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Rusting, Chipping and Weathering

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At this point the hardest part for most will occur....the cut!!!

Committing to actually cutting a perfectly good model is the hardest obstacle any modeler will encounter when building. My only advice is that first, anything can be fixed with enough plastic and glue and second is to just DO IT!! It gets easier. Before you know it you will want to cut apart that $70 Dragon kit and wreck something!!

After separating a few parts the building is soon to begin. We will need to add some damage to show rusting later on in the painting stages. I took my cordless Dremel and with an engraving tip ground various areas that would be damaged on the truck from being abandoned in the woods.

The floor boards would be rotted out from sitting close to the ground, and using the picture as references for some other damages, I moved forward.

At the moment I am attaching some parts instead of breaking them. I added the section of the chassis to the floorboards.

I wanted to create the torn headliner that can be seen in one of the pictures. I cut apart a teabag and with a little PVA began gluing the headliner in place. Tea bags work great for this and even better for making tarps and blankets to add some realism to your builds.

The Donkey...Lump...Motor, was next on the chopping block.

In an effort to speed this up, I cut out the intake manifold section, drilled out the cylinders added some small bobbles and the motor was ready.

In the pictures there are a couple of distinct features I will try and duplicate somewhat. You can see the open driver's side door with the hanging panel and the bars on the rear window.

The rear window bars.

Last, I began chopping away at the doors.

Finally, for the moment, the homemade steel framework that was added and then someone attached the rear axle to it. A little scratch work and everything is pretty much ready for some primer.

About the Author

About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)

I am building what I like, when I like and how I like it; having fun doing it. I have been building and finishing models on and off my whole life but the past ten years things really exploded. Just about anything goes when it comes to hitting the bench, but wrecked armor, rusted hulks, ships or ...


Finally I got the time, to sit down and read this feature thoroughly. The SBS is very well writen and the work OUTSTANDING. Thanks Todd, for taking the time to do this brilliant feature.
AUG 27, 2012 - 09:09 AM
LOL...only off a couple weeks here Jesper...sorry bout that!!! Thank you for the kind words, it is most appreciated!!!
SEP 22, 2012 - 09:07 AM
it's been a while since I've done done heavy rust effects and enjoyed your approach and presentation very much.well done sir! Chris
OCT 18, 2012 - 07:45 AM
Great Job thank you for showing us this!
OCT 30, 2012 - 08:21 AM
Excellent tutorial, great photography as well
MAR 22, 2013 - 11:56 PM