The wayback machine

by brae  

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.


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The second is a Volkswagen Beetle in a lovely shade of oxidized army green.  :D  Of course, the kit body was originally pink.  Ech!


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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.


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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.


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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.

11 comments

Comment from: carrie [Visitor]

you’re dollhouse and car work is AMAZINGG AND VERY INSPIRING TO ME!!!!

02/10/10 @ 12:16
Comment from: brae [Member]  

Thank you! :]

02/10/10 @ 12:53
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]

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…

08/21/11 @ 06:02
Comment from: Martha Thomas [Visitor]

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.
Martha

10/18/11 @ 11:26
Comment from: brae [Member]  

Thanks, Martha! Your compliment brightened my day!

10/18/11 @ 11:32
Comment from: Angie Martin Hall [Visitor]

Awesomeness!

01/11/12 @ 17:39
Comment from: CJ [Visitor]

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.

09/26/12 @ 17:47
Comment from: brae [Member]  

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. :))

09/26/12 @ 18:07
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]

I could never get Dents a Rot to look so good. Great work.

03/21/14 @ 22:49
Comment from: Thalia [Visitor]

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.

09/28/14 @ 00:11
Comment from: brae [Member]  

:)) Thanks so much!!!

10/17/14 @ 09:43