Simple diorama of derelict land

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby Tom » Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:22 pm

Nice mods!

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:29 am

Granada and sierra resprayed. sierra IMO looks much better than the original version from vanguards.

Unfortunately I've run out of yellow numberplates hence no back-end pics of the sierra :lol: until I get some new ones in.

The cortina is becoming a bit of a signature model as it always seems to crop up with the code 3's!

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby Tom » Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:35 pm

Looks good, but what exactly have you modified? Got before-after pics?

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:35 am

oh, the granada and sierra have been resprayed and the latter has had a silly amount of work done on it. You're right, before/after pics would be a nice comparison. The granada was pretty much a straight respray job, was originally the oyster gold ghia. The front of the front valance trim had to be sanded to make it look pushed further back as it stuck out a bit too much and and the front grill also stuck out a bit too much so had to be sanded aswell.

As for the sierra, it was originally the red version from vanguards A123 SFB. If I even begin to explain the work I've done on it I'll be here all day. :lol: Still wouldn't say it's perfect but far better than the original vanguards.


a couple of new pics with slightly different diorama to fit in more models:

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:15 am

despite spending what appears to be my whole life trying to perfect the sierra headlights, the silver xr4i in the last pic is in the process of being redone - yet again!

Mainly because I've noticed the front sides aren't level with the bottom of the front nose; there is a gap on each side which shouldn't be therefore have to be filled in, smoothed over then sprayed. Also I have finally (provisionally) corrected the headlights properly. If only I'd thought of this 2 or 3 years ago I wouldn't have needed to mess around so much!

In a nut shell I have made the headlights "bigger" by carving round the edges and sanding/filing the back of the nose. For the light sockets I have drilled the inner round beams and have tightly stuck kitchen foil all over, shiny side facing out. The outer sockets have been blunted using grey pen and touched up using black where necessary. This exaggerates the shine from the inner lamps.

And for the headlights themselves I have used thin acetate paper, sanded (for a more frostier effect) and cut and stuck to the back of the nose.

The nose obviously isn't sitting flush as I haven't stuck it on properly and it's held mainly by blutac.


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Next step is to work on the main shell, to cover the gap between the bottom of the front sides and top of bumper, making them level with bottom corners of front nose.

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby dcast » Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:56 am

Nicely detailed headlights. They indeed are often made too clear in models of pre-2000's cars. Real ones had fluted, real glass lens which don't look so clear as modern smooth plastic lenses with projector style lamps.

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby Tom » Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:29 am

Looks like you're on a mission to make the perfect Sierra! I like the improvements so far.

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:38 am

You are defo correct about the modern headlights which are too clear. Tom, some would say I've been on this mission for a few years! The vanguards sierra is awful but the problem is only neo do a mk1 with the smooth nose, and their version although far better than the vanguards, I still find it too cartoony and not crisp enough. Plus the roof is too low and rear lights too small. The vanguards defo has potential to be spot on like the real thing and I will do my best to get there.

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby Tom » Sat Jul 16, 2016 11:06 am

Luckily it's an affordable base for your mods.

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:09 am

here are a couple of pics of the resprayed model which is obviously still in progress

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hopefully the model can be finished not before too long and go with the rest of the collection

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:15 am

here is a picture with the sierra partially visible. This is because when I took some initial pics I realised the passenger windscreen wiper wasn't very well made, so when I tried to fix it it broke. Therefore will redo and hopefully take full pics within next few days.

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Can anyone spot something new in this diorama? (small clue, next to rover!)

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:39 am

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:27 am

my latest code 3 respray job after the beige astra on the other thread.

Ford Escort mk3, Mminichamps 1/43, resprayed white. 1.0 popular which is a base model. Not sure if the side trim colour is correct, light blue may have been a better option however too late now! Front valance trim has been pushed further back and model converted into a right hand drive UK model.

One of my all time favourites, well second actually behind the smooth-nosed mk1 sierra, these were everywhere in the 80s. Sadly now a rare sight.

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It's actually the yellow escort from earlier in the thread (LKU 43W) resprayed again from scratch. Reason being I tried fiddling about with the side windows and ended up ruining the whole model! The side pillars were too thick + I used self adhesive strips for the black trims which were too stodgy. So with the use of a dremel the pillars were made thinner and the black trims surrounding the side windows are waterslides - IMO looks much better. I did want to make this model yellow again but ran out of yellow paint :lol: so will do another version of these to accompany this model. Be nice to have two of these in my collection.

more pics to follow over next few days hopefully, as I still have to fill in the back numberplate.

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby dcast » Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:54 am

I too like the 80's Escort :) The real cars kept their value pretty well so even in late 1992 they were still too expensive for me :P

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby GBOAC002 » Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:45 am

You've made a great job of the bog standard basic Mk III. Would it have had the rubbing strip along the side? You will have done your homework I'm sure. I like how you've 'nailed' the plain steel wheels with round holes. Brilliant!

I had two 1:1 series III Escorts, both brand new at the time. A metallic gold (Solar Gold?) 1.6 GL 3 door which I blinged up very slightly with a set of Ghia chrome wheel trim rings and wheel centre plates. It understeered so badly into corners I had to watch my speed to stop it sliding off the road, especially when the road was wet! The nearest 3 door model I could ever find was the slightly larger scale Corgi in pale metallic green in a window style box.

After the gold car I p/x'd it for a white 5 door 1.6GL 5-Door with blue interior. Didn't keep that very long as new family came along and my wife and I bought our first house. That car was also the only one which I never took a single photograph of. However I do have an Altaya Partworks of it. Five doors and in the right colour - Diamond White.

