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Pierre Rivard



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:32 pm    Post subject: Junior Johnson Mystery Motor Impala Reply with quote

This race car was built using a Revell kit. It is a rebuild from a previous project (see fab shop for the story)
PPP wheels and tires
JNJ decals provided significant grief. ..aarrgghh
Chassis was modified for long arm rear suspension (Monogram parts)
Scratchbuilding of other chassis/engine items: shocks, air inlet, headers and dumps, fuel filler.
Interior cage built from 2mm Evergreen rod
Scratch built safety belts with 26 gauge wire, thin sheet styrene and masking tape.
Paint: Vallejo white primer and off-white color coat and Future clear, all brush painted.
Tamiya smoke and flat varnish on bumpers to tone them down and make them look battle scarred.
Thank you for looking.

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MarkJ



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, Pierre. Excellent build. Its amazing what you can do with a brush. That paint looks perfect. And the decals you were worried about look fresh as if you just bought them. Love the Mystery motor and you nailed the stance. She sits perfectly. And the interior came out awesome too. Dont see many Sixty's Nascar builds that look this good.
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Pierre Rivard



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarkJ wrote:
Wow, Pierre. Excellent build. Its amazing what you can do with a brush. That paint looks perfect. And the decals you were worried about look fresh as if you just bought them. Love the Mystery motor and you nailed the stance. She sits perfectly. And the interior came out awesome too. Dont see many Sixty's Nascar builds that look this good.


Thank you sir, your comments are much appreciated. The more I build the more I realize that getting the stance right is what helps provide some realism.
I forgot to mention that I cut up the front fender wheel opening and I also cut up the top of the tires to allow a lower stance.
I think "aging" the bumpers also helped the look.
The last element was improving my photo set up.
Trust me it looks better in pictures than "in the flesh"
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pierre Rivard wrote:
MarkJ wrote:
Wow, Pierre. Excellent build. Its amazing what you can do with a brush. That paint looks perfect. And the decals you were worried about look fresh as if you just bought them. Love the Mystery motor and you nailed the stance. She sits perfectly. And the interior came out awesome too. Dont see many Sixty's Nascar builds that look this good.


Thank you sir, your comments are much appreciated. The more I build the more I realize that getting the stance right is what helps provide some realism.
I forgot to mention that I cut up the front fender wheel opening and I also cut up the top of the tires to allow a lower stance.
I think "aging" the bumpers also helped the look.
The last element was improving my photo set up.
Trust me it looks better in pictures than "in the flesh"


Yes, the chrome does have a more realistic look to it. You need to explain to me again what you put on the bumpers and grille and how you put it on.
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Tom Birky



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Well done Pierre. Just the right amount of detail. Great job!

Tom
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Bill J



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perfect looking 63 Impala. All the right details and all came out great. Nice work Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking ride...
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Pierre Rivard



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarkJ wrote:
Pierre Rivard wrote:
MarkJ wrote:
Wow, Pierre. Excellent build. Its amazing what you can do with a brush. That paint looks perfect. And the decals you were worried about look fresh as if you just bought them. Love the Mystery motor and you nailed the stance. She sits perfectly. And the interior came out awesome too. Dont see many Sixty's Nascar builds that look this good.


Thank you sir, your comments are much appreciated. The more I build the more I realize that getting the stance right is what helps provide some realism.
I forgot to mention that I cut up the front fender wheel opening and I also cut up the top of the tires to allow a lower stance.
I think "aging" the bumpers also helped the look.
The last element was improving my photo set up.
Trust me it looks better in pictures than "in the flesh"


Yes, the chrome does have a more realistic look to it. You need to explain to me again what you put on the bumpers and grille and how you put it on.


For chrome I find that darker and less shiny looks more realistic
Bumpers and grilles: I brush Tamiya Smoke X-19 which darkens and fills recesses for contrast.
I then add a layer of Future mixed with a bit of Tamiya flat base X-19 to achieve a semi gloss finish.
Painted chrome trim: I avoid silver paint and go for a darker color like Tamiya XF-56 metallic gray then clear over with future (no flat base)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice build. Excellent attention to the details!
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sentsat71



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Location: Fenton, IA

PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!!!

VERY NICELY DONE!!!!!

..applause ..applause ..applause ..applause
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nicely done!!!!
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MarkJ



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, Pierre. What did you say you use around the windshield, back glass, roof belt, and drip mouldings? Looks really good.
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Pierre Rivard



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarkJ wrote:
So, Pierre. What did you say you use around the windshield, back glass, roof belt, and drip mouldings? Looks really good.


