populating oxford cars

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populating oxford cars

Postby tornado64 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:35 pm

technicaly not just oxfords offerings but most model vehicles seem to be modelled bereft of people

fine if you intend to model a car park but not so good if you intend to model on roads and around the layout

I have just done a couple very quickly for demo purposes that are going to be used on my future layout

my intended victims are a ford escort xr3i and a vw transporter van

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on most diecast cars manufacturing simplicity sees the diecast body shell riveted to the chassis so first job is to release by drilling with a mini drill

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to split into component parts

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if unsure of using or don't posses a mini drill , fear not , the vw transporter is a much easier single posidrive screw arrangement !

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et voila !!

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next pick your drivers/passengers mine are the old airfix/dapol figures cut down to fit ( you only see to the chest anyway ) ,,, also remember to make them appropriate to the vehicle ( a couple of builders would not be seen dead in a pink ford KA !! ) once figures are altered and painted glue in with superglue ( remembering to check headroom before commiting to glueing in and reassembly )

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for the vw I painted the jackets dark blue to represent the typicaly early 80's builders donkey jackets and gave them hard hats , whilst not forgetting the compulsory builders van dashboard clutter !!

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oxfords factory production process also sees un painted areas of black on window surrounds , whilst stripped down it would be rude not to run a little black or silver (depending on vehicle ) around to give a better finnish

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and after

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once done reasemle using superglue to hold the chassis back on if you had to drill out the rivets

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Re: populating oxford cars

Postby skyblue » Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:02 pm

The driver and passenger really do make a difference and improve the appearance massively. Now the question is - what do you do with the bottom half of the people you cut in two? :shock:

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Re: populating oxford cars

Postby End2end » Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:16 pm

skyblue wrote:The driver and passenger really do make a difference and improve the appearance massively. Now the question is - what do you do with the bottom half of the people you cut in two? :shock:

Easy....model a French public toilet :D
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Re: populating oxford cars

Postby TimberSurf » Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:55 pm

....and while you have gone to the trouble of dissecting the car, wang some LED's in!
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Re: populating oxford cars

Postby tornado64 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:39 pm

TimberSurf wrote:....and while you have gone to the trouble of dissecting the car, wang some LED's in!


good idea on plastic cars but diecast bodies can prove to be considerably harder , by the nature of diecasting it sees that head and tail light areas have very thick metal to drill through whilst not too much of an issue for circular lights square headlights would present a very time consuming task

if fitting LEDs id probably make life easier on myself and select plastic bodied alternatives

certainly not an impossible job on diecasts but why make life harder than you have to unless you positively have to have a particular vehicle that no one else does and it has to have lights


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