Monday, November 01, 2021

Weathering the Dublo VW

A show deadline persuades me to stop messing around and get this "valuable collectable" properly ruined. Or improved, depending on your point of view.

A single cross-head screw is all that holds the chassis in place. The glazing is held in with a rivet, so I ground that away with a fat drill bit. 

Nice to see we have a full microbus interior. Since you can't see it in the van, it makes sense for Oxford not to do another moulding. Pity the steering wheel is on the wrong side though!

Around the window edges, I filled in the gap between the chrome moulding and the glass with some black paint. It looks better than the yellow body colour appearing where no yellow should be visible. 

After that, a dusting with weathering powders was followed by a wipe with a damp cloth to make the powder slushy and get it into the crevasses. I didn't want this van too mucky, just to look like a working vehicle. 

After that, a glazing with Deluxe Glue'n'Glaze and the model is ready for service.

1 comment:

MikeB said...

I believe things are made to be used. Collectors stacking boxes of mint condition items (often designed to be played with) is sad - all in the name of making money rather than having fun with things. Hats off to you Phil and others who actually use things.