'86 El CaBeater

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I've been wanting to try my hand at a weathered build for a long time now. The hard part for me was choosing the right kit to turn into a rust bucket. Then, while staring wistfully at my collection of "Models To Build", our eyes met. I was never happy with the MPC 1986 El Camino SS; it was flashtastic, had huge sink marks, and chunks had been taken out of the body before it ever got to me. As soon as I opened it, I knew it would've taken more time than I wanted to spend to make it look somewhat decent.

It was perfect.

I started by putting on some snaps for the torn tonneau cover that would come later. They were made from the ends of straight pins.

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My first dent! The old girl should have watched out for that careless pinvice handle...

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Driver's side dent and missing trim piece. The candle got a bit smokey this time around, leaving the black around the dent.

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I put a primer coat on the body and frame, let it dry, and then "painted" water where I wanted rust. I sprinkled some fine dirt over the water and voila - texture! A second coat of primer sealed it in.

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Cool! I'll be watching this one... :lol:

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another way to add dents is to gring the inside of the body, thin it down than use the knife handle to shape a dent. You can also grind or sand the dent with the moto tool,on the outside, if the body is thick enough.

This is a dent from grinding the inside of the fender, and applying pressure with the hobby knife handle. Its what ever works for you. I like what I see so far.

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Somethin I learned in Weathering, is knowing when to stop. I went to far on this one.

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another way to add dents is to gring the inside of the body, thin it down than use the knife handle to shape a dent. You can also grind or sand the dent with the moto tool,on the outside, if the body is thick enough.

This is a dent from grinding the inside of the fender, and applying pressure with the hobby knife handle. Its what ever works for you. I like what I see so far.

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Somethin I learned in Weathering, is knowing when to stop. I went to far on this one.

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Thanks for the tip, Lenny, I'll have to give it a try! I know what you mean about going too far; I feel like I may have gone a bit far on the body, but it's hard to stop when you're having so much fun! biggrin.gif

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yes it is fun...try a black dry brush on the frame followed by a dry brush of mud color over that. you have too "spearament"{

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Some pics of the engine, so far.

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Chassis is up next!

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I had a productive day. Being off for the summer is suh-weet! :P I attempted to smooth off the rear tires and while I was getting the hang of the dremel, I made a hole. In the spirit of making lemonade, the El CaBeater has a flat rear tire! (Don't tell my wife that I used her good pan... :blink: ) By doing this, I had to lower where the front left tire mounted to make the car sit with all of its feet on the ground.

Since this is going to be a junker, I cut off the serpentine belt. I also left off the alternator (perhaps it was the only thing that worked on this old thing and was donated to a better looking Elkie :D ). I drilled the engine for plug wires, but I'm leaving them off, too. I think I may put a new set on the passenger seat - the first step of someone's big resto project.

Anywho, here are some pics of the completed engine in the chassis. Enjoy!

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Having built a stock 86' El Camino from the MPC kit I'd have to say this is a good use for it!

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Having built a stock 86' El Camino from the MPC kit I'd have to say this is a good use for it!

Ha! I only bought it because it was $10, and then I quickly found out why it was $10. :P

I looked through your pics, you did the beast justice - that blue is pretty. I still haven't chosen the color for the beater.

P.S. Nice Springfield. I went the cheaper, Russian route. My Mosin, Stasia, says hi. :D

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Love where this is going! The body damage and general 'gunkyness' is spot-on.

You can make a good model out of this thing, but yeah, it's a challenge sometimes! I managed to make something decent out of one...

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Yeah, you can see I did take a few liberties! :lol:

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this is looking great. and it's hard to make a convencing flat tire. your nailed it.....maybe that's what made it go flat

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The dents look realistic .. and the gunk is gunky! Nice job so far! :lol:

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Ha! I only bought it because it was $10, and then I quickly found out why it was $10. B)

I looked through your pics, you did the beast justice - that blue is pretty. I still haven't chosen the color for the beater.

P.S. Nice Springfield. I went the cheaper, Russian route. My Mosin, Stasia, says hi. :wacko:

Thanks man I just picked it up and noticed the front bumper separated from the body on the right side! It was so frustating getting it togthere it can wait!

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The dent on the driver's door was so severe that I found that the interior wouldn't fit right! (I know, new guy building a junker... B) ) After mulling over my options (dent the door pad or simulate damage to it, try to lessen the dent, etc...), a case of Advanced Modeler's Syndrome struck: Why don't I just cut out the terribly detailed door pads and make it look like they were long gone? Removed at some point in the Elkie's life, never to be replaced, I would have to find out what it looks like under the pad and scratch build it.

I did some serious Googling, and found this picture -

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I sized it to fit where the door was and printed it off in scale from my friendly word processing program. I then taped it down on the thinnest sheet of styrene that I had. and lightly scored the sheet through the paper marking where some of the major details were. I wasn't going for perfect, just something to get the point across.

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After marking the lines, I cut the holes out. I did it in three parts for each side, the front detailed piece with every hole cut out, a second sheet with the big holes cut out (to add depth), and the frame that shaped the outside. This is what I came up with.

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A little smoothing up around the edges and they'll be ready for installation!

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Cool idea about the inner doors!

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I'm sitting here laughing my, ahem, off! You said the kit would take a lot of work to build right, yet you are bustin' your, ahem, on making a beater.

I'm loving every bit of this.

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Love the inner doors!

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Loving it so far. Three words come to mind: LONG LIVE RUST!

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Thanks for the comments and I am well aware of my A.M.S., AgentG. Advanced Modeling Syndrome is uncurable and usually results in things like this. ;)

A small update today; the engine compartment is done. Next on my checklist - choose a body color and an interior color and then destroy said interior. I'm thinking ripped seats, sun stained dash, trash on the floor...

Here is what I have done so far. Only a little more than before, but I gussied the old girl up in the photo box.

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People don't realize it until they try it but it takes as much or more effort to make a model look bad, and do it well, than it does to make it look good. Keep up the good work.

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Sorry about the break, I picked up a new airbrush and I needed to take the crash course before I painted the Elkie. I used all the rust tricks - salt, hairspray, toothpicks and brushes. The color difference is mostly a reaction with salt residue and partly that some of it is wet from toothpick scraping.

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Wow, I am loving the gunk! I like the greasy engine details . . . the tires, etc . . . everything is coming together nicely. Keep it going!

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Don't take this the wrong way but it looks terrible! :D

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Quite an interesting build, certainly looks like something you'd see sitting in someone's back yard! B)

I did something similar with mine, I built it as a beater El Camino you'd see in like a trailer park down south. :D

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