1913 Model T Van, part 4

by brae  

Continuing work on the Model T Van.  The gas tank in a Model T sits under the seat and likely won't be seen much in my model, but that's no reason to skimp on detailing.  :D  The pieces that make up the tank were primed in flat black since they were on the sprue of parts that were mostly that color.  I assembled the two halves and then sprayed it with Model Master Metalizer Lacquer in Aluminum Plate.

The initial finish is light matte silver.  I didn't worry much about the join lines along the sides since they will be hard to see once the part is in place.

Once you buff it with a paper towel, it gets all shiny.  :D

That's just a little too new, so I added a couple of grey acrylic paint washes dabbed with a paper towel.  A bit of dust and light weathering always adds depth and visual weight.

I also painted the exhaust system with the Aluminum Plate spray.

I then added a bunch of colored acrylic paint washes to tone down the color and shine.  It also has more depth now.

I swapped out the original tail pipe and cut a piece of aluminum tubing to take its place.

I also painted the underside of the chassis and fenders a mix of flat black, brown and grey.  From the restored cars I've seen, the undersides are all glossy.  This might be for showroom condition, but mine has been on the road and our owner doesn't wash the underside.  :D


Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
Wow! Moving right along! Love the detailing on the exhaust system. And the gas tank looks like it's been under the car for a while...that layer of dust/age that can accumulate even if it isn't exposed.
10/17/16 @ 07:10
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
I love all the detailing on the exhaust system. It looks very realistic! :)
10/17/16 @ 09:27
Comment from: Chris M. [Visitor]
You do such amazing work. Your attention to all the little aging details just makes it perfect.
10/18/16 @ 19:36
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>
10/30/16 @ 17:14

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