Model: (Click to see more) 58063: Lunchbox
Status: How To Guide
Date: 12-Mar-2011
Comments: 12
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I have a project going, I can't believe it myself, but anyway. I wanted to make a box art and more realistic front grille for my VLB. I started with an ULTRA FINE Sharpie pen, but that would not reach into all the small crevices so I went to the art supply store to buy something better. I came home with these pens and they are better, just a little more expensive, but at least there is no paint brush clean up.

First step, get grille. Second step, 'paint' the grille with the marker in a series of strokes, if the ink isn't dry, sometimes it takes up what you just put down. Third step, paint with orange marker the turn signal lenses. Fourth step, admire work, have beer or any other think you like. Fifth step, install on body and enjoy.

I have included some shots from the interweb thingy that helped me out with just how much of the grille needs to be black and how much should stay chrome. The VLB has a small integrated 'nudge' bar, so I left that chrome, but I think I added tiny amounts of depth by shading it here and there where shadows would occur naturally. I am sorry for the lackluster photos as it is difficult to photo chrome bits at night with only a lamp or flash from the camera.

Enjoy,
Chris

Hope you can find these as they are worth the $$$$ What I started with, not bad, but couldn't finish Before the makeover After the makeover, bit of a difference This shot shows some great lines Seth, I KNOW you will want to make this now. LOL Or perhaps you will go after this look?? Who knows Real Vanessa?? Or perhaps Captain Chaos machine

If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
I think it is finally done

Comments

Renco5012

12-Mar-2011

Neat stuff cos no one ever paints that bit. That big van isn't the 'real' VLB, there was one back in the 80's (I forget its name) that I have on an old VHS tape. There's also an F-100 (Pumpkin) and Bullhead style truck on it. The real Lunchbox even has the stripe up the side.

Crash Cramer

12-Mar-2011

I knew that, just thought it was a funky cool homebuilt van with almost 'normal' tires on it.

Renco5012

12-Mar-2011

Hey it might be its on road tires, y'know for saving gas...haha.

Crash Cramer

12-Mar-2011

You might have a point there, gotta save every drop these days and I have seen the MONSTER TRUCKS use some very teeny looking tires when they are on a trailer being hauled from event to event.

JWeston

12-Mar-2011

Great to know that Indian ink works. Will pop to our local 'rymans' to see what they have J

kalsh

12-Mar-2011

That looks cool Chris - Nice work.

jeffy

12-Mar-2011

Great tip there I must remember the beer and admire bit

Dam 10

12-Mar-2011

Nice detail. Love the last pic....

Crash Cramer

12-Mar-2011

Thanks guys. So far the India ink is working, but I haven't tried to wash the van yet.

ShayD

12-Mar-2011

Gonna have a go at my Lunchie ...

DImblum

12-Mar-2011

Nice work on the grill. Never thought of using anything except a sharpie for detail like this. Nice to know there are some better options.. Can't wait to see the finished VLB

lupogtiboy

22-Mar-2011

that last picture is a monster version of Napoleon Dynamite's uncle's van! Great tip tho, I find myself resorting to marker pens a lot to cover up mistakes I've made, or cover around windows where the stickers are too small!


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