When Darel came over a while back, he brought some nice ERTL cars brightly painted for a Dick Tracy promotion. I guess these are too 'newfangled' for Dickey.
They have been parked at the depot while I attend to other projects.
At the Sn3 Symposium in Seattle, Warren Judge gave his clinic on painting figures and details. This is a great clinic, and you really need to attend yourself to see Warren's step by step process. Anyhow, Warren also shared how he modifies these inexpensive vehicles sold on the toy market.
While at the show, I picked up a AHL Mack Model BM truck to work over too.
Step 1 is to drill out the rivets, and pull the body off the chassis. Take the tires off and gently remove the hubs from the axles.
Step 2, get some paint stripper from your local home store. You will also need some gloves, a toothbrush and a clean metal pan (a used store foil pie pane is perfect! ). Read the directions. Pour the stripper into the tin and get it all over the parts. Wait per the direction--longer is better with my stuff --and watch the thick coat of paint crinkle up. After the appropriate amount of time, use the toothbrush to scrub the paint off and rinse thoroughly under cold water.
Here are the bodies ready for some primer. You can see a car with the factory paint in the background. The detail is very nice for the price and these will make great vehicles for the layout without a ton of work. Google paint colors for the manufacturer and year, and you will get the correct colors each car was sold as. Some passenger car figures will lose their legs to serve as drivers.
I confess I am not a 'car guy.' Growing up, we would see an old car pass by and my Dad would wistfully say there goes and old 'insert year and make here!' If it was my Grandfathers, they would give the car a less longing glance, as I sense they had spent too much time coaxing them over the road in Denver, Durango or points between.
The thing is, car guys have it figured out, and they have all kinds of great resources on the web. We train guys think we are wierd! The set I got was made for a Dick Tracy movie, but the original labels and the models themselves have no markings indicating the make and year. So I Googled the movie, and darn if there is not a whole subset of car-movie folks who pull stills and ID the cars!
The four cars appear to be a 1937 Studebaker Dictator; a 1937 Dodge D2 Wagon; a 1936 Ford Wagon; and a 1938 Ford Coupe. For reasons I don't know, there is a proliferation of Ford models in 1/64, so it is nice to get some variety for Leadville's streets.
With model and year in hand, you can turn to the internet and get paint chip cards to dial in the color!
Plus, you can check the model with the image search, and get an idea for the trim treatment: neat. Now the cars have a chance at being the proper color, and I can select some colors other than black.