Post by DavidJohnson on Jul 16, 2005 5:34:32 GMT 1
Nice models! I like the way you have modified Widea's 1952 Rambler to make it looks like a real hardtop. I wonder how you do to have the side pillars of your models look so thin, like on the Hudson.
Sylvain, Chester, Thankyou for your compliments. The tips and feedback on this site have done much to improve my modeling, and I too have been a keen observer of your models. The Auto Color Library ( a link from Sylvain I think) has proved very useful for colors, plus I like to find a color photo if at all possible. I'm glad the color looks right to you because in the end it usually is an educated guess.
The Widea 1952 rambler looked a little tall in the roof to my eye, so I cut it off with a Xacto razor saw. Material removed was the saw kerf plus very minimal filing. (Top of A-pillar, bottom of C -pillar.) The B-pillars were damaged in the process and had to be removed. Side glass is styrene with a thin stripe of silver paint applied by hand.
The Hudson was originally done with the Alloy Forms package photo as the only reference, and the side window chrome was extensive. Years later I found photo reference and realized that there was only a thin band of chrome around the glass and that the center of the pillars was body color. Fortunately MAAS metal polish was able to gently remove the excess silver paint leaving only the thin outline of "chrome". The glass is Krystal Klear.
Post by DavidJohnson on Aug 12, 2005 3:16:41 GMT 1
The 59 Ford was the first time I thought of modeling partially rolled down windows. On some models (sedans especially) it is easier than fitting full glass. I hate to admit so, but that is how it started.
For the Edsel hardtop I ran silver paint along the cut edges to simulate chrome edging, making the window much more visible.
I also tried vent windows in the open position, but they were too small to see and cluttered up the area.
Post by DavidJohnson on Sept 13, 2005 4:59:20 GMT 1
Here are two views of a 1956 Dodge, sent by Joe while snow was still on the ground. This model and photo are the result of the sharing on this messageboard and of course, the artistry of Joe in making the master. The color selection and the Preisler figure were inspired by an ad found on the old car manual site.
And finally, a photo with a question. Just after repainting the wheels and hub caps of this Promotex rubber Chevy pickup, I found a prototype photo showing the hub caps as white painted dog dish style. Does anyone know the color of the steel wheels?
Great work on the 1956 Dodge. It's a nice model, but you've painted and built it perfectly. I know the ad you've based your model on. Good idea, the "montage". What do you use for the chromed parts? It looks much better that what I use.
By the way, I've seen you've added other pictures to your gallery. Alloys Forms 1953 Chevrolet, and the 1955 "refreshed" Chevrolet look fine. And interesting modification of a 1966 Ford Pick-up into a 1964 one. Congratulations! Please, post more pictures of your models!
What a terrific idea Dave. I really like the model presented that way. And a very nice model it is. I too would like to know what you use to chrome. Great shine and an even finish. I think you'll find the steel wheels on the Chevy pick up would have been the color of the body. with a white center cap. They did offer a full hubcap but that would have been part of an option package. Now I'm going to go paw through my old automobile advertisements.