'air. The Dewoitine with its beautiful blue color, and the French national flag on the tail. Model building, aviation and classic cars, all in one! The goal of this tutorial is to share the work of making a weathered vehicle in an obvious way, but without getting to what is used nowaday, models that represent destroyed subjects ready for scrap. In addition, the decoration, as if it were a fighter plane, needed abuse effects, but without going to the extreme.

Improving the Tamiya Morris Mini Cooper S #24130 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 08.30.2021 12:49

I built this model under commission for a customer of mine, who asked for a customized sports version, such as the elimination of both bumpers, the hood with forward opening, which allows to show the engine, in addition to other details that will be shown later in the text. As it was a special Mini I decided to write a tutorial including many photos taken during the build and thus share with the reader my experience with this model.

Customizing the Tamiya Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 #24188 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 05.02.2021 11:14

In the racing car world, Alfa Romeo is one of the most legendary and mythical Italian name, and each of its vehicles is synonymous with beauty, style, and racing. Precisely, the Giulia Sprint GTA, is the version which this tutorial is dedicated to. A road car, with sporty and personalized characteristics. This is the kind of car that can be found in various classic vehicle activities today.

Improving the Tamiya Jaguar Mk II Saloon 3.8 #24151 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 04.19.2021 11:37

Although it is an old kit, I always wanted to improve it and finally the opportunity came. It is a high quality kit, with good details, and that lends itself to making some improvements. I share in this tutorial, with the modeler who likes this car, the work done offering many pictures of the process and the necessary explanations.

Building the Revell Opel Blitz S 3T in a diorama with the Revell Porsche Junior tractor 1/24 scale

By Andre Pantarotto | 11.29.2020 14:34

I wanted to build the Opel truck, is a model I like very much, but why not to take the opportunity to add other beautiful kit from Revell I had in my stash, so the Porsche tractor was added to this build. There was plenty of room for details and weathering which brought more fun and turned the model in a diorama. This tutorial is to share the steps I followed to get this ready to place in the showcase, so here we go!

Building the Hasegawa Nissan Sunny 1979 in an stunning vignette 1/24 scale

By Andre Pantarotto | 09.14.2020 13:24

The Nissan Sunny is a very nice kit from Hasegawa and a pleasure to build, however being a work truck I felt it needed something more. To place in a vignette was the way I found for highlighting this beautiful model.

Editor note: with the PDF tutorial, DOC files are provided for you to print all the small kit boxes. More will be explained later in the text.

Building the Moebius Models Tim Flock 1952 Hudson Stock Car 1/25 scale

By Andre Pantarotto | 03.29.2020 15:44

For those who aren't familiar with NASCAR racing, mostly out of USA, Julius Timothy "Tim" Flock was an American stock car racer. He was a two-time NASCAR series champion. Moebiuos offered some time ago the 1952 Hudson “Tim” used two times during 1952, the year he won the session.

Customizing and improving the Tamiya Morris Mini Cooper Mk.1 1966 "Gulf" #24048 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 09.18.2019 10:58

In this tutorial I’ve made a road vehicle version with own elements of a rally car, and decorated with the Gulf emblems and colors. The kit used to build this model is the Tamiya 1/24 that ran in Monte Carlo rally 1967 (#24048). It’s cheap and is being manufacturing from time to time and can be easily purchased in many online shops

Customizing and improving the Tamiya Fiat Abarth 695SS #89675 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 09.15.2019 13:34
The Fiat Abarth 695 ‘esseesse’, classic, is one of the most popular European sport cars in automotive history. Its tiny size and body are among its main identity and attractive features. As was to be expected, Tamiya was one of the brands that offered the icon with Italian accent, creating a simple and funny kit with good details and lot of possibilities for modifications with improvements sets and/or scratch. The version presented in this tutorial is a road car with sport details and customized. It’s a type of vehicle that can be found today in concentrations or classic cars rallies.

Building the Aston Martin DBS Ultimate Edition from the Tamiya kit #24316 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 07.09.2019 09:59

This project is the result of a request a Dutch collector made me. They sent me the Tamiya kit, an Aber PE dashboard , new wheels, several accessories not necessarily useful and a booklet that shows the differences between a DBS and a DBS Ultimate Edition one.

Building the Revell Porsche Panamera Turbo #7034 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 11.18.2018 13:00

Revell have going on offering Super cars and luxury reproductions in 1/24 scale, this article will be about the Porsche Panamera Turbo. I’ll not extend in a complete kit review , however every time I open a Revell box, the first things I examine are: the bodywork, the brakes and wheels. For these last ones, it must be recognized that Revell have improved them. The wheels size is correct and not undersized as it happened at times, besides they are molded in a single part. What still doesn’t’ like me is the chromed they’re provided with, lack of realism and adds extra work to the modeller. Unfortunately, the brakes are not well represented. This tutorial aims at showing with images the steps I followed to correct the problems and get the finished model.

Superdetailing the Hasegawa Lancia 037 1/24 scale

By Antonio Busciglio | 09.12.2018 11:31

The model I wanted to build was the version that ran on the Tour de Corse in 1984 season, driven by Attilio Bettega (who lost its life in the same car during the 1985 season) with Cresto as a co driver. The Martini livery makes this car absolutely stunning, but also quite demanding for the modeler. Moreover, the only plastic kit available on the market is the not so recent Hasegawa kit. In my opinion It’s quite well designed, easy to assemble parts, good general fitting, good materials quality. However...

Building the Ferrari F50 GT from the Tamiya kit 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 12.04.2017 12:00

Building a F50 GT starting from a regular Tamiya F50 was quite complex. The transkits that are available up to the moment I’m writing this article, do not convince me, they have thick parts and lack of detailing.

Building the Revell Mercedes AMG GT #07028 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 09.17.2017 11:27

When I received the Revell kit, I realized about its qualities but also about its weak points. And the main, is the way the vent grilles present in the front mudguards, the hood and especially on the front bumpers were represented; and the singular design of the front grille. I invite you to follow the images of this model construction, which was laborious, but with a worthwhile final result!

Model Factory Hiro Ferrari 250 GTO 62 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 07.19.2017 11:45

A photo gallery of other model from the master!

Kitbashing the Tamiya Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA - 1/24 scale

By Michael Schneider | 04.01.2017 10:09

Looking through my photos of a Porsche-Alfa-Meeting in Hockenheim in 2004 I found an Alfa Giulia with wide fenders. It was then when I pulled the Tamiya Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA* off the self to take a closer look at it. The kit is great and includes an engine, but I wanted a body with wider fenders. Of course, it is possible to widen the fenders with sheet and putty, but I would not need to do so since there was another Alfa from Gunze Sangyo* on my shelf, not so accurate to my eyes, even without an engine, but comprising wide fenders.

