When the ERTL 1955 Chev Pickup was released, my local club had a build the kit contest. Knowing that the majority of the kits would be done as street rod configured trucks, I decided to go another route. Growing up in the country, I really don't have much use for a truck that doesn't work for a living, so mine was to be very heavily weathered. I scraped away the inside of the fenders until it was paper-thin, then used a sharp blade to cut out rusted-out sections.
The rear tailgate was embossed into aluminium foil, which was glued in place over the existing tailgate and distressed. The wheels came from an old 1/25 scale Jeep model. Balsa made the panels for the back.
The same treatment was done to
replicate the mud caked on the tires and undercarriage. Various dents and dings
were done by heating the plastic and pushing it in, with varying degrees of
success. Overall, I was mostly happy with the result, and it beat out the shiny
street rods to boot!
BTW, for y'all city types, a weaner
is a young pig that has been weaned from
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