Geeti added a topic in On The Workbench1992 Chevy Caprice 'Lead Sled'Hi All,
I don’t post much but just got back into the hobby a couple years back (after a 30 year hiatus! ). I like browsing the forums here because they inspire & educate along the way. I thank you all for that. So I’ve tried to apply some of those tips & techniques into this current project.
Here’s my take on the 1992 Caprice Taxi / Fire Chief car with a twist. I’ve always thought these Caprice’s could lend themselves to the old Lead Sled / Kustom look from the ‘50’s. After I came across this Revell SnapTite kit at a swap meet & thought I’d give it a try! (Easier & cheaper than doing a real car !!! )
Features I wanted for the ‘look’ was low suspension, fender skirts, wide whites w/ retro hub caps & shiny paint.
(And...since I wanted to keep this achievable & the stress level low, I figured on a simple curb side build, (the engine & suspension can be left to your imagination!)
(Please excuse my messy work bench (it just means I’m working!
For the fender skirts, I made them from some 1” diameter styrene tubing; Cut out & sanded edge to match that weird Chevy fender shape & glued in place….
Using a mix of styrene sprue &/or the superglue & baking soda method, I filled all the extra holes that I didn’t need & shaved the door handles….
I took a progress shot; First prime ended coming out (dry) & bumpy, (I ended up sanding most of it off...). Those wheels & tires are from an old ‘58 Impala I had in my parts bin….
more sanding & smoothing…
headlights & grille set in to test
Warning, these next photos are not for the squeamish or perfectionists! Here’s a shot of the lowered suspension!
(A little chop, heat & bend (FIRE!) on the left side)
(nip & tuck & cut the inner fenders away!)
(but hey, No one will see it when it's on the ground...Let’s just say it’s on airbag suspension, ok? It Needs to be low )
Paint has always been my biggest challenge & I wanted to try something a little different by using an airbrush w/ nail polish (ugh!)...but I marched forward.
First I sprayed some Walmart gloss black (which looked pretty good as is…
But I didn’t want to stop there, because I found this neat blue-to-purple color-flip Nail polish at the Dollar Store. I figured I'd try out the airbrush technique. Even after playing with the thinner ratios, it still went on dry & flat looking…
(before a light sanding with 800 grit)
But after some clear coat (& more sanding & more clear coat!) it started to look nicer…
& another coat (or 2) of clear. You can see the purple color flip come out where the edges roll away from the sides (C-pillar area, etc.)
(always gotta do a mockup to keep me inspired ) ...Still need to repaint those white walls.
Interior is just white acrylic & painted accents (I did smooth the dash top & spray it body color)...
and since my son lost the decal sheet that had the gauges on it ...I figured I’d improvise a bit.
I searched Google for a suitable images of a gauge panel (& retro heater controls and radio). Then saved these JPGs to my computer, Scaled them to size using a free graphics program (Inkscape). Then printed on photo paper & used white glue to keep them in place.
Not finished yet, (as I need to smooth out the steering wheel paint), but I think the glued on pictures look pretty convincing.
Here's another trick, I didn't want to use the column shifter, so I made a tall floor shift lever. I used a sewing needle glued onto a styrene base 'boot'. For the shift knob, I wanted to try out a technique, so I dipped the end of the shift lever (needle) into some UV set resin. Let the drop set up in the sunlight for a minute, then re-dipped (for a larger “ball”.
Colored it with a purple sharpie (then dipped into some Future floor shine for extra gloss) & ta da! Custom translucent purple resin shift knob…! (not perfect, but not bad for ~10 minutes worth of work )
Now onto the Bare Metal Foil for the window trim, something I haven’t attempted until now. Since my (many) clear coats had filled in the molded in trim line, I was a little concerned about trimming it to a consistent width. Here’s a tool I made to score the BMF trim to a constant width. You can see I superglued (& use baking soda for reinforcement / quick set) an X-acto blade to a round tooth pick.
(and by positioning the blade along the length of the tapered end, you can set the width of the cut line. Position closer to the tip, the trim would be wider / closer to the shaft, the trim cut would be narrower.)
Carefully position the blade tip to the foil & the toothpick to the inside window opening then drag around the perimeter of the opening(s) here it is in a posed “action” shot to show technique.
(I had to connect the straight cuts between the windows, but the edge cuts turned out pretty well. Still need to smooth out some of the areas.
That’s where I’m at now, more to come
Thanks for looking
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Geeti added a topic in On The Workbench1/24 scale 1966 VW BeetleHi all,
This is my first post here on the scale model forums. I’ve been getting back into the model building hobby after a few years absence (~30 year hiatus ) Since the last bug model I build back in the mid- 80s, I decided to give the Tamiya '66 Beetle a try (lowered, just because )
It’s not perfect, but it was a fun little project.
Here are some pictures.
Me & paint still don't get along too well! It’s rustolem Garnet Red (the can I had was having spray problems ! !! ). I coated that with some Pledge Floor Wax w/ Future shine over it.
Tamiya’s licence plates appear too big, so I filed 'em down
[ Side notes: other things that I couldn't 'fix' from the Tamiya kit: this kit appears to be an adaptation of a Right Hand Drive Beetle, the wipers are 'parked' on the wrong side of the car (internet pix of real LHD cars don't lie ) & the mirrors are on the wrong side (the round mirror represents a LHD drivers side mirror!)....this bugged me a bit, so I just used the pear shaped one as a drivers side & chopped the passenger side mirror off...'cuz I couldn't correct it.! ]
Interior coloring is incorrect (should be a black steering wheel, etc.), but I was playing with mixing acrylic paints to come up with these colors.
Since the paint on the roof didn't come out as nice as I would have hoped, I decided to make a roof rack to 'cover it up'. . I tried to copy the rack on my real bug. I drew it up in CAD and printed the 'plans' out at 1/24 scale.
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