Building the Lexus SC430 picture by picture! Tamiya #24293, 1/24 scale

By Juan Layos Pantoja | 03.01.2017 10:58

Tamiya have recently introduced into the market two kits showing a different decoration belonging to the Japanese Grand Touring Championship based on the Lexus SC 430. This article aims to show a simplified building process, step by step with pictures of each relevant task....

Building the Revell Porsche 918 Spyder #7026 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 02.10.2017 15:45

When I assembled the Mirage IIIC, I used several products from Ammo Mig. Though I was very satisfied with the result, I decided to use AK Interactive products for the 918 to have a different experience. Certainly Revell have improved the wheels quality and their design but improvements don’t always mean accuracy and I have my doubts about size accuracy of wheels, so I replaced them with the Plamoz ones. I invite you to follow this Porsche model build where I only made two changes in the body to get the result you see here.

Building the Ebbro Citroën DS 19 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 07.02.2016 21:06

For this article Ebbro provided me a test-shoot that’s to say a test of an injection mold, and there were no references about the year this DS model represented belonged to, so I started to look around the net for pictures that could help me. Looking at the body carefully and comparing with several photos, it was obvious that I had to make sure about certain points.

Building the Asuka Models Bantam BRC 40 1/24 scale

By Federico Collada | 06.01.2016 00:16

Not long ago, when Asuka was still Tasca, they started to add some beautiful 1/24 scale models to their catalogue. The Panzer II and the BMW were as outstanding as they 1/35 Shermans, a referent worldwide. When a few months ago I saw the forthcoming Bantam BRC 40 in this scale I was a bit surprised for the model chosen to continue the 1/24 catalogue, a little known Jeep that lost the race against the Willys.

Improving the Tamiya AEG Olympia Sauber-Mercedes C9 1988 - 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 04.01.2016 12:13

When AEG electronics sponsored a Sauber C9 Mercedes Benz, the paint design was one of a printed circuit all over the car. No doubt the design was very attractive for the modeler but it also implied a lot of extra work with the painting and decaling of the model. My aim with this note is to share with you, the reader, my experience in detailing this Tamiya kit as well as the process of applying the decals, which seemed quite difficult.

Building the Ford GT GT1 LeMans 2010 team Matech 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 04.01.2016 11:46

The Ford GT Matech is the second kit, #141002, produced by the brand new plastic model manufacturer Simil'R, based out of France. It’s an injection molded kit with stunning decals printed by Cartograf which are also provided to represent the various carbon carbon/Kevlar, and Kevlar weaves. The kit also supplies a photoetched fret. The instructions in English and French are very similar in style and layout to any kit from Tamiya or Hasegawa.

Building the Tamiya Mercedes 300SL #24338 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 12.26.2015 13:24

Looking at the photos of a real 300SL body, we find out Tamiya have made an excellent work. However, it’s possible to go even further and give the body of this Mercedes an additional touch of realism. Regarding the chassis Tamiya also made a hard work with the tubular frame, very realistic indeed! besides of being quite simple to assemble. The engine and cockpit are not far behind. To paint this marvel, I chose silver that is unavoidable for this beauty. So, the aim of this article is to share with the reader the building, painting and weathering process of some parts, in such a way that they can be reproduced by a modeller with a minimum of experience.

Building the Fujimi Mazda RX7 Greddy 9 - 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 11.27.2015 11:44

On several occasions, when surfing around HLJ, I saw the Greedy 9 on sale. To be honest, the tuning aspect of the art box showing this magnificent green Mazda RX-7, tempted me more than once, but it didn’t get me very excited cause in the short description of the kit, I realized that this is one of those models which doesn’t feature a detailed engine, and this is exactly, what I like, to get detailed engines. But, in the end, that tempting picture of the box really convinced me, thus I ordered it.

Tamiya LaFerrari extreme detailed 1/24 scale

By Felice Ferriello | 11.17.2015 11:47

Tamiya offer an excellent model for Ferrari lovers, that can’t be missing in a collection. In my opinion, it’s a very complex kit so not recommended for novices or those who want to spend some time distracted and relaxed with a simple model. Its complexity obliges you to study very carefully the instructions preparing a building plan, altering the instruction steps to get a good result.
This article aims at sharing with the reader the work achieved during several months to superdetail this beautiful model, providing lots of images.

Building the Toyota Castrol TOM’S Supra GT for novices – Tamiya #24163 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 11.17.2015 11:33

First of all, it’s necessary to take a look inside the box to be sure if the content is complete and in perfect conditions. One of the most common and discouraging problems is that once the project has started, we can find out that there are broken, distorted or missing parts.

Building my first car: Advices from a novice... to another. Based in the Nissan Skyline GT-R Calsonic Tamiya #24184, 1/24 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 10.01.2015 10:06

I’ve always been building military vehicles. My paint box is full of greens, grays, ochres and browns colors; and sand, gray and beige pigments. My shelf is full of Trumpeter, Tristar and Dragon boxes. Thank you, Verlinden for having launched the aftermarket industry for superdetailed kits for military vehicles. But however…sometimes I wish to build something different. Something glossy, with a lot of decals. Something fast. It’s not my intention to teach to build cars. This note is simply an experiment to see how somebody who doesn’t use to build cars, does it I admit that what scares me most, is to get a smooth and gloss paint finish. I hope to reach a decent final result in the end!!

Building the Ebbro Renault 4L #25002 - 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 04.28.2015 11:50

Produced since 1961, the popular 4L, debuted at the 1961 Paris Show and ran in production for more than 31 years in France only, and later in neighbouring countries with the only aim to compete with the also famous Citroen 2CV without which, the 4L perhaps, would have never existed! In the 1990 decade, Renault was obliged to resign the production of the 4L, for their inability to adapt to the new European rules against contamination. With more than 8 million units, the 4L is still the best-seller French car. This article aims at sharing with the reader the modifications and improvements I made during the construction of the Ebbro kit.

Building the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano - Revell #07310 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 04.01.2015 12:02

This kit is typical Revell with 10 sprues that contain around 100 parts. The parts that comprise the interior are injected in red plastic. Like the Superamerica, it comes with a separate hood to leave the engine visible. I’m afraid the weak point of the kit are the low quality over chromed parts. Vinyl tyres with realistic tread and waterslide decals complete the details. The aim of this article is to share with the reader my experience in the construction of this model, with some tips to improve it.

