Nick, I thought you had the right idea in the first photo with the use of 2 colors. Try a dark base coat and then dry brush the lighter color on to simulate the wood grain. Start lightly with the dry brushing putting on very little at a time. I like using acrylic craft paints for this.
As Chester suggests, start with a thin coat of a darker base color, then dry brush over that with a lighter color and make sure all the strokes are horizontal. Be sure your brush is almost entirely dry and use very light strokes. It takes some time, but it's as close to wood grain as anything I have tried.
Building a better 1:87 scale world: one model at a time.
I once made wood grain on a 1:24 dashboard (flat surface) with another method. I laid down a thick layer of dark brown, went over it once in the same direction as the wood grain with a rather coarse sandpaper. Then I painted lighter brown on top, this paint fills the grooves made by the sandpaper. Once the second layer was dry, I gently sanded with a very fine sandpaper until the first layer showed in nice, dark streaks. This also allows for a perfectly smooth finish.
However, I recognize that this might be hard to accomplish on the curved bodywork of the Mercury Colony Park (?).
Thanks for the ideas, I´ll try them and will show you, wether it works for me. Skunk: colony park? nearly! I never understand the changings in america: Colony Park until ´76, this model based on the ´77 LTD2, called Cougar wagon. ´78 came the Fairmont? or the Zephyr wagon. This model ran only for one year. So many names for the same bodys: Thunderbird, Cougar, LTD, Ranchero, whatever...... good night nick
Hello guys, now I´m looking for the typical aluminium panel on the old american buses from the fourties/ fifties. Any ideas what can I use for it? Or are there sheets to buy? I´m planning twelve of this old GM buses in red and silver for the parade of progress. The bus seems quite easy, for no having windows.... For any suggestions I´m grateful. Good luck and good night nick
Dave, thanks a lot for this information. I got the space between the rips, but when I looked for better photos, I recognized, that the flutes aren´t round, maybe it´s easier to glue only seven stripes over the side. I will make the third generation of this bus, which seems less complicated at the side. But your mentioned sites are very helpful for other projects. Another problem will be the three dimensional writing on the sides, when I can´t make this, I´ll try a decal which seems to be 3D. Best regards nick