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  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Metal Damage
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, December 15, 2014 7:57 PM

ok, time for an upgrade. My damaged Eleanor i built many, many years ago. The bent panels were done with the old technique of heating and bending.

This looks ok, but all of the damage tends to look curvy instead of the angular bends you get from damaged steel.

A new technique i've been working on is pressed foil panels, and i'll go through that for anyone interested.

Start with a flat piece of thick foil. this came from a tin of beverage seal (Milo) can. I first rubbed it on a flat surface to take out some of the dents. I then taped it to the panel and pressed it to shape. using a tool, i worked the details into the foil, making sure to get the body crease. The wheel arch shape was worked in and i wrapped it around to the underside.

Relief cuts need to be made in some areas to help the metal form the correct shape, otherwise it should stretch enough.


Once removed, the panel will maintain it's shape. This is the big step, bending it to be damaged. go carefully and get a realistic crinkle in the panel.



eleanor03

by aus_mus, on Flickr
  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, December 15, 2014 7:59 PM

The panels need to be filled in the back with body filler. this maintains the shape and also gives it some rigidity.

 

I then painted the panel, first primer, then undercoat (white) and then base colour (MMP Golden Yellow). Once dried i gave it a



few damage scratches. the advantage here is the scratches expose metal, so you don't need to muck around with silver paint.


The final step is to cut away the kit's panel and glue the damaged one in place. This is hard as it's not just the panels, but the structure behind it needed to be bent/cut to allow the panel to get into alignment.

eleanor08

by aus_mus, on Flickr
  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 11:43 PM

updated pictures to my flickr so they now show

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, November 22, 2018 7:44 AM

Seriously awesome Elenore. This is one of the coolest models I've ever seen. The new trchnique really does teh trick, much better than heated plastic. I love it!

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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