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      As stated in my presentation, I'm doing since 2 years a Continental Mark II, scale 1:12. Presently, I'm doing the floor; the trunk floor is ready. The next step is going towards the front by doing the floor under the rear seat. To spare metal and unnecessary reworks, I did first a model with cardboard. Now, it will be easier to cut the brass at the proper place.

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  1. PaulPK's Avatar Active Member
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    Roger Zimmermann
    Interesting process. I would have thought the leather grain would be out of scale but it looks great.
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  2. Roger Zimmermann's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
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    Thanks for the comments! About the grain, there is a dilemma: if the grain is scaled down, it looks like plastic. If the grain is more coarse, it's out of scale...

    The work is going on with the seats. With the exception of the robe cords (parts must be chromed), the front seat is ready as well as the rear cushion. Right now, I’m working on the central armrest; this is why only the upper part of the back rest is ready The most difficult aspect at the seats is the welting done with the same color as the inserts.

    Even with very thin leather, there are sometimes bad surprises…To continue the rear seat, I had to install the side trim panels. Some modifications were required because 4 thin leather are almost ½ mm thick!

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    Roger Zimmermann
    Hello Roger!

    I have a technique that I am hesitant to recommend, but many have used it, myself included. But it's sort of "Out of the Box".

    Basically its to make a mold of your leather or any surface texture that you like, and create a film that can then be used in applique.

    Some make-up people have even used the textures of oranges to simulate the pores of skin.!

    To do it all you have to do is to lay out a sample of the texture out flat, make some shallow walls around it, lightly wax the whole area,(Vaseline jelly will do, rubbing it all over and then gently wiping it off, usually leaves enough residue to safely act as a barrier). Next is to make sure your working on a flat truly horizontal area, and pour RTV Continental Mark II onto your pattern.(Test this with a small sample to check for curing Continental Mark II issues / some items can inhibit RTV Continental Mark II from curing Continental Mark II ).

    Once your mold has cured you can brush in any of the "Hobby" grade "Fast Casting Continental Mark II resins, those that cure Continental Mark II in 15-20 minutes, you can use the flexible resins
    and use them as you would leather. The "Hard" resins if poured thin can usually be formed while they are in a "Green" state, (Not fully cured) or with a little heat from a hot Continental Mark II air gun. . . . Curing Continental Mark II times will usually go long, because thin pours of resins into a film are very slow to exotherm. As these resins cure Continental Mark II they create heat, which they need to complete their cure Continental Mark II .

    -There are a few variations of this process, but it does work! I have done whole 1:1 Continental Mark II dash boards this way, and I have seen many "Mock-up" interiors done as well. A variation used in the "Monster make-up" dept. in the movie industry, creates organic looking skins for Zombies, Gorillas, Dinosaurs, . . .

    P.S. -Some people have painted regular house paint into the molds, building up several coats, and then peeled that film out and used it as a skin.(I have not
    had an easy time doing this, and I'm not sure of its technique)

    Last edited by MODEL A MODEL; 11-21-17 at 12:30 PM.
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