Building the Scania R620 & semi Océan' Express - Italeri #3852 – 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 04.01.2015 11:45

Both the Scania tractor and trailer are well known kits from Italeri. The main interest of this kit is perhaps the very good choice of decoration. The Scania R620 is well designed, however Italeri felt free when reproducing some parts, probably to simplify the kit and offer it at a relatively low price. Here you’ll find a mix of old kits of the series 3. This article aims at showing with pictures, the steps to get a good looking model and the improvements accomplished on it.

Building the Ferrari Superamerica Revell #7391 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 04.01.2015 11:43

While Tamiya always seem to focus on the mechanical parts of its models, Revell pays more attention to the variety of kits that we modelers want to see and build, which is the case with the Ferrari 575 Superamerica. The objective of this note is to share with you readers, the improvements which came up along the building process and my experiences with it.

Building the Revell Range Rover V8 1/24 scale

By Andreas Rousounelis | 03.13.2015 11:47

The Range Rover is a 4x4 luxury British that first entered production in 1970, and is currently at its fourth generation. The Revell kit depicts the first generation 5-door version. In the following sentences I will share my experience building the kit and some modes I made to improve it, I hope they will be useful for others.

Building the MFH Ferrari 312PB Nurbürgring 1972 - #K180 1/24 scale

By Geo Tziafas | 03.01.2015 10:44

Model Factory Hiro as usual gave us a outstanding kit made of metal and other multimedia parts. It isn’t an easy task to build this model, but in the end you will get a weighty master piece. With this article I aim to share with the reader what I did, I focused on taking as many photos as possible, adding a short explanation about them.

Building the Tamiya Martini Alfa Romeo 155 DTM picture by picture! #24176, 1/24 scale

By Juan Layos Pantoja | 10.31.2014 10:15

This is one of those kits resting on our shelves which for one reason or another, we’ve never built and perhaps one day, not knowing why, one decides to get down to work! Let me mention that it was not a straightforward kit to build, besides of being an old one, some parts don’t fit properly as it use to happen with some Tamiya kits, especially with regard to the hood which needed to be dry fitted prior to the paint body work and subsequently.

Building the Tamiya LaFerrari #24333 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 10.01.2014 11:01

The LaFerrari accelerates from 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds and has a top speed exceeding 350 kilometres per hour (220 mph). 499 copies will be produced and sold for an astronomical price more than one million euros, clearly not within everyone’s reach. So, take advantage of this opportunity Tamiya gives us to start building our own LaFerrari…at quite a considerable price…

Building the Porsche 911 GT3-R Red Bull 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 08.29.2014 12:04

The result showed below, is a mix of Tamiya 1/24 Porsche 911 GT3, Scale Production GT3-R transkit, Quik Skins BMW M3 Gtr wheels, Scale Production and Carpena Red Bull decals sets. The Tamiya GT3 is a curbside model, lovely as usual, with the exception of the doors fenders (definitely oversized), taillights and headlights in the area of the turn signals (too simplified).

Building the Mitsubishi EVO IX Montecarlo 2005 from a Tamiya kit 1/24 scale

By Fabio Bonilla | 07.15.2014 10:56

To carry out this model, I got the Tamiya Mitusbishi Lancer VII WRC (item 24257) and the 1/24 Lancer WRC 05 transkit from Studio 27....

Building a 1927 Ford hotrod 1/24 scale

By Hakan Guney | 06.30.2014 11:18

I wanted to build a hotrod but as there wasn’t a complete kit that satisfied me, I decided to build my own, starting from parts coming from different kits I had in my spare box and stash.

Building the Belga Porsche 911 SCRS Renaissance 1/24 scale

By Guy Golsteyn | 06.11.2014 12:25

The Renaissance kit mainly consists of a whole load of resin parts, as usual, with some photo-etched sheets and a few aluminum turned parts to complete the kit. It is intended to be built with an opened left hand side door, which means we are going to an extra effort detailing the interior.

Building the Porsche 908/80 Le Mans 24 hours 1980 from a Tamiya 936 kit 1/24 scale

By Guy Golsteyn | 06.09.2014 12:03

To be able to execute this conversion I needed a 1/24 Tamiya Porsche 936 as a base. The question was: which one? Tamiya has two kits available: the 1977 Porsche 936 and the 1978 Porsche 936. More research learned me that the Porsche 908/80 in fact turns out to be a mixture of both models. The overall shape of the Porsche 908/80 comes closest to the 1977 Porsche 936, with the high side wings holding a large rear spoiler. But behind the air scoop of the 1977 Porsche are four air intakes which are not present on the 908/80. The central air intake, escorted by two air intakes to both sides and covered by some protective mesh caps are identical as shown on the 1978 model. So I decided to use the 1977 model as a base on which I made the 1978 adaptations. Finally I could start modeling!

Warsteiner Porsche 911 GT1 Test Version from a Tamiya kit, 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 06.06.2014 12:53

A mule or prototype car is used to test new materials and engineering concepts, so many details on the final car do not appear on the prototype. In the case of the 911 GT1, the first prototype car tested a new composite fiber material called Duroplast, and it was used on the car nose only. Over a period of eight months, between the end of 1995 and beginning of 1996, Porsche AG started testing its new 911 intended for the GT1 class. Although the styling of the GT1 retains some resemblance with the conventional 911, it is not the usual 911 but a highly advanced pure race version.

Detailing the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII Wrc Tamiya 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 05.27.2014 12:26

Following the “cutaway” mood of my Enzo and Testarossa, years ago in the same period I decided to cut even a World Rally Car. At that time Tamiya released its beautiful Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII WRC, available were also some fine upgrade sets, so I had no doubts …and started cutting.

Building the Ferrari California Revell #7276 - 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 04.01.2014 12:13

With this kit Revell has appreciably improved the molding quality. In fact, the body surfaces are smooth and shows nearly no plastic shrinkage as it was common before. The panel lines are also nice, the cowling can be opened and fits perfectly between the fenders and headlights, this was not the case in the former Revell Ferrari releases.

Building the Fairlady Z version Nismo Tamiya 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 04.01.2014 11:48

Nissan in collaboration with Autech Japan have made a higher-end performance version of the Fairlady Z called the Nissan Fairlady Z Version NISMO. It received many changes such as a redesigned hood, change of tires to Bridgestone Potenza RE050A (from Potenza RE040); adoption of the VQ35HR engine, which delivers maximum power of 230 kW (313 PS)/6800 rpm, maximum torque of 358 N-m (36.5 kg-m)/4800 rpm and top engine speed of 7500 rpm, exclusive rear bumper, large-diameter sports muffler etc. The aim of this article is to share with the reader, the building process and painting of the model making special emphasis on the paint and problems the kit could have.

