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1913 Model T Van - engine started
 
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1913 Model T Van - engine started



The sprues have been spray primed with their respective base colors.  Even though models are molded in color, I still prefer a painted finish for more realism.  There are ten pages of assembly instructions, and as usual this build starts with the engine.  I actually ended up buying two kits because of operator error (oops), but that means I have plenty of spare parts.

I located some engine photos online and saw some cars in person at the Volo Auto Museum, so I've followed those as a guideline for color and finish.  I used Testors jar paints and acrylics using tiny brushes, though many of the smaller details are painted with toothpicks and straight pins.

Here's the engine in process.  I have a relatively clean engine in flat black with bronze bolts that looks heavier and more solid.  I have more bolts to detail, but I'm calling it a night.  I rusted one part that might not have rusted this quickly in a newer vehicle, but we'll call it artistic license.  Once I'm further along, the whole assembly will receive washes and such to tone down the shiny newness.  I want a recent vehicle with a little bit of road experience.

Half of page one done!  :D

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