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  1. Quickly did the seats this evening at well. Pastels and nail file to add weathering.
  2. Small update, I've been pottering about putting together the remainder of the car and priming it. Today I also had a go at roughing up a tyre, and I'm ridiculously proud of how gross it looks. I used the chopped up lid from some fish food to make the spikes, and shaved pastels to add the rusty dust. The seats are painted too, and I'm working myself up to making those look distressed and battered. I also scored some spare wheels and tyres off e bay (so happy) and am really really looking forward to them arriving so I can make them look scary. This is incredible fun!
  3. OK - This is my first ever go at building a kit, and leaning more to the creative side of things I decided I wanted to have a crack at kitbashing some kind of post apocalyptic Fury Roadesque kind of thing. Since this is my first try I thought I would keep it simple and keep the car mostly as is, just stick on some bigger wheels, go crazy on the weathering, and add 'war stuff' later when I get to that particular bridge. I don't have much equipment at the moment, and only four paint colours, so don't expect anything too colourful or exciting haha. I started putting together some little pieces, and realised once I had done the primer and started painting that the seam on the engine bit is really ugly. Urgh! Still getting the hang of using paint thinner, and how the paint goes on. I'm holding off putting on any of the super shiny silver parts until the very last. Lesson learned with the seam, I tried to file the seat joins with a nail file. I'm going to prime them tomorrow and then scour the internet for seat painting guides. I want them to look old and dirty. I figured it was best to paint them before I glue them in. I'm also starting to think about my back wheels. I figure if I'm in a desert wasteland I want bigger wheels. I'm trying to scare some up, but in the meantime I'm wondering how to make them work. Do I fix a way to have this thing I'm holding in the picture lower (which feels flimsy to me), or do I fix to lower the whole...uh...chassis is it called? Any ideas would be warmly welcomed. Apologies for my dreadful lack of any car knowledge and somewhat embarrassing terminology. I'll get there.
  4. Hello, complete newbie checking in.

    Thank you thank you, what kind responses! I have started on my first project and am already hunting around e bay for some bigger wheels, and puzzling out when and where I prime as I'm putting the bare bones of my model together. I'll post a project thread soon.
  5. Hello, my name is Bea and I'm a brand new member from Norfolk, UK. At this moment in time I am a PhD student who is working on old legal manuscripts, and I seriously love it. In between research, writing and learning Latin I love to play video games and horror media. I'll admit I am completely new to model making, as in, I've never made one before. I found I was getting so caught up in work that I needed some kind of creative output, something non-academic and FUN for my own sanity more than anything, and when I got to thinking about the kind of project I wanted to do, I got to thinking about how amazingly cool the cars from the Mad Max films are and how I want to make those kinds of things...but smaller. I really love the idea of taking a car, and thinking 'ok how do I turn this into a post apocalyptic war machine'. So I started researching kits, and found pictures and blogs of people doing 'kit bashing', and decided to jump right in and see what happens. So, this is why I have joined this forum. I am new, I have barely any equipment, and will make a hundred mistakes and more, but I hope there are kind and friendly people here who can help me along the way, and you never know, I may even get half good at this down the line! I was thinking of making a post of my first project as I go along, but wasn't sure if it belonged in the car section or the sci-if section? Thanks everyone, and I look forward to posting more.