Building the VW Golf GTI ABT from the Fujimi kit – 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 03.14.2014 18:40

ABT Sportsline is a motor racing and auto tuning company based in Kempten im Allgäu, Germany. ABT mainly deals with Audi, and the related primary Volkswagen Group brands - Volkswagen, Škoda, and SEAT. It was clear that ABT would not be satisfied just by preparing the new Golf but they would give to the Volkswagen Golf GTI a special treatment as the king of the compacts deserve.

Building the Porsche 911 Rsr 3.8 - Daytona 24hrs 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 01.23.2014 11:05

Since years I was willing to try a “fusion” among the Fujimi 911 Rsr and the Tamiya 911 GT2. I always loved this car and, since the Fujimi kit features street components instead of racing ones, the merging was mandatory.  

Building the Ferrari FXX 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 01.15.2014 21:07

I have already admitted I do not like the Enzo and, less than ever, now the Fxx. Difficult, in my opinion to build something more ugly, but this car is pure technology and the E.Jan transkit sounded immediately like an interesting challenging project. Once studied the contents, I opted to replicate the Fxx lifted on air jacks, wheels off and doors opened. Obviously with the engine well visible.

Building the Tamiya Mazda 787B #24326: step by step for novices - 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 01.01.2014 11:48

In 1991 Mazda became the first Japanese manufacturer to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Mazda was also the only that produced rotary engines for competition use. Tamiya have offered the 787B chassis #002 in its 1991 Le Mans “Charge” livery. The kit of this article is a reissue of the white 787 and 787B that competed at Le Mans in 1991. Note that #18 is 787B chassis 001, whilst #56 is 787 chassis 002. The 18 finished 6th and 56 finished 8th overall at the 1991 Le Mans race.

Building the Tamiya Peugeot 307 WRC #24285, 1/24 scale

By Juan Layos Pantoja | 12.24.2013 10:29

The Peugeot 307 is one of the Tamiya last releases of rally cars. It includes a diecast lower chassis that makes the product more expensive and at first this seems to offer no advantage, however, once the model is finished, we realize the importance of this diecast chassis that not only gives the model the necessary weight but also realism. So no extra weight will be needed....

Building the Tamiya Nissan GT-R: painting a step by step for novices #24300 - 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 12.14.2013 10:29

Upon opening the Nissan GR-R box, what attracts attention is that the body is molded in light gray (looks as if primed) with interior and chassis parts molded in black. In my opinion, it would have been more practical to have a white body. Beautifully plated –matte chrome parts are provided for the stylish wheels and other parts. Among other features you may add, the engine, clear plastic parts, decals, masks for the windshields, nylon meshes, metal transfers and the tires. Tamiya made them out of a material that makes them look less real than the ones provided with previous kits..

Improving the Fujimi Ferrari F430 Option Version: step by step 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 12.04.2013 23:02

Rarely I’m building street versions of the supercars. I was honestly waiting for the Tecnomodel F430 GT when, upon request, I started working on one of the latest release from Fujimi: the Ferrari F430 Option Version, which differs from the standard one for the BBS wheels and the racing seats. Hmm… that’s ok, not a pure street version …it sounds better. The project will feature some improvements in the engine bay and, for the first time, I’ll use a Crazy Modeler product, a specific etched upgrading set intended for the Fujimi tool. Let’s go on.

Building the Model Factory Hiro Aston Martin DBR9 Le Mans 2005 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 11.14.2013 14:19

Generally speaking this is a very fine kit, rather well engineered, well molded with some dimensional inaccuracies in the nose area, front fenders and front wheelwells, too high. Wheels and tires, as well are not perfect. Various material used as usual, resin, photoetched frames, white metal, turned parts and well printed decals.

Building the Ford Escort WRC 1997 - Circuit des Ardennes Rallye, from a Tamiya kit 1/24 scale

By Guy Golsteyn | 11.14.2013 10:35

It has been a while since I last built a rally car model in 1/24 scale. Well, I will not tease the rally fans any longer and get to work: I decided to use a CBCom transkit to convert a Ford Escort group A into a Ford Escort WRC. I'm talking about the Ford Escort used by Belgian rally drivers Patrick Snijers and Dany Colebunders during the 1997 Circuit des Ardennes Rally which unfortunately they didn't finish.

Building the Fujimi Ferrari 330P4 1967 for novices - #123073 - 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 11.03.2013 10:48

First of all, it’s necessary to take a look inside the box to be sure if the content is complete and in perfect conditions. One of the most common and discouraging problems is that once the project has started, we can find out that there are broken or missing parts.

Building the VW 1300 Beetle 1963 - Herbie - Tamiya 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 10.25.2013 11:52

The Volkswagen Beetle is undoubtedly one of the most popular cars in all the history. The attractive and singular body’s shape has turned it into an icon in our recent history. At the end of the 60s, Disney Studios decide to immortalize the small car taking it to the cinema screen in Herbie, a movie in which this beetle played a central role and five sequences came later. The first movie The Love Bug which was known in Spain as Ahí va ese Bólido, was premiered in 1969.

Scania 124c 470 8x4 truck transporter 1/24 scale

By Erik Fontein | 10.20.2013 11:00

This typical Danish truck is used by FALCK in Denmark for transport of a range of vehicles. For not drivable cars, campervans, trucks, forklifts, 4x4, agricultural vehicles etc. But of origin is it intended for the transport of broken and stranded agricultural vehicles. Many farmers in Denmark are connected to the FALCK organization. So if there's an agriculture vehicle with technical problems or stuck, than FALCK will help. During a holiday in Denmark I have been given the opportunity to take photos of a similar vehicle and trailer. Also I could take the measures of both.

Improving the Hasegawa Ferrari 250 TR 1/24 scale

By Felice Ferriello | 10.17.2013 09:55

I think that this is a very beautiful kit any Ferrari lover will appreciate especially due to the fact that it was the first testarrossa of the series, besides of being a very attractive car full of magic as a classic and collectible car. You can get this kit for a cheaper price than other ones offered in resin. As a point of fact, it makes an excellent addition to any enthusiast’s collection. Hasegawa has offered us the chance of having this nice car which has been well engineered in spite of a few difficulties and, I believe it’s worth building it.

