The page has been revamped for Rene Lehmann
Recently Completed - June - July 2014
The website has been updated a little early - the gallery pages have all been revamped so that the models are grouped
according to the manufacturer or theme and now include thumbnails so you get an idea of what the model looks like. The
gallery pages also use tables, which should make it easier to edit in future. Check them out below or use the left side
Sci-Fi Plus Gallery
In addition to revamping the web pages, the following models were completed:
2008 Mustang CobraJet
(site last updated July 27, 2014, next update late October 2014)
Recently Completed - Jan 2014 - May 2014
The Daytona 24 hour build event had a number of participants from around North America. I was hoping to finish a
number of 1:24 scale motorcycle models, but came down with a very bad cold and gave up after about 7 hours.
The Heritagecon Model show was held in Hamilton in March. About double the number of vendors were there and it was a
pretty good show.
The Kingston Modelrama show was held on May 4th, with the usual number of vendors and a good turnout of modellers.
1963 Lotus 29 - Dan Gurney
1:24 scale racing motorcycles
James Bond 1967 Toyota 2000GT
Recently Completed - Oct 2013 - Jan 2014
I've come across two interesting websites recently:
Kit LotusThe 2014 Motorcycle Supershow display was very successful and was sponsored by the newly formed 'Grand Valley
This is a website dedicated to Lotus models of all kinds. They have a bi-monthly newsletter that you can subscribe
to and have published a build article of mine on the Lotus 25.
They build fantastic, large scale models of Formula One race cars. Some of the models come as unbuilt kits, at
museum like prices. Check out the incredible detail.
Model Car Club (GVMCC)'.
James Bond Aston Martin DB5
Honda RA272 Grand Prix Race Car
Recently Completed - May - Oct 2013
I'm still puzzled by something in modelling industry of which the Aston Martin DBS kit is a good example. Model car and motorcycle
manufacturers never seem to write instructions in the sequence you need to assemble the models correctly. For example, with this
kit, there are two parts - the rear portion of the bodywork that makes up the spoiler and the front valance that need to be dealt with.
In the instructions, these parts are attached in steps 18 and 16, respectively, after other body parts have been attached. However,
in order to do the model properly, these parts need to be attached much earlier, any gaps filled in (if necessary) and then the whole
body prepped and painted. With Tamiya kits, you can do the bodywork early in the build sequence because you will rarely find fit
problems at the end. With older domestic kits, I always do a complete dry fit of the body, interior and chassis as I have experienced
fit problems when everything comes together for final assembly.
Similar to the assembly sequence issues, I have yet to see instructions where the proper painting sequence is outlined. That is,
subassemblies are put together, then all the parts of the same colour are identified in a series of painting steps. This would make
building much more logical and avoid the problem we have all encountered of getting to step 20 and realize we have to get out the
airbrush to paint a part a colour we have already used in a previous step. I'm not sure whether this practice stems from instructions
originally being done for aircraft, armour and ships, where you can often do 90%+ of the assembly without every having to paint a
single part. Then at, or near, the end you can airbrush or spray the entire model in one step. I've seen build sequences online or in
magazines in which the authors follow a more logical building sequence, but never have I seen kit instructions that do so. I'm almost
tempted to start an online movement to rewrite model car instructions in a more logical
1983 San Marino Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) diorama
1983 Honda NS500 MotoGP bike
1983 Yamaha YZR500 (OW70) MotoGP bike
James Bond Aston Martin DBS
Recently Completed - Jan to Apr 2013
New Collections Gallery added to left navigation panel
Photos from 2013 Kingston Modelrama are posted here
We had a Daytona 24 hour build (which went for about 12 hours), our 12 hour build (only one finished in the allotted time)
and the Hamilton IPMS Heritagecon show.
Another couple of articles were/will be published
- "Chain Gang" (photoetch motorcycle chains) in Model Cars
- "Building a 1/12 Yamaha MotoGP, or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Modelmaking" in Random Thoughts
Shelby Mustang 1968 GT500KR
Shelby Mustang 2008 GT500KR
(site last updated October 6, 2013, 2013, next update mid-Jan 2014)
Recently Completed - Nov 2012 to Jan 2013
The Ajax show was the only one in the last few months. We had our 12 hour build over the Christmas break and there was
the booth at the 2013 Motorcycle Supershow in early January.
