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PostSubject: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Fri 22 Jan 2016, 6:05 pm

After I finished the "California Dreaming" diorama I had most of another kit left over.  I decided to use the body of the coupe as a test for some weathering I had never tried before.  At the time it wasn't my intention to complete the kit; I was just going to use the body as a test.  As it has turned out, I am happy enough with the results of my test that I have decided to go ahead and finish the model.  

Here is the 40 as it looks now.  












The techniques I have used that I had never done before were hairspray chipping and grinding away lower parts of the body to simulate rusting out. There are other techniques in play here, but are those with which I am already familiar.

I think it's off to a pretty good start.  At least I don't have to worry about sticking my glue covered thumb in to a candy paint job this time.    Hope you guys like it.

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Fri 22 Jan 2016, 7:39 pm

Like? I love it. Another dio in your future John?

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Fri 22 Jan 2016, 8:06 pm

Great stuff John, I love it too.

I think the chrome work needs some rust though!!

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Fri 22 Jan 2016, 9:08 pm

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Like? I love it. Another dio in your future John?

A small one Curt. If I can find suitable figures it will be one guy pushing at the rear and another sitting behind the wheel.

Thanks Al. It will get some more weathering with Bragdon powders as time goes by.

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Fri 22 Jan 2016, 10:57 pm

Nice job!  I always wondered how runningboard areas, being rubber covered, would look with metal beneath rusted away.  I'll have to check google images.  Thanx for your "part 2" of the Ford display!
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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Sat 23 Jan 2016, 9:01 am

Superb weathering love it, can't wait for more.
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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Sat 23 Jan 2016, 1:01 pm

Sounds cool John, nice touch with the mounting holes in the hood for the absent trim.

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Sat 23 Jan 2016, 2:31 pm

Looks great, John. How about a dent or two?
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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Sat 23 Jan 2016, 3:23 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Sat 23 Jan 2016, 3:54 pm

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Looks great, John.  How about a dent or two?


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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Sat 23 Jan 2016, 4:27 pm

It might be a little late for dents on this one. I'm a bit worried about screwing up the paint job -- how's that for irony? We'll see what I can do. I do agree that a couple of dents would improve it.

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Sun 24 Jan 2016, 9:52 pm

Hi John,

Awesome...

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 2:52 pm

Turns out I was able to get some dents into the body.




It doesn't show well in this photo, but there is a pretty good dent at the bottom of the r/r fender.


My photographic skills suck.  What I'm attempting to show here is a large dent in the deck lid, but I guess you will have to just take my word that it is there.

I made the dents using a small heat gun on low.  I CAREFULLY heated the plastic with short passes over the area I wanted to dent until the plastic was soft enough to shape.  I then molded the area with the handle of a small screwdriver.  The heat gun was hot enough that just a couple of passes was more than enough to soften the plastic.  What was critical in this case was not to destroy the finish on the car.  In the future I will make any dents before painting.  Got lucky this time though as the paint is supposed to be stressed anyway.

Working on the chassis now and will post more as appropriate.  Thanks for looking and for the suggestions.

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 5:37 pm

John.... the front wing joint looks just perfect. Nice one.

I think maybe if you tilt the body away from the camera lens a little, the boot lid one may show a lot better.

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 7:51 pm

Great progress so far John.
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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Wed 27 Jan 2016, 9:48 pm

Great stuff John.

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Thu 28 Jan 2016, 1:52 am

Great looking dents John. Nice work.
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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Thu 28 Jan 2016, 3:52 pm

Thanks guys. Appreciate the interest.

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Thu 28 Jan 2016, 4:25 pm

Nice work John, this one thing I have never tried.
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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Thu 28 Jan 2016, 7:55 pm

Hi John,

The dents look just right and really finish off the tired look...

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Fri 29 Jan 2016, 8:00 pm

Superb job (could you do a tutorial on your weathering it looks so realistic)
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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Sat 30 Jan 2016, 4:03 am

[quote="kpnuts"]Superb job (could you do a tutorial on your weathering it looks so realistic)[/quote

After I get this done I'll put together a tutorial for you.

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PostSubject: Re: Heavily weathered 1940 Ford Coupe   Sat 30 Jan 2016, 12:09 pm

My favorite flavor of modeling. Way more fun than just glueing parts together.
 
This should be approached with an artistic mind set. Research how elements and rust occur on real vehicles. Hard to screw things up on models...anything goes. As you progress you'll gain  proficiency and really have a barrel of enjoyment.
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