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On 10/27/2020 at 10:28 PM, stitchdup said:

Very fine work, the bed floor is a fun detail to have

Thank you sir!

On 10/27/2020 at 10:29 PM, Steve H said:

Jim, once again you are crushing it!... actually, I guess you’re rusting it. Anyway, your WIP’s are educational, entertaining, and all round fun. I have learned a ton watching these. Definitely going to try out the salt on my next weathered build. One question, do they look at you funny at the local grocery store when you keep coming back to buy more salt?🧂🧂🧂😜

seriously though, amazing work.

Cheers, Steve

Haha!  Thanks buddy!  Funny you say that - I had to run to the Dollar Tree to get more salt because my wife was sick of wondering where the salt was.  Got some of my own, and some other model-related junk whilst I was there...and some weird bootleg stickers 😂

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Should have enough salt for a few more weeks of weathering now anyway...won’t be needing those polishing clothes for this one though, I don’t think...

On 10/28/2020 at 8:07 AM, espo said:

Great looking frame, I like how you show where it bottomed out on the transmission support.  

Thanks buddy!  I’ll detail the frame up some more when I start adding parts to it, but it’s a start anyway...

12 hours ago, Jonathan said:

Man, oh man!  This is the coolest thing I've seen in a while!

Thank you! ❤️
 

12 hours ago, Paul Payne said:

This is a really good tutorial- love the way this truck is looking! How about a patch panel or two? Maybe an old license plate?

Ohh, that’s a cool idea!  I should try and think of where to utilise that somehow on this (or stash the idea away for the next one...)

 

Having a busy week but trying to keep rolling on this one...shot the engine parts with a loose approximation of an early Ford green, mixed with Testors enamels:

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I figure if ONE PART on this old hot-rod shop truck should look like it didn’t sit in a field for the last 40 years it should be the engine, so this will be slightly better looking than some of the other parts...more on that once the paint has dried and I’ve found some good Flathead reference pics...

Back to the world of dirt and grime, worked on a toolbox for the bed the last couple of nights - used a mix of salt and some Italian herbs for the rust pattern on this one, for some variety...

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Same tricks as before on the box - shot it with some thinned red this time, then added some decals and made a little metal latch from some photoetched bits:

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Of course, this seemingly simple mini-project means I need to fill it with a bunch of tools and junk now 😫🤪

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Some of the decals I used looked too new, so to get that weathered yellowing sticker look I brushed them with some yellow watercolor paint...looks cool in the bed anyway!

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And yes, I put an out-of-scale fingerprint in the pastels I’d just laid down when I was photographing this - guess I’ll be giving that some more attention tomorrow.  Good thing this is fun!

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More soon!!

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Maybe salt is not good for our health but this build is good for the soul... and as if that wasn't enough, herbs are now part of the recipe... Colonel Jim's secret recipe... good at licking my computer screen!!! 👌

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Enjoying watching this come together and a thought occured to me, patina by kfc (11 herbs and spices)

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On 10/30/2020 at 10:54 AM, Tom Geiger said:

The way city contracts go, those planks probably cost a grand apiece! 😝

HAHA!  That’s VERY possible 😂

19 hours ago, AmericanMuscleFan said:

Maybe salt is not good for our health but this build is good for the soul... and as if that wasn't enough, herbs are now part of the recipe... Colonel Jim's secret recipe... good at licking my computer screen!!! 👌

It’s Styrene Rustin’ Good! 🤪😂

10 hours ago, stitchdup said:

Enjoying watching this come together and a thought occured to me, patina by kfc (11 herbs and spices)

I’d better worsh up! 🐓😂

5 hours ago, Mattilacken said:

Incredible..... just incredible! 

Thank you sir!

 

A little progress so far this weekend - getting to some of the mechanical bits now so I can get the frame together.  The built-up kit I’m using as a basis for this build had a rear axle, so I cleaned that up, added some rural looking welds where it had been repaired at some point and got it in a semigloss black as a starting point for some weathering:

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I reasoned that, being as this is meant to be a working hot-rod-shop-truck it’s cool to have those patina’d body panels and some running repairs but mechanically it needs to be pretty sound...weathered, but not looking like it would break down all the time.  Who’s gonna trust a rod shop with a broken down truck? 🤪. So, no rust on these parts but maybe a little dust and dirt from being out on the mean streets of Brooklyn...

