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#1 OFFLINE   T1000

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 01:11 PM

I was quite surprised that my simple carpeting technique gathered so much interest, but lately I've been asked several times on how and what do I do to my models so I decided to do a quick tutorial when doing my next "inside job" :giggle  I hope you'll find it usefull for something  :cheers

I'll use the forum attachment system so that the pics will be always available so excuse me for the several posts  :storm

Of course first we need a model. In this case I chose the regular F360 by Hot Wheels.
This is before it all began:
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In most models separating the interior from the underside of the car is no big deal but for some reason Hot Wheels decided to glue it on here  :mob By separating the pieces work is significantly simplyfied but it's not the end of the world if you don't/can't do it.

Next we take the carpet. In my case it's a very thin layer of velour.
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Then it's time for the first test fit. I know that with paper it'll be much easier and quicker but by cutting directly the velour I can see all potential problems, where I'll have to cut extra in order to fit it snugly into the car and the rest of the interior. Also you have an instant preview of what's going on so you can make instant corrections if needed:

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By doing this I haven't scrapped a single sheet of velour yet and I've done 14 cars so far so that's a nice rate   :cheers

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#2 OFFLINE   T1000

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 01:22 PM

After a lot of carefull cutting here's the final shape for the driver's side floor.
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Usually when you separate the interior from the underside you're able to remove the seats as well. Now that here this wasn't possible I had to cut a huge hole in order to put the carpet arround the seat as well.
In models where you're able to remove the seats cutting holes is also needed. Of course in that case they are much smaller - just arround the screw/rail mounting by doing this you allow the free reassembling of the seats later but in the same time they hold the velour down so it's extra safe :ok

Now we do a final test fit:
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Then you cut double sided tape and place it near the edges and dead in the centre of the flood. Sorry but I forgot to take a pic of that... :storm But you get the idea  :cheers
Now in this case the seat is not holding the velour down so I had to cut a small piece of tape and attach it to the soon-to-be carpet. Then with a small pin I put it in the correct place in the left and right of the seat.

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Getting closer to the grande finale  :giggle
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 01:34 PM

Now we need to make a mirror image of the velour for the passenger side. There are two ways:
1. You can turn the already made piece upside-down and place it on the new uncut velour piece and then just cut it into shape. That has it's drawbacks as in some cars both sides are not mirror images of oneanother.
2. Just repeat the whole process again. This way you can sidestep any differences in the interior.

After all is done we do another test fit.

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In this case both sides of the interior are joining in the middle just under the center console. If I were able to remove the seat's I could have made the whole carpet out of one piece. But that's in a perfect world. In the real world I just taped down both pieces right next to each other on the right corner of the center console.
After you tape down the second piece. You're done  :yahoo

All you have to do is reassemble the car and show it off  :cheers

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In some models the interior doesn't have ledges and the floor is even with the diecast body. In this case you can leave a few millimeters more on the velour and let them be fastened down by the diecast body when you reassemble the model. In that case you end up with this:

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Much nicer and real effect.

That's about it :cheers
If you have any questions or ideas they're more than welcome  :cheers
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 02:06 PM

Great tutorial and superb outcome !! :3tens:
Tks for sharing, T1 :cheers

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 02:19 PM

Nice write up!  I use the same method, with some velour that already has a sticky backing.  Looks pretty nice and its a lot easier than flocking (at least in my experience).
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 06:54 PM

Looks great! What exactly is velour, where can you get it, and what colors does it come in?
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:32 PM

Great tutorial, looks so simple a caveman can do it!!!  Great finished look too!

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:38 PM

That's a great tutorial, very detailed :3tens:
Thank you for sharing it T1000  :cheers

View Postjoeyo387, on Jan 27 2009, 01:54 PM, said:

Looks great! What exactly is velour, where can you get it, and what colors does it come in?

