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VW Beetle Work in progress (maybe)

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VW Beetle Work in progress (maybe)
Posted by Foxy on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 9:48 AM

OK so for my 6th attempt into scale modelling I've decided to move away from bikes and try some new things.. Namely a car and weathering.. So thought I'd post I wip even tho it will be slow going.. Mainly so I could try and get some help  and advice along the way.. 

Anyway here's my first stage..

Body primed with vallejo German brown topped with some random spraying of the 2 darker colours from the vallejo rust range.. I'm happy with the result but was wondering if I need to add som lighter colours or add darker else where etc? Also should this stage be sealed before any attempt at hair spray chipping or salt chipping ets?

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 4:29 PM

Nice start. Which kit is this? 

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 6:27 PM

Oh Gee;

   That looks just like my last bug after I defeated all her rust! I would leave her like that and make the interior look like it was the next point of work. Dirty up the engine and lose the wheel-covers but don't do more to the body. maybe crack a window.

  

  

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 8:31 PM

If it was out here it would have moss in every seam, be half buried in leaves and fir needles, the other half covered in blackberry briars.

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Posted by Foxy on Thursday, December 31, 2020 8:16 AM

midnightprowler

Nice start. Which kit is this? 

 

 :) 

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, December 31, 2020 9:10 AM

I've considered this kit, I shall enjoy watching.

Foxy
Body primed with vallejo German brown topped with some random spraying of the 2 darker colours from the vallejo rust range.

I say this with the intent of saving you future trouble. I hope you mean you used the Vallejo German brown as your first color coat over an actual primer. Never a good idea to use Vallejo over an unprimed surface on anything, certainly not a vehicle body.

 

-Greg

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Posted by Foxy on Thursday, December 31, 2020 9:40 AM

Greg

I've considered this kit, I shall enjoy watching.

 

 
Foxy
Body primed with vallejo German brown topped with some random spraying of the 2 darker colours from the vallejo rust range.

 

I say this with the intent of saving you future trouble. I hope you mean you used the Vallejo German brown as your first color coat over an actual primer. Never a good idea to use Vallejo over an unprimed surface on anything, certainly not a vehicle body.

 

 

the vallejo German brown/red is a primer :) but thank you for the heads up much appreciated 

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Posted by Foxy on Thursday, December 31, 2020 12:00 PM

Ok it seems I'm unable to leave well alone so decided to play with some other colours and techniques.. So i sponge applied a rust mix in several places.. Hopefully it's an improvement?... My quandary now is no i leave as is now and go for an all out abandoned care or stick to my guns and apply a colour coat and salt/hairspray chip.... Hmmmm! 

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, December 31, 2020 12:35 PM

Foxy
the vallejo German brown/red is a primer :) but thank you for the heads up much appreciated

You are exactly right, I stand corrected. And you're welcome. Embarrassed

Forgot Vallejo now has lots of colored primers in their lineup.

Your bug body is looking better than I could do already!

-Greg

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Posted by Foxy on Friday, January 1, 2021 10:42 AM
I highly doubt that but thank you anyway :) I'm quite happy with the result so far for a first attempt...just going to add some putty around the doors and arches to try and create a corroded look.. If that works I think I'm done and it's time for some colour and some chipping :)
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Posted by Foxy on Saturday, January 2, 2021 12:22 PM

Sorry this will be the last pics of this stage... I've added some filler to replicate corrosion... I think I'm done with the rust base now... My question is can I seal this with acrylic varnish baring in mind it's an acrylic base and it will be an acrylic top coat over the chipping medium? I've read it should be an enamal clear coat?.. Sorry if this is a noob question but hey I'm a noob :)

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, January 2, 2021 12:33 PM

I do Have to ask;

 Is the interior going to reflect the same condition?

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Posted by Foxy on Saturday, January 2, 2021 12:40 PM

Tanker-Builder

I do Have to ask;

 Is the interior going to reflect the same condition?

 

that's something I'm debating at present... It will certainly have a worn look but I'm not sure to what extent yet... I'm also toying with whether I should weather the engine or have a pristeen engine in the run down body... Thoughts from all are welcomed 

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Posted by Foxy on Thursday, January 7, 2021 10:16 AM

 

So for my next stage I decided to tackle the engine again with a rusty look.. Spent a couple of days looking at photos trying to decide how to go about it.. In the end I did away with the air brush and paint brushes, all this was done by sponge dabbing various colours.. All this is new to me, I'm posting this WIP more for my benifit to help me progress.. So comments, advice and constructive criticism is welcomed.. Although it looks worn I appreciate that it still may look clean so I may add some washes to it before final clear coat... (I think lol) 

(colours may look brighter than they actually are) 

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Posted by aaqee on Thursday, January 7, 2021 1:28 PM

Very nice. I like that rusty exhaust, it's looking real. I'm actually building the same model. Are you going to make any wires on engine?

