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Volvo 850 Turbo Estate
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 8:39 PM

My new project is the Volvo 850 Turbo Estate also know as a station wagon.  Volvo engineers created this as a racecar for the British Touring Car Championship and they were very successful with it.  Here's a video of the car at Goodwood Festival of Speed several years ago.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ8c8a8oEUs  

My plan is to build this as a everyday hauler in red with a pearl clearcoat with a black interior.  Right now, I don't plan on adding anything extra to this build.

More Volvo to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 8:57 PM

Cool - had a buddy that had a 750 turbo wagon.  White with black trim.  Awesome looking car.  This should be fun.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, March 4, 2021 3:25 PM

I hope it's fun, too!

I painted the 850 Turbo Estate this afternoon with Tamiya TS-86 Pure Red.  When this has dried sufficiently, I'll clearcoat it with Tamiya Pearl Clear.

More Volvo to come...

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, March 4, 2021 4:34 PM

Got my attention.  Love wagons. 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, March 5, 2021 4:06 PM

Thanks Lee!  I haven't built that many wagons over the years, but I do have a thing for hot Volvos.  I wish someone like Tamiya would release a mid-60's P1800 instead of the expensive resin versions that I have seen on the internet.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, March 6, 2021 7:26 AM

Hey!

 Mr Mike! I am glad to see what you are doing .A real honest to GOD, Station Wagon!!Not another darned S.U.V.! Besides I like the Tailights on that model of VOLVO !

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, March 6, 2021 8:08 AM

Thanks Tanker-Builder!  I haven't built that many station wagons, but I have built the Revell '49 Merc Woody, the Revell '48 Ford Woody, the AMT Ghostbusters Ecto 1 and the Revell Ford Exhibition, '73 Ford Bronco, Monogram Land Rover Series III and Italeri Range Rover SUVs.  I am currently working on the RoG Land Rover Series III LWB.  Yes, I said that they are SUVs!  Station wagons are fading for the automotive scene and they are being replace by SUVs.  We can't avoid it, the automotive landscape is changing. 

The taillights on the '94 Volvo Estates were designed to avoid having to use the center high mount stop light (CHMSL), but it is now required on new vehicles sold in the US.  I believe that it was a loophole in the automotive requirements that Volvo exploited to their benefit. 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, March 6, 2021 3:39 PM

I detailed the wheels with some Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color around the lug nuts and on the ends of the spokes by the rim.  I added the suspension and the exhaust system and finally the wheels followed by the carpeting.

More Volvo to come...

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 6, 2021 4:00 PM

What did you use for carpeting? 

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Saturday, March 6, 2021 4:52 PM

Mr Mike
I wish someone like Tamiya would release a mid-60's P1800

Me, too, Mike - I'm not a car builder, but I fell in love with the P1800S as a boy, watching Roger Moore driving one in "The Saint" on telly.  I'd certainly snap up a decent kit in, say, 1/25.

The Volvo estate is looking really good so far - I'll stick around for this one, if you don't mind?  

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, March 7, 2021 7:16 AM

Thanks Lee and Hutch6390!

The "carpet" is actually a piece of adhesive backed felt that came with the kit.  It is rather thin and looks good as carpet.

Hutch6390, I was watching The Saint on TV when I bacame infatuated with the Volvo P1800, as well!  Please stick around and watch!

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Bronco Billy on Sunday, March 7, 2021 9:58 PM

Like it so far. The pictures of the body look like more orange red than red. Does the kit come with complete interior or racing seats?

So many kits so few hours in the day

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, March 8, 2021 7:40 AM

Tamiya TS-86 Pure Red is a very bright red.  The orange may be from the lighting over the model.  This is the stock model and it has NO racing parts what so ever in it, so the kit comes with a full stock interior.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, March 8, 2021 10:30 AM

I painted the door rub strips with Model Master Acryl Gunship Grey.  I'm not 100% sure how to fix the front rub strip where the tape was removed before the paint was dried.  I touched up the body with Tamiya TS-86 Pure Red after the pictures were taken.

More Volvo to come...

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Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, March 8, 2021 4:49 PM

Only thing you really can do is lightly sand smooth, remask, repaint. 

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 10:44 AM

I am going to do that.  So far, I have sanded the rub strip and next is to remask the front bumper and repaint the rub strip.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 4:52 PM

Yeah it sucks. Good luck. 

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 5:02 PM

I was able to sand and repaint the front bumper rub strip.  Not bad and it didn't take me too long to do it.  I spent more time masking the rub strip than anything else!  I don't have any pictures.  Sorry!

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 5:21 PM

Glad it worked out. 

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, March 14, 2021 3:42 PM

Thanks Lee!

I painted the interior with Tamiya TS-29 Semi Gloss Black.  I started detailing the interior pieces by adding a woodgrain to the center console.  I may add some woodgrain to the interior panels just below the armrests.

More Volvo to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, March 15, 2021 3:00 PM

I applied the decals to the dash and I handpainted around the lower stack with Tamiya XF-10 Flat Brown and topped with Tamiya X-26 Clear Orange.  I did the same on the side panels and used a fine point nail dipped in Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black and dotted the painted area to replicate the burled wood.  I added the decal to the steering wheel and man, this decal is tiny.  I almost lost it!  I almost painted the steering wheel hub to replicate some wood grain, but I changed my mind at the last minute.

More Volvo to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:01 PM

I had painted the lower interior panels with what I thought would be a matching color to the carpet, but when the paint dried, it had changed hue.  I masked off the lowers and repainted them with Tamiya TS-29 Semi Gloss Black.  I went and painted the steering wheel rim a woodgrain color and assembled the rest of the interior.

More Volvo to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, March 25, 2021 3:07 PM

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, March 25, 2021 3:08 PM

I have finished my Volvo 850 Turbo Estate!  I would like to thank all those who have taken the time to view and to comment on my WIP.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, March 25, 2021 4:23 PM

Well Gee!

 Besides the fact it's red,I love it. Now, where's the keys?

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, March 26, 2021 12:16 AM

Great job Mike.  Looks good with the grey boot strip over red.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, March 27, 2021 8:10 AM

Tanker-Builder

Well Gee!

 Besides the fact it's red,I love it. Now, where's the keys? 

First, I want to see you shrink yourself to 1/24 scale!

Thank you guys!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, March 27, 2021 9:10 AM

Mr Mike;

     I tell the kids that visit the Museum that I live in a train car, isolated in it's own display on the layout. They ask me the same thing. I tell them and now you, it can only happen at night, when everyone is gone!

     Somehow, my "Shrink-Ray" won't work in Earth's sunlight!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, March 27, 2021 11:39 AM

Somehow, I expected a response like this from you!  In sunlight, some things never appear to work unless it is dark out and when no one else is watching.  I still want to see you shrink yourself to size.  Plus, try to open the doors and start my curbside.  Now that would be amazing!

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 27, 2021 12:16 PM

Excellent.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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