Building the Porsche Turbo RSR 934 Jagermeister – Tamiya #24328 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 10.14.2013 17:30

It was in 1978 when I saw for the first time, the Tamiya Porsche 934 at a hobby shop. Though, the 1/12 model was built straight from the box and without paint, the details seemed to be surrealist and impossible to imagine up to that moment. It was my first approach to that Tamiya kit in 1/12 scale. Perhaps, with the aim of re releasing that success, several years ago Tamiya manufactured the same car, winner of so many championships, but in 1/24 (the most popular scale) which is the subject of this article that aims at helping the less experienced modeler to build the new Tamiya Porsche.

Improving the ZIL-157 – Trumpeter #1001 1/35 scale

By Pablo Raggi | 10.14.2013 11:40

The Zil 157 is par excellence perhaps, a general purpose cargo truck and troops transport and for its performance it also served as the tractor for the SA-2 missiles. Although its production stopped many decades ago, still it can be seen in several countries. One of the users of this truck was Egypt and this is the version I decided to do.

Building the Mini Cooper S Countryman, a guide for beginners Hasegawa #24121 - 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 09.22.2013 12:33

The aim of this article is to give the reader a detailed and comprehensive guide. Here you’ll have typical indications for the most experienced modelers but very useful for newcomers or for those about to take their first steps into scale model cars. In spite that this kit is simple, it’s very important to follow the instructions to avoid unexpected surprises. In spite that modelers use to skip or change the order in the instruction steps, I’ll build this kit as per instructions.

Building the Lexus LFA Tamiya #24319 – 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 09.13.2013 12:30

The Lexus LFA is one of the so-called “supercars” conceived as a racing prototype and a production model. One of its main features is the extensive use of carbon fiber, its V10 engine, and the chassis which is separable from the monocoque for maintenance purposes. Tamiya has done something really remarkable in reproducing some of the aerodynamic and mechanical features, such as the adjustable spoiler, which makes this kit the “flagship” of its 1/24 sports car line. Our main goal in this note is to help the novice modeler in the building and finishing of this Tamiya super kit.

Toyota Corolla WRC Detailing and improving a diorama Tamiya 1/24

By Alessandro Prini | 06.16.2013 11:29

Perfectly engineered, the Corolla is an ideal base to go deep into a plastic surgery. The first step concerns the removal of hood, trunk and driver door. A round blade installed on a motor rotary tool, has been used to cut the mentioned parts.....

Tamiya Porsche 911, A weekend project for novices 1/24 scale

By Roberto Jacobone | 06.06.2013 10:40

This Porsche 911 has been built in a few nights to be entered at the “Trofeo Tamiya” which took place the day I completed the model. I normally have no problems in starting new projects but then I struggle to finish one, except if I have to enter a contest. At that time the 911 Carrera was a relatively new issued kit, so mine would have been the first one seen at a contest in my area, that’s the reason why I choose a non-standard eye-catching color and showy wheels.

Detailing the 1996 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI ITC, late version. Step by step. Tamiya 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 06.02.2013 11:05

Alfa Romeo entered the 1996 season with the aerodynamic arrangement from the previous season. After the first two races (two defeats) the Fiat Corse team started developing, step by step, some aerodynamic modifications such as additional front lateral wings, hood louvers and air vents behind the front wheels. I decided to replicate step 1 even if, to do so, I came to a compromise for what concern the livery which is not 100% correct, but I imagined it something like a test car. The car subject of the photo-array comes from the 1996 late season with all the modifications above mentioned; the car is displayed at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese (Milano), seat of the remaining Alfa Romeo plant...

Building the Pescarolo – Judd 01 from 2011 - Simil'R 1/24 scale

By Olivier Gordat | 05.27.2013 11:00

Pescarolo 01 chassis used during the 2011 season was derived from the chassis used in 2009 and powered by Pescarolo Sport Judd GV V10 engine. So Simil'R provides us with a beautiful 1/24 kit under the reference 151105.

Lamborghini Gallardo: customizing the Fujimi kit 1/24 scale

By Lukasz Rybacki | 04.25.2013 11:15

After get the first prize for my highly detailed Ferrari Enzo in "Italian Job", a competition in a modelling forum, I wanted to do something simple just for fun. So I decided to make my variation of Gallardo using as base the Fujimi kit #12259, Lamborghini Gallardo by Sportec DX. From the beginning I wasn’t making a copy of a specified car. The key in this build was to take a little from various Gallardo versions and make my own and that looks good.

Building the Porsche 911 GT3 Le Mans 2000 from a Tamiya kit 1/24 scale

By Juan Layos Pantoja | 04.17.2013 11:46

It’s not usual to find in 1/24 scale, the model we like to build, just because they’re not available in the market, anyway you can get the transkit which includes parts and accessories that allows us to make conversions starting from one vehicle. In this case I’ll convert a Porsche 911 road car into GT3 Le Mans 2000....

Mitsubishi Pajero Dakar 1992 Tamiya 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 04.03.2013 12:50

Italeri MAN F8 6x4 with BRO recovery unit 1/24 scale

By Erik Fontein | 03.26.2013 19:59

For this model I have used the reissue of the Italeri MAN 26.321 Formul6 kit. For references taken from the internet I removed the sleeper from the cab. On the roof rack, which was intended for the spoiler, I have a headlight and beacons placed. From the bumper I have removed the under spoiler and behind the cab is a vertical exhaust and air filter installed.

Featuring the Aoshima Toyota Hilux, 1/24 scale

By Alexander Yañez | 03.18.2013 11:02

I had been keeping this 4x4 truck in my waiting list for years and before purchasing it, I had already thought that I would add some off-road accessories. I began cleaning the parts with dishwashing detergent, cutting them from the sprue as I needed. First, I set to work on the body. I used wet sand #1200 to remove flashes, mold marks, and to get a better adherence of paint. I sanded with wet sandpaper until getting a matt body.

Hasegawa Lancia 037 Rally 1984 Tour de Corse 1/24 scale

By Daniele Limelli | 03.11.2013 10:51

Building the TechArt GT based on the Fujimi Cayman 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 02.25.2013 09:49

With this version of Cayman, the German constructor was really inspired., especially regarding the front bumper which adds a more aggressive look and gives the car an aerodynamic silhouette. Looking the car’s profile, there are not changes, the side skirts were cut and are similar to the ones in the 911 GT3. The double aileron gives the car even a more aggressive look besides of improving the superior driving stability and road adherence at high speed. TechArt offer wheels in different sizes from 17 to 20 inches. Regarding the engine there are only a few improvements in the air inlet and electronics which allows to reach 310 HP.

