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    Post  bcauchi on Tue Nov 10, 2015 5:24 pm

    Superb, fantastic work, keep this up
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    Post  kpnuts on Tue Nov 10, 2015 7:50 pm

    Hi all well the body (the majority of it anyway is glued together) I cant recommend Roy's cd enough, I've referenced it often but here it is invaluable he shows you how to assemble the body as a separate part which will save a lot of hard work later on also if following his instructions the finished body is very tough.
    there is however one very big problem with my model, which I don't know how I will get round I couldn't resist trying the bonnet on and the air box is too high lifting the bonnet, that is going to be a real pain, not sure whats happening to be honest, I know I had it (the airbox ) in the wrong place originally but its where it should be now, the engine sits on the engine mount properly?
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    Post  kpnuts on Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:04 pm

    Hi all well I've sorted the air intake problem and started filling and sanding the rear of the car, I would like to prime it so I can see what further filling and sanding will be needed but till Citroen France get back to me with either the colour code or the paint itself, I've no idea what primer to use, I don't want to prime it then have it all react with the top coat.

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    Post  bcauchi on Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:25 am

    Looks like some major filler work there but the car is really coming along beautifully. Well done keep this up, it is really lovely.
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    Post  kpnuts on Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:35 pm

    Hi all well I've added the rubber piping that goes between the wings and the body and I've started the front seats (see if this works before I do the rear ones) I'm going to try the marbelling effect I used on the Kwak Z1 a while ago only not going to have so much of it, so this is just the base colour which would show through from the cracked vynle (how do you spell vynel vynal ????)
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    Post  kpnuts on Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:04 pm

    Hi all well I bought some halfords plastic filler/primer and some halfords plastic primer and here is the result of the first coat of filler primer, I must say I am well chuffed with the first coat (I thought it would reveal a horrendous filling job which required loads of work) I will admit it has shown some areas which need attention, but the piping (I think anyway) looks just about right. I also did the first coat on the seats, which I'm also quite pleased with, yes it needs another coat but (I think anyway) its looking promising.
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    Post  bcauchi on Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:01 pm

    Lovely work so far, on ly a few areas need some attention.
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    Post  kpnuts on Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:11 pm

    Hi Thanks, yes I was surprised at how little was needed after the first filling, a small update on this one, filled the little hollows on the body and did a bit more weathering of the seats.
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    Post  kpnuts on Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:41 pm

    Hi all here is tonights update (sorry if you're getting bored of this but its a mahoosive project, I don't think I'm half way through it yet) although I have to say I'm really enjoying it, I'm already planning what I'm going to do with the next one.
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    Post  bcauchi on Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:47 am

    Lovely work what a beautiful kit.
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    Post  kpnuts on Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:09 am

    I'm loving it, I highly recommend it as I said I'm not even half way through building the car let alone the dio, I'm enjoying it so much I'm planning my next one.
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    Post  kpnuts on Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:41 pm

    Hi all been adding some of the many wires and cables to the engine bay.
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    Post  bcauchi on Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:47 am

    The engine bay is absolutely real, well done, very nice indeed.
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    Post  kpnuts on Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:31 pm

    And it's still not finished yet, I am loving this kit (although it's at the limits of my abilities ) (maybe that's why I'm loving it)
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    Post  Cyril. on Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:05 pm

    Fantastic so far, looks so natural.
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    Post  kpnuts on Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:56 pm

    Test fit of the doors.
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    the doors have working hinges and door handles (Yep they have working latches)
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    Post  bcauchi on Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:53 am

    Looking really nice, well done so far you are doing an excellent job.
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    Post  kpnuts on Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:20 am

    Well after then best drive up here (Scotland )we've ever had 6 hrs. We're up here delivering Xmas presents (the missus family) won't be back till Tuesday, so no modelling
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    Post  kpnuts on Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:29 pm

    well I'm back from Bonnie Scotland and back at it.
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    Post  kpnuts on Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:56 pm

    Hi all well started with some colour, you may notice not the colour I originally stated as I've given up on Citroen giving me the code (so now of course I will have to change the carpet colour :mad::mad:)
    anyhoo here is the start of the rusting (lots more work to be done on it, but I think its a good starting point)
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    Post  Cyril. on Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:41 pm

    Nice work, great job.
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    Post  kpnuts on Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:22 pm

    Hi all well after a disasterous reaction on the paintwork on this I've sorted it (will never be a great job but is ok as an old jalopy) did a bit more staining of the doors and the bodywork and added some rust effects to the black paintwork, still a long way to go on it but is starting to look better now.
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    Post  bcauchi on Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:11 pm

    Looking nice for a rusty old car. Well done so far.
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    Post  kpnuts on Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:18 pm

    Hi all I was checking some of the pictures, one advantage of that is looking at pictures of things 2 and sometimes 3 times bigger than the actual thing you see faults you wouldnt see on the actual item, like for instance a lot of the flat areas of rust are, just that flat, no blistering and no reason to be rust coloured, so I,ve fixed that and dulled the doors and bodywork down and started blending panels and adding general grime (I must say I'm quite pleased with the results so far) if things carry on like this I think the finished thing will look quite realistic (of course having said that I will no probably go and ruin it)
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    does anyone know how to dull down and dirty the windows and windscreen? all tip welcome.
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    Post  kpnuts on Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:18 pm

    Hi all well I'm sure you must be getting bored of this by now (I know you're all so polite you wont say so) so I'll take advantage of your good nature and continue the onslaught.
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