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I'm Certainly No Earl Scheib, But I Don't Charge As Much Either

Kevin L. Kitchens
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Growing up, Earl Scheib (Wikipedia) locations were pretty commonplace. For one low price, he promised to paint any car! I even considered getting my first clunkers done there, but even back then $99.95 was a lot of money.

So amid work and other responsibilities (like sleep), I actually have managed to start painfully painting my homemade Thunder Alley miniatures (Send in the Clones - DIY Thunder Alley Miniatures - Part I).

Started with a base primer of flat grey thinking that would work for the underside "non-car" areas and I wouldn't have to paint them. Working team by team to keep the colors consistent, I picked six cars to be the Quaker-Stubbs team (blue).

First victims: primed grey and mounted to spools with poster tack.

The first area I painted was the windshield/windscreen and windows. I mixed a light blue with some white and painted the first team, then realized it would most likely be the only mixture I would need for all the cars... so I immediately set to work painting the others the same way, just hand holding them.

I ate all the candy, and put up a parking lot.

Several coats of navy blue for the bodies, some metallic platinum for the wheels, and black for the tires. I decided the medium grey primer where it showed on the sides in some minis was not good, so I used some darker grey paint appropriately named "asphalt" to make things a little nicer. Didn't bother painting the full flat bottoms of the cars, just where it would show on the side.

NOTE: I did attempt a wash after basecoating to bring out the detail in the hood and other areas, but it didn't really do anything for me except darken the work I'd already done, so I think I will pass on that or just try to reveal those details another way.

For finishing details, I added yellow to the spoiler to match the numbers that will be applied later. I painted the driver-side webbing a light tan color (and proceeded to paint all the other 38 cars really quick to get that part done as well). For the headlights, a simple touch of white in the right spots made that work. Though I suppose brake lights would be more important, have to add those in I think.

To finish off the front and back windscreen, I used the light blue with no white to lightly darken the top of each. Then just added a little more white to make the bottom part lighter in color, to give a gradated effect. A few hairline strokes of white to simulate reflection and voila.

Quaker-Stubbs team nearing the end of the assembly line.

When all the teams are done, I will cut the numbers for the top and doors from stickers and apply. Then I'll put a gloss finish over all the cars to make them shine. I do not plan to put the team logos on the hoods of the cars as the size will make them too fussy for me to cut out for the value added. But you might want to do that of course.

And now... on to the yellow team!

Full Series Index

All the entries for this series.

1. Send in the Clones - DIY Thunder Alley Miniatures - Part I
2. I'm Certainly No Earl Scheib, But I Don't Charge As Much Either
3. Slow and Steady Wins the... (ahem) Race?
4. Canvas Primer? Surely You Gesso!
5. Let the Good Times Roll

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