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Rusty 1940 Ford Pickup

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  • Member since
    May 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Rusty 1940 Ford Pickup
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 5:33 PM

This is a rebuild of the Revell 1940 Ford Pickup that I originally built in 2009. Other than the rust I didn't really change anything. The finish was achieved using iron metallic surfacer and rust antiquing solution from Sophisticated Finishes. This is a departure from my usual super perfect finishes. So here are the before and after photos. Thanks for looking!

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:53 AM
Looks good. i would not have guessed your first rusty rod.

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    February 2020
Posted by Painted Black on Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:21 AM

Nice job on the weathering. Looks like it's had a few old batteries turn over in the bed and leaked out.

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    December 2007
  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, March 5, 2020 7:49 AM

Excellent job on the weathering Thumbs Up.

Hard to believe it's your first one.

Looks like it was done by a pro - actually I guess you are Smile, Wink & Grin.

I can make things shiney, but no skills to weather.







  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:05 AM
Very nicely done,t he weathering looks great!
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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:19 PM


  • Member since
    May 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Friday, March 6, 2020 11:51 AM

Thanks, everyone! This is actually my second attempt at a rusty rod. I built a model A rust bucket about 5 years ago. This system is actually very easy to use. I just brushed the iron metalizer solution over the entire model and let dry. Then I brushed the rust solution over the entire model and let dry and then brushed on another coat of rust solution. It rusted wherever it wanted. 

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Saturday, March 7, 2020 1:16 PM

Very cool old Ford. Love the style of this build. Nice work on the tin-worm infestation. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


  • Member since
    May 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:51 AM

Thanks, Bainford! 

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    December 2019
  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Sunday, March 22, 2020 2:53 PM


      Promise you won't misunderstand what I am about to say. AWESOME, But! Many builders do fantastic rusty relics, Right? Well, what I would like to see is these relics with something extra.

   If you look carefully at these beautiful Fat Fendered beauties from back when there is something that is NOT done yet. The Fat fendered cars of yore had a tendency for the connection points for the lower fenders to rust away resulting in what I call Floppy Ears!

   Why is it that no one, even in building late 50s vehicles forgets this. I think, you sir, are an artist, I hope you don't think I am disparaging your build. You got the rusty areas right, and with that truck it ain't easy!


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