Refreshing a dashboard

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Jean B.
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Refreshing a dashboard

Post by Jean B. » Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:09 pm

Some of you asked me to show how to improve the dashboard of a model car. So, I am not a true professional, but I try to make the best out of the stuff I have around :P So, here we go!

1. The dashboard (Lancia Astura Mille Miglia by Whitebox) in its original condition:
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2. Designing new gauges. I only did it with PowerPoint, so if you have a professionel program like Coreldraw, you will achieve much better results!
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3. Printing the designs on clear printer foil. Obey: There are different types of foil for either inkjet or laserjet printers!
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4. Turn the foil and paint the back matte white (or in the colour desired):
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5. Smoothen the surface of the dashboard:
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6. Cover the dashboard with BMF (Bare Metal Foil):
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7. Print a standard pattern on clear decal foil (for imitating brushed aluminium):
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8. Apply the decal onto the BMF, cut off the the edges:
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9. Cut out the gauges with puncheons (in the according size!):
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10. Apply the single gauges with two-component adhesive (I use UHU "blue", this one is crystal-clear, glossy and gets hard!):
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11. The rings or frames of the gauges: Take 0.25mm silver wire and turn around a drill in the desired size:
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12. Take the wire off, place the crossing point onto a hard ground and cut:
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13. Apply two-component adhesive onto the gauges, place the single frames carefully:
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14. Finish the dashboard by applying single glimmer-points for knobs, lights and so on:
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Ready!

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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by DeadCanDanceR » Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:18 pm

Amazing! :o

I envy your patience!
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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by GarageOnAWall » Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:47 pm

Absolutely inspired skill and patience!

Sure you're not affiliated with a super high-end 1:43 company :lol:

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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by Featherless_Biped » Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:00 pm

Fabulous attention to details!
I have not seen the Blatt Folien for sale. Is it used for laser printers only or also inkjet printers?
Thanks for the lesson. :)

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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by JSB33 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:43 am

Wow, what a commitment of time, skill and resources and last but most importantly, patience.
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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by Jean B. » Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:58 am

Featherless_Biped wrote:Fabulous attention to details!
I have not seen the Blatt Folien for sale. Is it used for laser printers only or also inkjet printers?
Thanks for the lesson. :)

RT
Say: Copy Foil or printer foil, made of transparent polyester, about 0.1mm thick. Available for laserjet OR inkjet printers (don't mistake when buying!). Can be used like normal paper, I take this foil also for making licence plates, will show in another lesson ;) Not to be used as windows, as the foil is not completely invisible. To make glass windows (and I mean REAL glass!), still another lesson :P

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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by Tom » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:25 am

Great tutorial, thanks!

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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by Jager » Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:05 am

Great patience and attention to detail as mentioned above. However, from what I've seen, many cars of the 1950's had the dash painted the same colour as the body rather brushed aluminium/stainless steel, so perhaps that's a modification for future upgrades.
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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by David MG » Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:18 am

Jager wrote:Great patience and attention to detail as mentioned above. However, from what I've seen, many cars of the 1950's had the dash painted the same colour as the body rather brushed aluminium/stainless steel, so perhaps that's a modification for future upgrades.
Pics I have seen show a silver dash.
Didn't know Whitebox did one. I thought it was Starline.
Cheers,
David

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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by Fabio » Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:25 pm

Nice result! Thanks for sharing! :)

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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by stewil » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:12 am

Outstanding tutorial. Thank you. :D
Have bookmarked for future reference.
Cheers and Happy Collecting,
Steve

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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by RaceOddity » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:48 am

:shock: :shock: I cannot say anything new about the tutorial than these gentlemen have already said.
But I am grateful to see yet another skilled modeller sharing his knowledge on the forum.
It is very much what we are all about. Thanks.


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Re: Refreshing a dashboard

Post by David MG » Sun May 24, 2015 8:23 am

To those of you enthralled by Jean's work the following may be of interest should you decide to have a go.

1/48 cockpit bezels )airscale_decals).

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1/43 coachbuilder logos (in hand they a exquisite).(modellismo90)

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Cheers,
David

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