Dik Dolan

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    SME iv Lyra Dorian
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    World Designs phono3
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  1. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    That's looking great, and the silver chassis rails will make it unique and distinctive I think. Nice work so far mate! I'm not currently doing anything, but I made a promise to myself that the Bentley would be my next build... That's also why I posted about it a few weeks ago to see if that would give me the nudge I needed to stop feeling so damn useless and sorry for myself and actually DO something... Hasn't worked too well yet, but we will see.
  2. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    Ayup=) A mate owned a Laverda 750 way back in the day, it was a thundering beast of a bike. I was a mere pleb on a Honda 250 at the time so no way would he let me have a go. I don't blame him. The Bentley box is still sat in my kitchen. I occasionally lift off the lid and spot more bad spots of flash and lousy detail in the plastic. The more I look the more scared of even starting it I get. The bags remain sealed. I did buy a couple of cans of this paint https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-NEW-HYCOTE-ROVER-BROOKLANDS-GREEN-DOUBLE-ACRYLIC-SPRAY-PAINT-150ML-DRV303/122031526159?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649 that I've read is a very close match. "When" I get round to it I'll decant the paint into some small jars so I can use my airbrush. Until then they sit next to the unstarted kit. I've no experience using the "modern" humbrols, I think the last time I used some was close to 50 years ago. In those days it was anything but thin, probably had enough lead in it to do a church roof=) I wish you every success with your Bentley, please post pics when you get back to it=) Edit to add: Another paint option that I was told about on the forums is this https://www.hiroboy.com/Bentley_Blower_45_Litre_1930_Green_Paint_60ml--product--8058.html but it's more like a cellulose type paint. I'll stick with acrylics wherever possible.
  3. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    Ayup John=)
  4. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    Just received a couple of bits- not sure what I'll use 'em for, but I think they will be handy. cast1 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Of course I had to have a quick test/play.... cast2 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Came out great I think, and was so easy even I managed it first time. Ok so it's only one sided, but I'm calling it a success. The Blue stuff just gets dropped in a glass of hot water, where it becomes very soft. You then have a few minutes to make a mould of whatever you want to cast- just squish it in, basically, then let it cool and it hardens up into a more rubbery, solid. It's fully re-usable- just drop it back into the hot water and it goes all squishy again. The two bottles are a plastic resin. Just mix both parts equally (by weight) into a small disposable shot glass or something, stir, then pour into the mould. It starts setting in 4 or 5 minutes, and is pretty well set (but still a bit soft/flexible after 20 minutes, and can be taken out of the mould. It fully hardens over the next 24 hours- even after the hour it's had, it feels pretty damn solid already, with just a slight amount of flex to it. cast3 by dik_dolan, on Flickr In case you can't tell, that's a 20p piece- and no, I won't be trying to use it in the shops, or taking up a career counterfeiting=) I still haven't started on the Bentley, but any day now...
  5. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    Thanks gents. Hope you're not too bored, because I'm getting fairly close to feeling brave enough to think about actually starting on this..... bentley 1 by dik_dolan, on Flickr So close that I have actually been buying paints and stuff that I think I'll need- should I ever actually do start. I have opened the box bentley 2 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Not opened any of the bags inside of course, that would be reckless=) Some of the parts are loose inside the bags; fell off the sprues I guess. That will make it fun... should I ever actually start... but I have carried it from my stash storage area (my bedroom) to the model kit assembly and plastic mangling production facility (my kitchen) so things might get thingied soon!
  6. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    Heh, thanks guys=) I think it'll be a few days before I start another one, I need a rest from the paint fume induced dreams. Every dream was orange- scary!
  7. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    Well, it's done. It's been fun, frustrating, educational, and therapeutic too- if you can call fighting the kit all the way, fighting my urges to give up, then rushing and making mistakes and having to redo things a lot fun and therapy. The kit was a pig, but I think I managed maybe a score draw... Anyways, here are the pics: Lav 49 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Lav 48 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Lav 47 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Lav 46 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Lav 45 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Lav 44 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Lav 43 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Lav 42 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Lav 41 by dik_dolan, on Flickr I'm glad it's done, it's fought me most of the way, but I think it's a decent enough old school kit if you feel tempted. There are a lot of quirks in the design of the kit, lack of mounting points for things like the seat, sidepanels and tank, weird and unhelpful instructions that are flat out wrong in a couple of places. Don't expect modern Tamiya levels of quality, but if you want a challenge go for it=) I have several more of these big old reissued Heller bike kits, but I think I'll be opening something a bit easier next time. Hope I haven't bored you, but posting my travails gives me the will to carry on.
  8. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    Only a few last parts being glued before it's finally assembled and finished. Lav 40 by dik_dolan, on Flickr Here's a close-up of another mistake. Trying to add the matt black line of the "rubber screen trim" which is just a raised line moulded onto the fairing, the masking tape wasn't quite stuck down well enough and it leaked under. There's another one on the other side too. My attempts to correct my mistakes was only making it worse, so I've decided I'll have to live with it. Lav 39 by dik_dolan, on Flickr You can also see that the headlight rim which should be- and was- shiny is now dulled by my rough handling trying to force the damn thing into the fairing. It was very tight! Anyways hopefully the next update will be of the finished bike=)
  9. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    You can't do this to a real one... Lav 38 by dik_dolan, on Flickr
  10. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    Heh, I think it's a rule in kit building: if you don't want to throw it at a wall at least once, you're doing it wrong. I'd feel too cheeky asking Heller for more bits, and I know I'd be too chicken to risk fitting decals weeks after the kit is "finished", knowing how it all went breasts skywards last time I tried=)
  11. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    Heller did send a replacement tyre, so they are helpful indeed, but I'm not sure I want to wait another 3 or 4 weeks. I was in two minds about fitting those decals anyway, they aren't on the bike I've been using as my guide, so losing them isn't so bad. https://motoborgotaro.com/sold-motorcycles/1971-laverda-sfc Edit to add That Spad looks great! The giant Godzilla monster jig thingy looks very handy too=)
  12. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    It's a re-issue of a very old kit, so I'm assuming the decals are fairly freshly printed, they certainly looked fine. The ones for the petrol tank (from the same decal sheet) stuck on perfectly, so...I dunno. At least the bike will look ok without the dirty great numbers stuck on the seat cowl- If it had been the tank "Laverda" decals I'd have been screwed.
  13. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    Cheers Martin, I'll add it to my little list=)
  14. Dik Dolan

    Model Kits

    First of all here's a pic of progress from a couple of days ago Lav 36 by dik_dolan, on Flickr "Very good" you may think.... but look at the rear seat section in the foreground. The decals went on, then started falling off, Nothing I tried would make them stay put- microsol/set did nothing, even tried a coat of aquagloss but they refused to stick. Also note the small raised section of the same seat section- that's supposed to be matt black. I masked it off and gave it a quick squirt of UMP black primer....only I didn't mask it well enough and it looked terrible, wavy, dodgy edges etc. My attempts to correct/bodge this only made it worse , so.... Lav 37 by dik_dolan, on Flickr If in doubt, soak in IPA, remove all traces of previous bodgery, and try try try again. *sighs*
  15. Dik Dolan

    Random image of the day 3

    Must've used a flying Ford Anglia, cos it's a magic pic!