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Midget race car
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Author:  Professor Pineapple [ Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Midget race car

Not mine and not tiki, but I thought I'd post for anyone who might be interested in a little airbrushing project I did recently. A guy needed some decals for a quarter midget race car. I got the sense that he was a little down on his luck, and his 11-year-old son (the driver) was super excited, so I did a flame job on it in exchange for adding my logo to it.

After a crap-ton of masking (including over a bunch of decals that needed saving), I hit it with a couple of coats of Rustoleum black primer. It made a great base, but in retrospect I should have sanded those coats, as it really messed up the clear coat at the end.

Next, I did a first pass with opaque white paint thinned with reducer and balancing clear. Mostly it's freehand, but I made some templates from card stock and used those to define edges.

Author:  Professor Pineapple [ Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Midget race car

After shooting a layer of white, I covered the whole area with balancing clear to seal it off, then with candy green to tint the white. Then the process is repeated several times to add layers of flames. Each layer is independent, so it lends a kind of 3D quality. It's not 100% necessary with a monochrome paint job, but if you were doing a realistic flame job for example, you'd start with red then move to orange, yellow and finally white. The candy colors become really saturated and deep-looking once you clearcoat it.



After clearing it, I removed the masking and added all the new decals. The kid loved it!

It was really fun to pull out the airbrushes after many years in storage. Something I've been meaning to do for a long time is an airbrushed velvet painting, so I'll be sure to document that when I get to it. I think the white & tint method would work perfectly on black velvet.

Author:  Goatee-Ki [ Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Midget race car

Looks great!
That kid will remember that for the rest of his life.

Author:  Staredge [ Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Midget race car

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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