BIG MERCEDES 3
Final assembly of the 1:24 Italeri Mercedes chassis is almost complete, following an initial weathering stage, involving Lifecolor acrylic paints and dry pigments. Quite a few snags were encountered, with supplied parts not fitting correctly, especially the air pipe linking the filter to the inlet manifold, which needed an extension inserting and blending in. Luckily, I had a scrap of plastic tube of the correct diameter.
More complex was the twin exhaust outlet pipes, which were not only too short, but the angles were also incorrect, so adding in a short extension wasn't possible. Instead, longer sections were spliced in, having shaped the new styrene rod to the desired shape after dipping in hot water. Quite a faff and rather frustrating, not helped by me not having any of the correct diameter rod in stock, so the new sections are fractionally thinner. Happily, it's not so noticeable after priming with a thick layer of Mr Surfacer 500, applied by hand to give a suitable texture. The rusty finish was then applied, to blend with the rest of the exhaust system.
Lots of extra details have been added to the chassis, created mostly from 'found' materials and the painted/weathered finish is not bad, given that I've not been able to use an airbrush. The use of aerosols for certain elements has helped, albeit at a financial cost. Indeed, I could probably have bought a decent airbrush for the cost of the spray cans I've amassed over the past few weeks, for this and a few other projects that are also ongoing.