Building the Honda Mugen S2000 from the Tamiya kit 1/24 scale

By Fabrice Marechal | 02.08.2013 09:48

During a visit to my friend Philippe, I had the opportunity of driving a red S2000, the test was fantastic and I simply fell in love with the car. As soon as Tamiya released the S2000 kit, I bought one right away to build a scale model of that red car The only reproach I could make is, that I had to build it with the steering wheel on the right-hand side.

Porsche Turbo 934RSR Jaegermeister Tamiya 1:24 scale

By Modeler Site | 02.08.2013 01:17

This is a 1/24 version of the kit that makes famous Tamiya in the 70-80, the super Porsche 1/12 from Tamiya I'm sure that the 1/24 lovers will be more than grateful for this one..

Improving the Lamborghini Diablo VT for beginners Italeri #687 1/24 scale

By Sergey Torkhov | 02.03.2013 10:45

When I began to build scale cars, I wanted to build a model of such a beautiful car. The only one I could buy in those days was Italeri’s kit #687 “Lamborghini Diablo VT”. The model was assembled according to instructions and painted with a brush, I didn’t have an airbrush yet, I didn’t use masking tape, styrene or filler, and other niceties we have now, nor did I use Internet as a reference material source. Three years later, when I finished the “Can Do” wrecker, I decided to restore my yellow Devil.

MFH Ferrari 512BB LM 1979 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 01.24.2013 20:44

1/24 scale Multi-media Kit of the Ferrari 512BB Le Mans '79. Model Factory Hiro's full kits include resin-cast bodies, rubber tires, aluminum wheels, white metal suspension, photo-etched detail parts and decals. Full engine detail makes for a more complicated kit. Markings are included for N.A.R.T.'s number 64 (Henn/Delaunay/Grandet).

Subaru Impreza WRC 1998 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 01.16.2013 12:21

Our magazine aimed since the beginning to have good content in the articles we proposed, explaining step by step the "how to" of each subject. However there was few cases where only the pictures were enough to understand how terrific a model was, and I sincerely believe this is one of them. I like very much the rally Subarus, mainly the coupes 98 and 99, and Alessandro did a good modelling work with both Tamiya 24199 kits, the Subaru Impreza WRC 1998.

Building rusted cars - VW 1966 - 1/24 scale

By Denis R.S.Bomfim | 01.12.2013 11:46

It all started with a joke, I built a rusted Mustang GT 350 to make a gift to a friend who only builds Mustangs. It was at a modelers meeting when he received a homage and the joke consisted of letting him know the arduous remodeling and restoration work he would have with this rusted Mustang. I took advantage of my work and presented it in a contest that took place in Campinas city. Finally, the model was “best of the show” and they called me mad for giving a winning model. My answer was.... I will have to make another rusted model for me.

Chesire Cat a fantasy car, step by step

By Steve Boutte | 01.11.2013 12:02

Building the Tamiya Lotus Super 7 Series II: for beginners - 1/24 scale

By Guy Golsteyn | 11.30.2012 10:47

When I started this build, I decided to create a street model in British Racing Green. However, inspired by the Lotus Seven S II used in the Public Broadcasting System series, The Prisoner, I decided to paint the nose yellow. Since this small car would only look great with a successful paint job, I concentrated on the painting of the model first. Once this would be achieved, I could take a look at the detailing job of the other parts.

A cutaway Ferrari Enzo Tamiya 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 11.15.2012 10:26

Tamiya Ferrari Enzo 1/24 scale: extreme detailed

By Roland NG | 11.15.2012 10:21

I’m a great Ferrari fan. Ever since the Enzo Ferrari was released by Tamiya, I have always wanted to build an Extreme detailed Enzo. My dream was finally realized in 2008 when I spent almost 6 months, test-fitting, scratchbuilding, recreating almost every single detail. Actually, this car was supposed to be ready by the end of 2007 in accordance to commemorate the 60th year of Ferrari history but unfortunately, I was unable to do so due to my busy schedule.

Building the Calsonic Impul GT-R (R35) for novices. Tamiya #24312 - 1/24 scale

By Patricio Delfosse | 04.01.2010 12:16

This new version of the Nissan GT-R has been painted with the Calsonic Impul team colors and features the aerodynamic modifications of this team itself. This point makes the difference between this and the previous kit Xanavi Nismo (#24308). The body mold captures the complex lines of the car and at the same time it offers a well engineered array of parts and is not very difficult to assemble.

Improving the Ford Aeromax 120 Italeri 1/24 scale

By Sergey Torkhov | 10.01.2009 11:34

The box art from Italeri is beautiful as usual. I was particularly impressed with the sight of the white stripes on red, especially when the truck was standing on the sunrise. After its release in1995, this was the first model I wanted to build. But my dream came true until now. That’s better, because now I have the skills to build it in a better way. I liked the box art so much that I decided to build it according to it.

Building the Porsche Cayman GT and the Boxster Stola-style from Fujimi and Tamiya kits 1/24 scale

By Michael Schneider | 09.01.2008 12:36

Most fans of modelcars have the desire to individualize their Porsche. The owners of real Porsches visit tuners like Gemballa, Ruf or Techart. Now the modeler has the opportunity to buy the transkit from Scale Production.

Building the Porsche 911 GT1 Evo Le Mans 1997 UT model 1/24 scale

By Alessandro Prini | 04.01.2008 12:22

For 1997, a series of customer 911 GT1 replicas were produced and sold, while the Factory entered a pair of updated 911 GT1 Evo models both at Le Mans and in the new FIA GT championship. The Factory GT1's took charge at Le Mans until both were put out of action during the latter stages of the event due to mechanical failures. The #26 driven by Dalmas-Collard-Kelleners would go down in flames after 327 laps while leading the race. Nearly accidentally, many years ago I bought this UT Models kit, the first UT for me. Since I had doubts concerning the quality and the livery I left the box in my shelf for a long time. Months ago I completed the 1998 GT1 and having yet built the 1996 GT1, it was natural...

Building the Tamiya Porsche 911 Turbo 88 - a step by step project for novices 1/24 scale

By Guy Golsteyn | 01.01.2008 10:52

In this article I will explain step by step how to build the Tamiya Porsche 911 Turbo ‘88, without using special or complicated tricks. I will limit myself to the box parts only and use strictly basic techniques without any scratchbuilding or aftermarket parts. Doing so, I will prove that it is still possible to build a nice and realistic “out of box” model.

Building the Gunze Fiat 500D “Custom” and Fiat 600 1/24 scale

By Edwing E. Merlo Paredes | 05.01.2007 11:16

Gunze Sangyo offer us two high quality kits, good plastic injection and excellent fit, but unfortunately comprising not a great deal of details, just the bare essentials. Nevertheless, parts are made out of top quality plastic with no flashes, showing a few mould marks which can be easily removed by sanding.