Yamaha YZR-M1 'Spiderman' GP bike
MV Agusta F4 1000
Star Wars Naboo Starfighter
Recently Completed - Jul to Oct 2012
Not a whole lot of completed work over the summer. The Toronto show, the NNL in Toledo and a new show in the
Kitchener area were the highlights. The NNL was down in all aspects - the number of vendors was smaller and there were
less models on the table this year. The Guelph Plastic Modelers Group helped with judging at the inaugural "822 Tutor
Squadron RCAC Model Builders Exhibition and Contest" held at the Waterloo-Wellington Airport.
Two articles of mine were published:
- "Improving Revell's 1/12 Scale Chopper Kits" in Model Cars magazine
- "Building a 1/35 WLC Motorcyle" in Random Thoughts, the IPMS Canada magazine.
James Bond BMW Z3
James Bond BMW Z8
Recently Completed - Apr to Jul 2012
The Kingston Modelrama was held on the last week of April. I always enjoy this show, organized by Brian Makowsky and
Peter MacDonald of the Kingston model group. The quality this year was exceptional.
Honda RC211V 2003 "What-If" GP bike
Honda RC211V "Batman Begins" GP bike
'Virugrat' Yamaha Virago rat bike
Recently Completed - Jan 2012 to Apr 2012
An online 24 hour build, our club 12 hour build, the HeritageCon show in Hamilton and our Guelph WellCoME XV
show in April all made for a busy start to the new year.
I was involved in the 24 hour build event spearheaded by Gary Kulchock and friends and took in folks from
around North America. Photos are here
Star Wars Royal Guard TIE Interceptor
Why motorcycles and why 1/12 scale?
I've always had a problem getting a really good paint job - probably a matter of not being patient enough. So I decided to
concentrate on building motorcycles and not as many cars. There is usually less bodywork that needs to be painted with a
motorcycle kit as opposed to a car. The downside is that bodywork on bike models can be as complicated as car bodies, especially
when it comes to polishing out a paint job. The other aspect of motorcycle modelling is that it the engine and brake parts are usually
out for everyone to see and detailing is critical. The exception to this are the modern GP bikes that have full fairings.
I prefer building older bikes for two reasons:
- Many older racing bikes did not have fairings and it never made sense to me to do a lot of engine detailing and then not be able to
see it under a fairing.
- The bikes I've seen at a lot of model contests and photos appear to have a 'sameness' to them. There are a lot of modern GP
racing bikes and if you've seen one Honda RC211V, you've pretty well seen them all. Not to take away from some of the
workmanship people put into these kits, I like to see a lot more variety in the shape and style of motorcycle models that I build.
I find that I prefer 1:12 scale for building for a few reasons:
- A 1:12 scale motorcycle takes up about the same shelf space as a 1:24 scale car, so you are not giving up space (which we all
know we never have enough of)
- There are a great variety of 1/12 scale kits, more than most people could build in a lifetime. I have a motorcyle kit database that
has over 350 different motorcycle kits that have been produced. With kit bashing and scratch building, the limits are only your
- Detailing bolt heads and nuts is more accurate in 1:12 scale compared to 1:24 scale. For example, a 12 mm bolt head would be 1
mm in 1:12 scale and you could see that as a hex head without a magnifying glass. Miniature hex head screws of 00-90 size can be
used for wheel axle nuts, swing arm pivots and steering heads. These scale to about 24 mm bolts (2 inches) in 1:1. There are very
few places where these can be scaled properly in 1:24 scale because they represent a 48 mm (4 inch) bolt head!
- The detailling also extends to braided fittings and throttle and other return springs - much more in scale accuracy can be achieved
in 1:12 scale.
Introduction - Jan 1, 2005
I build scale models of various kinds, mostly 1/12 scale motorcycles, but also 1/24 scale cars and some sci-fi models. You can see
the models in the various galleries section, which includes both pictures and descriptions of the models.
I live in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, about an hour west of Toronto. Like many modellers today, I built model kits as a kid and enjoyed
it thoroughly. Then school, marriage, career and family kind of got in the way of my building and I did not build a model for close to
20 years. In the early part of 2003, I started building again and had about a dozen unbuilt kits at that time. Thanks to eBay and
Internet vendors, I now have all the kits I need to build the 4 dozen or so projects that I've identified. I have had some success in
entering local model contests, which has encouraged me to keep building.
I have most of the tools I need, which include an airbrush, material to cast resin parts and a Sherline mini-lathe and milling machine
I have found a great community of model builders thanks, in part, to the Internet. People have been very willing to offer help and
suggestions for any project that I have. I wish to return the favour and if you have any questions about the models you see, please
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