Scale Auto Replica's

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After building the same model of this in 2015, and after starting to build the Universal Lieferwagen (Van) version of the Trabant a few months ago, see here http://geoffbrowns-modelling.webs.com/ I had plenty of the Trabant Glacier Blue left and knowing this paint from the past, I knew it wouldn't keep for long, sadly the valve had gone faulty in the aerosol the paint come in, so I had no option other than to decant the paint into a couple of glass bottles, after airbrushing the Van, the paint in the bottle had already started to cure, luckily the paint in the larger bottle was still o.k, but rather than letting it go to waste, I decided that I would prepare another 601s saloon, and get it painted in Glacier blue, the headlamp trims, rear lamp housings and the trim along the top of the doors and wings were added before a few coats of grey plastic primer was applied to the body, this was left overnight to dry out, the next day the body, bonnet, roof panel and boot, which had been primed the same time as the body, were sanded smooth using 4000 grit paper, and then wiped over with panel wipe and then dusted off with a tack cloth, then the Glacier blue was applied using my trusty Paasche H airbrush with a # 5 tip fitted.


Photo's Above :- Top photo's (Left) Bootlid, (Centre) Roof Panel,(Right) Bonnet painted, Front seat backs filled with bondo to get rid of the join lines, (Centre & Right) Bodyshell painted

Time to start airbrushing some of the smaller parts, switching from my Paasche H to the much finer Paasche F1 airbrush, the rear parcel shelf and seats were airbrushed using Revell satin gloss # 

Photo's Above :- Engine block built up, a little black wash was added to the cylinder heads and around the cooling fins, Fan belt was hand painted using Humbrol acrylic enamel, alternator pulley was picked out using Tamiya Titanium gold acrylic 

Photo's Above :- Top Left shows the front seat after being painted, then masked up to paint the seat face in a contrasting colour, it will now be masked up once again so the head restraint can be airbrushed in satin black, Top centre shows the rear seat fater being painted, then again masked up so the seat face and backrest could be painted in the same colour used for the front seats, the steering whel was first primed in grey primer before being airbrushed in satin black acrylic lacquer, Bottom left shows the interior side panel after first being priimed, then airbrushed in body colour before being masked up so the door cards were airbrushed in the same shade of tan used for the sides of the seats, the interior floorpan and rear parcel shelf was airbrushed in a lighter shade of tan, and will be flocked to replicate the carpet.

Photo Left :- Floorpan masked off to be airbrushed in satin black, Photo Centre :- after being airbrushed, Photo Right :- Shows the finished article

Photo's Above :- (Left) Showing the engine built up before being installed into the chassis, (Centre) Shows the engine fitted into the chassis

Photo Above :- (Left) Headrest airbrushed in flat black, (Centre) Front Seats finished, (Right) Boot compartment airbrushed in light tan enamel 

Photo's Above :- (Top Left) Rear suspension arms painted satin black and details picked out in titanium gold, (Top Centre) Suspension arms fitted to the chassis, (Top Right) Gearbox transaxle and driveshafts, (Bottom Left) Engine fitted into chassis, (Bottom Centre) Engine bay finished, (Bottom Right) Front suspension, subframe, Towbar and exhaust fitted to chassis 

After painting the body again, and because I put on too light a coat of paint, I went through the paint while trying to polish up, so it got repainted, but after leaving it to dry out, there was just too many marks in the paint to remove, so it's gone into a vat of oven cleaner, the body I had prepared for the 601 Deluxe was used instead, after opening a jar of the Trabant paint and giving it a good stir, i decided to filter it, as the first jar of paint I had had loads of bits suspended in the paint, you can see in the paint filter (Photo Below Right) just how much debris was in the paint, this time the paint went on much better and will be left to dry for a few weeks before I try to polish it, the body that's now in the paint stripper will be used for the "Deluxe" model when I finally get around to building it

With the flocking finished on the interior, it was time to fix in place the rear bench seat and the two front seats, at the same time the plastic cup that protects the tow ball was airbrushed in gloss red enamel, the side panels were masked off so the door furniture could be airbrushed in matt black acrylic and the side panels were then fixed into position 

With the paintwork on the bodyshell, bonnet, bootlid, and roof panel now fully cured it was time to get them all polished, for this I used a combination of compounds, but before the polishing was started I first started with wet sanding any dust nibs or other marks that needed to be removed before the polishing process could be started, for this I used a 3600 grade flatting paper, used wet, then moved up the grades until i ended with a 6000 grade paper.

Then the polishing process could start, starting with Novus plastic polish (#2), followed by Poorboys SSR2, then Meguiar's Deep Crystal wax, and then finished off with Holts motorcycle polish.(See Photo Bottom left), Once the body had been polished, it was time to join it with the floorpan, before this could happen the boot liner and interior had to be fixed inside the body, at this point, I really must congratulate Revell for getting the parts fit so good on their latest kits, so far I have built there Mini Cooper MK1 and the VW Beetle, and so far 3 Trabants, and on all of them, the interior just falls into place, a few drops of glue made sure they didn't move when I was putting the body onto the floorpan, which on the Trabant is held into place by a few drops of 5 minute epoxy at the rear a few on the front inner corners, the photo's below middle and right shows the interior detail before the roof panel was fixed in place, again a few drops of 5 minute epoxy were good enough to a good joint, the fit is that good that if you want to be able to see inside the model once it has been finished, you could just leave it sitting on top of the body without it being glued into position.

With most of the build complete, it was time to masked off and airbrushed the rubber seals that are molded as part of the front and rear screen and the side windows, this was done with Tamiya masking tape, as of yet it is the bast masking tape I have found for doing this job, they were then airbrushed using my Paasche F1 airbrush and some flat black VHT paint that I had decanted from the aerosol, I found this paint to replicate the rubber seals just right, once the paint had dried the tape was removed and the windows fitted into place using some Devcon 5 minute clear epoxy.

Then all the detail parts were fitted, front and rear bumpers, door mirrors, number plate surrounds and then finally the decals.