A cutaway Testarossa Tamiya 1/24

By Alessandro Prini | 04.01.2007 12:08

Usually I am not concerned with production cars but, inspirated by some drawings published in Quattroruote (the most important Italian cars magazine) during the 80’s, I decided to start a series of cutaway models, revealing the beautiful technique hidden under their body panels. Some sport cars from the Tamiya range (namely Ferrari) are the perfect bases to carry out this long-term project, so let’s begin with the Testarossa.

Delorean BTTF 1 Aoshima 1/24

By Steve Desarzens | 11.01.2004 11:45

I’ve always been a huge fan of “Back To The Future” movies. When I discovered that a Japanese brand I didn’t know the name before had manufactured a kit of the famous Delorean, I had to buy it!. I built the kit following more or less the instructions sheet from Aoshima. The first stage was to place the system that allows the model to fold its wheels. Even if I built the Delorean of the first film, Aoshima has manufactured the kit in different versions according to the films. In the second movie, the Delorean can fold its wheels and turn into an hovercraft. The system is quite clever but once the wheels are stuck, they don’t put very flat on the ground. Therefore, I decided to glue the wheels definitely so as they won’t move when I handle the kit.

1936 Ford Convertible Street Rod Revell 1/24 scale

By Dave Hessler | 06.01.2004 11:35

If you're an avid modeler then I'm sure you're like me and have an overwhelming stash of stuff: complete kits, partially started projects, parts boxes, after-market items, etc. Don't forget that closet that's stacked up to the ceiling with your "next projects". Most of us will have to live to be 100+ years old in order to complete every, single model kit in our collections. Of course, we all still buy more to add to our "collections". Even when I finish a project I have a hard time deciding just which kit I'm going to build next. Decisions, decisions!

Lamborghini Miura Fujimi 1/24

By Marco Smeriglio

Toyota 88CV Tamiya 1/24

By Greg Hayes

Tamiya Sierra Cosworth 1/24 scale

By Roberto Jacobone

Arrows A3 1980 1/24th

By Pter Doekalek

Renault Re23 Revell 1/24

By John Horst

Peugeot 206 rally 2003

By Francisco Manuel Martín Cobos

Toyota TF102 Revell 1/24

By John Horst

Lancia 037 Rally 1/24

By Rui Amará Mendes

Shelby Eleanor

By Felice Ferriello

Ferrari 365 GTB

By Carlos Perez

Airfix Ju-87 R2, 1/24 scale

By Edward Lowdell

Mazda 787B

By Peter Go

Hasegawa 1/24 WRC Subaru

By Darren Maharaj

1/24 Tamiya BMW Z3 Roadster

By Roberto Jacobone

Ferrari 550 Maranello

By Alexander Hague

Peugeot 206 rally 2003

By Alexander Hague

Ferrari Modena Tamiya 1-24

By Andrea Massone

Fujimi Porche Carrera

By Marc Van de Vyver

Raybrig NSX Tamiya 1/24 scale

By Steve Desarzens

Road Warrior Interceptor

By Dave Hessler

Ferrari 288 GTO Fujimi 1/24

By Patrick Nyquist

1926 Ford Sedan Delivery (Tall -T) Revell kit # 2982

By Jean-Paul Spa
Ford's pre 1928 "Tall T" cars peaked in popularity with street rodders in the early to mid 70's, then seemed to fall out of favor as street rod fashion shifted to high tech billet aluminum in the '80 and early '90. Today, however, the early T body styles are making a comeback, as rodders are rediscovering their classic, formal proportions and old-timey details. Of course, even with their old time flavor, most current street rods are running the thickest of automotive technology underneath, and this '26 Ford T Sedan Delivery is no exception.

Opel GT AMT kit # 31226

By Jean-Paul Spa

Porsche 911 GT1 Tamiya 1/24th

By Patrick Nyquist

Ferrari Enzo Tamiya 1/24

By Felice Ferriello

Ferrari F50,Tamiya 1/24

By Donald Currie

Ferrari "Enzo" Tamiya 1/24

By Alexander Hague

Profil 24's Lotus Elite

By Dave Allison

Mercedes CLK GTR Detailing and improving Tamiyas 1/24 kit

By Alessandro Prini , Text Roberto Jacobone

Porsche 962 by Profil 24 1/24th

By Peter Radcliffe

Building a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom Cabrio From an AMT/ Ertl 1/25 scale

By Michael Schneider
Some time ago some modelling friends and I, had the idea to build a well known car in different ways. There was only one rule: the base for the model had to be the ´57 Chevy Bel Air kit from AMT/Ertl.

Volvo FH16 6X4 Italeri 1/24

By Erik Fontein

Tyrrell P34 1977, Wave 1/24

By Alessandro Prini

Volvo F12 6x4 1/24 scale

By Erik Fontein

Scania 144l 530t 1/24

By Erik Fontein

Profil 24 Lotus Elite

By Dale King & Charles Fox

Sauber - Mercedes C9 LM 1987

By Rene Bobrovsky

Ferrari 312P Fisher 1/24

By Alessandro Prini

Building the Austin Healey Sprite MK1 - Gunze Sangyo - 1/24 scale

By Geoff Brown

This model is the very first model kit made by Gunze Sangyo, (Now Mr Hobby), that I have built, I'm not really sure why, but I wish I had built some of these earlier, some of the there Hi tech series kits did have engine detail, but this kit is a simply curbside model, i.e no engine or gearbox detail, but the way the model looks at the end of the build makes up for it.

Building the Matra MS 670 B Le Mans Miniatures 1/24 scale

By Guy Golsteyn
Un tiempo atrás compré un kit en escala 1/24 de Le Mans Miniatures en una gran feria de modelismo en Holanda: era el Matra MS 670 B que incluía la figura del conductor Henri Pescarolo. Lamentablemente, cuando abrí la caja, parecía que faltaba la figura del conductor como así también una importante plancha de piezas de fotograbado. Fue una desilusión. Afortunadamente el dueño de la tienda donde compré fue muy amable, y unas semanas más tarde, las piezas estaban en mi buzón de correspondencia. El kit hace posible construir varias versiones diferentes de los Matra de todas las carreras de 1973 excepto el de las 24 horas de Le Mans. Pero ya había construido ese auto en escala 1/43, así que no era un problema.

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By Mario Covalski

Building the RC Leopard 2A4 1/16 scale A couple of years ago, I discover  www.Ludwigs-Hobby-Seite.de, a web site where Christian Ludwig offers his kits mostly made of  plastic, cut with the CNC technology. So, I found a kit to convert a Heng Long 2A6 to the 2A4, that is to say a previous version.

