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    Purgatory, yes, there are a few options ot there from Fujimi.

    I know they do the Lounge, The Abarth as seen above, the Abarth Esseesse, the Tributo Ferrari. Unfortunately Fijimi did screw up with the tires and altough the rims are different, they are all size 15". I found mine on ebay.

    Tweak, not the first time I do such a thing, This is a replica of my ex-1991 Rover Mini Cooper.










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    Quote Originally Posted by Mini Cord View Post
    That will be all for this week. I am stuck as I need to buy a spray paint that matches the original Grigio.
    I've built that model also. Here's what I used for Grigio:

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    (Sorry for the poor quality pictures, I can use a better camera tomorrow.)

    For the wheels, I painted them flat black, then lightly sprayed the "grigio".

    Also, when you're spraying the body, the grigio will not flow into the seams at the doors, hood, etc. Between coats, I mixed a bit of very thinned flat black and let it "siphon" from a brush into the seams.

    Lastly, be very careful with the fit between the body, glass, interior and chassis. It's a very tight stack and will pop the bumpers off if not precise. (Ask me how I know.)
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    Memoryfoam, how close of a match is that grey to Grigio? I saw it on the store and compared the painted cap to my car, but seemed too light.

    I'm planning to either get a can of paint mixed or buy a touch up spray at the dealer.

    For the wheels, I am going to paint them same color as the body, but I have bought dullcote to make them flat grey.

    I have also built that Jeep Wrangler from Tamiya, twice. Loved that kit.





    Do you use primer paint before you apply the paint? Its amazing what a difference it makes, paint sticks so much better to the plastic, less runoff of paint and you get a more even cover on the bumps and cracks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mini Cord View Post
    Memoryfoam, how close of a match is that grey to Grigio? I saw it on the store and compared the painted cap to my car, but seemed too light.

    I'm planning to either get a can of paint mixed or buy a touch up spray at the dealer.



    For the wheels, I am going to paint them same color as the body, but I have bought dullcote to make them flat grey.

    I have also built that Jeep Wrangler from Tamiya, twice. Loved that kit.

    Do you use primer paint before you apply the paint? Its amazing what a difference it makes, paint sticks so much better to the plastic, less runoff of paint and you get a more even cover on the bumps and cracks.
    I think it matches pretty well. I'll get you some better comparison pictures tomorrow in the daylight.

    I did the flat black on the wheels A) to kill the chrome on the backs and B) to have a darker base on the fronts. They're still glossy on the fronts, but slightly darker than the same paint on the (originally white) body.

    I built the Jeep 20 years ago with my very young son to get him interested in models. Later, as a teenager, he got mad at me and threw it against a wall. I saved the pieces and repaired it last year. It still shows some damage, though.

    I've not used a primer before. I always try to use as few coats as possible in order to preserve details. I may have to try that on my next project.
    2013 Grigio Abarth "Abby" (bought 3/2013)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemoryFoam View Post
    I think it matches pretty well. I'll get you some better comparison pictures tomorrow in the daylight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mini Cord View Post
    Memoryfoam, how close of a match is that grey to Grigio? I saw it on the store and compared the painted cap to my car, but seemed too light.

    I'm planning to either get a can of paint mixed or buy a touch up spray at the dealer.

    For the wheels, I am going to paint them same color as the body, but I have bought dullcote to make them flat grey.

    I have also built that Jeep Wrangler from Tamiya, twice. Loved that kit.








    Do you use primer paint before you apply the paint? Its amazing what a difference it makes, paint sticks so much better to the plastic, less runoff of paint and you get a more even cover on the bumps and cracks.

    Tamiya kits are awesome. I built the FJ40 radio control. Incredible detail. I see some Abarth versions
    on line.....a bit pricey but man those kits are fun builds. The FJ40 kit requires filling the shocks
    and building a third member. True bead lock rims. Real 4wd and option to lock diffs. Digital proportional
    steering and throttle. A kazillion nuts/bolts/parts to assemble.

    I bet the Abarth kits nice too.
    2013 Abarth

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    MemoryFoam, thanks a lot for those pictures! That's a pretty close match!

    I am going to get that paint, I rather use the Testors than the Automotive paint. Since I use Primer and Glosscote, I'm afraid of a paint reaction. It will also speed the build up!

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mini Cord View Post
    MemoryFoam, thanks a lot for those pictures! That's a pretty close match!

    I am going to get that paint, I rather use the Testors than the Automotive paint. Since I use Primer and Glosscote, I'm afraid of a paint reaction. It will also speed the build up!

    Thanks again!
    Take a look into the Vallejo paints as well. I used Tamiya Acrylics and results are terrible if you brush (they're designed for single coat. Second coat makes the first one run and it looks terrible). They're very tolerant to dilution with water, and I ended up doing that for the main colours. Since I brush I ended up doing something like 10 coats+ with very watered down colour and it ended beautifully. Oddly enough though, the addition of the clear coat made the surface imperfections REALLY show up...

    The bottles also come as droppers, so if you blend you can tune it by drops.

    I only have one picture unfortunately, as I gave them all away as Christmas presents.
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    I just remembered: The window piece is an utter UTTER pain to install. The fit on it is EXTREMELY tight, so be careful about painting around the pillars. I had to trim down the body a bit to get it inserted properly. You can TRY to test fit the glass, but you'll probably never be able to get it back out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mini Cord View Post
    Purgatory, yes, there are a few options ot there from Fujimi.

    I know they do the Lounge, The Abarth as seen above, the Abarth Esseesse, the Tributo Ferrari. Unfortunately Fijimi did screw up with the tires and altough the rims are different, they are all size 15". I found mine on ebay.

    Tweak, not the first time I do such a thing, This is a replica of my ex-1991 Rover Mini Cooper.









    Love youe ex-mini cooper this is my 1992IMG_0274-1.jpg

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    Surnia, I have used the Tamiya Acrylics before, they are better for airbrush operations than for painting with brush. My dad used to own a hobby shop so I have tested most brands. Testors is one of the easiest paints to use in my experience.

    Thanks Dwaynek, I miss that car so much, but I had to sell it, it had too much rust and I could not afford to fix it. I still have the Mini Moke, that one I'm not selling. Your 92 is beautiful! Minis do look better in 10 inchers!

    Regards!

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