I sold the 1:1 to a builder who when he came to buy it brought the money in a plastic carrier bag...

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:15 am

thanks guys. Yes fond memories of the ford escort. Never mind any faults they had, we can only look back on them with great fondness! I may be wrong but I don't recall the base model having a black-coloured side panel, most seemed to be in lighter colours. If I'd remembered I'd have made the side panel on this a light blue colour. I initially wanted this model completely without a side panel (which was normal for some base models) however minichamps already have the side panel etched onto the model so I had to cover it with a coloured strip. When I do another one of these in yellow the side panel will be white.

Here is another pic of the model, from a different angle. Run out of "E's" so no pics yet of back of the model until I eventually fill the number plate in :lol: Minichamps have made the wheels on these very nice I totally agree, all that needed doing was by using a dart, I exaggerated the holes making them slightly bigger.

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby Zeus » Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:49 pm

orky wrote:thanks guys. Yes fond memories of the ford escort. Never mind any faults they had, we can only look back on them with great fondness! I may be wrong but I don't recall the base model having a black-coloured side panel, most seemed to be in lighter colours. If I'd remembered I'd have made the side panel on this a light blue colour. I initially wanted this model completely without a side panel (which was normal for some base models) however minichamps already have the side panel etched onto the model so I had to cover it with a coloured strip. When I do another one of these in yellow the side panel will be white.

Here is another pic of the model, from a different angle. Run out of "E's" so no pics yet of back of the model until I eventually fill the number plate in :lol: Minichamps have made the wheels on these very nice I totally agree, all that needed doing was by using a dart, I exaggerated the holes making them slightly bigger.

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You are correct, base models had no rub strip also the trim around the windows dint have any black edging, the dash has no speaker or stereo & no parcel shelf in the rear. Looks like an L spec but they should have silver hubcaps, chrome front & rear window strips & black b pillar trims.
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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:41 pm

oh dear! :lol:

I think the side window trims seem to be ok as they are black on the base model as seen in the links below

http://thumbs4.picclick.com/d/l400/pict ... r-Plus.jpg

http://www.preloved.co.uk/adverts/show/ ... trovitcars

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5204/536 ... 640ff2.jpg

Unfortunately I cannot remove the black side strips - if I could I would have then replaced these with a lighter coloured strip such as light blue. Removing them would be impossible as after placing these onto the model initially I then gave the model a heavy coat of gloss varnish to cement the waterslide decals for them to become immovable + to get gloss shine finish on the model.

And changing to an L spec model would be difficult because the front and back window trims are self adhesive but held tightly onto the model with superglue again to make them immovable. Basically before putting them on I used a tooth-picker going around the window frame with superglue. If I try peeling them off (there are 4 individual strips per front and back window) I'm pretty sure some of the white paint will come off as well.

Never mind! Though thanks for the info - if only I'd known a few days ago :lol: :lol:

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:51 pm

Just to add - if anyone has any tips on how to remove the black side trims without damaging the model then please let me know! Think if I can put a light blue strip on each side I can get away with it looking much more like a base model!

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:31 pm

ok guys good news - managed to get rid of the black side trims without damaging the model! Combination of using warm water and lots of gentle scraping with a swann morton blade eventually did the trick, them strips initially did not want to come off.

Obviously the side-panel shape is etched onto the model on each side, had it not been I would have left it alone. Which colour trim shall I have? I've looked at lots of base model google images and the vast majority of them are light blue, and I've seen one which has red panels.

The black strips I had were 0.5mm height, the shape of the panel is slightly higher therefore will get the new colour strips made 0.6mm or 0.7mm height so they completely conceal the shape of the panel.

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:30 pm

well, today I finished a base model in yellow - previously the white model in my last pic I have been going on about. The model has had more colour changes than Madonna's hair from the same era :lol: I would have kept the white one but I started fiddling about with it trying to be too clever and ended up ruining it again which gave me the opportunity to start again and commit properly to either a base model or L spec.

I'm really happy with this model; one of the changes I've made from the white version is I've filed/sanded the side panels so as to reduce their visibility and stuck a white decal strip like some base models had. IMO it now looks more like a base model than L. Also, thought I'd try using waterslide decal strips on the front and back window trims and they work well; I previously only used these on side window trims. Looks tidier than the self adhesive strips I previously used.

pics should be up tomorrow

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby Tom » Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:16 am

You're obviously more patient than I am, when I find out that I've made a mistake on a detail like that I tend to leave it as is. My explanation is that owners tend to add extras to their car, so the side trim could easily be a dealer-fitted option. My parents did the same with their mk.II Golf C.

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby orky » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:20 am

Here it is:

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you're right about drivers customising after buying... and I've kind of contradicted myself anyway as I'm sure these didn't have a red interior like on this one! Just got a thing about yellow cars having a red interior.

You can almost not-notice the 3d side trim, IMO it's less visible than before.

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Re: Simple diorama of derelict land

Postby ghosthunter » Sun Oct 02, 2016 2:35 pm

I like it...

...a lot.

Forgive me if this has already been explaned, but is the top trim stripe (the one you have now highlighted in White), cast onto the doors because of a higher than basic trim specified car and what you have achieved with a White decal was also a White decal on the real base car with no 3D effect at all.

Base model with no 3D trim.
L model with 3D trim in Black or White.

Does that work?

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