By Mario Covalski

Converting the Trumpeter T-72 MBT to RC 1/16 scale To improve the Heng Long T-90 I read some books and gathered information/photos from the web. This little research made me know more about these compact Russian tanks T-72/T-90, and so it grew my interest in them. So I bought the 1/16 T-72 Trumpeter kit. This kit was designed not only for static but also for RC. The static version has some extra details and modifications, reminds me the, T-34 from WSN, a brand with which Trumpeter sold the T-34 RC. The philosophy of the T-72 is the same, I still believe that the T-34 gearbox with its motors, would fit in the hull. Perfectly.  

By Mario Covalski

Building and improving the Italeri / Protar Alfa Romeo 179 1980 1/12 scale In May 2001 I wrote a brief preview on the Protar's 1/12 Alfa Romeo 179. This wonderful Formula One was one of the few cars in modern F1 history which chassis and engine were the same brand. Is this model really difficult? This is the key question for this model, and the answer is NO. If it were a Tamiya model, that is to say the same matrix but injected with Tamiya plastic and having the quality control of this huge Japanese company, I would say that this is one of the most delicious models I have ever built. Unfortunately, it has some flaws, mainly due to its poor quality than to the work of the Protar craftsmen.

By Mario Covalski

Tamiya Caterhams, a step by step guide for novices 1/12 scale The first Catherham from Tamiya coming to my hands at the end of 1994, was the “Cycle Fender Special” (10202), since the “Super Seven BDR was out of stock, and it was impossible for me to get it from the stores I used to buy kits. From that moment on, my affair with which, I think is the best scale car kit ever produced, began. And here my comment: probably, you have seen better detailed kits, or even superb models limited editions.

By Rick & Jannine Bennett

Learning to paint figures step by step

By Mario Covalski

Building 1/12 F1 resin model kits: A step by step guide. MG models Ferrari F2002 and F2003- GA This article aims at offering an illustrated guide, with pictures, explaining step by step the tasks that should be done, how to and the reasons, it’s basically a visual guide, based on the construction of two MG models: the 2002 Ferrari and the 2003- GA.

By Jose Antonio Solbes

How to paint with lacquers

By Mario Covalski

Building the IDF M50 radio controled Sherman 1/16 scale Building the M50 in 1/16 scale is a project I have had in mind for many years, and after the M51s (from the article published in May 2012) I felt the need to continue with this one. In this article, I’ll share with the reader my experience in building the M50 RC 1/16 from a Tamiya M4 -105mm with HVSS suspension.

By Mario Covalski

Building the Pocher Lamborghini Huracan, step by step, painting guide and tips. 1/8 scale These are the new times of Pocher, hand in hand with Hornby, the brand that offer models which represent high technology subjects as Lamborghini cars and Ducati motorcycles. Manufactured by Ixo, the Chinese company, they are the fashion of the time, huge 1/8 scale cars with metal body and chassis, already painted (luckily!). They compete with Amalgam and other brands with less expectations but to fit any budget and if you have some experience as model builder, the result will be acceptable and even excellent. The aim of this tutorial is to share the step by step in the Lamborghini Huracán construction, the last Pocher issue explaining the work achieved so that it may be useful for less experienced modelers and collectors.

By Claudio Kalicinski

Scratchbuilding the Nieuport 6H, 1/48 scale I decided to scratchbuild this plane after seeing the scale drawings by Mike Fletcher in his web site: The Nieuport Pages. I sent an E-mail to him and he kindly sent me pictures and larger resolution scale drawings. Once I enlarged the plans to 1/48, I noticed how big the plane was....

By Ricardo Gonzalez

Building and customizing the Tamiya Ducati Panigale S 1/12 scale The Ducatti Panigale is to my liking one of the most spectacular motorcycles of the past decade. Thanks to Tamiya we can have a model of it, both were the reasons why I decided to build it trying to get the most detailed model I could , taking advantage of the fact that as it was a mass production model, it would be possible for me to get a lot of references. Not only I built and superdetailed the model, but also made a slightly and own customized version, a real Panigale, as I would like to have. The aim of this article, is to show with pictures and their comments the work accomplished as a guide and to give ideas of the details that can be added or showing in some cases how to do the different tasks.

By Mario Covalski

Improving the Dragon Kubelwagen 1/6 scale # 75003 Action figure collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Figures made out of different plastic materials based on TV sci-fi series, sci-fi movies (for instance GI Joe action figures) and facts from real life such as the representation of different war scenarios. Soldier figures are commonly made in 1/6 scale, they’re represented with military uniforms made from genuine fabric and the weapons that real soldiers use to have, vehicles included.

By Gary Wickham

Advanced techniques: Building the P-51D Mustang "Lt Col John Myers" Petie 3rd Dragon 1/32 scale The infamous Dragon P-51D in 1/32. This model was started before Tamiya announced their kit, and I have to admit that during this build I did consider scrapping it more than once. In the end, I am very glad I did not. Despite the challenges and limitations of this kit, I am very happy (and proud) of the end result.

By Mario Covalski

Realistic wire wheels for 1/12 scale motorcycles One of the biggest challenges for a modeler who builds motorcycles in 1/12 scale, is to modify a wire wheel and make it look realistic; specially without having to buy an aftermarket kit. Anyway, there are no kits for this kind of modification (except for one of the Acu-stion for the Tamiya XV1600 kit), so it's not possible to get one. So any modeler attempting to do this task must rely in his/her ability in order, to get a good result.

By Denis R.S.Bomfim

Building rusted cars - VW 1966 - 1/24 scale It all started with a joke, I built a rusted Mustang GT 350 to make a gift to a friend who only builds Mustangs. It was at a modelers meeting when he received a homage and the joke consisted of letting him know the arduous remodeling and restoration work he would have with this rusted Mustang. I took advantage of my work and presented it in a contest that took place in Campinas city. Finally, the model was “best of the show” and they called me mad for giving a winning model. My answer was.... I will have to make another rusted model for me.

By Mario Covalski

Improving the Dragon Schwimmwagen - 1/6 scale #75013 Being a car fan, everything that has wheels attracts my attention, nevertheless, the Kubelwagen’s amphibious sibling, went unnoticed by me for quite a long time. After building the 1/6 Dragon Kubel, I was pretty excited with the Schwimmwagen, and the quality of the kit and improvements Dragon introduced a couple of years after the Kubel release, really surprised me. This article aims at offering my view about this kit construction, adding some improvements I considered necessary so as to make a worthy scale model.