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Maybe this has been done before, i don't know, but i came up with this idea a while back and tried it out tonight. If you've ever put together any of those shelving units or entertainment centers, they always come with little wood grain stickers to cover up the screws. Well, i kept some becuase i thought they might work for adding a wood grain finish to dash boards, consoles, or even door panels. I cut out peices from the circle stickers with an X-acto knife, and stuck them on a Charger console, i think it worked pretty good! Just the right "sheen", looks almost factory! I need to do some touching up on the console, but i just wanted to share this little tip if it's never been brought up before! Here's a couple picks...
not bad, thanks for tip!
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nice tip thankz
I'll try this. A lot better than my idea to cut panel out and insert a piece of wooden ice cream stick. . .! :-D
At our local kitchen fitters/diy stores they have rolls of iron on woodgrain. But don't try and iron it on your kit, just use superglue!
I prefer paint, Ice cream stick too thick in many instances. S56->
Very clever. As an alternative, you can download and print a huge variety of wood samples from wood companies, veneer companies, etc. This allows you to size the grain to scale, and alter the hue if you want. At small scales, real wood grain would be too coarse, so the printed alternative is more realistic. Try this source, or search Google images:
you can also pick up sample books from big box stores , some even have a grain to them .
the grain is usually reduced so it doesn't look out of scale.. and much higher resolution than a home printer can achieve
HI, Try contact paper, works great for pick up beds also
Hi, I've got two AMT/ Round 2 1934 and one AMT/ Round 2 '36 Ford kits converted to woodys. I seem to remember MPC using contact paper for the sides and tailgate of their 1929 Model A woody. Is the contact paper the same as shelving paper liners? I'm not very good at paint, so I rarely finish anything. ANY shortcuts would be a plus for me! Thanks.
Did you check with Modelhaus as they have three different woodgrain sheets that goes on like BMF?
There is also that real thin sheet wrapped around certain cigars bit of a pain to work, but very realistic, at least to my eyes
Cigars, ? What brand?
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Sorry dont remember name I believe its either DON MIGUELS or maybe PARTEGAS. A TOBACCO SHOP, should know I GOT three sheets about 2 years ago, from a buddy here in Erie Pa. Worked great for a 29 FORD woody I built for anothe buddy. SNORK I know we've had some differences in the past, but I'm serious about this. Its paper thin and comes wrapped around a few different higher end cigars, or as a liner inside their tubes. Anyone else know/remember what I'm refering to
There are also very thin sheets of cedar that separate the layers of cigars in boxes. They can be left in a natural color or bleached, for a lighter shade. I have some if you're interested Snork.
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10 mil (.01") wood veneer sheets are available ... think .01 styrene sheets ... thin enough for our purposes. Here's one site
Stripeman.com! They have very thin, flexible and real-looking vinyl intended for Jeep Wagoneers. For $2.00 and shipping, you can get a sample pack of eight different woods, a lot for the money. It works great, conforms well, and sticks tight. it must be the same material as those screw covers; I have used that stuff too, but Stripeman stuff is way better and you get a lot for 2 bucks. I got six packs for a lifetime supply.
For anyone who is considering this option, the price today is 6.99 and they offer free shipping. Still a bargain, I hope it works for me.
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I think you nailed it. It looks great.
That looks pretty good! Besides, they used fake wood on the real cars anyway.
Too many models to build in a lifetime.
A while back I bought a partially built MPC '65 Dodge Monaco.
Included in the kit was a sheet of "contact paper" like wood grain material.
I set it aside thinking that I would never use it.
Recently, it re-entered my mind when I was looking for an idea for wood grain in a '69 Coronet R/T project.
It worked very well!
The trick is finding wood pattern contact paper that looks scale.
One method I use, print a scale wood grain pattern on that sticky backed office paper used for printing sticky return of address labels
Also, wood flooring catalogs (the kind you get free at home depot) have shiny, thick pages with all sorts of wood grain, that is naturally in scale. Spray it with that sealer spray for artwork.
Or, better yet, get some from a kit like you did :)
Or, better yet, get some from a kit like you did :)
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