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    Rusty Lexan

    Finally, I worked out (a little by accident) how to rust Lexan from the inside:

    https://youtu.be/101or5qm4d4

    Sorry, forgot to add, this is a HCG slash 4x4 with proline Ford f100 Bodyshell - tenshock SC 401 motor

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    Some outside shots:



    And the real colour of the rust (last nights photos came out a bit red):

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    Came out really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLachance75 View Post
    Came out really nice.
    Thank you - I'm pleased with it. Still got to shoo glue it but can't wait to bash it

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    Do you plan on sharing how you did it.

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    Of Course: It was an experiment after a lot of research no vids I'm afraid - kinda happened by accident:

    You will need:
    Lexan Clear Matt Paint
    Lean White Paint
    Your flat colour paint (might work with metallic but not tested)
    Ground Nutmeg!

    Method:

    Area of rust by area of rust (not whole shell at once) spray a generous amount for clear lean paint
    Whilst still wet sprinkle a generous amount of nutmeg powder and tap the shell to spread it to required areas
    Allow to dry for only 5 mins then back coat with a thin layer of clear paint - DO NOT soak the nutmeg - it will go too dark.

    Quickly repeat the process for all areas you want rusty

    Then lightly dust whole area of damp clear coat with nutmeg, shake it around the shell and then turn shell over an tap hard to release unsecured spare nutmeg

    Before the clear paint is dry spray your main colour on slightly heavier than you would normally - this causes some of the paint to bleed into the nutmeg and some of the colour from the nutmeg to bleed into the coloured paint.

    This next bit is important:

    BEFORE the colour paint is dry LIBERALLY back with white paint - this will bleed between the nutmeg and the colour paint giving the shot blast effect - the more white you apply before it dries the more bleed you will get.

    Now you can relax and let it dry.

    It will need a layer of shoo goo over the most heavily rusted areas as the thicker layers of nutmeg will crack otherwise.

    Hardcore model makers (the kind of models that don't move) sometimes use this method externally with is much easier - just sprinkle nutmeg on wet paint (I did this on the front bumper) but if you want it internally the process needs to be significantly modified as above.

    The white bleed was an unexpected bonus and is very predictable

    Next shell I get I will make a How-To
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    That turned out really nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by olyguy View Post
    That turned out really nice!
    Thank you - Nutmeg, who'd have believed it!

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    That is REALLY cool! Job well done!!

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    Awesome job!
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    Very nicely done. Nice rig!

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    That's really cool, I appreciate you explaining how you did it, be fun to try and paint on like that someday for sure, looks awesome.

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    Wow! I give it to you, that really makes it look scale. You have shared your secret with the rest of the class and we appreciate it
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    That is awesome! Can you make a running vid

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    I amaze at some of the work down on here, lots of people with talent....another work of art..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jelle318 View Post
    That is awesome! Can you make a running vid
    Thanks, just got to finish off the Shoo Goo before running it (also waiting for a LCG Chassis) - Likely next weekend - don't want to run this one too early as need to ensure all "fixing" is done as want to ensure no cracks appear.

    Quote Originally Posted by El Sob View Post
    Wow! I give it to you, that really makes it look scale. You have shared your secret with the rest of the class and we appreciate it
    Thank you. I fully believe in sharing how things are done. It took me nearly a month to work out the most likely method to work for this. I was surprised by the "shot blasted" effect impatient early white spraying had. If we don't share our discoveries there is no way to progress. Plus I'd be happy if people find some use from this and build on it - I love looking at the "Rat look" hard bodied models and it's about time we had more RC's with it, especially short course trucks which seem ideally suited to the look.
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    That looks so real!!!

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    Think I might not do the LCG conversion after lots of reading. I have this truck pretty much bullet proof as is and don't race, just bash. Also have invested a lot into this - MIP rears, Kings head Motor mount, aluminium bell crank (HR I think) and s.steel bearing all round. I'd want to at least get aluminium motor mount, aluminium steering bell, and chassis brace. That works out to at least 120 in UK (approx $180 at current exchange rate). Wife broke her real car, unfortunately that has to take priority financially but don't think the LCG is necessarily the right way to go at the moment anyway (despite an inside urge to get it). What that means.......weekend bash coming up - all shoe goo nice and set

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    I'm completely happy with my HCG. I just bash in my yard, so maximum cornering speed is not a concern.

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    Yeah, I am with mine too. Three years of dialling in has given me good handling, rarely flips (based on Slayden early set up). I just fancied a change. What annoys me the most about the HCG is the diff housing hanging down so the bottom isn't smooth so often gets a rear kick on going over bumps. I was going to go LCG but have the body running fairly high (level with my current HCG) but with the benefit of the smooth bottom. My main concern is that currently I have NO problems - from what I have read the LCG is more flexible and this results in driveshaft bends and chassis cracks if not braced and even then upgraded driveshafts and motor mounts are advised - all this adds to cost. I think I can put up with the occasional rear kick for a while longer..........Probably

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    Plus the HCG does give that "old truck look" from the side


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    Rear window mesh added - painted white (not the silvery colour it appears in photos)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jelle318 View Post
    That is awesome! Can you make a running vid
    Here you are - only on 2S and with the kids driving:

    http://youtu.be/A_bk8DBU4fM

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    Added a few dents and some extra rust:















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    Trying to give it the has been parked in a field for years look. Well you have accomplished it! It really looks like an old farm truck! The outside rust on the body really makes it pop! Does the nutmeg stay on the outside of the body well?
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    Awesome details! Now to do something about them new looking wheels...
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Sob View Post
    Trying to give it the has been parked in a field for years look. Well you have accomplished it! It really looks like an old farm truck! The outside rust on the body really makes it pop! Does the nutmeg stay on the outside of the body well?
    Yep the nutmeg seems to stick ok - sprayed a layer of clear lacquer, sprinkled on nutmeg, covered over with clear lacquer - seems to have stayed on front bumper ok - nice because it goes dark when wet - like real rust.

    Quote Originally Posted by Squeegie View Post
    Awesome details! Now to do something about them new looking wheels...
    The wheels will age with time ;0)
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    your kids must inherit dem aaawesome painting skillz
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    That thing is so cool and my Wife is sitting behind me and she even said it was awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jelle318 View Post
    your kids must inherit dem aaawesome painting skillz
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    Rusty Lexan

    Quote Originally Posted by matts175 View Post
    That thing is so cool and my Wife is sitting behind me and she even said it was awesome.
    Lol, my wife (usually uninterested in RC) likes it too. She's even offered to by me another F100 for my birthday so I can paint a different colour one. She's got a pretty good track record - bought me the slash originally (well I bought it from her for Xmas), buys me a new shell at each birthday and Xmas, and bought me a Vinyl cutter for my 40th which enabled me to do this:





    And this (girls usually like this one):





    And this:



    And this (my sons favourite "bumblebee" style):



    And my most extreme (hand cut):



    And my favourite (after the F100):

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    Artsy shots:



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    Just to prove it ain't no shelf queen:

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