I was wondering the same thing :question: TIA

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 12:37 AM

Thanks guys. Much appreciated :cheers

Velour is a fury fabric usually made from the skin of animals. Now that's way too expensive and well bad, so I use an imitation made from cotton and silk which gives the same fury properties. And after all I use an old jacket so it came totaly free :giggle There's also a fully synthetic velour that's made from lycra and poly which is also quite good (and I think that it may be even thinner).
As for the colors - it comes in a very, very wide variety. The easiest way is to go to your local fabric/tailor shop and directly ask for a thin fury fabric. Usually for most cars a piece 15x15 cm is more than enough so when you get say 1x1 meters you'll have material for dozens of cars for a fraction of the cost  :ok


View PostDucati-900SS, on Jan 27 2009, 03:32 AM, said:

Great tutorial, looks so simple a caveman can do it!!!  Great finished look too!

:cheers
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That's exactly why I'm doing it  :giggle I like very simple things as I can't do very complicated stuff with diecasts without clubbing them like a cavey :storm  :giggle
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Posted 29 January 2009 - 04:39 AM

fantastic! i believe you must have released the carpet fabric secrets of the big diecast companies. those don't look far off from model cars that come with carpeted interiors!

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 05:11 AM

Thanks  :cheers The look really is as good as stock models but they use a different technique - the classic flocking :cheers
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Posted 29 January 2009 - 08:23 AM

Thanks man for sharing this valuable tutorial, which I will definitely use for my modifications. I was just thinking of carpeting my models. You're timing's great!! Thanks a lot!!!

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:46 PM

So here's a DIY for carpeting without the flocking work.. You can do it but you can get a realstic feel then flocking. If you've ever felt a cars carpet this might be more better.

So here's what you need..
CAR ( I used 1:18 since it's easier.)
CARPET ( You can use anything but this gave me a realstic feel)
SOME KIND OF STRONG BOND ( I used hot glue )
CUTTING BOARD ( I used a cardboared thing

Step one... Disassemble car..
( Here i did but I can say there will be screws under the car.)

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Step Two.. Cut your carpet out.. ( Here I got this at my local hobby store for about 50 cents..)


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Step three... Then fit it on your car.. ( You can measure or match or however you want to do it..)


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Step four.. Glue the carpet on.. ( I used hot glue this might be the easiest..)


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Step five.. wait for the glue to dry and put your car together..

now you have carpet on your cheap car that didn't!! And you didn't spend not even a dollar..


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 02:47 PM

I shall try this thanks for posting
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Posted 15 July 2013 - 05:40 PM

Good job with the carpeting, it makes a huge improvement to the model.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 06:58 PM

View PostE Rod_017, on 15 July 2013 - 02:47 PM, said:

I shall try this thanks for posting

Good luck!! But this was really easy compared to flocking!

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Good job with the carpeting, it makes a huge improvement to the model.

Yea I thought so too. This car needed a update
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Posted 15 July 2013 - 07:23 PM

It looks quite a bit overscaled. I think flocking makes a better option. You could also try white glue as it generally dries clear. But it might not be able to handle something that thick.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:11 PM

View Posttonyg54, on 15 July 2013 - 07:23 PM, said:

It looks quite a bit overscaled. I think flocking makes a better option. You could also try white glue as it generally dries clear. But it might not be able to handle something that thick.

I know flocking does look better.. I've tired it and turely if you haven't done it a millon times it's a pain in the but... I only done this for the feel... And the money saving  :hope:
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Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:05 PM

*topics merged*

Where is it written that the more diecast $$$ equals a better diecast?

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:14 PM

View Postacisne, on 15 July 2013 - 09:05 PM, said:

*topics merged*

Sorry man... Didn't notice..  :rolleyes:
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Posted 19 July 2013 - 12:17 AM

A nice alternative is self-adhesive felt.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 10:07 PM

Flocking is a mess.. I've tried it many times and have had less than spectacular results...maybe I dont have the tecnique down right hehe.. but Carefully managing the glue vs the amount of flock used still does not yield me even results that look half as good as some people who post their work here.

Velour would be the way to go for me in the future.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 11:19 PM

I cut templates from a piece of paper and use self-adhesive felt. Here's some pics :

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 11:25 PM

Look for the carpet you can buy for doll's houses. Very cheap for the amount you get.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 11:35 AM

Wow wet sellery where did you get that from??

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