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I applied more weathering and started on the exterior hose placement, More weathering to follow.IMG_7382.thumb.JPG.f2693fd864e417168146126030d37cd3.JPGIMG_7383.thumb.JPG.12a81ed1370882c6a37086bc49a652c7.JPGIMG_7387.thumb.JPG.4cae3ca476c659b13e31de5d15a6cf8f.JPGIMG_7384.thumb.JPG.b623e9cb796177057245035b0621969f.JPGIMG_7385.thumb.JPG.08d1fc5853561d623d5718aa322e8da1.JPGIMG_7386.thumb.JPG.618baafd86041ddcf420e9129054b904.JPG

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It looks like something from Heavy Metal magazine!

David G.

 

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I thought the front window was too tall. I needed something to reduce it's overall size. I made a visor out of a semi truck rear fender. All my cars seem to have visors....it's a common theme. This VW really needed it.

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I added headlight assemblies to the screw mounts under the fender.

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I believe that I got the rear window louvers from a Hemi-Cuda model that I've been stealing parts off of for years. I shortened them to fit the rear window. I made little hinges so that you could still take a peek at the turbines.

I added metal straps to stabilize the 2 side intakes.

I think I'll paint the headlight shrouds white.

 

 

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Brilliant! I love this thing. Lots of cool mechanical details, but they're sympathetic to the shape and feel of the original Beetle. The weathered paint really suits it...is that the hairspray technique?

 

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I agree brilliantly designed and executed.

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This is a really fun project to watch! Love the direction your're headed, excited to see more. Great job on the weathering, fits the car/craft perfectly!

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19 hours ago, Spex84 said:

Brilliant! I love this thing. Lots of cool mechanical details, but they're sympathetic to the shape and feel of the original Beetle. The weathered paint really suits it...is that the hairspray technique?

 

I've tried the hairspray technique a few times with no luck. I even tried it on this model, but ended up repainting it. 

What I've done on my last few models is to start with a  few coats of rust colored enamel primer. I'll then airbrush different shades of rust over that. I'll use light colored rust on the parts that would see the most sun. I use a dark rust for the lower areas. Then a few coats of Dullcoat to protect the rust colored paint.

Then I airbrush grey acrylic over the rust/Dullcoat. This layer would be the "factory" primer from the auto manufacturer. You could sip this step, but I think it adds realism. It also adds a good buffer between the rust and the body color.

Last step is to spray the body color over the gray. After it's dry, start sanding and chipping the acrylic away. The acrylic chips away with a X-acto blade pretty easy. The Dullcoat should provide a barrier for the rust paint. Just don't sand through the Dullcoat.

 

Thanks for the comments guys!!!!

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looking better with every new post ! The new straps add weight to the top and draw to viewers eye to the roof area thus balancing the design IMO.

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