I paint with Tamiya XF-56 metallic gray (darker than aluminium) after the base coat and clear over it with Future along with the rest of the body.
Just my own opinion but I find that a darker metallic tone looks more realistic.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pierre Rivard wrote:
MarkJ wrote:
So, Pierre. What did you say you use around the windshield, back glass, roof belt, and drip mouldings? Looks really good.


I paint with Tamiya XF-56 metallic gray (darker than aluminium) after the base coat and clear over it with Future along with the rest of the body.
Just my own opinion but I find that a darker metallic tone looks more realistic.


Thanks, Pierre. I just wish I had a source for tamiya paints locally. I think Micro Mark might sell them. I'll check. You're right though , The chrome bare metal foil is really too bright for the trim they had on 60's window trim and really all the mouldings on the cars. They weren't really chrome, they were aluminum or maybe stainless steel. In other words you can't see a mirror image of yourself if you look at a windshield moulding on a 63 impala.
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Pierre Rivard



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarkJ wrote:
Pierre Rivard wrote:
MarkJ wrote:
So, Pierre. What did you say you use around the windshield, back glass, roof belt, and drip mouldings? Looks really good.


I paint with Tamiya XF-56 metallic gray (darker than aluminium) after the base coat and clear over it with Future along with the rest of the body.
Just my own opinion but I find that a darker metallic tone looks more realistic.


Thanks, Pierre. I just wish I had a source for tamiya paints locally. I think Micro Mark might sell them. I'll check. You're right though , The chrome bare metal foil is really too bright for the trim they had on 60's window trim and really all the mouldings on the cars. They weren't really chrome, they were aluminum or maybe stainless steel. In other words you can't see a mirror image of yourself if you look at a windshield moulding on a 63 impala.


Mark, I had a doubt about this one and went back to my notes
Although I usually use Tamiya XF-56 for this vehicle I used Vallejo Duraluminium 77.702.
Same idea here, it is a darker shade vs the standard aluminium
Just be careful with it, it is thin (airbrush viscosity) but brushes well on small surfaces like trim.
Many other shades of Vallejo Metal Colors are available too.
Hope it offers you with a doable alternative.

https://acrylicosvallejo.com/en/category/hobby/metal-color-en/
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pierre Rivard wrote:
MarkJ wrote:
Pierre Rivard wrote:
MarkJ wrote:
So, Pierre. What did you say you use around the windshield, back glass, roof belt, and drip mouldings? Looks really good.


I paint with Tamiya XF-56 metallic gray (darker than aluminium) after the base coat and clear over it with Future along with the rest of the body.
Just my own opinion but I find that a darker metallic tone looks more realistic.


Thanks, Pierre. I just wish I had a source for tamiya paints locally. I think Micro Mark might sell them. I'll check. You're right though , The chrome bare metal foil is really too bright for the trim they had on 60's window trim and really all the mouldings on the cars. They weren't really chrome, they were aluminum or maybe stainless steel. In other words you can't see a mirror image of yourself if you look at a windshield moulding on a 63 impala.


Mark, I had a doubt about this one and went back to my notes
Although I usually use Tamiya XF-56 for this vehicle I used Vallejo Duraluminium 77.702.
Same idea here, it is a darker shade vs the standard aluminium
Just be careful with it, it is thin (airbrush viscosity) but brushes well on small surfaces like trim.
Many other shades of Vallejo Metal Colors are available too.
Hope it offers you with a doable alternative.

https://acrylicosvallejo.com/en/category/hobby/metal-color-en/


Thanks, Pierre. I dont have the duraluminum but maybe I can darken regular vallejo aluminum a little with some vallejo steel. I'll play with it and see what I can come up with. The b.m.f. doesnt seem to work as well as it use to. And I really dont look forward to using it anymore.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent work!
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Pierre Rivard



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for your kind feedback
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helluva build my friend. Always look forward to your work.
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BW



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent work Pierre! Your attention to detail is inspiring. I could look at this build for hours! Incredible brush painting. Thanks for posting and keep'em comin'!
-Bobby
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Pierre Rivard



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BW wrote:
Excellent work Pierre! Your attention to detail is inspiring. I could look at this build for hours! Incredible brush painting. Thanks for posting and keep'em comin'!
-Bobby


Thank you Bobby, considering this started as a black and gold glue bomb, I'm satisfied with the result of this rebuild.
Pierre
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2021 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Pierre looks great what did you use for the heat matting on the floor thanks.
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Pierre Rivard



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hobbyguy wrote:
Hi Pierre looks great what did you use for the heat matting on the floor thanks.


I used medical adhesive tape purchased at the drugstore, available in many sizes and a few colors in the first aid section. Got this tip from MarkJ.
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