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1/9 BMW R75
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, October 01, 2018 5:01 PM

Don't know if this is the correct forum to post the rebuilding and repaint of my old ESCI R75 BMW that my brother George bought for me back in 1970. I thought it was fitting to honor him on this his 44th anniversary of his passing. He was more than my brother, he was my pal and buddy who taught me to fish, drive and shoot guns. I still miss him dearly.

I originally used a Humbrol color called Afrika Korps something or other. The color was too orangy for my now taste but back then it looke fine to me. So after 48 years some of the decals flaked off and parts became loose.

I goofed and totally forgot to take pictures prior to the breakdown and repaint. I broke down as much as I could without damaging anything and placed the parts in small plastic bins courtesy of Gerber foods from my granddaughter's lrftover containers. I have a ton of them and come in really handy to store small items.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, October 01, 2018 5:11 PM

Here is the patient, partially stripped and waiting for her transformation.

Got the side frame separated and front fender and forks removed.

The tires are really well detailed. I had originally shot some dust colored paint for weathering so they look pretty dusty. 

 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, October 01, 2018 5:33 PM

That's a great project, PJ. I think it's a good thing to make you think about your brother in that way. Take a look at the Motorcycle GB too.

I've got a similar project to rebuild a 1/24 Kubelwagen I botched up ten years ago.

Looking forward to your WIP.

 

Bill

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Posted by Greg on Monday, October 01, 2018 5:47 PM

I think it's just awesome that you are doing the tear-down / rebuild in honor of your brother, Ernie. Truly.

Look forward to watching your progress.

-Greg

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, October 01, 2018 5:48 PM

Thanks GM. I remember the box up on the shelf at Orange Blossom Hobbies in Miami where we used to go to. He knew I wanted it but I didn’t have all the $ for it but he got it for me. 

I could have picked up one in the box at the last show for $20 but regrettably passed on it, darnet!!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, October 01, 2018 5:49 PM

Thanks Greg!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, October 01, 2018 8:21 PM

A 1/9 scale R75? Wooooooooooow!!! I'll be in on this one.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 3:56 PM

Yep Joe, pretty large indeed. To be such an old model it has some amazing details. I swear this is more work than building it out from the sprues.

More parts removed, cleaned , mold lines removed and almost ready for paint.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 4:06 PM

Next will be more cleaning of seam lines and re-gluing loose parts. I can save the BMW badges by removing the overspray from the new paint that will be German Yellow. I thought about painting it Dark German Grey but I like the lighter color better. I was unable to re use the tag registration numbers because they had yellowed badly so I need to replace those. I have the ESCI 1/9 soldier model they had back then and just may build it and use it with the bike as a vignette. The soldier is also VERY well detailed and should make a very different display piece.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 4:24 PM

Yellow decals are not hard to fix. They may fall apart with age. I'd bleach them, spray with decal sealer or gloss coat and try em.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 5:24 PM

GMorrison

Yellow decals are not hard to fix. They may fall apart with age. I'd bleach them, spray with decal sealer or gloss coat and try em.

 

They were on the model and just got brittle and the white background turned yellow. They peeled off very easy. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 3:49 PM

I used Novus polish on the tires to remove some of the dust effect I sprayed over 4 decades ago. It took a lot of polishing but I got the desired effect. I was going to shoot black tire paint on but I went with this other method.

 

I sprayed around the BMW badges and removed the overspray with a thin brush and thinner. The tire pressure markings were cleaned out with a 10/0 brush and thinner.

The spedo got some liquid masking fluid and sprayed German Yellow. The next day the masking was removed and the spedo lens was polished out.

The side car frame is partially assembled and ready to be attached to the R75.

 

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 4:07 PM

Nice to see this underwya, great work so far.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:54 PM

The frame was either hand brused or air brushed depending on the area. The motor and exhaust were hand brushed with different Alclad shades and all the wiring re attached. Some of the wiring mounting tabs broke off so I drilled out the areas and used metal pins to attache the hollow lines.

The side car is rady to go on the frame.

The MG34 got repainted with Humbrol Metalkote Black and polished. The stock got brown acrylic paint and burnt umber oil paint.

 

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 11, 2018 6:42 PM

You're moving right along Ernie, good to see your progress!

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, October 11, 2018 9:06 PM

That's a long way from what you started with!  Looking good.  Hand brushing alclad.  May have to try that

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Bish on Friday, October 12, 2018 2:07 AM

That is very nice, love the look of the metal, both the engine and the MG.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, October 12, 2018 6:45 AM

Thanks gents. The Alclad can be handbrushed on small parts and need several applications. For the exhaust pipes and muffler I used dark steel then burnt pale metal giving the parts that heated metal discoloration. The Humbrol Metalkote hand brushes out really nice and can be buffed when dry to enhance the metallic effect.

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Posted by Greg on Friday, October 12, 2018 10:08 AM

Coming along nicely! Yes

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, October 12, 2018 11:46 AM

Thanks Greg. Still a looong way from completed. I still have to add a few more things in addition to the divisional markings and weathering. I also want to add a nice base for it and maybe the old ESCI infantry soldier figure they released in 1/9 around the same time back then.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 3:14 PM

Good LORD!! This looks great Ernie. Lots of great details to look at on that engine!!

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 3:55 PM

mustang1989

Good LORD!! This looks great Ernie. Lots of great details to look at on that engine!!

 

Thanks Joe. The fresh Alclad colors bring back the motor to life. Can’t wait to get back to the bench with this one.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 9:27 AM

Decided to go with Panzer Lehr Division as my divisional marking so I made my own stencil and brushed on white paint like the real thing.

stencil removed

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 3:54 PM

Shuuuuuweeeeeet!!!!

 

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:44 PM

Cool stencil. BTW, that rifle several posts up really caught my eye, too.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, November 02, 2018 11:33 AM

Greg

Cool stencil. BTW, that rifle several posts up really caught my eye, too.

 

Thanks Greg. Fairly simple stencil to draw and cut out with a #11 blade.

The weapon in question is the MG34 and is very nicely molded to be such an old kit. I was lucky to have been able to fire an actual MG34 back in the early 1980s. It is quite a handful to shoot and imagine the MG42 was a beast spitting out 8mm at such a high rate that it sounded like a continuous zip. The MG 34 had a slower firing rate.

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