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Howdy. This started out as the 2013 Expedition SSV issue. I chose to make this truck an XLT (grille lights will just pass as aftermarket fog lights, and some raccoons stole the side trim). I started on it Friday night, and got color laid on the body yesterday. Tamiya Mica Blue over Rustoleum flat black. The wheels came from the first issue of this kit, the interior will be gray. I started plugging the holes in the floor pan where police equipment would snap in, and filled the slot in the dash where the radar gun would go. I might scratch build some side steps for it (I’m not sure why the kit never originally came with any). 65FBDAC4-4A1C-486C-80D9-51D29D32B7F1.thumb.jpeg.4e6bf5c3c6d0cb597e3d2950528ac257.jpeg21E72DA1-F116-4AE6-9E10-F5B1E422ACE6.thumb.jpeg.2dcff9175c605dbc5528f03c2b22c147.jpegD2808E1C-B21A-4FA3-8EB2-F85C9E62F4BE.thumb.jpeg.667c37d3df5db7f04d76369f2dbcae75.jpeg8A93E225-A214-4AFA-828D-46CAB4BEE57B.thumb.jpeg.3f684fe41e683cd5e61cf6b425b45d2c.jpeg1F583904-F03D-44C9-8E50-F70C198005A2.thumb.jpeg.b2bf514360bef3b1261bf06b91313fc5.jpeg

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Coming along nice, looking forward to more! A little more work on the grille and some silver on the depressions on the wheels would be good - got the same wheels on my ‘98 F-150 and waiting for a ‘steady hand day’ to detail them. Hope my grille comes out as nice

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Thanks guys. 

7 hours ago, Chariots of Fire said:

What paint did you use on the Ford oval in the grill?  I'll bet with a Qtip and some thinner you could  lightly swipe the letters and return them to the chrome finish.

I mixed some phthalo blue and white gloss acrylics (same brand and type as the black used on the grille), put those on, let it sit for 15 minutes and everything wiped off. My guess is the recesses in the grille aren’t deep enough to use the q tip. I then took a fine point brush and painted in the oval. I may try your suggestion of using thinner now that it’s dry. Isopropyl alcohol might do the trick, but being a snap kit with easily seen pegs on the headlights on either side of the oval, I’m not too worried. I’m for sure going to experiment and use windshield glue to fill in the fog lights, so they’ll look like they have lenses in them. 

 

2 hours ago, hct728(Bob) said:

Coming along nice, looking forward to more! A little more work on the grille and some silver on the depressions on the wheels would be good - got the same wheels on my ‘98 F-150 and waiting for a ‘steady hand day’ to detail them. Hope my grille comes out as nice

Thank you. You’re correct, from what I’ve seen, the wheel pockets are a dull satin finish. When building a stock part of a model that I’m not too familiar with, I like to consult auto-brochures.com. Original sales brochures come in handy. I didn’t detail the wheel pockets yet, procrastinating that part... along with painting all of the black surrounds for the glass canopy. My method might be painting the pockets, letting them tack up, then rimming a q tip along the raised surface of the wheel. 

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4 hours ago, hct728(Bob) said:

and I like the 'fuzzy' look to the seats

Thank you Bob. For the seats I started by spraying them with rustoleum satin “granite” gray, then I brushed on two layers of matte acrylic paint. For the wheel pockets I ended up taking your advice and used a silver sharpie and a steady hand.EB490B67-7697-4F99-8026-3B9E20618A8F.thumb.jpeg.800c19d841f0a84f6b55694991f2c8b2.jpeg

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1 hour ago, slusher said:

Really great work and fantastic dash detail..

Thanks Carl. There’s a lot of detail molded into some of these parts as far as snap kits go. 

 

I made the side trim out of Evergreen sheet and painted it tonight. It really should have been glued onto the body before any paint, but if I’m careful then it should go fine.B927743F-DAD6-459C-9FD1-12E42FF88EDE.thumb.jpeg.674a8d1f6dffbde218bdfe3ed90df9c2.jpeg

Other than that, other trim detail and badges have been painted onto the body.AE0DA0E6-76E4-42D4-9262-2020392CBEDE.thumb.jpeg.bf15ec41416d24cdaf4ca26ce9d93e3f.jpeg

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Well, guess I wasn’t careful enough with the super glue.... hahaha 🤣96020D16-5960-48CD-A808-0F4F616E118B.jpeg.1ab0ef89fe97c61987d7ebb822fffb21.jpeg

I couldn’t leave it like that and wasn’t a fan of the blue anyway; it was a little too light to pass as Ford Moonlight Blue. Not to mention I could still see sink marks in the hood, so into the purple pond the body went. 

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That’s how the body sits now, ready for primer. I think I’ll go dark red this time around, that should go well with the gray interior.

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16 hours ago, hct728(Bob) said:

Wow, what a thing to happen! I liked the blue, too! I'm sure it'll come out great in any colour you choose though!

Thank you Bob. I liked the color itself but I think it would go better on a Flareside pickup or something fun like that. 

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Got the coat of flat black on the body again. It’s ready to get the window trim and cowl masked off. I decided on Testors extreme laquer mythical maroon for the body color. It looks close enough to Dark Toreador Red. (Ran out of plastic spoons lol)3A5F7CB2-083D-4047-8876-27855A5366B4.thumb.jpeg.177fb0ca0639488fbcdd91ec38050f26.jpeg

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