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Been a while since I worked on any 3d prints but got around to painting two 1918 Pierce Arrow flatbed trucks. 

So far, I've got the base color coats applied and the last week I've started the detail painting. 

This one has open hood sides so I had to model a motor on the frame. By far the most ambitious painting project I've ever subjected myself to. 

Here is where I am at on the frame painting. The cab and bed are an off-white base coat and the wheels have yellow spokes. 

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The second version has closed hood sides so no motor painting required. It has a light green base coat on the cab and wheel spokes and the frame is black - much simpler to paint but no pictures yet. 

I'll add various pics as I progress through the painting of both.

Mike 

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My God! That's tiny!  Is that a toothpick?

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17 hours ago, Jim B said:

My God! That's tiny!  Is that a toothpick?

Yes Jim, that's a genuine, full size round toothpick. Kind of looks like a tree trunk in these closeups, lol.

Here's the rest of the parts, each on its own toothpick. They make great handles during the prep and paint stages.

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Mike 

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No additional painting but I decided to make my reference dime look like it's packaged for shipping back east. Just some strips of N-scale 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 lumber, along with "fine" EZ-LINE for the bracing (tan in color). 

Now when I set my dime into a scene it will actually look like it belongs there.

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Mike 

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Jumping around a bit, I decided to tackle the wood deck on both trucks. Here is the first coat to be followed by multiple washes and some wood grain towards the end. I will post a picture as I complete each step. 

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Mike 

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 You have more patience than i do, i get frustrated detailing 1/25.  Can't wait to see

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First application of wash. Four different colors, depending on the board. 

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This is after applying the second round of washes, all different colors from the first round and, again, color is dependent on the particular board. 

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Next up is adding representation of wood grain. Like the washes, there will be four different colors used, depending on the board. 

Mike 

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I added the woodgrain highlights using four different colors, depending on the board. Unfortunately I went right to the next step which is an overall wash to blend everything together so I didn't get a picture. This picture shows the state after the final wash. 

Last thing to do to finish the woodwork is touch up the truck base color around the perimeter of the bed. I might add some distinct stain patches here and there. 

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Got the first bit of paint on the cabs - more to come...

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Got some paint on the lights, cab floor, pedals, steering column and several emblems on the cab sides. Also painted the radiator caps brass.

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1 hour ago, mecklm said:

Got some paint on the lights, cab floor, pedals, steering column and several emblems on the cab sides. Also painted the radiator caps brass.

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Mike 

How do you paint something this small? It looks fantastic!

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I finished the detail painting, consisting of the seats and tires. I ran into a problem with the seats in that none of my paint brushes had a small enough ferrule to get under the steering column and wheel. What I ended up doing was whittling down two different tan colored pencils and using them in a scraping fashion to get color on all faces of the seat.

All the parts were then given a wash - gray for the white, green and yellow items; dark gray for the red items and pure black for the "black" frame. 

After the washes dried, I dry brushed all parts with a lightened version of their base color. When this set, I dry brushed the high points and edges with pure white. 

In honor of Harry P., I gave the motor in the red frame a wash of Future tinted with some black. 

Next step is removing the parts from their toothpicks and touching up those spots. Then comes final assembly. 

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 Awesome work ! Please tell me that you use a magnifying glass or something to help you see the parts !

 

 

  Be Well

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First time fit of cabs and beds on the frames. Clearance is a little tight for the radiators to seat fully in the frame. On the white truck the front locating tabs for the bed must still have some remnants of super glue on them as they don't fully seat either. I wanted to make sure the fit is taken care of before I attempt to mount the fenders and running boards. 

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Mike 

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Better late than never, I finally found a way to get the running boards and fenders attached. Thought I'd close out this post with some finished pics. 

I knew going into this that posting these builds was a stretch on this forum and I've since found a more appropriate group on Facebook. If anyone wants to see future builds you can find them in the group "N Scale Vehicles and Trucks".

Thanks to all for following along and I truly hope you got some enjoyment out of these builds. 

Take care, 

Mike 

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Moved

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Awesome work, seriously amazing details on such a small scale 

The wood deck really looks aged like how you captured the separate boards 

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