Building a replica of my gf's '79 El Camino for an Xmas gift...
Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:46 AM
And these are reference pictures of what I need to replicate:
Rear window decals (flaming bowtie and a Cherry Bomb decal on the driver's side)
Custom gauge cluster in the console blank
Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:53 AM
Vacuum and tach gauge pods and door speakers
350 engine with Edelbrock air cleaner and valve covers, chrome valve cover breather and yellow spark plug wires
Hood pins with real chinsey transparent green wire
Edited by brodie_83, 08 November 2011 - 10:53 AM.
Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:56 AM
The El Camino kit came with the correct hood decal, just the wrong color, as well as the wrong "Knight" package. Her decal set is for a "Royal Knight", and the kit's decal set is a "Black Knight"...the same hood decal, but nothing else is the same.
I bought the Testors decal maker kit (yeah I know, there's much better stuff...I'm gonna try it out) and scan the decal sheet, make my own colored decals and print them out.
I also bought a can of "Bahama Blue" Duplicolor paint, which I believe is the color of her car. If it's not, it's ###### close.
So today I will start on the project and I'll have progress updated sometime later today. Stay tuned!
Posted 08 November 2011 - 10:58 AM
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Posted 08 November 2011 - 11:41 AM
The decal in the kit just looks like it just needs to be red where the gold is. You can do this in photo editing software after scanning it. Other decals you just have to get a good straight on camera shot and size correctly. It might be even easier for the hood to get a straight down photo (like from a bridge) and use that. You don't even have to trim it too close if you have a good natch on the paint. Do a few copies of the decals when printing as ink jet ink is a little transparent ans you might need to apply 2 decals on top of each other.
Edited by Foxer, 08 November 2011 - 11:45 AM.
Posted 08 November 2011 - 12:35 PM
Posted 08 November 2011 - 02:29 PM
Well tonight's progress is pretty good...my first black wash "weathering" job on the engine. Turned out pretty good for my first time, but I think I did a tad too much black. Oh well...at least I have to make the intake manifold a little bit more brighter than it is now. The valve covers (I only did one tonight) are resin Edelbrocks that I bought from the Parts Box in Australia. I bought them for building a replica of my 1:1 Trans Am that I got rid of this late summer, but I think Laura will appreciate the detail I put into this, especially the Edelbrock covers. I don't have Alclad or whatever to make them chrome, so I just used my aluminum buffing metalizer. I rubbed a little too hard and went down to the bare resin, but that just made for a better effect when I black washed them. Granted, they look more like dirty polished aluminum than dirty chrome, but it can't be perfect.
Freshly painted block/heads
Ready for the aluminum buffing metalizer
Freshly painted intake manifold
Intake manifold installed and just about ready for black washing
Posted 08 November 2011 - 02:32 PM
Like I said, the intake manifold got a little too dark with the black wash, so I'll have to do it over again with a little less black and more water. All in all, not too shabby. Tomorrow I'll have the other valve cover installed, re-wash the intake manifold, paint and install accessories on engine, and paint transmission.
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Posted 09 November 2011 - 01:56 PM
I got good results printing some practice decals on paper, but when I printed on the decal paper, the quality sucked! The black was all blotchy, so I think I'm just gonna cover the paper prints with tape and just glue them on the car. Should work fine. I've used this method for license plates in the past when I was a kid. Anyways, I should get downstairs and get back to work on it. Oh yeah, my dehydrator came in today so I picked it up. Now I just have to wait till I'm at the body painting process to try it out.
Posted 09 November 2011 - 04:01 PM
Your engine weathering looks good.
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