Tamiya 1/24 scale Porsche 911 GT1

No argument here, beautiful paint job Joel. This will look amazing with the Pennzoil race sponsors logos!

Cheers, D

Jesper & D,
Thanks guys for your thumbs up. They’re always greatly appreciated.

Looking at the pics in the original high resolution and full screen on my 32 inch monitor, I did find 3 little bleed throughs that I couldn’t even see on the model. So I used a fine Micro brush damp with Iso Alcohol and lightly rubbed the goof off. Came out perfect to these old eyes.

If you look closely at the side front pic of the front wheel/brake scoop, where the Carbon Fiber and support arch meet, in the crease there is a slight amount of over spray from the tape pulling up. It’s gone now. Also by the right side A pillar I masked it incorrectly. Same procedure fixed my screw up.

Today I’m going to start the decaling process after I’m rested with snow blowing and shoveling 16 inches of snow off my driveway and small walk. The driveway holds 6 full size American cars from yester year, and I need to clear every inch of it to get the cars out of the garage as the driveway is an L shape.

Took 1 1/2 hours with my new Toro snow blower, the biggest one in their home owners line up. Even did the mailbox for the mailman. Took a shower, and made coffee. The plow guys came through once again in a two truck Conga line and dumped more snow in front of my driveway. I’ll worry about that later this afternoon.

Joel

Takin’ your time with it and making it look really good here Joel.

Joseph,
thanks for checking out my progress to date. And yes I’m taking my time with the build. Right now I’m decaling. Just finished up 4 hours on day 2, and have another 3-4 days to go.

Joel

Finally catching up on things over here at Auto modeller, Joel and have to say this is looking great so far! :+1:

Russelle,
Thanks buddy for your thumbs up. It’s always greatly appreciated.
Joel

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Thats looking very very nice she’s going to look amazing when done.

Ken,
Thanks for the positive support. It’s much appreciated.

joel

Not all that much time the last week or so for modeling even though I’m retired. But I still was able to work in several sessions and get the decaling done.

I started off with my usual very lite wet rub with a piece of Tamiya 3,000 sponge, then a few water washes to remove any residue left on the body. The paint is now smooth enough for decaling without any clear gloss coat even though the paint is a Matt finish at his point.

Decals for the body are by Indy Cals:

As usual the entire sheet is one big decal, so every decal needs to be cut and trimmed, which takes a ton of time, but the end result makes it more then worth it.

These close up pictures do show several paint issues I’ll try to deal with, but honestly guys, I do really struggle with any close up work due to my poor eyesight, so at times I have to settle for what once would have been a no brainer gotta fix.

Joel

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Joel, as usual the results look excellent.

I did a little research a few years ago about the matt finish on racecars. It has to do with what is called the boundary layer that occurs. Sort of like the dimples on a golf ball help it to lower the wind resistance the matt finish microscopic crags helps to create a thicker boundary layer that allows the moving air to flow smoother.

Love how this looks with the decals on Joel :+1:

Now that is a nice looking paint and decal job Joel

Thats looking really nice, very eye catching paint scheme

Loving this Joel, looks fantastic so far.
Andy :slight_smile:

David,
Now that’s very interesting. I’ve often wondered by Ferrari and Red Bull have chosen that path. I just wonder if the actual decrease in wind resistance is worth the effort. But on the other hand, the clear Epoxy or Urethane gloss coats is a weight saver if they’re looking for just a few pounds.

In any event, the Porsche will indeed have a proper gloss finish. As my usual decaling procedures, all that’s necessary for decal application is a smooth surface not necessarily a glossy one. And the Paint is more porous then the gloss finish, so that porosity of the paint will further help the decals to really suck down to the surface.

Joel

Russelle, Littorio, Ken, & Andy,

thanks guys for your really positive group thumbs up. It’s really helping my Mojo and staying focused as my families medical issues has and still does take up a great deal of my time. But it’s worth every minute of it.

Stupid me has found the reason for two not so perfect separation lines on the back of the front fender wells. Maybe if I actually finished taking off the 2mm tape the issue wouldn’t be an issue, and that’s exactly what happened when I removed the tape. These two very small pcs were just plain missed.

So there’s a lessen for all of us older guys with not so perfect eyesight. The Tamiya’s 1,2, & 3mm masking tapes are so thin and narrow that it’s really easy to miss small pcs in a major taping removal job. :joy: :upside_down_face:

joel

Excellent paint and decal job, Joel! :+1:

It’s always great to see how perfect your decals look on the build. And you Automodeller guys have the advantage that you can keep it all gloss while I have to get the gloss surface for the decals dull again on my warbirds in the end …

Stay well!
Torsten :wave:

That shell is looking just superb with the decals laid on Joel, lovely work mate!

Cheers, D

Torsten,
Thanks so much my friend for your most kind words. But my decaling procedures don’t even include a gloss base, and the Lacquer color coats are a matt finish. All I do is give the cured painted surface a light rubbing of 3,000 Tamiya sponge so the peaks are knocked down. The surface is now smooth enough for decaling. Top clear coat of your choice and finish.

I’ve seen every single build come down your assembly lines (Props & Jets), and I’ve never seen anything but a perfect decaling application and finish.

Joel

D,
Thanks for your thumbs up, it’s greatly appreciated. Just saw that your Chevy build won 2nd place in Gabriel’s international online contest. Congrats for scoring a well deserved 2nd place.

Joel