Anyone have opinions on the closest match to the graphite colored paint used on Torqu Thrust "D" wheels?
I have the wheels from Revell's 427 SC Cobra, excellent reproductions. They even have the texture. Just not sure what color to paint the centers.
While were on the subject, what do you all use for the polished aluminum that would make up the outer ring?
I've painted the spokes of Torq Thrusts everything from flat aluminum to flat black. They all can look good, depending on the color of the car.
One of my favorites is Model Master (military) Gunship Gray, FS 36118. If that's not quite dark enough for you, try their Euro I Gray ( I forget the FS number right offhand). Both shades look great.
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Well, the truck they're going on will be semi gloss black, so I figure flat or semi gloss black will be best. But I was just wondering what everybody used to replicate the color that "D"s are straight from the manufacturer.
For black spokes I use Model Master's black chrome trim. It is a nice semi-gloss black.
Depending on what era of TTD's you are trying to replicate, there are different greys you can use. If trying to replicate the originals from the early 60's, I use Model Master flat gull grey. It almost looks white or like a "concrete" color. If you are trying to replicate the latest versions of the TTD's, I would try standard testors flat grey enamel. This has a little tint of blue in it which should match the new wheels very well.
Also, for the aluminum edge, I use Testor's dull coat on the chrome to look like polished aluminum.
For dark Torque Thrust spokes, my favorite paint is Humbrol gunmetal. It has a great colour and texture.
For the unpainted aluminum rim, I used a 50/50 mix Testors Gloscote and Dulcote over the chrome on this wheel, but next time I'm going to try Micro Scale satin clear sprayed over the chrome. The wheel was masked using Micro Scale liquid mask. The lug nuts were masked also, and left masked until after the clear so they would remain shiney.
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Bainford, those look excellent. I think that might be the way I go. Glad I haven't stripped them yet...
Thanks. If you go with this paint, I think you'll be pleased. Especially if the vehicle is going to be black.
Great looking build! Are those kit rims or aftermarket? OOppss.. ok guess it would help if I read the whole thread! Nice work!
Are you referring to the wheels on the Torino? They are from the AMT 55 Nomad kit.
Good choice. Those are some of the very best TTDs ever kitted, even to this day. I think they were also in the "Street Machine" version of the '55 Bel Air sedan.