Monster Truck Madness – Gun Metal Blues
Good day everyone and Happy Thursday- we’re almost to the weekend!
Over the last month or so I feel like I’ve not pulled very much trigger, save for a single monster truck race day, but I feel about as busy as ever due to constantly working on various projects. The one I’m focused on finished first is my RC4WD K10 Scottsdale refresh.
After nearly two months of saying I’d paint it, I finally have done just that. Well, sort of. More on that in a minute.
For those of you looking to paint your new RC4WD square body, it most definitely can be done just be aware that you will need to either be very good with masking tape or very good at removing glued in parts. Given I’m very bad at the latter and merely OK at the former, I went with the path of least resistance and spent a couple hours masking ‘er up.
I did remove the hood, tail gate, and bumpers mind you, as those were easy to take off. I left the cab in though due to the glued-in windows and figured it was easier to just mask that. Same with the grill and some of the lights.
I carefully removed the Scottsdale badging on the side of the truck, and the Chevrolet raised decal from the tailgate. I’ll be gluing those back on after the paint.
This truck is going to wind up as some sort of a Stage 1 Rotten Apple monster truck, so I needed a good gun metal. I went with Tamiya TS-42 Light Gun Metal. It’s a real beaut, as you get some very nice metal flakes in the paint.
I hit the body with Tamiya primer first, several coats of Light Gun Metal…..and then ran out of TS-42. As it turns out, all of my local hobby shops are out of the stuff, so I had to place an order. Given how much I’ve found out that I love the color and plan to do more hard bodies in this style, I ordered a bunch of it.
Once the UPS man arrives, I’ve got to lay one more good coat of the stuff down. After that I’m going to try Vallejo Gloss Varnish to hopefully give it a protective clear coat.
From there, after I unmask it I’ll be doing some touch up work with a brush as I’m sure I wasn’t perfect in my masking. After that, I’ll paint the wheels and shocks a bright green before adding the Rotten Apple artwork to the body.
Almost there! Next time you see me discuss the truck, it’ll be the glamour shots!
Until next time, keep it on all 4’s!