Building a Kenwood
from the Heller Kit
By Forest Dalton
Additions and Modifications
Front wheel wells baffled with sheet plastic. Instrument gauges simulated with photo reductions done on thin contact paper and punched with Waldron punch. Seat belts simulated with sanded black auto striping tape. Buckles are from Model Technologies. Door windows and windshield were vacuformed using kit piece for the master.
Holes were drilled for headlights, which were simulated with Waldron-punched disks painted chrome silver and filled with 5-minute epoxy. Rear lights and front turn indicators simulated with strips of Bare-metal foil painted Tamiya Clear Red and Clear Amber, then given simulated lens with epoxy. Front headlight covers were vacuformed using the kit covers (which had to be filled and sanded to eliminate sinkholes). The windshield wiper simulated with 1/64th inch auto striping tape. Valve stems were done with small pieces of thin black stretched sprue cemented to predrilled holes The antenna simulated with a piece of .005 stainless steel wire.
Painting and Decaling
Entire model was primed with Tamiya Medium Gray. Interior was airbrushed Tamiya Semi-Gloss Black. Exterior was airbrushed Tamiya Gloss Blue. After decals were applied, all recessed cooling vents were picked out with a .005 technical pen and India ink, after which the entire exterior was given a coat of Johnson's FUTURE.