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how detailed do you guys get with your dashboards?


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#1 foxbat426

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:02 PM

i was wondering about painting dashboards and how detailed they can get. My first two models i simply painted them black and was done with it, but something tells me i should be giving the interior, especially the dashboard more attention - Any ideas about how you guys tackle dashboards, seats, panels etc would be appreciated. i think i need to order don yosts videos!

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:44 PM

For the guages you can use artist pencils. http://www.briansmod...als/tutorial/48 Also you can BMF the trim if any.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:47 PM

jelly ink pens and black wash..clear acrylic paint for the bezels

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:07 PM

That's an awesome tip right there. I'm so happy that Michael's is literally just across the street from me.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:18 PM

Nice tips, I can't wait to try the art pencils.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:38 PM

Th at is a really good tutorial site along with Italian Horse.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:47 PM

Depends really on what car you're building as to how crazy you want to get. Usually BMF along with some detail painting and gauge detail with either decals or PE gauges & PE gauge panels or rings. Then the clear epoxy for lenses over the gauges. You can use woodgrain decals or cigar wood/paper for some dashboard, door panel or console details. I've used pinheads for dash knobs on some cars. You can also use some small pieces of flame and/or pinstripe decals for a cool look on Rods or Customs.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:28 PM

In my experience, newer modelers often overlook the interior as something that can enhance the accuracy of a given model. This is a major oversight because dashboards, especially the older ones, can be one of the most detailed aspects of the entire kit.
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I wish I could take credit for this, but IIRC, it was done by one of the members of this board.

As others have said, study pictures of the 1:1 items and use whatever you need to emulate that look.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:05 AM

In my experience, newer modelers often overlook the interior as something that can enhance the accuracy of a given model. This is a major oversight because dashboards, especially the older ones, can be one of the most detailed aspects of the entire kit.
Attached File  62bonnevilledash2.jpg   160.15KB   94 downloads
I wish I could take credit for this, but IIRC, it was done by one of the members of this board.

As others have said, study pictures of the 1:1 items and use whatever you need to emulate that look.


Wow. That is beautiful.

Here's the dash from my 66 Beetle.

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#10 cobraman

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:39 PM

I like to drill out the guages and put photos of gauges in from the back. I then use Krystol Klear ( spelling ?) to simulate the glass (plastic ) cover. You can then cut narrow pieces of aluminum tubing to use as the trim around the guage. Lots of work but if your doing an open car it is worth the work.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:15 AM

how do you cut thin strips of tubing?



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:21 AM

It depends on the model and how visibile the finished dash is.  I will always do something like bare metal foil, instrument work and perhaps some PE.  But, I usually concentrate detail in the most visible areas.



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 05:15 AM

Cutting thin strips of aluminum tube for the bezels. Use a sharp exacto blade, and roll the tube under the blade.  Then use a flat file to clean up edges.