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How I make 1/25 scale 55 gallon drums

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, February 28, 2022 6:50 PM

Hey Jason!

 Now, how the heck am I gonna make 1/24 scale barbecue Grills out of those old things? Nice, Nice Job on that for sure!

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Monday, February 28, 2022 7:43 AM

Thanks.  Looks like fun.  You can weather the hell out of those things.

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, February 28, 2022 3:57 AM

Hello Jason!

Thanks for sharing this technique, it's looking good and would be especially useful for making cut up and otherwise badly abused drums.

Have a nice day!

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    February 2022
How I make 1/25 scale 55 gallon drums
Posted by Jowe's Crow on Sunday, February 27, 2022 8:41 PM

Hi friends. I thought I'd share how I make steel 55 gallon drums in 1/25 scale. This may be useful to someone.

 a by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 

 b by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 

36 gauge aluminum foil from Amazon. I measured the real barrels and converted them to scale. Using these strips, I embossed my lines on the back with an old ball point pen. Made the lids out of heavy paper stock (cereal box cardboard here), no use wasting styrene here. I made a generic ribbed pattern, but you can use whatever patterns you need or want.

 c by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 

Red oxide primer. The train yard's refuelling tank in the background.

 d by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 

Acrylic paint. Any decals are definitely gonna need some solution to help set.

 e by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 f2 by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 g by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 h by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 

I made some tops from the cereal box cardboard and some punched styrene discs for the lids.

 i by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 

Some rust paint.

 j by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 

I rust the bottoms more; they take the brunt of the damage and wear.

 k by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 

Some generic rust color acrylic on the lid tops, followed by some gloss oil wash and floor shine (Future, but I used another brand and it works fine).

 l by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 m by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 n by Jason Stoots, on Flickr

 

That's pretty much it. All of these materials and techniques can be done many other ways, but this is how I do it.

Thanks for looking.

J

 

 

 

 

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