Here's some recent work on #3, I've been working on another couple of items in the meantime and planning the next steps. On Youtube is a guy called Pafnunitj who is doing incredible work on a fully scratchbuilt 1:24 San Francisco Cable Car, I've been watching over and over again his roofing work and it may have given me the inspiration on how to make my roof. Nuff said for now, here's the pics.
I painted the underframe with a satin paint giving that old school hand painted work.
Cheers mate, I'm learning as I'm going and also pushing my skills to the next level and on that note. Here is my latest progress.
I've been looking at how to do the wood grain finish on the interior of the car and it has taken a while as really there is nothing. My approach has been to cherry pick a number of techniques and combine them into what I require.
So firstly the interior needed to be painted to set the base colour and provide the background. This was followed up by masking the trim edges so they and the doors could be painted by hand.
Once dry, that masking was removed in order mask the trim in preparation of lining and painting. To create the edges of the boards I used a regular colouring pencil sharpened to a fine point and lines drawn with straightedge at half foot spacings.
I mixed paint to get as close to the honey gold brown timber look and that took about 3 goes before having something close to I was happy with. That was drybrushed in long strokes onto the surface about as far down to just past where the top of the benches will go. To get that glossy varnish look I'll use a spray lacquer afterwards.