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Airfix MGB Roadster
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 04:36 AM UTC

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Rowan, I found a couple of good close-up images HERE for your grille reference.

Hope this helps, and I hope your fingers aren't bleeding too much!

Cheers, D



D,
Great site. 12 years for the restoration!! Holy smokes. If I went that route, I'd be 83 when it was done.

One thing I thought that they skipped on was going with the solid steel wheels and hub caps. A proper B always had those wire wheels and knock offs.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 03:58 PM UTC
Found my '94 boxing of the MGB. Sad to report that it too has the same lousy grill as Rowan's example.
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 03:30 AM UTC

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Found my '94 boxing of the MGB. Sad to report that it too has the same lousy grill as Rowan's example.



Mark,
That really sucks. But Just follow Rowan's fix, and you should be ok.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 03:39 AM UTC
Thanks Joel, I'm glad Rowan's doing the trailblazing so I don't have too.
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 05:54 AM UTC

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Thanks Joel, I'm glad Rowan's doing the trailblazing so I don't have too.



Mark,
I'm sure that he'll love that.
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 08:40 AM UTC

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Rowan, I found a couple of good close-up images HERE for your grille reference.

Hope this helps, and I hope your fingers aren't bleeding too much!

Cheers, D



D,
Great site. 12 years for the restoration!! Holy smokes. If I went that route, I'd be 83 when it was done.

One thing I thought that they skipped on was going with the solid steel wheels and hub caps. A proper B always had those wire wheels and knock offs.

Joel



No mate. They were an option. Steelies and hubcaps were standard.
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 03:30 AM UTC

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Rowan, I found a couple of good close-up images HERE for your grille reference.

Hope this helps, and I hope your fingers aren't bleeding too much!

Cheers, D



D,
Great site. 12 years for the restoration!! Holy smokes. If I went that route, I'd be 83 when it was done.

One thing I thought that they skipped on was going with the solid steel wheels and hub caps. A proper B always had those wire wheels and knock offs.

Joel



No mate. They were an option. Steelies and hubcaps were standard.



Warren,
Once again you're 100% right. But my close group (4 of us had Bs) and all had wire wheels. The other two guys had As with the steel wheels.

If you didn't live halfway around the world, I'd be begging you for a ride.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 05:05 AM UTC

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One thing I thought that they skipped on was going with the solid steel wheels and hub caps. A proper B always had those wire wheels and knock offs.

Joel



No mate. They were an option. Steelies and hubcaps were standard.[/quote]


Both our B's had the later Rostyle wheels (MkIIs). Wire wheels and steel/rostyles weren't interchangeable - the axles were different
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 07:38 AM UTC

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Found my '94 boxing of the MGB. Sad to report that it too has the same lousy grill as Rowan's example.



Hi Mark

That is a bummer! So, I guess we know the trouble started a good many years ago. I think I've got a couple of old 1960s Airfix catalogues buried somewhere. If I can find them, it could be interesting to see what the MGB looks like (they showed built-up models if i remember rightly).

I don't know about being a trailblazer with the radiator - I'm sure many undaunted pioneers have tackled this perilous obstacle.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 08:30 PM UTC
Hi again

The gloss green has been "cooking" in my paint drier for a good few days so it should be ready to start polishing (touch wood!). I'm going to use some abrasive pads which I bought from Albion Alloys some time ago and haven't tried yet:


I'll be surprised if the first coat of green polishes up well enough to not require a second or third pass, because I've really used it as a sort of gloss "primer" to highlight problems I might have missed, but we'll see...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 08:50 PM UTC
Hi again

As I half-expected, I've already sanded right through the green levelling out some areas that had looked OK under the matt grey primer. So, I reckon 3 coats will be the minimum - but'll remember to add some Driers this time.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:20 AM UTC

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Hi again

As I half-expected, I've already sanded right through the green levelling out some areas that had looked OK under the matt grey primer. So, I reckon 3 coats will be the minimum - but'll remember to add some Driers this time.

All the best

Rowan



Hi Rowan
Same thing happened to me the other day with my nail polish painting on my build.
I used the same set as you,l found that using the pads wet as recommended that they started to break up! Now trying them dry which will cut down on their life expectancy.
Looking forward to seeing how you make out.
Richard

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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:45 AM UTC

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Hi again

As I half-expected, I've already sanded right through the green levelling out some areas that had looked OK under the matt grey primer. So, I reckon 3 coats will be the minimum - but'll remember to add some Driers this time.

All the best

Rowan



Hi Rowan
Same thing happened to me the other day with my nail polish painting on my build.
I used the same set as you,l found that using the pads wet as recommended that they started to break up! Now trying them dry which will cut down on their life expectancy.
Looking forward to seeing how you make out.
Richard




Hi Richard

Thanks for the heads-up. I haven't tried wet-sanding yet, because I knew I'd need the coarsest (3200) grit for my first pass - but now I need to wash the pad before continuing, so I hope it doesn't break-up too much...

Although I'm a little bit disappointed by having to go back a step, I can't blame the Humbrol enamel (which did dry a bit rough - but that was probably my fault). The real problem was that the matt grey primer lead me to think I'd got the surface smoother than I really had. Once I started sanding the gloss green, it instantly highlighted the irregularities.

Maybe there's a topic in itself in there... would gloss primers be useful if want to highlight potential problems rather than hide them?

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:03 PM UTC
Rowan,
Sorry to hear that you've got to back step the color coats. And yes, 3 wet coats will be more then enough.

I always wet sand the primer coat with Tamiya's 3,000 sponge wet and lightly does it.

I do use my Micro Mesh pads wet and dry, and push them way past their designed limits. But I've had my set for over 8 years, and they still seem to do the job. Sure wish I can find a auto shop that would sell me a few sheets of all the fine grades.

Joel