Sunday, April 29, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Yes, I'm creeping along. Last night, I got through the extremely boring "normal car part" assembly, and now have the wheels (sans bat-rims) on, the engine in, and the silver trim for the windows done-- something that I was DREADING, but was able to pull off.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
#1 #2 #3 #4 Sorry that these are old "film" pics and not digital ones. Who knew that all of these years later, these pics would be reference material!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
And when the weather gets remotely summerish, that means it's perfect weather for spray-painting! As I look back, I can see that most of my modelling took place during later spring and the heat of summer. There's just something about warmer weather that makes me want to build. When it's wet/cold, though, I find that I tend to draw/paint.
Back to the business at hand. I went to my "local" hobby store, about a 20 minute drive away, in a nearby town (the one in our town went out of biz a while back). I went in with the idea that I'd look for some brush-on dull cote, some brush-on gloss cote, and some decal set. Miracle of miracles, they had all three things! I was on a roll.
But then I went to the local Hobby Lobby, just to see if anything would be there in their model section. First, I saw a BIG 1/16 scale General Lee "Dukes of Hazzard" model kit, and I was tempted. But, I've already got a smaller scale General, and that was enough for me. I also saw they had Grandpa Munster's dragster! Oh, the temptation. But then I saw what I was secretly hoping to find.
There were THREE different kits of the 1966 Batmobile from the short-lived but beloved TV series! I could choose from a prepainted metal version, a 1/32 scale Polar Lights version, or a 1/25 scale version that also was from Polar Lights. I went with the 1/25, since a.)I didn't want somebody else already painting my model for me, and b.) I'd read some negative things about that 1/32 version with its inaccuracies. The chosen kit was $31.99. Jeez! But it IS the George Barris Batmobile, and I HAVE wanted this kit for years....
So I got in line, rueing the hard reality that I didn't have a coupon, and their models were not on sale that week. I get up to the register, and the lady waiting behind me gives me her 40% coupon! Can you believe that? I ended up only paying about $21, and I left feeling not so guilty.
So it's been one day, and I've already primed all of the parts. At first, I thought that since the body was already black, I'd just paint my black spray right over it. Why oh why can't I just listen to myself when I warn myself?! The paint inexplicably puddled up in certain places and actually REPELLED off of other spots, resulting in a terrible, blotchy paint job! I'd washed the parts, and could not understand what happened. I ended up soaking the body in Purple Power and this morning I primed the clean parts and re-applied some paint, this time some cheapie satin black Valspar paint, which, surprise surprise, worked out beautiful.