I bought a Jeep…

Ok well, a scale model of one, but hey, the title is technically still true!

Here’s my first ‘proper’ post for the year and it relates to a model kit I’ve very recently completed: the Willys Jeep in 1:24 scale by Italeri. In this post I’ll relay some of my thoughts after having completed this project and of course, show off pics (and video) of the build!

Initial thoughts

Upon opening this kit package, I found a very handy Photo Reference Guide. This booklet was a great reference during the build and I found myself flipping through the pages almost as much as the actual instructions themselves. The reference guide contains information such as history of the Willys Jeep, photos of the real thing, as well as several different paint schemes you may choose to paint. As an aside: when completing my kit, I chose to model it after the “Short Stop” scheme/vehicle, however I stopped-short (pun!!) of adding the face graphics to the vehicle; reason being I wanted a more clean look without any ‘childish’ decals, even if the real example had these!

Kit Contents

There are only TWO parts trees in this kit (well, three if you include the tiny transparent parts tree); this deceptively made me think this would be a quick and easy kit to build…not so! While it took almost no time at all to base coat and then paint the sprues (one green, one black), the actual build itself was very detailed and time-consuming. No matter, it was a blast to build and I’m very happy with the results, which leads me onto…


Fit and finish of the kit is excellent; I hardly needed to do much sanding or filing, aside from the usual. The only disadvantage I found however, and this is somewhat prevelant in the Italeri kits I’ve seen so far, is that the tyres are plastic and not actually rubber. Not a huge deal, as I could just as easily weather the plastic to be flat and rubber-like in texture and look. Still, I do prefer the ‘real’ rubber of the Revell kits.

Having said all this, I would buy another Italeri kit and it turns I have! (stay tuned for more info on that later)

Photos (and video) of the build and completion

So here’s the main meat of the content, the photos! I tried to take as many as I could during the build, but it seems I missed out on taking some documentary of the very early stages, such as when the chassis rails and cross members were still separated! Make no mistake, this is not a simple kit to build, and because the tyres were plastic, I found myself having to make sure I build the chassis as squarely as I could and frequently tested the axles with the wheels attached to ensure all four points were making contact. I’m pleased to say it all turned out fine in the end. So anyway, on to the photos!

Büssing 8000 S13 Massive Update! Project Complete?

It’s been too long, several months too-long in fact, since my last update on my Revell Büssing 8000 build. I’m glad to report however that the truck is 99.9% complete!! Why 99.9%? Well, in a way I could never really ‘complete’ something such as this; there’s always something more to ‘weather’ or ‘touch-up’! But for all intents and purposes, I’m happy to say it’s complete for now.

In the end I decided to leave the top panel of the hood (bonnet), roof and tarpauline (as well as the stanchion frames) unglued for quick and easy removal for a better look at the truck. Unfortunately, the roof panel is warped slightly and you may notice panel gaps in some of the pictures; had I glued this down this minor imperfection would not have been evident, but I chose to keep the roof ‘loose’ in order to better show off the interior as desired.

The final process in the build involved generous use of ‘MIG Productions’ weathering powder and I tried not to go overboard. I am quite happy with the final result though.

Pictures Tell a Thousand…

I’m happy to chalk this project up as ‘done’ for now and will let the utter boat (truck?)-load of images do the talking again for this post. Good thing too, as I have a pile of other projects waiting for that precious little space on my workbench. I will keep you posted as to what’s coming up the pipeline soon ;).

For now though, enjoy several month’s worth of progress on the Büssing (from January) up to present-day ‘completion’! (note: it was a difficult decision to choose which pictures made ‘the cut’ below as I had so many of them; I tried to capture a good variety of shots to tell the story). Also included below the images is a link to a quick video on my YouTube channel, HarmanMotor.


