Though I had a dollhouse in childhood, my main interest for as long as I can remember has been cars. I wanted an all-terrain vehicle for my second birthday, and grandpa bought it for me. :D I am not sure exactly when I got into building model cars, but I still have three completed 1:25 scale models - one showroom quality and the other two junkers. These were made sometime in the late 80's - early 90's.
The first is a Jaguar XKE. It's the most polished of the three. It has a gold metallic undercoat covered by sheer deep green. I used an airbrush on all the models. Other than on the wheels where I was able to use a small brush, the chrome details were painted gold using the tip of a sewing pin. That same method was used to paint the dashboard details.
The second is a Volkswagen Beetle in a lovely shade of oxidized army green. :D Of course, the kit body was originally pink. Ech!
I cut mini vinyl floor mats to cover the holes in the floorboards. It has broken windows, dents, rust, a missing rearview mirror, multiple city stickers and a now-missing CB antenna mounted on the back. That's railroad paint called dirt as accent.
The third, and my personal favorite, is the Datsun 240Z. It has a cockeyed suspension, which - if you have ever seen one of these on the road - should seem familiar to you.
Occasionally, I will see one that is showroom new and I just have to smile. This model has the same issues as the Beetle - the dents, rust etc., but I did a few extra things here.
The spider web crack in the front windshield is done by poking a heated straight pin through the plastic then using a hobby knife to etch the pattern.
I upholstered the hatchback just to put a greasy tire mark there.
There are cigarette burns in the seats, a missing headlight and only part of the nameplate remains on the back. I painted most of the car in a mix of gloss and flat black, but the hood and rear piece have a bit more gloss to represent replacement parts. It, too, got a splash of dirt to finish it off. Interestingly enough, the dustier these models get over time the more realistic they look.
you’re dollhouse and car work is AMAZINGG AND VERY INSPIRING TO ME!!!!
Thank you! :]
Do you know of a good supplier for 1/4 scale finished cars? I’d like to get an old pick up truck for my little Spanish revival house. 1920-1940s era…
I love your cars. Having had Beetles during the ’60’s through the ’80’s I appreciate your ability to whisk me back in time. I love them all, but that 240Z is absolutely perfect, I can almost see one waiting for the light to change, lol. At first I thought they were restored cars not minis. I will come back when I have more time to drool over the houses. Thanks so much for sharing and giving me a big smile.
Thanks, Martha! Your compliment brightened my day!
I thrill to your mud splatters. Seriously, you should write more about how you do this, because it’s awesome. Your cars, on the whole, are awesome.
Thanks! It’s been so long, but I do believe I really just splattered it on. I considered the directionality the mud would go if you were spinning your narrow tires.
I could never get Dents a Rot to look so good. Great work.
Ai yi we had that exact Bug. We called it The Toad, both for its color and because it had a habit of breaking down in inconvenient places and needing to be, well, towed. That car, I swear.
These are so wonderful! There’s just something so funny about old cranky broken-down cars for some reason.
Thanks so much!!!