I had a busy week, but gave the pearl body some more coats of pearl white yesterday and a light coat of clear today to level it out nicely:
Now these I'm REALLY excited about! It took some time and effort to come together... My buddy who runs the local hobbyshop hooked me up with a contact who could print a couple of custom decals for me on a decal machine...and a couple of weeks later I have my own decals! I only have 2 of the logo though, so I had to be careful applying them (especially as I'm not super experienced with decals).
Here goes nothing!
Don't mind those holes in the trunklid - lights will cover them when this is done.
I tore this one, but managed to line it up ok I think...
With some luck I'll have some time tomorrow to gently mist some clear on them, let it set up 24 hours or so and then lay down some gloss coats. More soon!
Got some assembly done on the chassis today - got the shocks and brake lines in place for good:
Got the brakes and hubs on - and got it on it's wheels!
It's starting to look like a thing now! There's still some stuff to do on the chassis (the radiator, mount the brake master cylinder, get the engine assembled for good and mounted in place) but in the meantime I laid down abotu 15 thin coats of Tamiya white primer to cover the olive green plastic:
Just a little update - I've not had much chance to get any painting done but I spent a while on the multi-piece body today getting that assembled. It was kind of a PITA - there's no easy way to hold the pieces together as you glue them and it's easy to get them askew, so I carefully tacked them together with a little cement and got it as straight as I could using a cutting mat and a set square to make sure it was about right and then used some more glue to hold it together. It's starting to look like a Jeep now!
Meanwhile, I ordered the new Revell GMC truck kit to steal the snowplow from:
Looks like it'll work!
And I started fabricating some Showrod Snow Shoes to put in the bed of this thing - they still need some clean up and to find some mesh or gauze, but I thought they'd be a fun little detail to add!
I'm going to go with a Wicked Colors Pearl White for the body, and I found a build on here (before Photobucket hijacked all the pictures) that had some cool custom decals on so I'm going to try and copy them from the pics and create a little tribute of sorts - glad I saved the picture for inspiration! More soon!
Slow but steady progress - not had much time to work on this today, but got a bit done. First up I researched how the plumbing works for the brakes on these and found a diagram:
And made some simple lines from some craft wire that I've got here:
I ran out though, so I'll finish those off another day - or find some material to make rubber hoses running up into splitters from the master cylinder.
Next up, I wanted to do some foil work on the interior tub
Nothing too fancy - the bed in particular isn't too important because there'll be some stuff in there, but I wanted a little bit of visual interest in there
And with that done, I removed all but the gaiter from the stock gear levers (note, there's two on these jeeps - the second one is to swap between high and low range gears) and modified them my resin cast skulls and glued in place
Meanwhile, I've cleaned up the resin bomber seats that I got and got them ready for Alclading - I've got a TONNE of Alclad to do actually, I've been preparing and collecting bits for a few days now so I can shoot them all at once. More progress soon!
It's funny - before clearcoat it looked like that blue color that you see on Subarus quite often - the rally color that they like to run with the gold wheels. But with clear over it it darked right up to the kind of shade I was hoping for - which really makes the pearl flip/flop work well and makes the sparkles really shine. Speaking of which, got the frame and chassis clearcoated:
And now, having filled some little imperfections in the resin tyres with some filler they're ready for some Tamiya Rubber Black acrylic:
More soon! Can't wait to start getting the engine assembled now that the clear has set!