Detailed Brooklin Buicks, BMF & a bit of paint make all the difference.

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Detailed Brooklin Buicks, BMF & a bit of paint make all the difference.

Post by stewil » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:50 am

Brooklin Models looked like toys to me and so I rejected them even though I wanted some American cars in my collection.
Then I discovered that some Bare Metal Foil and paint would transform the model into something that more approximated the real thing.
I have quite a collection of Brooklin models now and here are a few that I recently detailed. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

This 1939 Buick Convertible Coupe is a real sweetheart. I have a weakness for pale yellow cars. The chrome strip really enhances the car IMHO.
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Did the chrome strip on the light bucket and the turn signal and also messed with the all chrome wheels by adding some yellow paint .
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Played with the center turn signal too by scribing on the drying red paint to expose the chrome underneath to approximate lettering, and foiled the rear window trim.
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And here is an interior shot, should have taken this when it was being detailed and out of the car. Foiled & then painted the fill to leave the chrome strips.
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Link to the 1:1 http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z119 ... ntury.aspx


This is a 1937 Buick Special Convertible Phaeton. Foiling the wheel rings proved to be problematical for me, but with more practice should be able to nail this.
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Foiled the light bucket and painted a bit of the turn signal, also foiled around the window where appropriate
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Foiled the rear window and also painted maroon over parts of the center light where needed
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detailed the interior too
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Link to the 1:1 http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/car ... 94772.html

Now isn't that better????
Detailing these little cars brings me real joy as does viewing tiny models that look almost like the real thing. Sometimes one can purchase or can detail a "home run" equaling modeling perfection, a perfect shrunken 1:1.
Ahhhh - and then one achieves small scale Nirvana. I am still searching, but eMc's and some other manufactures products are close.


PS. I might have mentioned before, but photography can be a harsh mistress and these photos certainly expose that fact. Will go back and correct some of the flaws now seen; however the more minor things, which are unseen when the model is in one's hand, will remain "good enough". Thanks for your patience.
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Re: Detailed Brooklin Buicks

Post by DeadCanDanceR » Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:20 pm

Those Buicks look great! :)

Long time ago I tried detailing a couple of my Brooklins. But, since I'm not very good at it, I had very mixed results. But, I agree with you, detailed Brooklins look really nice! ;)
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Post by guitardave_1 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:13 pm

I have always wondered - how does one go about the metal foiling?
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Post by stewil » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:28 pm

Hi Dave,
Here is a link I Googled. I hope this gives you some idea.
The key is a sharp/new #11 Exacto blade and some tooth pick tools and Q-tips for burnishing.
If you make a mistake just clear off the section and then do it again.
And please just barely press down on the very sharp blade, just enough to cut the foil but not enough to cut the paint.
The knife blade is following an edge, and once the excess is peeled away cut lightly again if needed to really get it flush,
say of the edge of the raised chrome trim strip along the side of a car.
Try it, you'll like it.
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Re: Detailed Brooklin Buicks

Post by David MG » Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:48 am

Steve, I have been meaning to do this for years but have always shied off.
My excuse at the moment is my eyesight but as soon as they are fixed will have a go on my Lanssdownes.
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Post by guitardave_1 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:35 am

Thanks Steve. I don't think I have any great need to try it out on the models I have currently, but I was curious as to exactly what was involved. It's simpler than I realised.
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Re: Detailed Brooklin Buicks

Post by stewil » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:51 am

David,
Eye sight - very important when doing BMF and I forgot to mention it.
I use an optiVISOR. It is incredible at what being able to see does - it even steadies a shaky hand when painting a very small thing, or cutting BMF.
Here are some pics of me in action. Hope this helps.

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Post by JSB33 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:18 am

Seems like one of those things that look a lot easier when someone else is doing it ;)
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Post by DeadCanDanceR » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:50 pm

JSB33 wrote:Seems like one of those things that look a lot easier when someone else is doing it ;)
x 2 :? :oops:










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Post by guitardave_1 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:09 pm

Good to put a face to the name, Steve.

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Post by David MG » Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:09 am

stewil wrote:David,
Eye sight - very important when doing BMF and I forgot to mention it.
I use an optiVISOR. It is incredible at what being able to see does - it even steadies a shaky hand when painting a very small thing, or cutting BMF.
Here are some pics of me in action. Hope this helps.

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Looking
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Steve.
Have been thinking along the lines of Optivisor for a while.
Now think it's essential.
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Post by DeadCanDanceR » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:46 pm

...I have something similar to that Optivisor, from my stamp collecting days... :?

It might be a good idea for me to start using that again... :geek:
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Re: Detailed Brooklin Buicks

Post by cadillaclloyd » Fri May 10, 2013 6:27 pm

Excellent job! They do 'pop' when they are detailed. I do that to some of my Cadillac models as necessary.

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Re: Detailed Brooklin Buicks

Post by Schuvo » Tue May 14, 2013 10:51 pm

Excellent cars and nice detailing Steve! As I had mentioned before, cars from this era are a sight for jaded eyes. Thank you for sharing!

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Re: Detailed Brooklin Buicks, BMF & a bit of paint make all the difference.

Post by stewil » Tue May 31, 2016 8:50 pm

Thanks Guys,
Just noticed this post again but am sorry I did not respond to you all earlier.

David,
Have been thinking along the lines of Optivisor for a while. Now think it's essential.
Have it yet? :D

Julio,
It might be a good idea for me to start using that again... :geek:
So did you? :lol:

Hi cadillaclloyd,
I do that to some of my Cadillac models as necessary.
Have you ever posted pics? Would love to see them. :D

And Shuvo,
Thank you for sharing!
You are most welcome. :D
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Re: Detailed Brooklin Buicks, BMF & a bit of paint make all the difference.

Post by Featherless_Biped » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:16 am

I just saw this post for the first time today. A bit of BMF indeed does wonders for the likes of Brooklin models. Thanks for sharing your techniques. :)
stewil wrote:It is incredible at what being able to see does
I thought I might add another factor which contributes greatly to success at small scale work – light :idea: Ambient light is typically not enough; a bright light source really helps with detailed work.

For my setup, I have this black lamp on an adjustable arm. It has a magnifying glass inside a ring-shaped fluorescent bulb. It gives a soft yet strong illumination of my work (and no need to wear spectacles. ;) )

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Re: Detailed Brooklin Buicks, BMF & a bit of paint make all the difference.

Post by Serafa » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:53 am

That's a great work station you have there, RT.

I agree with you, light and magnifying glasses are a requirement to execute a high quality work.
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Re: Detailed Brooklin Buicks, BMF & a bit of paint make all the difference.

Post by stewil » Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:08 pm

Serafa said
That's a great work station you have there, RT.
and I agree, and your comments about the important of lighting is spot on RT.
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Re: Detailed Brooklin Buicks, BMF & a bit of paint make all the difference.

Post by Ralf B. » Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:42 pm

Nice work station, RT!

And after work you enjoy one of your Roi-Tan cigars, I guess :D
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Re: Detailed Brooklin Buicks, BMF & a bit of paint make all the difference.

Post by Tom » Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:53 pm

Superb place to work on your models. I intend to build something similar.

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