I built this car a long while ago, after pausing it for almost a year. I had started this junker but it was let undone in a box, forgotten. After I re-started it, I had a “barn find kind of build” in mind, as if someone would have just found it and pumped air in the tires to make it roll to the trailer or so – I try to think of different junkyard diorama scenes while building my junk model cars.
I custom made the inside of the doors with the missing interior panels, based on the real ones, and painted them in the body color. I like to do that detail a lot – you may have have noticed this already . I also made broken upholstery and leaned the front seats forward. I made holes in the dashboard where some of the instruments belong. The steering wheel is unfinished on this pic.
While building junk model cars I like to test fit the parts. This pic shows the car in an unfinished stage, with almost no weathering on it. The paint still looks bright and shiny. The hardest part of building a junk model car – for me – is to damage the shiny paint.
This pic shows how the broken passenger window has been pulled down and is not inside the door. You have to look inside the car to see this, right behind the passenger seat. In this pic you can see how the rag top is partially opened and the door handle is missing, with a rusty hole instead. You may also notice the difference to the previous picture when it comes to the paint – note how the hood has changed. I used a chemical to get rid of the colored layer and make the surface rust paint visible. I haven’t used this technique in my latest models anymore, though.
The door sill is specially rusty on this car. I custom built the rag top with wire and paper, and made some holes in it (you can actually see this pretty well on the first picture at the very top).
Now that I think about it, there are a few things that I would have done differently now. I would have still made slightly flat tires and made some wiring in the engine compartment. I would have also done the seats so broken, that you can see the seat structure (I made that in a 34 Ford Roadster and it makes the car look even more “junky”).
This last pic shows a detail of the rear fender. Note that fender border is rather thin. The seam between the body and the holding piece for the bumper is also a bit rusty.
I N R U S T W E T R U S T !