Saturday, 15 June 2013

Tamiya Hummer restoration Part 4 - Detailing

It took a while as other projects were interrupting, but now our Tamiya M1025 Hummer is finished and ready for the trail.

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We found the original decal sheet on eBay for a low price, so we put on the original stickers. There are not many of them anyway.

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The headlamps, tail lights, indicators and UN signs were made by a kind member of the SG Crawlers. We made the lamps based on reference photos found on the Internet.

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Small details like the reflectors as well as the engine cover retainers were painted with a brush. Working on those fiddly details is very relaxing and ideal for those rainy evenings.

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One of the biggest concerns was to show off the details on this nice Tamiya hard-plastic shell. The solution was simple: We traced all recesses gently with a sharp pencil and then sealed the body with flat clear spray paint. It makes all the small rivets, recesses and panel lines stick out nicely without drawing attention to it.

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When putting the body on the chassis we realized that there was simply not enough space for the D-shackle mount we had built. So sadly we removed them.

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The mud flaps came from a damaged toy digger. There is one detail still missing: windscreen wipers!

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We are chuffed to have this marvel of RC car running again. The UN Peace Mission Hummer will be riding the trails of Singapore once more.

All articles in this series:
Our Tamiya M1025 Hummer
Part 1 - Dismantling and cleaning
Part 2 - Body work
Part 3 - Chassis
Part 4 - Detailing

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