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Post  Cowley on Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:44 pm

Having recently got my modelling mojo back again, I am currently working on finishing off the following two models - Paul & Brent Bennett's 1989 Fram Filters Welsh Trophy Rally, and 1989 Birmingham Superprix supporting Metro 6R4 Trophy race entrants - both commissioned by a member of the family.

Both models are based on a stripped / resprayed bodyshell, with self-detailed interior using one of the usual plain black plastic interiors seen in the partwork models. The livery is virtually complete, as are the models themselves, except for - wipers, mirrors, one dashboard, a pair of seats, harnesses, the odd bit of detail painting here and there, and a couple of minor decals still to adjust - including the conflicting Dunlop sponsorship / Michelin tyres on the Welsh Trophy Rally entry.

Loose decals and handbuilt models will be available soon from CODE343...







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Post  Cowley on Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:54 pm

I also recently helped complete a very unique set by creating the decals for (and applying them to) a pre-painted MG Metro 6R4 diecast model for good friend and collector, Dan Ellmore. I think the bodyshell might well have been sprayed by CDM as the owner acquired it from Andy Howdle of Rally Models.

Not only does his collection now include our 'baby' 1/43 scale diecast example - decalled and detail enhanced by CODE343 - but, it also includes a bespoke 1/32 scale slot car, a similarly unique 1/10 scale radio control example, but also an actual 1/1 scale Group B MG Metro 6R4 as well! Yes, that is some collection!

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Post  newt5550 on Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:49 pm

Class builds as per usual David. I only wish all builders were as conscientious to details as you are.
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Post  toyotake on Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:26 pm

Mooie uitvoeringen
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Post  Hampton Caught on Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:03 pm

newt5550 wrote:Class builds as per usual David. I only wish all builders were as conscientious to details as you are.

I agree with you Chris. If you're not going to get the detail right, why bother at all? Unless your motivation is to obtain monies from the unsuspecting!

Thankfully, we know that's not David's motivation. cheers Keep 'em coming, big man! Very Happy

Cheers, Steve
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Post  Cowley on Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:40 pm

newt5550 wrote:Class builds as per usual David. I only wish all builders were as conscientious to details as you are.
Many thanks, Chris - that is very kind of you to say.

Admittedly, my model builds do take a 'little' longer than others, but if that gives me time to include all those little details, then I think it is worth taking that extra time ensuring they are included. I have said it before, but I see little point promoting or advertising a service, that doesn't maintain the same standards as my own personal model builds or decal artwork when I build for others.

It is too easy to make or break a model by including or not including those small details. As the old addage states "Its all in the detail"... Wink
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Post  Cowley on Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:41 pm

toyotake wrote:Mooie uitvoeringen
Bedankt voor dat vriendelijke commentaar, 'toyotake' - ik probeer al die belangrijke details op te nemen en een schoon en opgeruimd model te maken als ik kan. Wink

Thank you for that kind comment, 'toyotake' - I do try and include all those important details, and to build a clean and tidy model if I can. Wink
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Post  Cowley on Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:47 pm

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newt5550 wrote:Class builds as per usual David. I only wish all builders were as conscientious to details as you are.

I agree with you Chris.  If you're not going to get the detail right, why bother at all?  Unless your motivation is to obtain monies from the unsuspecting!  

Thankfully, we know that's not David's motivation.  cheers   Keep 'em coming, big man!  Very Happy

Cheers, Steve
Thank you, Steve - also very kind of you to say so.

You know me too well, 'my friend' - I would never seek any kind of motivation from stinging the unsuspecting, or for providing a service or selling a product that I wasn't completely happy with myself.

Everybody has standards!... Wink
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Post  Cowley on Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:56 am

Some of you may recall I released a Billy Coleman 1986 Shell Oils Donegal Rally winning 'Rothmans Rally' sponsored Metro a few years ago, and may well have acquired one of the ten model production run. Well, as the run was never completed - primarily due to the lack of Starter decal sheets - I am in the process of creating my own Code 3 conversion part set of decals.

Designed as a conversion of the widely available Jimmy McRae 1986 Lombard RAC Rally 'Racing' base model from either IXO or one of the numerous partook sets, the ten model production run will be completed, and loose decals will also be available in due course, along with a similar set for the Billy Coleman 1986 Tutor Webasto Manx Rally entry....





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Post  Zeus on Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:34 am

Nice one David Cool
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Post  newt5550 on Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:25 am

SUPERB Cool
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Post  Cowley on Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:13 pm

Many thanks, gents - very much appreciated.
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Post  bmd on Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:20 am

looking very professional david, credit to your dedication m8!
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Post  reeft1 on Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:53 am

Very professional David
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Post  Cowley on Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:01 pm

Many thanks, Billy & Paul - very much appreciated.
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Post  Cowley on Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:05 pm

Final decal sets are now available to purchase for the following three sets - as previously detailed earlier in this thread...

CODE343-025 : Dan Ellmore (ex-Steve Harris D884 UPU) - Ellmore Group : £12
CODE343-026 : Paul Bennett 1989 Birmingham Superprix - M J Fews / Land Rover : £15
CODE343-027 : Paul Bennett 1989 Welsh Trophy - M J Fews / Land Rover : £15

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Post  Cowley on Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:32 pm

Here's another recent result from the CODE343 model bench!...

The #10 David Llewellin / Ian Grindrod 'Mobil1' liveried Vauxhall Astra GSi 16v that finished 5th Overall on the 1995 Vauxhall Rally of Wales.





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Post  reeft1 on Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:48 pm

Very nice David. Ps enjoy the hols!
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Post  Cowley on Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:07 pm

Thanks, mate - on both counts!.... Wink
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Post  CDM on Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:06 pm

Dave

Blimey you have been a busy bee.

Well done on a great range the 6R4 boys will be bankrupt soon...??

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Post  Speedy on Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:01 pm

How much for a built Astra???
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Post  Sal the 2nd on Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:46 pm

Certainly would be in the market for set of the Astra decals if you manage to tear yourself away from the 6r4s David!

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Post  newt5550 on Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:40 pm

Lovely build David. Great attention to detail as per usual.
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Post  Cowley on Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:39 pm

Thanks, Chris (CDM) - I know, I must finish off these few non Metro decal sets to give the diehards a bit of a chance to catch up! Wink
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Post  Cowley on Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:42 pm

Thanks, Chris (SAL). They're not my decals by the way, but produced by a chap called Aaron Poulson via his AP Touring Decals on Facebook. Drop him a message, mention me, and I'm sure he will supply you with a set - they are very very thin though.
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