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Quality models needed for painting practice.

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Tull Clancey23/05/2018 17:18:49
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Hi folks.

Blimey it's difficult joining modelling forums in the UK. Thank you for making this one easy!

I've just started to learn air brushing and model painting in general. I need a source of unpainted, good quality, high detail car/vehicle shells for practice. I'm really not into military stuff, cars are simple. I could build kits if this is the least expensive option.

Please let me know if you have any ideas.

Many thanks. )

Gordon Tarling23/05/2018 18:29:49
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You haven't said what size of model you're looking for, but I think plastic kits might be your best bet. They're available in various sizes/scales, easy to paint and you wouldn't need to build the whole thing if you only wanted the body shell. Furthermore, they're reasonably priced. I know there are also some metal kits available, but they tend to be at the higher end of the market as far as I can see. You'll find thousands of kits on Ebay and Amazon!

JasonB23/05/2018 18:31:17
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Tull this is not really the type of modelling activity catered for by this site, I've not made car models for some time so can't really direct you to a suitable forum but maybe another member can.

Neil Wyatt23/05/2018 20:31:08
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Posted by Tull Clancey on 23/05/2018 17:18:49:

Blimey it's difficult joining modelling forums in the UK. Thank you for making this one easy!

I think we can forgive you anything for saying that!

This is really a model engineering site, but we do sometimes discuss finishing techniques for models.

I would say visit somewhere like Hobby Craft, you should be able to choose from a good selection of plastic models at reasonable prices. yesterday I saw a Beetle (Revell), E-type (Airfix) and a Nissan Skyline (Tamiya, if you have deep pockets) amongst others. They tend to take care with the body shells so they need relatively little prep by avoiding noticeable seams etc.

The other option is cruising toyshops for cheap large-scale diecasts by Burago etc., you could strip the paint and tidy up.


Brian G23/05/2018 22:18:35
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Whoops, duplicated myself, see below


Edited By Brian G on 23/05/2018 22:22:27

Brian G23/05/2018 22:22:01
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What about slot car bodies? Clear polycarbonate vacuum formed bodies start at £4 each. Betta's range **LINK** takes me back to my teens, when slot cars were hand made with brass chassis. (It turns out they still are, ECRA may be no more, but the BRSCA website brings back some happy memories **LINK** )I enjoyed painting them, although we typically cheated by painting the inside, thus getting a shiny and resilient gloss finish.

Similar bodies are also available in larger scales for R/C cars.


Ian S C24/05/2018 12:46:49
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Not done cars, but this die cast traction engine kit by Fine Cast is my attempt at model painting.

Ian S C

Allchin Royal Chester

NJH24/05/2018 18:21:04
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Nicely done Ian - you must have a steady hand!

Many years ago, in my pre-ME days, I used to paint diecast model soldiers. A very precise and demanding hobby necessitating a steady hand and many tiny paint brushes! I still have a couple of models under glass domes which make me think “ however did I have the patience (and steady hand ) to do that.”


Neil Wyatt24/05/2018 21:38:20
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The secret of good painting is weathering

Ian S C25/05/2018 11:33:06
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I'v got a nephew how is deep into war gaming/Warhammer. He spends hour painting models and figures, and land scapes. He's no kid, hes a professional chief, in his early 40s.

Ian S C

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