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  • Belkits MG Metro 6 R4

    This landed at my door step today, always fancied doing one of these.
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    Last edited by Kenyanboy; 18-02-21, 16:31.

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    If anyone is interested in the kit and what is has to offer, this guy unboxing review is worth a watch.
     

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    • #3
      I’m sure most of you will be familiar with this little beast from the good old days of rallying.
       

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      • #4
        Such an amazing car

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        • #5
          Looking forward to this one

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          • #6
            Started the Metro whilst waiting for the Galant and Porsche set aside for paint to cure.
            Sanded the mold lines around the front and rear of the body, not too bad I’ve seen worse on other kits.
            Parts that can be fitted before painting are the box like intakes on the doors, the door handles, rear wing spoiler and the mirrors.
            Once the cement has set the body can be given a careful sanding prior to applying the primer.
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            Last edited by Kenyanboy; 06-03-21, 06:49.

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            • #7
              If anybody is interested Car SOS (series 8 ep10) is on Sky channel 129 National Geographic Thursday 11th.
              Featuring a Metro 6R4 found in a scrapyard.

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              • #8
                The body, engine parts and some other bits given three coats of primer.

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                  • #10
                    Have made a lot of progress on this model.
                    This is my first build by Belkits, where the detail is very good the fit of some parts isn’t and the instruction diagram can leave you scratching your head.
                    That said an experienced, and I say that as a model builder at the bottom end of the experience scale will be able to work around the problems, I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to a beginner. Although I wouldn’t put off any modeller, this is an iconic car and good for Belkits for bringing it to the market as to my knowledge no one else has.
                    So with that in mind I decided that any parts that would be hidden I wasn’t going to be too fussy with.

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                    • #11
                      Forgot to point out that during this time of restricted living, I’ve tasked myself with four builds,
                      1x Porsche 911 Turbo 930
                      1x Porsche 911 Carrera 4 964
                      1x Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Rally
                      And of course this MG Metro 6R4
                      So being working on them all with a few breaks in between.
                      The interiors of all are completed. The body shells have all been painted, both Porsche’s have had the top coats sanded to remove dust, which jumps onto the clear coats like metal to a magnet. Now need the Black for the rubber around the windows and a couple of other places.
                      The Mitsubishi is the same but decals need applying too.

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                      • #12
                        The body shell was sanded after the Grey primer had dried then I primed it again using White primer as the Grey would darken the Blue which is applied to the top half.
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                        • #13
                          After applying the White top coat the Shell was left for a week for the paint to cure fully before sanding any Orange peel, I’m crap at gloss painting, and the annoying dust followed by polishing with 3 stage polishing compounds to remove the sanding scratches.
                          Bottom half was then masked off for the Blue, this is the recommended Tamiya Blue by Belkits, personally I fell it’s a tad too dark.
                          As Tamiya only do this colour in a spray can and not in the usual jars where I could have added White to lighten, do this I would have had to decant it from the can. In short I couldn’t be bothered.

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                          • #14
                            Allowing the paint to dry but not fully cure it was time to carefully remove the masking. This is always a daunting for me as I’m in prayer mode that no paint has crept under the masking tape.
                            However I was pleased to see it wasn’t too bad. Small amount of touching up to do, and I will be weathering the completed model, not too heavily but a little mud here and there hides the sins.
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                            • #15
                              It’s a week since it was applied, so the next stage is to sand any Orange peel and dust, it’s not too which for me is an achievement in itself.
                              Black rubber paint for the windscreen and rear window to do then the decals can be applied.

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