The wheathering of the floor panels and the mechanics´bag looks very realistic. How did you do this?,
With paint and inks... ;D
Actually it's very easy to do. For the wood part, you start by giving the triplex a base glossy varnish (I use Humbrol). When dry sand it with a Nr. 800 sandpaper in direction of the wood grove. With a needle you engrave the plank groves. You also can knok with all kind of metal ojects on the plank, so you'll get this battered look, this thechnique is also used for making furnture look old. But make sure you don't over do it. Than you need a rust brown and black ink, a lot of water and some white acrylic paint. Search some photos on google photo search of weathered wood, print a few good examples out and use them as model. Start with the lightest part by adding a lot of water to your ink and work your way up to the darkest parts. You'll see that it's very easy to do. The bag is almost the same principal. Give it a brow base coat (again a brown matt Humbrol) and shade with a water thinned black ink. The advantage of ink is that it's transparent, and water will stick more in corners and that's where the shades need to be. It works it self out.
Last Edit: Jan 13, 2013 6:42:08 GMT -5 by nuvolari
Post by Mark Huber on Jan 13, 2013 12:03:25 GMT -5
I suspect that if I saw the original car in a car or racing museum (you mentioned that it has survived and is now restored in New Zealand), I might spend a minute or so before I asked where the post 1950's cars were located.
However, if I ever find this model on a table along with some samples from the later periods, I'm quite confident that I'll be looking at your car for a long time, and then trying to figure out how I might 'borrow" it permanently.
Your detailing is superb; like Taffy, I really admire the finish on the wood floor as well as the suitcase.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the driver (and mechanic?)
...I suspect that if I saw the original car in a car or racing museum (you mentioned that it has survived and is now restored in New Zealand), I might spend a minute or so before I asked where the post 1950's cars were located. ...
Don't worry Mark I've the same problem in a museum with 1950 cars ;D
This is the final finish, little Louis Wagner (driver) and Louis Vivet (mechanic) cross the finish line. As you can see, I did my best to create their typical leather masks, that protected their faces from up jumping dirt and stones. The basic figures where again the British and German WWI fighter pilots from PJ Productions. The figures where totally cut up, arms and legs where mixed between the two figure, and fixed back together with super glue, Milliput and Putty. Again this was a joy to build. For those interested, it's total wait is 160g or 5.64 Oz I've driven it on my test track, and it ran very well.
I want to thank everyone for the support in this project, your opinion means a lot to me, Thanks.
Peter Seager-Thomas, The 3 sisters are sitting back on my work bench again so those will be the next finish. I'll soon make a new topic here on this forum to show what already has been done to the 3 Mercedes W125's, and start from there. Also the Napier Railton has it's final figure now, I'll soon post some pictures.