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1961 Porsche 356 b barn find

THIS PORSCHE was an absolute joy to create. Italian diecast model manufacturer Bburago already delivered the quality required to set a beautiful outcome in stone. Bburago makes their models authentic in every dimension. As always, a massive library of images taken of automobiles from real junkyards, barns and abandoned sites all over the world were studied to better understand the decay that is expected on a Porsche 356 that has been sitting idle (no pun intended) for 50+ years. Every piece of the model was then carefully removed and organized into different groups to receive separate aging treatment. The body's original paint was then sanded down starting with 100 grit sanding pads working steadily up to 220 to provide a toothy surface for consecutive finishes.

Once all body finishing was complete I moved on to the details that add character to the model:

  • A piece of rough sawn red oak was cut to scale, treated and placed as a support for the hood.
  • Several more pieces of rough sawn red oak are cut to scale, adhered together as a panel, and were placed in a large section of subfloor that was removed to assimilate aged character.
  • Artificial dirt and dust was applied to the floor and adhered in place. 
  • After some shading, this same dust was applied to wheels and rims.
  • The hubcaps were masked and airbrushed with the same primary topcoat shade to add a little attention to the wheels.
  • Vintage signage from a vast library of vintage material was used to create West Virginia license plates and several magazines. A scaled template is cut from brown-board paper to mimic a cardboard box to hold the magazines. All signage always relates directly to the year of manufacturing of the model. In this case, 1961. 
  • The magazines are also authentic publications printed to scale including micro print and photographs on the inside of two sheets of thick photo paper as well as the back. Included here you'll find a July, 1961 Screen Stories featuring Elizabeth Taylor. Behind this magazine is an August, 1961 Life featuring Sophia Loren. 
  • The entire interior of the model was then measured in finite detail for upholstery. Each piece of cloth was delicately cut for the application and applied using a permanent adhesive. You'll find ripped, torn and shredded upholstery over seats, foot wells, door pockets, flooring and interior sides. No more fake looking plastic!
  • A special plastic craft material was carefully placed throughout the interior to add shattered glass effects. The same material will be used to make shattered windows and more of the material is placed on the body once the model has been reassembled.
  • Once the body has been placed back onto the chassis, we move on to other details:
  • Painstakingly precision-cut white oak and maple leaves, authentic in scale, are found on top of the vehicle as well as inside the cabin. Cut from real leaves, with roughly half dyed red for an autumn feel, these leaves feature natural "veins" and texture for a true-to-life appearance. 
  • The driver's headlight lens has been removed and the headlight housing now contains moss as well as exposed wiring to accent the missing components
  • The fuel door is saturated with spilled "fuel" which is leaking down the front of the vehicle.
  • The engine block has been painted with various tones to replicate authentic engine components and is coated with gummy oil, also leaking out of the engine compartment and down the back. You can almost breathe in and smell that engine grime! 
  • An old rusty chain like the one you'd expect to be used to pull the prototypical vehicle from the barn is loosely wrapped around the front bumper and may be placed in the cabin, around the steering wheel etc. 
  • Loads of clumpy hay strands can be found strategically placed throughout the vehicle including the trunk compartment, interior and top.
  • The rear bumper has been removed making a great, loose feature.
  • At this stage I'll go over the entire vehicle verifying all components have been properly reattached and that the finish is complete. I may airbrush some light shading of the final coat, add some dust or additional hay or shattered glass. In this particular case the model was basically complete and I'll move on to photography.

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