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16
Sep
14

Still not Perfect

So, I finally got paint on the Mustang. And, immediately found more things that needed filled and sanded….

 

BUT, paint’s been going well, since then. There’s one spot on the passenger side front fender that’s going to need another shot of the base color, because the masking tape pulled off some small flecks. That’s been the only real problem, so far. As I’m painting the car up like a WWII fighter plane, it’s got six colors going on it, not counting painted on trim, like the reflectors. Base coat is aluminum, the nose is guard’s red, the hood is olive drab (as will be the planned tonneau cover over where the back seat used to be) white and black invasion stripes are going on the front fenders as a nod to the fender stripes that some classic muscle and sports cars sport, and the back of the car will be yellow. All but the yellow are Model Master acrylic paints. The yellow will be Vellejo Model Color. It’s possible I may lose my mind, and paint the back end in a red and white checkered pattern instead, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be yellow. I don’t even want to think about masking a checker pattern. The angle of the separation between the base color and the yellow will be determined by the side pieces on the new rear spoiler. I’ve got the three piece spoiler off a Roush version of this same car, that will be going on this one.

 

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The body isn’t currently attached to the chassis, and the grill and headlights are just sitting in place. Everything but the OD green will be gloss clear coated. Honestly, I’m still not sure why the red has that semigloss look to it. I think the paint might have been too thick. (I airbrush) I think you can just make out where I did some polishing on the hood. Incidentally, Maas metal polish, used sparingly, works great on Model Master paint. I also know from past experience that it will attack Future floor polish, which is a popular choice for gloss coat among many modellers. Consider yourself warned. The aluminum paint, on the other hand, went down with a nice satiny sheen.

 

The side picture shows the contour lines that were giving me grief. See that crease that curves back from above the door handle? It was not cast into the body. I formed the edge with a thin strip of styrene plastic, then filled in around it with Fixit Sculpt, and blended it into the rest of the body. It was actually the straight line underneath it that caused the most trouble. The one on the passenger side is fine. I don’t get it. Those SVT wheels and tires are from GreenLight. They took very little work to fit the Maisto wheel bushings. The original wheels and tires were slightly over-sized. They filled the wheel wells nicely, but I’ve lowered this car at both ends. Besides, they also represented the stock Mustang wheels. These are a nicer looking design. I’m modding the other wheels into generic retro style five stars for a ’72 Trans Am. Still debating painting some olive drab on these GreenLight wheels.

 

The rally lights in the grill have been replaced with wire mesh intakes. I’ve got some mocked up tubing ends to put behind them, to look like functional cold air intakes. Got the wire mesh from a cheap tea ball I picked up at wal-mart. I’ve got some larger mesh, for another project, from a strainer also gotten on the cheap from wal-mart. The mesh flattens out easily, and holds whatever shape I put it in.

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05
Sep
14

Perfect is the Enemy

“Perfect is the enemy of good” so the saying goes. I find that in my case, perfect is the enemy of getting things finished. I’m modifying one of those cheap die cast cars from Sam’s Club, (I understand Costco sells them, too.) into a street fighter type custom. Not that I’ve seen too many convertible street fighters, but I’ve seen guys mod station wagons into competitive race cars, so, why not. The body work on this car mostly involves new rocker panels and lower rear trim. The rockers are long finished, I haven’t started on the rear trim, yet. It’s an overly complicated shape to meet the body, so I’m still thinking it through and weighing my options. I’m also smoothing out the surround around the lower intake area on the front, and adding some curved accent lines on the body that the real car has and the model, for some reason, doesn’t. This is where my problem lies.

 

The body work on the sides is mostly finished. There’s another accent line below where the work was that’s gotten a bit messed up on one side. It was a soft detail to begin with, and I had to blend right down to it. I’ve gotten it to the point of “good enough.” No, the real fun is the front. Nice big flat surfaces. Simple, right? This work involved filing down a lip, then filling a large groove to extend the front bumper down. The filling was done with Ave’s Fixit Sculpt, but I didn’t get things quite as flat as I’d wanted. Primer made the imperfections visible, and I smoothed them out with Tamiya white putty and a sanding stick. Another coat of primer showed that it still wasn’t quite smooth. I really want to get this car finished, so I can move on to another one that I’m more interested in working on, but is going to need a lot more work.

 

I had it pretty close, so I said “Screw it, it’s good enough!”

 

That was three putty and sanding sessions ago….

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The bright white you’re seeing there is the Tamiya putty, the red is the factory paint. I mostly left the paint intact, just sanded it. It let me bring back a lot of the edges that were lost to either thick paint, or weird things die cast metal does when it cools after casting. I thought it might make good primer too, but I think my primer might actually be sticking better to the metal. Didn’t expect that out of acrylic model paint. If you look close, you can see some off white in there, too. That’s the Fixit Sculpt, where I’ve sanded through the primer. It’s getting painted, as it is.

 

No really. I mean it, this time.

 

If you’re wondering why I’m dedicating so much effort on such a cheap model, when there’s much nicer die cast cars out there? I’d rather screw up a twenty dollar car, than a hundred and twenty dollar car.




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