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1:43 model cars

Postby mikeC » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:03 pm

My main modelling interest is 1:43 cars; for years my little collection has have been displayed in tight ranks in an antique display cabinet (actually an old bookcase):

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Not very inspiring... so earlier this year I decided to attempt my first diorama display. I started with something simple - a concourse d'elegance display of 1930s French cars. A bit of green baize from a damaged snooker table and some plastic fencing was all that was needed:

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It all looked a bit bare, so a job lot of figures was added to make it complete:

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So now I have started on my next scene, a street scene using PB's terraced houses. Owing to the restricted size of the cabinet I'm using, I shall have to modify the houses to reduce the depth they take up.

Watch this space for more developments...
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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby Micron » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:05 pm

Nice display.... Will certainly keep watching as you add a terrace Mike... Welcome to the forum.

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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby Janet M » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:08 pm

Hi mikeC. Great collection of model cars. I just wondered how many you have and how long has it taken to collect them and what is your oldest model ?
I like the way you have started to exhibit them, it's a good idea. I'll keep looking to see your next set of pictures.

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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby mikeC » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:01 pm

Janet M wrote:Hi mikeC. Great collection of model cars. I just wondered how many you have and how long has it taken to collect them and what is your oldest model ?


Not that many, perhaps a hundred or so; as for how long... well, I suppose it's taken all my life, since the first ones in my collection were given by my father as a Christening present and early Birthday and Christmas presents! I cannot be sure, but I think this was the first one:

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The oldest models are early Dinky toys, although the earliest representation is this Rio Fiat bus:

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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby Honey Monster » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:32 am

mikeC wrote:I suppose it's taken all my life, since the first ones in my collection were given by my father as a Christening present and early Birthday and Christmas presents!


It's great that you've been collecting from such a young age MIke.

My brother was mad on model cars when he was a lad, but over time they ended up broken and thrown in the bin (usually when our Dad stepped on them :? )

Do you exhibit your collection at any shows?

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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby mikeC » Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:50 pm

I have, at last, started on my street scene!
I knew I was going to need to adapt the standard PB kits, as the cabinet I am using is too shallow to use the full depth of the kits. However, I decided it was best to build a kit as intended so that I could see how I would need to modify them. I chose to start with the simplest, the standard terraced house:

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It proved surprisingly simple to build - it must be forty years since I last did anything like this!

So to the project proper...

I needed to reduce the depth to about 60mm from the kerb to the back of the display, so that means the building itself will only be 12-13mm deep. The front could be assembled as per instructions, but I decided to dispense with the inner strengthening units - nope, I needed to at least use the end pieces in order to give the building sufficient strength:

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Even then, the assembly was looking a bit flimsy; fortunately I had chosen the terraced houses with bay windows, which adds considerable rigidity. The roof assembly over the bays helps enormously, but I needed to add a tab in the centre of the building to support the little bit of the main roof:

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I made a few minor mistakes with this unit: I forgot to glaze one of the bays :roll: although I was able to rectify that with care, and I should have taken the advice in the instructions and added curtains to the bays. I also overlooked the advice to shade the inner face of the tabs in the bays...

I have another bay window kit to make a four house row, so perhaps the second one will show some improvement, then I have a corner shop and also the undertakers building, which I intend to convert to a village garage; watch this space...
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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby Purple Bob » Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:15 am

Looking good Mike.... :D

Thanks for posting your pictures. It's always nice to see how people modify the designs to suit the situation. It often sparks new ideas.

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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby jimbo jones » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:14 pm

mikeC wrote:I have, at last, started on my street scene!


I have to agree with Bob. It's all looking very good. What glues are you using to assemble your models? I've tried a couple of different wood glues and I'm still not sure what works best.

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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby mikeC » Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:02 pm

Jim, I am sure any general purpose white glue will do for the main construction; I use the glue that Purple Bob supplies, which works quite well, although the applicator has a ball which requires some considerable pressure to release the glue. This means you really need to apply the glue to the unfolded components; trying to apply the glue to folded flaps with nothing much to support them is a bit of a pain!
For the acetate sheet for the windows I use a cheap multi-purpose glue from the local handiman's shop; again I don't think the choice is critical bear in mind I am only just assembling the kits now, they have not had time to develop any time-related faults...

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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby mikeC » Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:48 pm

And here is the street beginning to develop. Once I have assembled all the kits, I will shuffle them round to decide the final order, and probably adjust the gaps between buildings:

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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby Janet M » Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:10 pm

Hi Mike, I like the way you have adapted the models to suit your needs, they look great. It was well worth all the hard work you put into them. By the way I love the yellow fiat bus.

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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby mikeC » Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:10 pm

I have been a bit lax in updating this thread, partly because I haven't really finished things; this is far as I have got, because I have got side-tracked with my full-size cars! Perhaps I'll get back to modelling now the weather has turned colder...

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I have been playing with ideas for lighting, as the cabinet is in a rather dark corner of the room, but the lights I have installed don't really help with the photography; perhaps I'll try again with good old flash!
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Re: 1:43 model cars

Postby Janet M » Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:50 pm

It's interesting to see more pictures of your work/hobby. Thank you.

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