vendredi 22 février 2013

Moto Peugeot P112 - Blitz Kit (part 2) - build finished

Hello dear readers,

Two weeks ago I published some pics of the first part of the building of my Peugeot P112 motorcycle (for the first part of the building click here), a resin kit from Blitz Kit. I am now glad to publish some pics of the model completely built. This was a nice (and I think original) model to build but as I said before... Eventhough I am not a master modeller I would rather advise it to modellers with some kits under their belt because it takes time to put the very few pieces (about 38) together and some beginners might become impatient and nervous during the building process.
I tried to improve the base kit by adding the cabling and by scratching the two springs under the saddle with copper wire.

Meanwhile I also glued together and painted some primer on the French motorcyclist who is going to accompany this model. It is a figure sculpted by Christophe Camilotte and that I received as a "gift" by subscribing to Steel Masters  (a famous French modelling magazine) two years ago. The figure is really beautifully sculpted and moulded, I only added the straps of the weapon and of the bag with some Tamiya masking tape and the buckles that I made with thin electric wire.

I hope you'll enjoy the pics and as always... don't hesitate to leave comments, questions and/or constructive criticisms, I'll answer them with pleasure

Next post....... THE PAINTING!


mercredi 13 février 2013

Moto Peugeot P112 - Blitz Kit (part 1)

Hello dear readers,

This is my new project: Blitz Kit's French Peugeot P112 motorcycle. Blitz Kit is a French manufacturer who offers a lot of really original and often rare French (and a few Belgian) resin vehicles, figures, artilery pieces and equipment (Blitz website). It's always exciting for me to discover their last new kits because the subjects are always more exotic from these most modellers are used to building. At the last exhibition in Ransart (Ransart 2013 contest photoreport), I saw this kit and immediately fell in love with it. It was so tiny, well moulded and more important to me: I had never seen this model before in any other brand!

This being said, I really don't recommend it to beginners. Why? 
- First of all, because it's a resin kit. This means you'll need cyano glue to put it together and it implies that the parts that you glue together almost immediately stick together without leaving you the time to adjust and align them. This is not a problem when you have lines, holes or some marks on the model to guide you but on this model you'll find... nothing!
- Secondly the parts are really tiny and are finely moulded and will need carefull cleaning (there's much flash on the resin parts but this is easily cleaned) and handling... be prepared to scratchbuild some parts that you are going to brake or that will be broken in the box (eventhough the kit is well packed).
- Thirdly; the instructions are not really clear and you'll have to find out on your own which parts you are going to glue together first. You'll thus have to find some references and pictures on the web or in books which is not easy... it might sound strange but the subject is not as popular as Tigers in Normandy... I wonder why...

Eventhough this is the smallest 1/35th kit I have ever built (38 resin parts), this is also one of the hardest and the most time-consuming because of the reasons I mentionned above. I had to drill extremely tiny holes in many small parts to be able to insert thin metalic wire in them to be able to align them and reinforce them before gluing them together.  

Here are some pics of the beginning of the build. If you have any questions, comments or constructive criticim... don't hesitate and drop a few words!