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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air [5] – Weathering [video]

October 5, 2012

by Seb Perez

I’ll be very happy when this project is finished and I’ll never aloud it again for a project to delay that much. It’s no fun anymore. As I already told you, I started this project when I was 17 years old. In the meanwhile I’m 35 and I’m still working on this one. 99% of those incredible 18 years this cars was forgotten in a box, although I always took it with me every time I moved, somehow I never finished it.

But this long story is coming to an end now.

Here you see the really very last steps including weathering and a few minor details.

First i painted the body matt brown and red on top of it. In order to create the superficial rust effect I wet sanded with 1200 grit sand paper. I mixed Iggy’s rust powder with the water. That way the rust pigment gets into the sanded surface.

Besides real rust I also used Humbrol’s 186 Matt Brown. On some spots (like the top of the hood) I mixed the paint with rust powder to create that heavy superficial rust effect.

Next time the final assembly! Finally after 18 years! :-)

Take care

– Seb –














Jeff St.Clair October 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Hey guys, love your site. You’ve got great information and how-to articles/videos. I’m fairly new to your site and so you may already know this one but I stubbled upon this forum “” and if you click on the “Photography” link, it contains many vintage pictures that would make great reference for any model builder or diorama designer. Hope you find this useful and keep up the great work!

Iggy October 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

Hi Jeff, thank you for your feedback and for sharing that link. I just had a look at that site and there are lot’s of great pictures of vintage building! Really cool. Thanks!

Chris Newton October 13, 2012 at 1:36 am

The ’57 rag-top looks great! I can’t wait to see it posed in a shop or a back yard or fiueld somewhere. The floors look great as does the weathering, head-less engine, drilled wheels, etc. A casual observer sometimes will over-look all of the work that has gone into those details. I know it has been a long project, but keep going! It looks great!

monster October 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Another great weathering job on this ’57!!!
Can’t wait to see it finish!!!

modelcarjunky December 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

how do you guys make all those things like the hinges and the pistons

Iggy December 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm


you can see a lot of “how we do stuff” on our youtube channel – where this video is also posted. Check it out for some cool videos!


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