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How to replicate this seat pattern? (1958 Plymouth)

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How to replicate this seat pattern? (1958 Plymouth)
Posted by Nathan Chao on Tuesday, August 06, 2019 4:46 PM

Interior photos on website

I was going to make a 1958 Plymouth model and was hoping to recreate these seats for accuracy, anyone know how one might create this pattern on a scale model?  I was thinking of an old shirt that had similar patterns to this, or some paper towels painted to match the color.

Thanks

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    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Tuesday, August 06, 2019 8:27 PM

You might try Michael's in the decorative tape section. They have dozens of tiny patterns and one of them might be close enough to replicate that pattern. I purchased a couple of different rolls to try to replicate a seat pattern on a '64 Dodge 330 and the only drawback was the width. It was not quite wide enough for the inserts. Since the seats you want to replicate have relatively small inserts, you should be fine. That would be a lot easier than trying to install and/or paint fabric. Tape, when burnished down tightly does not lift in my experience. 

chucky

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Posted by Nathan Chao on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 2:27 PM

Thanks chucky, I will definitely look into the decorative tape at Michaels next time I am there.  Hopefully there should be the black and white pattern of the middle seat that Michaels has.  The Christine kit has a totally different seat than the one in the photo.  What texture is the tape at Michaels like?  

Good luck

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 6:41 PM

G'day Nathan.  Have a look at the upholstery decals in Scale Motorsports website, there may be something suitable for you there.  Cheers.

Steve

 

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 8:42 PM

The texture is relatively smooth but thin enough that it burnishes into place nicely with a cotton swab. The various printed patterns are small enough to give the appearance of upholstery. As I mentioned, I would have used it on my 330 except for the width issue. Good luck with your project: it sounds like you are looking to create accurate details. 

chucky

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    January, 2019
Posted by ModelTexan1 on Thursday, August 08, 2019 8:14 PM

Another idea is to look at the scrapbook papers at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.  You might find a tweed pattern that you could scan and then print to white decal paper.  That would also let you scale it down once scanned.

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Posted by Tom99 on Friday, August 09, 2019 6:54 AM
What I have done in the past is, find a good picture of the material on line, and print it on decal paper.

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