Sunday, 5 February 2017

Swindon Swapmeet

A belated write-up of the annual swapmeet at Swindon that Andy and I visited last month.  We didn't have a table this year, given the success of selling our unwanted cars over the last few years.

The highlight was a new set of 1/32 buildings from Magnetic Racing.  Fortunately, I don't have any space left on my layout or else I could have spent quite a lot, but Andy bought a building and gave them lots of advice on what he wanted them to design next!

In the end I only spent a few quid with the bargain of the show being a box of figures and accessories for £3 which included a vintage tyre rack.

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Race

Just came across the most awesome slot car video on YouTube.  Very impressive image and sound editing.  I won't give up though!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Datsun 240Z Monte Carlo

I've just completed an Ocar kit bought off eBay a couple of years ago.  This is a classic Datsun 240Z, modelled on the one driven by R. Aaltonen and J. Todt which came 3rd in the Rallye Monte-Carlo in January 1972.  The original car, pictured below, is maintained in the Nissan Heritage Collection.

The kit comprises resin bodyshell, metal parts for bumpers, lights, decals, plastic interior and windows.  I put it with a PCS chassis, a fast Scalextric motor and some suitable wheels.

The paint and decals went on well although I'm disappointed by the finish after applying the varnish.

This has always been a favourite car since I owned a diecast version as a child.  And the slot car version runs great.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

A summer of racing

I had a few racers on the track over the summer, including Kieron and Lucas back visiting the UK:

Andy and I had a competition where we pitted the MGB, Triumph TR3, and two Jaguar Mk2s against each other.  The winner was the TWR-liveried Jag.

And Stuart and I had a crazy caravan race which we decided to record for posterity:

It didn't always go smoothly:

Or in our other races:

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Morgan 4/4

At last year's Slot Festival, I found a nice Morgan kit - a resin body shell with cast metal pieces for radiator, lights and bumpers.  I used a Pendle chassis with Cartrix wheels, using one of the wheels that came with the kit as the spare on the rear of the car.  The other additions were a driver and a piece of plastic for the windscreen.

After priming with grey, I painted the TR3 in white.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Triumph TR3

Summer holidays are providing some time to catch up with some scratchbuilt kits.  First one completed is a 1950s Triumph TR3, a kit from Andy.

This is the first car I've sprayed in the new spray booth, trying to match an original Triumph colour called Apple Green.  I dremelled off the front lights and petrol cap so that I could glue on scale items.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Where it all started...

This photo just popped up on my Facebook memories - seven years ago today! - with the caption: "Have wanted to do this for about twenty-five years..."

It's come a long long way since then...