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    • February 8, 2019 12:01 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
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      Intense model, can't wait to see it finished.

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    • February 8, 2019 11:17 PM EST
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      Today was a good modeling day. Got my Cricut running again and was able to make stencils after my decals did not work worth a damn. Hand painted stenciled letters was always what I wanted and I got it and they look good.

       

      Because of the decal fiasco, where I had painted white for the letters, I now needed to cover that up so painted it black and then stenciled the white letters on. I like the look of a recycled/re-lettered car. Another break through idea came with not being satisfied with the truck color. Or even the level of gunk build up. I have sprayed matte clear and then used powdered chalks to build up some gunk. I ran with this idea and sifted some real dirt down to a fine powder. I sprayed the trucks with a satin caramel paint and then dusted on the dirt powder. I did two layers. I think they look way way better now.

       

      Killed the red and gave it a dusty dirty look. I will matte clear them just to help fix it in place.

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    • February 8, 2019 11:22 PM EST
      • Waverly, Alabama
         
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      Lettering looks good, Devon.  Much better on the trucks.  They no longer look painted, much more natural.

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    • February 8, 2019 11:30 PM EST
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      Those trucks look terrific now Devon. Might you apply that to parts of your engine and other metal work higher up?

       

      The lettering came out really well. I too like the "painted over" look. It looks more used that way...

    • February 9, 2019 1:31 AM EST
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      Jim Rowson said:

      Those trucks look terrific now Devon. Might you apply that to parts of your engine and other metal work higher up?

       

      The lettering came out really well. I too like the "painted over" look. It looks more used that way...

      Jim,

      I won't be using the dirt higher up, but I will apply other weathering chalk. I think the chalkboard paint has so much tooth that the weathering chalks will build up nice. When sifting the dirt I ran it through window screen first to get out the big stuff then through another real fine mesh to get the powder. What was left between the big screen and the fine screen makes a real nice scale crushed gravel. So might see a few pockets of gravel in the corners and hear and there.

       

      I will come in under the time limit. All I really have to do at this point is install the truss rods and weather it up some more. Since I messed up and did not allow for the 906 coupler I have ordered a sill mounted coupler and it won't be here until next week. I have a few more detail parts I want to add also. But it will get done by Sunday sans couplers.

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    • February 10, 2019 1:23 PM EST
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      Well I am done. Here's a teaser. You have to wait for the glamour shots until the voting thread.

       

      I sure like weathering with chalks. They sure add a depth and warmth to the colors.

       

       

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    • February 10, 2019 1:26 PM EST
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         You've reached new heights, Devon. I can't find anything to criticize! This could be the best thing you've ever done.

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    • February 10, 2019 1:33 PM EST
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      John Passaro said:

         You've reached new heights, Devon. I can't find anything to criticize! This could be the best thing you've ever done.

      John I have reached new heights, and I do think this is one of the best models I have made. I am constantly learning new techniques and new ways to apply old ones. And that is almost entirely because of the advice and constructive criticism I get here. People see what I don't and the fix almost always is more pleasing and teaches me new things to try later.

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    • February 12, 2019 11:05 AM EST
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      Oh man Devon,  I just had a look at your cranes glamour photos and I got a semi chub!   Your crane is amazing !

    • February 12, 2019 12:40 PM EST
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      Got the couplers yesterday. Hopefully get them installed today. 

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    • February 13, 2019 8:25 PM EST
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      Are they on yet? Pictures? 

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    • February 13, 2019 9:55 PM EST
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      No. Sorry, been coming home from work and going straight to bed. I dont mean to whine but I have been feeling rotten. 

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    • February 13, 2019 10:19 PM EST
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      Devon Sinsley said:

      No. Sorry, been coming home from work and going straight to bed. I dont mean to whine but I have been feeling rotten. 

      No worries, Devon, just yanking your chain.  Get some rest and for what you have been and are going through, you've earned the right to whine from time to time.

      This post was edited by Dan Hilyer at February 13, 2019 10:20 PM EST
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    • February 13, 2019 11:18 PM EST
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      Thanks Dan. 

       

      I knew your just giving me heck. I need it. My sense of humor is keeping me going.i had fun with the challenge of was a great distraction. But anymore I dont do anything I dont have to or want to do. 

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    • February 14, 2019 7:35 PM EST
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      Every aspect of that is fabulous, and the weathering just makes it so realistic!

    • February 14, 2019 8:11 PM EST
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      Fantastic job Dev, ya gotta be proud of that!!

       

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