Day-1: The Introduction
Collectors would agree with me when I say that we usually collect the scaled version of the cars that we love or aspire to own as that is our passion. But as car enthusiasts, we also dream about building our own 1:1 because this is something we grew up watching others do. However, if you are broke like me buying your next project car is out of the question and getting an immaculate 1:18 would be a big investment. So in order to save the day, 1:24 model kits get added to the equation. Not only can these plastic models give you the satisfaction of owning a 1:18, but it can also help you live a scaled dream of building your own car which allows you to kill two birds with one stone.
For this particular series (if you didn’t guess it already) I will be showcasing my first 1:24 model kit build which happens to be an Evo VI by Tamiya. Like an actual build series, each article will showcase the work I did on my model and would hopefully prevent you from making the mistakes I made. This could either be really successful or will be a big flop. So enough of the chit chat and the let the build begin.
Before I got my hands on the plastic model itself, I spent countless hours just watching YouTube videos on how to spray models and to educate myself on the Dos and Don’ts of scale modelling. Trust me this is something you would want to do because if you ever try doing something without knowing anything about it, there will be no happy ending (most of the time). So I would suggest watching JH Hobby’s videos on YouTube as he covers everything about scale modelling in depth.
After gathering the knowledge I looked for reference photos of an Evo 6 because it is always easier when you know what the actual car looks like and it makes it easier for you to choose the colour and style of your model. After this, we need to purchase the basic supplies that are required in order to build the model. The list includes a cutter, blade, super glue, sandpaper and acrylic spray paints. However, there are more tools you could get, but the ones mentioned are important and are used the most. With this, we can conclude our initial prep stage.
Installing the body parts:
Once I got the model in hand I installed all the body parts that were supposed to have the same body colour. For this particular build, I wanted to do something simple so I decided to go with a Tivoli blue colour for all the body parts. Hence, I installed the front and rear bumpers, side skirts and the wing. However, before glueing the parts I sanded the parts with a 600 grit sandpaper to make sure everything was fitting well. If you are building the Tamiya Evo VI like me, know that the rear bumper needs a bit of sanding in order to get the perfect fit. I also used a blade to deepen the panel lines to add to the realism segment of the build.
Sanding the Body:
Once all the body parts were installed it was time to sand down the whole body and remove any mould lines. In order to do this, you would take a permanent marker and put a mark on top of the mould lines. After that is done you keep sanding the area with a 600 grit sandpaper until the mark cannot be seen anymore. With this step done, the body should be free of any imperfections. However, the work doesn’t end here as you would have to use a 1000 grit sandpaper to sand down the whole body until it’s not glossy anymore. This is done so that the primer can stick on the body and doesn’t crack if the body is bent. But make sure to sand gently as you don’t want to remove details like the window trims and door handles. Once the whole body was sanded down, I rinsed it with water and looked at it the whole day since this where day 1 ends.
Unfortunately, the coming days won’t be easy like today as the steps get harder. But it would be fun to see how far I can go without making a mistake. For now, this is where I am signing off and the build grants to a halt.