Jump to content
Model Cars Magazine Forum

'78 Ford Bronco rode hard.....


Recommended Posts

Ever since I acquired this built-up AMT Wild Hoss Bronco years ago I've wanted to dirty it up a bit; something I don't normally do.  After looking at some pics of Terry Jessee's work (the Master) I thought I would give it a try.  

It was primed with Tamiya red primer, followed by AS-15 to simulate the factory tan, then a coat of Testors Glosscoat for a semi-faded look.   The paint was later sanded down in spots exposing the primer to represent heavy wear/fading.  The original builder got a few glue smudges on the body; some of those were touched up with thinned Testors rust enamel after painting along with a few little nicks and scratches I dug into the body.....now I had chips and dings. 

The engine/chassis was painted and assembled factory-stock style then treated to a heavy wash of rust paint in some areas and thinned flat black in others (oil seepage etc).  The fuel tank was heavily rusted using real rust from a steel wool pad and Testors Dullcoat.   The tires were aged in a similar manner using fireplace ash.

After final assembly, I dusted the underhood area using crushed/sifted dirt from the garden, sealed with dullcoat.

Finally....I "drove" it down a dirt road (Tamiya TS-90).....covering up a lot of my previous weathering (oh well!).

I'm not 100% pleased with the end result; it's a bit heavy-handed. but it was fun.       

z1.JPG

z2.JPG

z3.JPG

z4.JPG

z5.JPG

z6.JPG

z7.JPG

z8.JPG

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

54 minutes ago, Goose1957 said:

Nice looking Bronco. The weathering looks great. Nice touch on the windshield. I can't wait for the re-pops to arrive. I want to build several of them.

Jeff

Ditto! 😎

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Great work. Looks like a lot of cars did in Phoenix AZ, after one of the famous "Monsoon" rainstorms. Out in the desert around the city, this is what many of the cars looked like on the muddy, dirt roads.

You've done well. It does not look 'Heavy-Handed' to me.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...