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PT Cruiser mild custom - FINISHED 8/16/17

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PT Cruiser mild custom - FINISHED 8/16/17
Posted by topman on Monday, July 31, 2017 2:10 PM

After finishing her Beetle last year, http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/32/t/122070.aspx , my daughter and I have since done the snap Enzo (which, btw, turned out quite nice for a polished plastic finish, and is sitting on my display shelf).

This summer, she's doing a custom PT Cruiser; she liked one of her teacher's black PT, so she chose this custom color scheme (she has the body painted Gunmetal, and came up with the interior color scheme):

Once again, I was impressed with the level of detail in this snap kit; more to come Cool

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, August 05, 2017 8:57 PM
As the 219th Viewer , I am obliged to actually bother writing something LOL ( You'll get used to that eventually ! ) I like the colours together , that turquoise POPS !
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Posted by topman on Saturday, August 05, 2017 9:46 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan
As the 219th Viewer , I am obliged to actually bother writing something LOL ( You'll get used to that eventually ! ) I like the colours together , that turquoise POPS !

Ha! thanks; I too, was impressed with the color combo once it was all put together (I had doubts at first).

Update: slight delay, as she rubbed through to the primer on the rear :( Oh well, you live and you learn, shouldn't be too bad to fix:

I also updated the title to read "mild custom", as I was hoping to convince her to use some aftermarket wheels, but she's insisting on using the "real" wheels.

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Posted by topman on Monday, August 07, 2017 1:35 PM

I stepped in and re-shot a coat of Gunmetal, and then three coats of clear; now another week before she can rub it out again (I'm almost tempted to have her just leave it be, as it has a pretty nice shine as-is Wink )

TnT
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Posted by TnT on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 2:38 AM

Nice. Regardless how it comes out, it is nice that you and her are working together on it. I miss them days with my kids.

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Posted by topman on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 12:13 PM

TnT

Nice. Regardless how it comes out, it is nice that you and her are working together on it. I miss them days with my kids.

Thanks! Yes, we're having a blast, so I'll just let her get to detailing, and she can buff it out later if she chooses to do so (she does her own nails quite well, so she is into the detailing). 

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 2:24 PM
Regarding " the nails " there's a fashion boutique near to me that does hand painted nails ( No , I don't myself !!!! ) LOL , but I did take a Hot Wheels '55 Chevy Gasser in and ask if they could do some flames . They looked at me a bit funny and just shook their heads . No adventure some people ! Pah , I'll do it myself then ! BTW the glossy look is perfect !
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Posted by topman on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 9:36 PM

Ha, that's a funny story @Spencer Mopar Fan !

So, a little detailing today; she:

  • brushed some smoke into the grill
  • outlined the headlight lenses with a sharpie and added a dab of transparent yellow (the fitment isn't great, as can be seen on the right, but not too noticeable in person)
  • re-drew the sanded-off hood emblem with a 1mm Molotow Liquid Chrome pen

She's tickled that it's coming together, and so am I for her Big Smile

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Posted by topman on Friday, August 11, 2017 7:11 PM

The headliner/glass is about ready, I may take a stab at tinting the rear windows and moonroof, like the 1:1 (man, I hope this goes in without issue):

  • I should have masked off the glass for the black, but she insisted brushing it on “by hand”.
  • Once dried, I masked off the glass and dome light, then she sprayed the turquoise headliner; then…
  • She filled the dome light with some chrome silver from the top. 
  • It’s faint here, but she also painted the sunroof controls black (Again, I’m thoroughly impressed by the detail in this kit!)

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Posted by topman on Saturday, August 12, 2017 11:29 AM

and now for some detailing on the rear (the interior tub is just sitting there for placement; she's patiently waiting for me to tint the rear windows):

  • She painted some silver chrome where tha back-up lights were molded into the bumper and put a dab of Elmer's, and a dab of clear red on top of those "lights"
  • She painted all of the winow sourrounds (this time I let her try masking those off herself)
  • We took turns with the chrome pen on emblems and door handles
  • The taillight lenses are each single, transparent red pieces, so I dabbed a little silver chrome where the indicators should be, then a dab of transparent amber (the molded-in detail surprises continue!)



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Posted by topman on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:40 AM

Well, we finally wrapped this one up (after a few hiccups along the way), and yet still, she couldn't be more proud of the outcome; so here it is, a PT like her teacher's, but with the colors she would want (and in a lowered stance Wink ).

  • I masked the glass for tint and she sprayed the "smoke", but it more ended up like a frosted tint (could be because it was an older can of smoke, but I did warm it up in a small tub of hot water, and made sure it was thoroughly shook up for her).
  • The glass did go in quite snug (I wrestled with it a pretty good amount to get it in) , but the frosted part that is meant to be painted black didn't quite line up very well; the headliner shows through the openings quite a bit, so I went back and scraped/sanded the headliner back and extended the black the best I could
  • I whittled away a lot of flashing between the spokes of the rims, then a mist of smoke to knock down the shine
  • She then assembled the rest without issue

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 2:40 PM

Wow!  You hand painted the front emblem?!!  Nicely done. That whole build is fantastic.I like your color choices. And good work on freehanding the rear window surrounds in black.  If I may say: awesome job little missy!

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Posted by Foxer on Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:53 AM

I love the design of the PT and you have done it justice!

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Posted by topman on Thursday, August 17, 2017 1:15 PM

Thanks guys! I passed along the praise, and she lit up Big Smile

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