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#21 Modelbuilder Mark

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:02 PM

Ash Wipers! Gotta love it. Now just imagine Sean Connery saying it. :lol:


Would be funny to hear it for sure. Hard not to try and imagine it now! LOL

If Mike can't successfully remove those taillights in tact, I have a thought. If these have taillight panels similar to the AMT Dirty Donnie Chevy, there is an easy solution. Foil the indentions and use clear red on acetate or any other spare flat clear plastic.


Ended up doing something similar. Foiled then flowed in tinted resin. Only, I forgot the back up lights.:-(

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:21 PM

OK, got her done.Simple curbside, no wiring etc. Posted Image

She burns a little oil so he just picked up a case on the way home.

old rag, cassette, and a photo etch Dodge key in the interior finish off the inside.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:53 PM

Heheh, very cool, Mark. I had a '76 Dodge van for several years (and it was my Dads before me, for ages), so I've got a soft spot for them. Sure wish they hadn't goobered up the tooling for this kit, though! I trashed two of the older tool bodies in an attempt to make mine early on in my return to modeling. It was a lwb with the extended rear, so I tried to stretch it to match. Can't find it now, so it must have been pretty bad. :P One of these days I'll take another stab at it. At least now I know how to do it with just one body. :D

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:04 AM

cool, but with mine being the Dodge, not sure they would be convertible anyway.


A Dodge? ehhehe .. guess I wasn't looking close enough .. all these van look the same! :lol:

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:06 AM

That came out fantastic! The tail lights are pretty fine looking ... :)

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:11 AM

Great job, I like it a lot.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:11 PM

Thanks guys, I really appreciate it.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 08:36 AM

I love the subtle weathering; very realistic. Please explain how you did the writing in the dust on the windshield.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:17 AM

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say wee little tiny finger. :P

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:47 AM

The washing look real! Like it.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 04:56 PM

I love the subtle weathering; very realistic. Please explain how you did the writing in the dust on the windshield.


Thanks Johann, after the bulk of the weathering, I went back over most of the vehicle with Vallejo pigments using a cotton swap, with the tape in place for the wiper blades. Then, I took a fresh cotton swab and pulled the "dust" down to where I liked it. (wished I had used a darker color as a side note)
After I pulled it down into place, I misted the windshield with alcohol to set the pigment in place. It is not rock hard, but will not come off with light touches.
At that point, I simply used a tooth pick that I dulled the tip a bit, and did my best to not mess it up too bad! LOL

Glu,Funny!

Thanks Dominik!

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 09:04 AM

Thanks for the step-by-step, Mark. I didn't expect it to be that simple; pigments, alcohol, and find someone with a wee tiny finger. Got it.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:36 PM

A fellow modelcarlist.com guy made these decals for me around 2003, and they just got placed on their intended truck this year.

Originally intended to be more of a street machine than a weathered work truck, this is how it ended up. Curbside for the most part, but the engine is there. This was build from the poor Emergency 911 kit.
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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:43 PM

Followed the buildup on this, and love the end result. Came out great!

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:07 PM

Great weathering. Cool subject.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 01:44 AM

Very realistic! The windshield really adds to it.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:14 AM

Great looking weathering job Mark! I've just begun to weather some builds. Looking at a build like this, I know I've still got a ton of learning to do. Well done!

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:21 AM

Very nice job.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:57 AM

UMMMmMmMm-don't know where to start ! I GIVE THAT TWO THUMB'S UP!!!

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 04:30 AM

LOOKS GREAT!!!

Nice Weathering & Detailing... :)