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#1 OFFLINE   Nineleven

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 05:04 AM

Here comes a new project I had had in mind for a long time.

This is a poisonous little frog endemic to tropical environments of Central America, known as 'poison dart frog'

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I saw this picture and I thought a racing livery mimicking the skin of this frog, with all those black spots and those wonderful metallic blue hues, would look amazing.

The idea was to make an imaginary racing car for Le Mans, so I bought this 911 GT1 from a fellow collector:

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Let's get down to it.
The first thing I wanted to do is open the blind front scoop and side intakes, which I did with a drill, a set of files and lots of patience.

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To reproduce the metallic shine you can see on the frog's skin, the first step is to apply a coat of a light metallic grey, silver and such. I used Alclad's aluminium (it's not depicted in the following picture, this one is from a previous unsuccesful attempt with a darker colour)

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Then paint the spots trying to create a similar pattern.

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Lastly, apply Tamiya Clear Blue. Clear colours have the advantage that you can get as close to the desired hue as you want, you only have to apply as many coats as necessary. I applied a deeper hue to the front and the rear, and a lighter one in the middle in order to mimic the difference you can tell between the frog's legs and body.

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Then a coat of gloss two-part automotive clearcoat:

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I was planning to put on some custom decals with race numbers and sponsors, but I couldn't get them to behave and I gave up, so it ended up a plain body.

The paint on the wheels had the typical disease found in most UT (it gets sticky and can be scraped off with a fingernail), so I removed it and repainted gloss black.
The tires were light sanded to take away the glossy look and make them look more realistic, being careful not to erase the lettering completely.

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Here the final pictures:

The side mirrors and the rear wing are painted in GT Silver:

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Hope you like it!!

Edited by Nineleven, 10 August 2014 - 10:44 AM.


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#2 OFFLINE   Nocky

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 05:21 AM

Ah.... WOW! One of the most amazing paint job ideas and executions I've seen!

Just looking again at the frog - maybe you could darken to headlights to match the eyes of the frog?

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 05:51 AM

Damn...that is awesome looking and very original..... :drool5:

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 05:51 AM

Looks sick :)
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Posted 10 August 2014 - 05:57 AM

Now that's what I call different! :10: :drool5:  Great work Nineleven - a very striking effect - will look great on the shelf! :eusa_clap:

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:08 AM

Waw, Buen trabajo.  :omg:
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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:33 AM

Congratulations for the idea, and the paint work! I like it plain as it is. :10:  Maybe i would prefer blue or black mirrors and wing, but who cares? Can you tell me please how did you took off the old color from the wheels without damaging the plastic spokes?
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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:40 AM

Great work! This is something cool :eusa_clap:

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:43 AM

The perforated vents are amazing!!
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Posted 10 August 2014 - 08:09 AM

Thank you everyone! I'm glad you like it.

View PostRSIevolution, on 10 August 2014 - 07:33 AM, said:

Congratulations for the idea, and the paint work! I like it plain as it is. Posted Image  Maybe i would prefer blue or black mirrors and wing, but who cares? Can you tell me please how did you took off the old color from the wheels without damaging the plastic spokes?

There are two things you can use:

There's a foam oven cleaner sold as Forza/Mr.Muscle here in Spain. I guess you should be able to find it in Greece as well, since it's a Johnson's product.
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You only have to spray it on the paint you want to remove and let it some time to eat the paint away. You may need to repeat the process a couple times to remove the paint completely.

Another option is brake fluid. Leave the part you want to strip submerged in it for a few days and then scrub what's left of the paint with a brush.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 08:23 AM

A really refreshing change! Great job!
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Posted 10 August 2014 - 09:43 AM

Frog parking only, all others will be.......... toad! :giggle:

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:53 AM

Great Idea and the car looks very good!

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 02:55 PM

Awesome looking and very original!!

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 02:56 PM

Interesting!! Looking great!

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 03:12 PM

Looks fantastic that mate

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 03:25 PM

I love it, looks great! Nice job

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 06:18 PM

Great idea. Very well executed. Now that's one hell of a venomous frog! :eusa_clap:

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 12:54 PM

Like it!

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:51 PM

It's look like an leopard!!! great custom diecast

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 07:03 PM

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:drool5: straight FIRE! great paint-job. :mad2: :drool5: :mad2:




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