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Posted by Foxy on Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:00 PM

aaqee

Very nice. I like that rusty exhaust, it's looking real. I'm actually building the same model. Are you going to make any wires on engine?

 

thank you... And no i don't think I'm quite there yet to start adding wires etc being less than 12 months into the hobby... Although that's a great idea I may have to study some photos and see if I think I can pull it off.. 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, January 7, 2021 4:30 PM

Awesome. 

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by Foxy on Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:11 PM

Looking for some advice or ideas how best I coukd go about trying replicate the texture and build up of oil and grime on the under chassis as in pic!. Thanks in advance 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:14 PM

I often use drybrushing for that kind of weathering.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Foxy on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 2:21 PM

OK so things came to a hault whilst I tried to figure out the best way to go about painting and fitting parts to the chassis.. Still haven't worked it out so thought I'd try my hand at hairspray chipping on the wheels... Didn't turn out like I'd imagined but I'm still pretty happy with the look.. 

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Posted by Foxy on Monday, January 25, 2021 8:44 AM

OK so I'm finished with the chassis, I tried to replicate oil build up rust and corrosion.. So this allowed me to start some assembly... Looking at it now I'm not sure if I've over done the weathering a tad.. Either way I'll take something from this.. So I'm on to the interior now and scratching my head... So if anyone has any hints tips or methods for weathering an interior I'd appreciate some guidance... I'm looking for used but definitely serviceable.. This will be a running car ty in advance.. 

Regards Richard

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Posted by LonCray on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 7:23 AM

She looks great!  When I was a kid, my mom had a '65 Beetle that would go anywhere in salty Wyoming winters.  The thing I remember most is that the side boards under the door were always full of rust holes.  Car ran like a top but I think rust cancer was killing it.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:56 AM

Hey!

    Put that back in my car !! Right Now!!! Kool!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:06 AM

Okay!

 Enough debate here! How is it possible to overdo weathering on an old Bug? I dunno, I had an inch of muddy dirt Inside mine for years. Then my foot went through the floor one day. Put a piece of scrap wood in over the hole and tarred it heavily outside and in and kept drivng it!

    I kept old Beach Towels on the seats because the stuffing was starting to come out. It was just a fun old car. It never seemed to break mechanically. Quarter window fell out in a parking lot one day. Hinges had rusted away and the latch broke. Picked it up, Got some packing tape, Cleaned the glass and frame around it and stuck it on, as best I could and drove it like that till it got squished by an out of control semi near a jobsite.

    Can You say Bugpancake! He had a load of steel for a bridge project and rolled into the employee parking area and I was there with a forman checking on something. Well, Nuff said. Your bug Should reflect a well used Bug, as it does. No Bugpancakes though,Please?

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Posted by Foxy on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:27 PM

@Tanker-Builder .. thank you very much for that it's certainly put my mind at ease over the to much weathering conundrum lol... Seems  my imagination is my only limits as to where I take the weathering :)

I think my issue was... Initially it was going to be a complete abandoned vw... But after starting I decided it was going to be a "worn" but servicable vw.. Hence why I questioned myself... I mean how rusty can an engine get and still run? lol

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Posted by Foxy on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 2:03 PM

Not really an update I'm just looking for some thoughts opinions advice now.. I started to paint the body work today and got to this point with further intentions of painting the rest in vw beetle blue with chipping of course.. However the wife chipped in and said that I should leave as is... And now I'm unsure of myself! 

fox
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Posted by fox on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 3:30 PM

WOW!!!!! Nice Work! Yes

Looks better than some I've seen at shows.

In a lot better shape than the 1/1 '64 I owned until the front end fell out from under the car.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by nearsightedjohn on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 6:40 PM

I agree with your wife - a variety of chipped paint panels really adds interest. Very cool.

I'm really impressed with how you've mastered weathering, chipping and rust after so few model builds, it's a real art. I don't know if you have any interest in ship models but I imagine you could do a great job using these techniques on a beached rusted out old steel ship. 

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Posted by Foxy on Thursday, February 4, 2021 6:46 AM

Thank you both for the kind words of encouragement, I'm quite happy with how it's progressing ive kinda surprised myself lol.. it's slow going but I'm getting there...

As for the ship idea it sounds pretty cool and who knows I may venture down that path... I never thought I'd attempt a car but there we go :) 

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Posted by Foxy on Thursday, February 11, 2021 1:05 PM

Just a quick update... Finally finished the chassis and now have most of the interior fitted... I tried to replicate worn and torn seats with tissue paper and sponge.. Didn't turn out like I'd hoped though.. I'm just waiting on some washes now to add some dirt and grime to the interior and seats... So i guess my next post will be of the finished model. 

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