1950 Chevy Pickup - A Detail Freak's Dream Truck!
Posted 05 September 2012 - 07:11 AM
Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:31 AM
One tip I picked up along the way was to back handmade taillights with the foil found inside a pack of cigarettes...the stuff with the embossed pattern like Winstons or Marlboro use have a real good look. It adds a nice level of dimension, kind of like the diffusing pattern cast into factory 1:1 lamps. If you haven't stuck 'em in for good yet, give it a look!
Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:51 PM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 06:53 PM
Edited by customsrus, 07 September 2012 - 06:54 PM.
Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:15 AM
Posted 09 September 2012 - 08:40 AM
OK, we're back at it, I tried the foil trick on the tail lights, and let me tell ya, it's beautiful! John, this may just change your mind, we'll see! I've got enough foil on hand now to last me for a few hundred models, it works that well! I also got the final piece installed on the wood bed, and received my PE radio face from Rick over on Scale Avenue, so we've got some progress to show ya!
I sprayed some Craft Bond on the foil, placed the tail lights on the foil, and let it dry...
One hour later, we have beautiful tail lights!
The back end piece on the bed, now to get the tail gate cleared so I can assemble the bed!
Notice how it's higher on the ends than the middle? Yup, the wooden bed is slightly warped!
And the PE radio face that Rick sent me, gotta get some paint on this baby!
I painted the radio Semi-Gloss Black, removed the excess paint, and added some Tamiya Clear Green to the display area, I may go back and redo that, we'll see. I measured off the dash and centered the radio...
I cut a notch in my my piece of dash pad/leather for the radio, and attached it to the dash, then set the gauge inlay into it's home...
Then the PE face for the gauges was added...
A bit of Black wash...
And finally the Detail Master Krome Foil strip, a straight pin for the glove box lock, and a drop of Testors Clear Parts cement was added to each gauge!
Edited by Custom Mike, 05 May 2013 - 09:38 AM.
Posted 09 September 2012 - 06:06 PM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 08:55 AM
That dash pad looks like it belongs there (I knew you could pull it off ).
The P.E. parts and the subtle wash really make the dash details pop. I can't wait to see more.
Posted 10 September 2012 - 04:06 PM
Nice job on the dash, and glad to see the foil trick worked out well for ya. Funny what the simplest stuff can do, eh?
Christopher, you and a friend over on Scale Avenue both suggested the same thing, so I checked it out, and I'm glad I did, it looks incredibly good in person!
Wow, that foil really did the trick. What brand are you smoking?
Johann, I'm smoking Pall Malls right now, but I'm willing to bet any brand's foil would do the trick. Thanks for all the comps guys, now I've gotta get back to it, this baby won't build itself!
Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:33 PM
Johann, those are my pins, i had to buy my own so she wouldn't kill me for using so many!
I've got a small update tonight. First up, I re-did my rear brake lines to be more accurate, and to keep Alyn from coming over here and whacking me over the head because they were wrong. The brake lines now go over the axle like normal brake lines, I'll add a bit of black insulation from some 22 gauge wire when they are glued in place to represent the flexible parts.
Now onto a bit of work on the bed. I looked at the reference pics I have of the chains for the tailgate, and found there's really no way to attach the chains in the same way on the model version, so I came up with a way to do it. I bent up some small pieces of 26 gauge wire, trimmed them into tiny "u" shapes, drilled a pair of holes in the bed sides, cut some pieces of chain, and carefully glued the u-shapes into place. As soon as the Clear cures on the tailgate, I'll find a way to attach the chain to it and get the bed completed!
Measure? Nah, I'll just eyeball the holes and hope I get lucky as usual!
One of the 26 gauge u-shapes undergoing a test-fitting, it actually worked!
Here's the chain I'm going to be using, it's from the model Railroad section of Hayes Hobby House, along with two pieces of heat-shrink tubing, I'm still not sure which one I'll be using to cover the chain.
Here's the chain and u-shape next to an X-Acto blade just to show you how small these pieces actually are!
And the chain in place on the sides of the bed, it looks pretty good for not being 100% accurate!
Edited by Custom Mike, 05 May 2013 - 09:41 AM.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 01:57 AM
Posted 13 September 2012 - 02:22 PM
I find these details just amazing. Did you glue the wire - oops - brake line to the rear end or is it formed just right so it lays there?
Right now it's just formed so it lays there, but I have some thin brass sheet that I'm going to try to make some straps out of, we'll see how successful I am with that, they're gonna be really tiny!
Posted 13 September 2012 - 03:24 PM
Posted 13 September 2012 - 04:36 PM
Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:14 PM
OR, that's just my way of saying that this thing just that realistic looking. You are doing one heck of a job here! I've noticed that there are quite a few interesting trucks in progress or recently finished and I think this one takes the cake.
Edited by Skydime, 17 September 2012 - 06:15 PM.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:42 PM