Airfix/Gunze Sangyo Hi-Tech 1:24 Jaguar XK-E

Airfix/Gunze Sangyo Hi-Tech 1:24 Jaguar XK-E

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MonkeySpanker

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317 posts

77 months

Friday 19th April 2013
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The Airfix kit is a re-release of the old Gunze Sangyo kit. There's a lot of white metal & PE parts to fiddle with. I'm not an expert modeller by any stretch of the imagination but I think I'm up for the challenge of this kit. It's an old kit & it shows, the castings aren't pretty in places & the instructions don't exactly give a lot away either.
Let the games begin smile



Engine Parts



How to make a wire wheel.



Rims & things



Spokes



Here's one I made earlier, only took about an hour I think. Made me swear a lot, only another 3 to do frown


dr_gn

12,258 posts

124 months

Saturday 20th April 2013
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This'll be interesting!

I just dug mine out - the wheels are probably the best part of the completed model TBH. Considering the amount of effort required to complete it (even OOB) it's not that great. The rear wheelarch shape is totally wrong, and it's badged as a 4.2 when in fact it's modelled with a 3.8 engine (easily fixed by cutting the badge up BTW).

Mine was also Airfix boxed - part of their infamous "Hi-Tech" range with white metal parts that had less detail than the plastic ones they were supposed to improve upon.

tr7v8

5,962 posts

168 months

Saturday 20th April 2013
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Buried somewhere in the house I have the Monogram 1/8th scale kit XKE kit here, not in its original box but all the bits are there. One day I'll settle down & do it!

onyx39

10,061 posts

90 months

Saturday 20th April 2013
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Bookmarked this with interest!

wibble cb

1,683 posts

147 months

Monday 22nd April 2013
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tr7v8 said:
Buried somewhere in the house I have the Monogram 1/8th scale kit XKE kit here, not in its original box but all the bits are there. One day I'll settle down & do it!
I have one of these winging its way to me....can't wait!

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tr7v8

5,962 posts

168 months

Monday 22nd April 2013
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wibble cb said:
tr7v8 said:
Buried somewhere in the house I have the Monogram 1/8th scale kit XKE kit here, not in its original box but all the bits are there. One day I'll settle down & do it!
I have one of these winging its way to me....can't wait!
It is a big big model!

MonkeySpanker

Original Poster:

317 posts

77 months

Monday 22nd April 2013
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Bit of (slow) progress

Front subframe

Subframe & bulkhead

Rims

Glad I've finished the wheels, what a pain in the arse frown



The locating points for the front subrame assembly is almost non existant, a few raised bits of plastic (you were right dr_gn)


The subframe/bulkhead will be primed then sprayed a suitable colour.

dr_gn

12,258 posts

124 months

Tuesday 23rd April 2013
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I'm guessing you drilled the wishbone pivots out?

Other thing is, before you finally glue it to the bulkhead, make sure its all flat and not banana shaped.

wibble cb

1,683 posts

147 months

Tuesday 23rd April 2013
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tr7v8 said:
wibble cb said:
tr7v8 said:
Buried somewhere in the house I have the Monogram 1/8th scale kit XKE kit here, not in its original box but all the bits are there. One day I'll settle down & do it!
I have one of these winging its way to me....can't wait!
It is a big big model!
Apparently it has arrived at my desk at work( day off today getting countertop fitted in the kitchen), so will have to wait till tomorrow , this will sit nicely with the James Bond Db7 I also have to build...ahem!

I was watching a gunze 1/24 E-type with the intent to bid, but it went way over anything I was prepared to pay ( eBay item 310646519107) it went for over 110 bucks!

MonkeySpanker

Original Poster:

317 posts

77 months

Wednesday 24th April 2013
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dr_gn said:
I'm guessing you drilled the wishbone pivots out?

Other thing is, before you finally glue it to the bulkhead, make sure its all flat and not banana shaped.
Yes all hand drilled (there's a lot of drilling). Having never worked with white metal before I was surprised at how soft it is. The bulkhead wasn't flat so had to tweak it before fixing. The pilot hole registers aren't very well aligned either frown
Onwards & upwards.

dr_gn

12,258 posts

124 months

Wednesday 24th April 2013
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MonkeySpanker said:
dr_gn said:
I'm guessing you drilled the wishbone pivots out?

Other thing is, before you finally glue it to the bulkhead, make sure its all flat and not banana shaped.
Yes all hand drilled (there's a lot of drilling). Having never worked with white metal before I was surprised at how soft it is. The bulkhead wasn't flat so had to tweak it before fixing. The pilot hole registers aren't very well aligned either frown
Onwards & upwards.
It's a shame there's absolutely no cast-in bulkhead detail, especially considering the level of detail on the engine/carbs etc. It would make a great project for adding things like w/w motor and throttle linkage etc.

MonkeySpanker

Original Poster:

317 posts

77 months

Saturday 27th April 2013
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dr_gn said:
It's a shame there's absolutely no cast-in bulkhead detail, especially considering the level of detail on the engine/carbs etc. It would make a great project for adding things like w/w motor and throttle linkage etc.
I found it odd that for a 'detailed' model it's lacking in that very thing. I'm not much of a kitbasher but this does need a bit of attention. I'll see if my enthusiasm lasts wink

CanAm

4,104 posts

212 months

Sunday 28th April 2013
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wibble cb said:
Apparently it has arrived at my desk at work( day off today getting countertop fitted in the kitchen), so will have to wait till tomorrow , this will sit nicely with the James Bond Db7 I also have to build...ahem!

I was watching a gunze 1/24 E-type with the intent to bid, but it went way over anything I was prepared to pay ( eBay item 310646519107) it went for over 110 bucks!
I got an Airfix Hi-Tech Series 250GTO some years ago from Modelzone for £5. Seems like a good buy now!

MonkeySpanker

Original Poster:

317 posts

77 months

Sunday 5th May 2013
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Not much happening but this week I are been mostly drilling, lots & lots of drilling frown



Rear axle assembly & subframe



Stay tuned smile


NicTheJafa

4 posts

5 months

Monday 28th January
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Can someone please add step by step pics of how the wire wheels go together?
I am just about to attempt...!!!!

Trevatanus

10,061 posts

90 months

Monday 28th January
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NicTheJafa said:
Can someone please add step by step pics of how the wire wheels go together?
I am just about to attempt...!!!!
Now THAT'S a thread resurrection!

The_Jackal

4,000 posts

137 months

Monday 28th January
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Wow.

I thought the picture of the instructions explained it very well.

NicTheJafa

4 posts

5 months

Tuesday 29th January
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Maybe I'm a bit inexperienced. Would really like to see someone put one together. Terrified I will get one wrong and thereby ruin whole kit build.

dr_gn

12,258 posts

124 months

Tuesday 29th January
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NicTheJafa said:
Maybe I'm a bit inexperienced. Would really like to see someone put one together. Terrified I will get one wrong and thereby ruin whole kit build.
If this is one of your first kits, I’d recommend shelving it until you’ve had some practice. It’s a very tricky one to build, and even when complete it’s not the greatest model of an E-Type. I think there’s an all plastic version by Heller which might be better.

NicTheJafa

4 posts

5 months

Wednesday 30th January
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dr_gn said:
If this is one of your first kits, I’d recommend shelving it until you’ve had some practice. It’s a very tricky one to build, and even when complete it’s not the greatest model of an E-Type. I think there’s an all plastic version by Heller which might be better.

I have built a few in the past year after being away from modelling for 40+ years
But technology has moved on since then.