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In Topic: Revell Chevy Silverado - Crew cab & 4WD conversion

18 November 2013 - 04:44 PM

Thanks guys!  I'm glad you are enjoying the build.  I'm having a lot of fun with it too.

In Topic: Revell Chevy Silverado - Crew cab & 4WD conversion

18 November 2013 - 02:29 PM

I think it did also.   :)


 It wasn't hard to do on this kit either. Just took a course sanding stick and sanded down the back of the grill. I held it up to a light and checked periodically to see how thin it was getting. Once I broke through, I trimmed the flash with an exacto knife.



In Topic: Revell Chevy Silverado - Crew cab & 4WD conversion

18 November 2013 - 12:16 PM

Wow, I can't believe it's been more than a month since I last worked on this kit. Well, at least I think I've made some good progress in the last few days.

Did some detailing on the grill. Added a parts box winch and some tow hooks (made from wire).






I mounted the engine and exhaust on the completed chassis, and decided it is finally time to start some weathering.

First, I mixed up some cheap craft paint. I used about five shades of browns and tans. To thin it, I poured some Liquitex Airbrush medium into a small cup about 60% full. I then took a craft stick and added a small amount of craft paint to the mix until I got it about the consistency of 2% milk. I fine tuned the mixture with Testors Acryl universal thinner until it was thin enough to airbrush.

I wouldn't want to use this as a primary paint, but for weathering I think it works very nicely. One of the common complaints about craft paint is that it isn't very durable on plastic. For weathering I think that is actually a benefit. Mud and dirt are not durable either. They are easily wiped or washed off, so the the weathering will get rubbed off on some of the high spots from handling, it actually makes it look more realistic. You can make it more durable by mixing in some Future and Tamiya X-21 flattening agent (to balance out the glossiness the Future will add) .

This mixture will keep pretty well too. I used some that I mixed a month ago.




With the paint ready, I broke out some salt. I'm using both course and find salt mixed together in a small cup.




I used a small pump spray bottle (I found you can also use your airbrush) to liberally spray water over the parts and generously sprinkled some salt around randomly. Set this aside to dry overnight (or at least a few hours if it is a dry day).



Once the water dried, I airbrushed some dark brown randomly around (check some reference pictures of real vehicles). You only need to let the paint dry about 30min to an hour and then you can wet it and put on another layer of salt. The next day hit it with your next color. Each time I went to the next lighter shade, until after five times, I was at a light tan. About the third coat, I wiped off most of the salt because it was building up quite a bit. then I wet it again and added a fresh layer of salt on. Maybe this gave me a more random pattern and gave the lighter tans more coverage.

Finally, after the last coat of tan dried, I took a stiff toothbrush, and scrubbed off the salt. I rinsed the assemblies under warm water in the sink and scrubbed some more to get the stubborn salt off.  You will wipe off some of the paint, but I think it adds to the effect.







In Topic: Revell Chevy Silverado - Crew cab & 4WD conversion

14 October 2013 - 01:52 AM

Doh!  :o


 Thanks for the heads up! I'm glad you caught that. I should have checked my references more carefully before making that assumption.  Luckily It's not too late to fix it.  (It's ironic because I actually use RainX orange washer fluid in my car, and almost went with that, but then thought blue looked more normal)


Thanks for the offer of reference photos. I actually found a lot of good photos of these trucks on the web, so I don't want to put you through the trouble. If I get stuck on something I'll shoot you a PM though.

In Topic: Jacked up cars or street machines you guys drove in the '70s...

13 October 2013 - 06:43 AM

Actually yes. I have quite a few builds planned for cars in this genre.  These were the cars that my older brothers and friends had when I was a kid.  I've always liked these styles. (most not all).


 Thanks for that link!   B)



 I love this Nova picture on that site.  Reminds me of me as a kid. I always loved cars.