Watch a master modeler in action

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i love these sorts of modeling competency porn videos that don’t plow you under with layered soundtracks, etc. it is indeed my kind of ASMR. i spotted this channel in my recommends during the previous model he put together (a brabham BT50 F1 car from 1982) and knowing what i know about tameo kits, i was suitably intrigued from the word go.

if anyone wants a somewhat similar experience, but (mostly) with 1/24 plastic kits, try this channel:

the amount of improvement and scratchbuilding this guy adds to each model is jawdropping. the best builds are (imo) the citreon DS (all four doors open? jesus…), the lamborghini miura (insane level of detail) and an honorable mention for the dashboard of the gullwing mercedes.


That was really enjoyable. It’s like running a body shop with watchmaker tools!

A4 garage is great!

If it’s not in your list I also really like:

I learned my go to exhaust painting method from him, and his MP4/5B build is my inspiration for when I eventually start my 1/20. Going to need some time for that build…

Also on the original post. I keep thinking about picking up a 1/43 MFH kit but I think I need way more free time before I can tackle one of those (or any MFH kits for that matter).

Amazing skill and attention to detail.

Only critique I have is there was no engine or undercarriage details - except for the exhaust. All of that incredible work done on the body and cockpit detail but then the wheels/axles are just glued into slots like a Hot Wheels toy. That was a bit disappointing.

It’s a curbside kit so they don’t include details you won’t see when looking at the model on display. This is pretty common even at 1/24. The fact that he added the exhaust pipes is impressive as they will only be barely visible when the model is on a shelf / in a display case.

An engine / suspension / brakes at 1:43 would be a crazy challenge and not even visible on dislay. I have only seen those in 1/43 when absolutely necesary (Think Gurney Weslake Eagle etc…)… Most people find 1:24 engines hard enough and superdetailers tend to work in the larger scales.

Seriously this level of detail at 1/43 is crazy.

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Two things:

  1. What is the reasoning behind 1:43 scale? I can understand 1:32, and 1:48 and 1:72 because of their direct conversions to feet or inches. But what is the physical relationship in 1:43? Seems that the European O scale was selected arbitrarily to be 32mm wide for the train track width

  2. The best model maker on da Youtube is Bobby Fingers. He only has three videos so far, but they are epic.

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1/43 is based on O scale trains.

1/24, 1/18, and 1/12 are also popular with cars (and some in betweens).

Scales are funny in models and ahift between genres. 1/350 and 1/700 are popular for ships. Sci fi has a lot of 1/1000 1/1400 and 1/2500 etc…

Yes, I was editing above. But the O-scale seems pretty arbitrary too. 32mm for a track width? Why not 30mm? Or 25.4mm?

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Trains gauge is wierd because its based on track width rather than a specific scale.

O was defined as 1 1/4 " wide track. I think G is older than O and and is 1.75" gauge. Units get less sensible as you move to Half O (HO) or 0.625" then N at 0.375".

Heck even scales are odd as scale and gauge are only sort of close. And multiple O scales exist with the same gauge.

Then back to models… Sometimes scales make no sense as someone designed a kit to be a certain size then they just pick the scale later. I have some 1/23 car kits for example :man_shrugging:.

I wish we could just use metric :wink:

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Yah model railroading scales and gauges get very very complicated. You can, for example, model an OO scale narrow-gauge logging railroad using HO scale track, which may or may not be called OOn3 depending on who you’re talking to. For a taste of the vastness of this space, Wikipedia has a nice overview that is bewildering yet not even complete:

Don’t even get me started on railheads. HO scale alone has ten different rail sizes (Code 100, Code 83, Code 70, Code 53…) which are all used at different scales and gauges depending on the situation (mining short line, industrial spur, mainline passenger, also varying by time period, etc).


Oh I forgot about the codes. I remember when I was younger and had a large HO layout, I came home from the city with the wrong code track. It was a pain to convince the parents to drive me another 2 hour round trip to buy transitions…

I would love to set up a track again one day. The scenery is a lot of fun to make. Unfortunately with a smallish home and real estate prices as they are on the west coast, the hobby is a bit challenging.

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