Büssing 8000 S13 Update

Here’s a post to show some updates on the Büssing 8000 model truck kit which has been DSC00193keeping me busy for the past several days. So far the build has progressed well. I won’t say it has been easy by any stretch, because it hasn’t; what it has been is challenging and definitely rewarding. Revell have themselves a masterpiece with this kit, I can already tell.

Growing pains

Overall the kit has gone together well so far, aside from some of the usual part fitment issues here and there (part and parcel of model kit building). But…

One of the more concerning stages in the build was putting together the fully functioning Knorr steering system: one of the key parts was broken/incomplete out-of-the-box, which meant I had to refabricate a new piece from a section of scrap plastic. This proved quite challenging (and fun) because the part I had to refab would also be a moving part (!) in the steering system.

Here’s some pictures of the refabrication process. There was a lot of buffing and filing down (as well as cursing) to do once I cut off my piece of virgin plastic from the sprue. In the end I made it though, and the piece was fitted and no one is the wiser (well, except for you since you’re reading this). I’ve included my finger in some of the shots, just to show the scale at which I am working…

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I’m devoting the rest of this post to a huge gallery of photos I’ve taken which shows the progress over the past week or so, and a link to a YouTube video I uploaded a little bit earlier. I can’t wait to finally get the chassis down pat, and then start work on the body itself.


Büssing 8000 S13 Project Begins

Box art

I recently received Revell’s excellent Büssing 8000 S13 model kit as a (requested) gift for Christmas. This kit is quite large, with the vehicle measuring up at just over 37cm. I decided I would document and blog as much of the building process as I could (be bothered to). :)

Once built, the model will feature an opening hood/engine compartment, steerable front wheels, and a very detailed superstructure. Having inspected the kit over the past few days, I conclude that this should be a great build. The detail given to the various parts is just incredible and is to be seen to be believed.

Where I’m at

So here’s the build progress to date. I only really started ‘today’, being 28th December 2012. Already I have the chassis frame and associated parts painted, weathered and ready to go together, and the ‘body colour’ parts all painted with Tamiya ‘Pearl Green’ spray…a (slight?) deviation from the Revell ‘Fern Green’, but I’m not too fussed.

As aforementioned, I already started weathering the chassis rails on this kit. I couldn’t wait for it to go together! I am cheating a little bit, and using Tamiya’s ‘Weathering Master’ kit ‘E’ for this. I will probably end up using some of my own custom weathering techniques to weather the kit further.

I recently discovered how well acrylic paints work (and clean up!), so I’m sticking to acrylic paints for this kit. I chose Tamiya brand paints, in both pot and spray form. I am using spray for the larger areas of the body, and paint brushing for the smaller parts (including the chassis rails seen below).

This update is a small one, I will let the pictures do the talking. There will hopefully be further posts as I progress. Enjoy!


What Model Model A?

No that’s not a typo. :)

Here’s a quick post to show off my latest attempt at plastic modelling. It just so happens that I haven’t modelled in ages, so this is my first ‘practice’ model to get myself (hopefully) back into the hobby.

The kit I used was the ‘Special Edition’ 1932 Model A 5-Window Coupe by Revell. I must say this kit went together really well and I enjoyed every bit of it. I’m even going to build some of the optional parts (such as the alternative engine) to display alongside the model.

I was amazed at the finish I managed to achieve on the main body using just a paintbrush and acrylic paints. Of course, the paint was thinned-out quite a lot so that it stayed nice and thin. I do believe that I will switch to spray painting methods for any larger upcoming kits in the future though. As good as the finish is here, I do believe that you can’t beat the results that you get with a spray application.

I went a bit crazy with the weathering effects on this model, but I don’t think I went too far overboard. Things such as engine and transmission being coated in oil and grease stains, general dirt and of course…our old friend RUST; I tried to replicate rust effects in many areas of the model and hopefully I succeeded. You be the judge!

My hope was to include this model on a diaroma of sorts. I guess that’s not too late to do still, but I don’t know if it will eventuate yet.

Some photos are below, along with a fun video with a lively backing audio track.