1/160 Willmodels Ford Crown Victoria
This is how the "kit" looks in the package
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The resin casting measures about 1.25". Note the bottom of the car is not flat yet.
Bottom of casting was sanded flat on sandpaper laid on a flat surface.
Windex bath to remove mold release agent, etc
Since I wanted the paint to also cover the bottom of the bumpers, I had to figure out a way to hold the tiny casting for spary painting. This was the answer!
I wrapped a paperclip around the screw, and the car was ready for paint. Here we see the first coat of Duplicolor Silver Frost, the color of my 1:1 Crown Vic. This paint requires clear gloss topcoats.
A toothpick and Tamiya clear paints start to make the model look a bit more realistic.
The headlights and reverse lights were given tiny dabs of Testor's canopy glue, which dries pretty much clear. The headlights required a few layers of the glue.
The windows were darkened with a pencil. After this step the car got another clear coat to seal the graphite, etc.
Here we see a tiny sliver of Bare Metal Foil being put on the trunklid, just like on the real car.
The kit's wheels are nice, but not at all accurate for a Crown Vic.
Here the wheel castings are being filled in with layers of Testor's canopy glue. This was to make them look more like steel wheels.
Castings painted black, then a dab of silver was put in the centers to simulate center caps used on the 1:1 police cars... also my 1:1 snow tire setup!
Grille with more Bare Metal Foil, and a dab of blue from a gel pen for the FORD logo. More clear paint followed.
Black trim painted, wheels attatched with epoxy. I tried making little side mirrors, but gave up when I couldn't get 2 cut alike. Looks just like my car in winter... only cleaner...