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Used some brown and grey pastels to add some weathering and added a little leak from the drain plug that will need some attention next time this thing is on a ramp.  Hey, it’s an old car - they like leaving some little drips everywhere, right?

Next up, added cables for the parking brake and some rubber brake lines, plus some nice new shiny bolts where they’ve had to drill the old ones out to do some maintainance:

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Looks in-keeping with the rest of the frame I think:

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Got some detail painting to do on the engine, but in the meantime I’ll probably tackle the front axle...more soon!

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A little more aging and weathering - have been prepping and priming a bunch of parts that I hadn’t handled yet, so haven’t had much interesting progress...

Grill shell and insert:

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Gave the insert some subtle weathering over a bright silver base, and the shell itself is same tricks I’ve done on some of the other parts 

Starting to look like a truck!

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I’d been thinking of a way to achieve a cracked, almost blistered look to a paintjob and did some experimenting this week.  I was trying to get a real fine cracked look, like when paint is ABOUT to fall off but isn’t quite there yet.  I shot the underside of the floor on the truck with the usual brown base, added salt and then added a very thin coat of an enamel matt clear.  Knowing that enamels and lacquers don’t play nice together I then shot a bunch of light mist coats of black over the whole thing, and got a real fine cracking of the top coat that I could then weather over:

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Really pleased with the extra texture this added - will definitely be developing that trick for future projects.

And, seeing as this thing won’t be a complete pile I’ve been slowly detail painting some of the moulded-in bits on the engine, along with some nice clean seats - because I don’t like sitting in dirty old seats, even when I’ve had dirty old cars 🤪

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More soon!

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This thread will be a weathering reference for years to come! Great work so far, and as usual, can't wait for more!

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On 11/5/2020 at 11:04 AM, Paul Payne said:

This thread will be a weathering reference for years to come! Great work so far, and as usual, can't wait for more!

Thanks buddy!  I’m just learning this stuff, but it’s fun!

 

A little more progress today - got the headlamps all weathered (ruined) and ready to install...

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Couldn’t find a matching pair in the shop I guess, had to put a white one on the one side 🤪

Weathered the chrome bits separately to help the pieced-together look:

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Used some washes on the lenses too to age the glass a little:

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Excited to see them on there once the Future I used for the clear parts dries...

Did a little work on the frame too, starting to piece that together:

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You can see the nice clean newly-refurbished Flattie in the background there ready to drop in once I’ve painted the last few parts for that...it’s starting to look like a thing though! 😍

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More soon!  

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Looking epic! Cool technique with the mix of paints to get a Serrano result! 

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We learn something every day... I didn't know styrene could rust but you proved it to us all.  The rust has never looked better... Masterpiece!!! ❤️

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17 hours ago, Mattilacken said:

Looking epic! Cool technique with the mix of paints to get a Serrano result! 

Thank you!!! 

13 hours ago, Quiet Eric said:

Starting to remind me of Neal Jennings shop tuck

Aww man, that’s gorgeous!  Some lovely little details on that one! 😍

9 hours ago, AmericanMuscleFan said:

We learn something every day... I didn't know styrene could rust but you proved it to us all.  The rust has never looked better... Masterpiece!!! ❤️

I can’t claim to be a master, but I appreciate the kind words as always!  Thank you!

 

A little more benchtime on this one this weekend...actually had less to do than I thought I did 😂

Painted some wheels and tried fitting the chrome hubcaps as AMT intended (which didn’t work - anyone building one of these, I recommend just snipping  the backs off and lining them up yourself)

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Picked up some of this nice rubber hose from Hobby Lobby for my radiator hoses (thanks to whoever it was on here who suggested this stuff)

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Works great, and looks good to my eye 

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And then most of what was left to do was getting the body and bed finished off and in-place...finished pics Under Glass shortly.  Thanks for all the kind words on this one everybody!  This one was a blast to build!

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EDIT: finished pics here:

 

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