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Seen some amazing looking models on this site and a few others. A few questions:

- Do the kits come with all the parts, inside details etc or are these bought seperatly?

- Where do you all source your kits / additional parts?

Perhaps someone could make a sticky topic with links to retailers of the kits and parts, model tools and decals etc?
 

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Modelmotorsport.tk
Xavsmodels.com
KMD Models.com
Rally Models.co.uk
Racing 43

Kits come with parts but I always ad to them Chris with more detail.

Again with diecasts I ad parts like the McRae cars with roof vents etc
 

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I make 1/24 scale and have a vast array of parts in the parts bin. Some bits are home made, some are purchased from specalists like Renaissance.
The majority of 1/24 kits come with most of the parts, but if you are adding extra detail like seatbelts, lamp pods, mudflaps, helmets, anything like that it is usually extra. I am concentrating solely on Irish cars these days and print up my own decals, some from photos, some from images from the internet, some from grapics provided to me by the artist. There are some specalist suppliers out there and the 1/43 market is well cared for.

[Edited on 20-10-2005 by rubywax]
 

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Cheers for the replies, the diecast models sound the job.

I take it when you buy the diecast models you strip them to get access to the interior to add more details?

Just trying to get my head round this before I start :)
 

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Trying to get my head around all this as well.

If I was to try and build a model as a complete novice, would you reccomend 1/24, as I imagine 1/43 is tougher?

How do you paint the shell, would motor factors aerosol do?

The actual graphics are no problem as I do it for a living, but how do you print them? Did I read something about transfer paper for desktop printers?

I should never have started reading these Scale Model posts. I have a funny feeling this is going to cost me time and money.............
 

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Halfords appliance gloss white over halfords primer or car spray over Halfords primer. You may need lacure or to polish the paint as it always comes out dull-use T Cut, decal paper from crafty computer paper or others, I use a colour laser printer to do my decals-only prob is it will not print white lettering-I am switching to an ALPS printer early next year. I build in 1.24 and it is easier to get the detail you want. Some have made amazing models in 1/43-results I can't even achieve in 1/24-don't have the patience or the skill
 

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Cheers for that, Ruby.

One more thing and then I might stop bugging you here.

Have checked into makes like IXO, Tamiya, Hasegawa, Reji but am still clueless. Which brand would you reccomend for a mk2 Escort project (1/24 or 1/18 scale)?
 

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Model cars direct do 1/18 scale mk2's if you wish to convert them.

I tend to stick with 1/43 rd scale cars as its what I started collecting and took it from there to modify models for people such as Ryan Champion, Neil Simpson, Gethin Jones, Rick Champion, Julian Porter, Richie Holfeld and now just doing a mk2 for Ollie O'Donovan through Xav plus other drivers and collectors worldwide.


Work on what you think you will be best with but if you are going to attempt a strip and re paint then work on a shit model or diecast before taking on the proper job

If anyone wants any advice, let me know
 
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