Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The future is orange


There was only one colour for this car - orange.  

That's the colour it is on the box lid and that's the colour my Beetle is. There simply is no better hue. 

I'm spraying the body with Tamiya X-6 orange. Sadly, I couldn't get an aerosol, so the paint was thinned with car windscreen wash (it's what the military modellers recommend) over Halfords white primer. Trying to spray without the primer saw the paint puddle on the plastic surface, but while gives a better base than grey, so it's worth the effort. 

The result is pleasingly matt. Not dead, but not shiny. I'd accept satin, but gloss always looks too toylike. 

If I could have found a can of touch-up spray for my car I'd have used that, but since the aerosols I had mixed must be well over 20 years old, I suspect they might not be in the best condition. 


James Finister said...

Enough left over for a Bond Bug?

Phil Parker said...

Plenty. But the Bond Bug is a REALLY rare kit

James Finister said...

There is always this...

Phil Parker said...

You are a bad person. Away with the temptation of this very reasonably priced kit!

Huw Griffiths said...

"There was only one colour for this car - orange."

Perhaps - it certainly looks the part.

Of course, some people might suggest fitting a motor chassis block and flanged wheels - possibly adding a simple trailer - and then painting everything a "tasteful" shade of yellow (either that or wasp stripes).

After all, it's not as if any VW cars have ever been used as draisines - or have they? Either way, some people might wonder just how "out of place" a modified car kit would be on a garden line.

Would I personally do such a build? Probably not - mainly because I don't have any layout (leave alone an outdoor one in G "scale").

This might also go some way towards explaining why I also haven't "Frankensteined" a secondhand "Western" coach into an approximation of a North Eastern Railway petrol inspection railcar (one of the 1912 built pair, with clerestory roof and roof mounted radiators).

Well, the incomplete nature of published drawings might also make a difference - as might me not having suitable wheels or a motor block. As for the lack of anywhere to run the abomination - some people might regard this as a "Minor" issue.

Of course, I might also have never seen anything designed by Sir Alec Issigonis running on rails. That's not to say that something like this might have happened - I've just never seen it, that's all.

I know - it might be time for me to dust off my "modeller's licence" (assuming I can find it).