Introduction

 

How to choose the kit

 

Tools

 

How to start

 

Painting of the model

 

Decals

 

Final assembly

 

How to take care of the model

 

 


 

 

INTRODUCTION
 

Having decided to assemble a 1.43 car, we really look forward to FINISHING it not willing to think about how hard it will be and how many tricks this small box is hiding. Here below some small hints not to make too much mistakes.
 

 


HOW TO CHOOSE THE KIT
 

What a great model!! But the first thing we notice is the body material: it is mainly resin or melted and pressed ZAMAK metal. I suggest to the beginner to start to practice with metal models composed of a few pieces with no photoengraving: any mistake while painting won’t be a problem. He will just need to clean the model with acetone or a proper solvent and you can then start painting again. When he will be more experienced he will be able start with the resin-body-cars.

Ci piace un modello !!, ma la prima cosa che ci colpisce è il materiale con il quale è composta la scocca e nella quasi totalità è resina stampata sottovuoto o metallo bianco(ZAMAK) presso fuso.


 


TOOLS
 

We need to be equipped with the right tooling to obtain good results, we will need to work as if we were a goldsmith.

We will need:

* Drill for model assembling with low voltage and variable speed

* Good quality drill bits form 0,3 to 4 mm (to be used on metal parts)
* Cutter bits to amend any defect

* Tweezers with different dimensions

* Small scissors

* Files

* Frost canvas with grain from 320 to 1000

* Screws from 1,8 to 2,2 mm

* Spray paint TALKEN AREXONS DUPLY 

(airbrush is not recommended to the beginners)

* Frames to hang the bodies that need to be painted

* Brush paint (HUMBROL MOLAK LIFECOLOR TAMIYA

* Synthetic brushes from 0000 size

* Glues:

A) cianacrilyc ( LOCTITE 495-ATTACK)
B) Epoxxy double-component ( PATTEX-BISON-UHU)
C) Epoxxy mono-component ( PATTEX EXTREME)
D) Vinilic (VINAVIL)
F) Neoprenic ( Bison-Pattex-UHU )
* Filler (TAMIYA)

* Abrasive paste for car bodies (AREXONS)

* Polisher for car bodies (AREXONS)

 

 


HOW TO START
 

White metal model

Place on the table the different parts after checking them and cleaning them from the protruding parts using a file or frost canvas but being really careful on the thin parts thus avoiding to any irreparable damage.

Drill (were indicated) with metal-bits cooling down with water.
Place all the different parts (including the transparent ones) as if we were assembling the car, so that they match and without forgetting to leave the right space for the paint.

 


Resin model

Place on the table the different parts after checking them and cleaning them from the protruding parts using a file or frost canvas but being really careful on the thin parts thus avoiding to any irreparable damage.
Drill (were indicated) with proper bits.

Place all the different parts (including the transparent ones) as if we were assembling the car, so that they match and without forgetting to leave the right space for the paint.



Additional information

 

Make two holes of 1,6-1,8 mm on the basement depending on its shape if we want to place the model car on the pedestal
Join background and steel body carefully checking that they perfectly match
Wheel centering. It is really important to do it before the final assembling as any further trimming after the assembling can cause damages to the body

Insert the axels when wheels are already places on the car, carefully checking that the wheels are perfectly horizontal

Check glasses with and without photo engravings

Frost the body with 600 canvas and water.
 

 


PAINTING OF THE MODEL
 

White metal model

-Clean it using a solvent and wait till it dries up.

* Hang the body to the frame (as shown in the picture) and spay the first layer of white paint (AREXONS-TALKEN) 

* Use the filler if requested. Wait al least 24 hours to let it dry and then smooth the surface using a 600 canvas
* Spray a second layer of paint if requested

* Spray 2 or 3 color paint layers with rapid hand movements

* Remove any additional surface defect with a 1000 canvas, remembering to wet the model with water

* Spray a first layer of transparent paint if the decals need to be put, otherwise spray the second and final layer of paint.

Resin model
 

* Clean the model with acetone and wait till it dries up
* Hang the body to the frame (as shown in the picture) and spray the first layer of beige or grey paint (AREXONS-DUPLY)

* Use the filler if requested. Wait al least 24 hours to let it dry and then smooth the surface using a 600 canvas
* Spray a second layer of paint if requested

* Spray 2 or 3 color paint layers with rapid hand movements

* Remove any additional surface defect with a 1000 canvas, remembering to wet the model with water
* Spray a first layer of transparent paint if the decals need to be put, otherwise spray the second and final layer of paint


How to paint details and accessories

All the internal and external details have to be painted using a brush, paying attention not to thicken too much the surface with the paint

 

 


DECALS

 

Read first carefully the instruction for use or look carefully at the picture in order to pose correctly the decals.

The new decals that are currently in use now don’t require particular instructions

If we find out that we are using old decals it is recommended to wet them with special liquids (TRON) and/or paint them with transparent paint HUMBROL CLEAR COTE using a brush.

Wait at least 48 hours till it dries up, cut the decals borders. Now it can be used as if it were a new-generation-decals and can be put on the car, but always with the same care. Each decals need to be cut one separately and one by one have to be put on the car (especially the big ones that are covering big portions of the car).

Just a few seconds in warm water and then (using tweezers) they need to be removed really carefully from the gummy paper in order not to break them. Lay them on the body surface and with paper tissue dry them gently dabbing starting from the center of the decal removing any small bubble.

 

 


FINAL ASSEMBLY
 

How to lay the glasses

The glasses can be
1) printed on thermoformat and need to be cut carefully with the scissors

Lay them on the internal part of the body, checking that they fit in it. Any further correction have to be made with small cut on the part that need the correction
2) In flating, to be glued beforehand on photoengraving, using neoprenich glue or epoxxy never cianylic

Check the glass previously assembled on the body and, if correctly laid, fix it with a small quantity of epoxxi (only if windscreen or rear window). Wait 2/3 hours and repeat the procedure on the entire glass. Wait 24 hours and remove the residual glue with toothpick.
Lateral glasses can be laid in just one movement is they are made just of two parts. For the headlights we recommend just a bit of epoxxy or glue.


Internal parts

When all the different parts are painted mount them together and put also the sit-belt, internal decals, and the roll bar where present.


External parts

Glue on the body all the different parts using canacrilyc or epoxxy according to the needs. Now everything is ready for assembling the two main parts: body and the lower part, assembling the wheels.
Check carefully that everything fit adjusting all the imperfections. Pay attention not to damage the different parts or the body.
Now the pedestal can be drilled and the car can be fixed using the screws.

Wax it and wait till it dries.


 


HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE MODEL
 

Now that the car has been mounted we need to take care of if.
The best thing would be to put it inside a showcase that will keep it away from dust, heat and sunbeams.

If you have a showcase we recommend to keep the car in any case on its pedestal. Remember not to screw the wheels too tight (this will squeeze them too much); it would be even better to keep them away from the pedestal.
 

 


PS. For any further advice or comment to what I have published here you can contact me at giorgioeasy@alice.it


 

 


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