Sunday 6 June 2021

Volvo Duett In Service

All cars and equipment on Nystrup Gravel receives minor modifications before going into service. It probably ruins the model as a collector's item, but I need models that fit my model universe and not shiny toys. I aquired the BoS Volvo PV445 Duett last summer and it has now received small added details and a very light weathering.

Shop manager Thorleif Petersen admires an almost brand new Volvo PV445 parked near the tracks in Nystrup. 

As the Volvo is a 1956 model and consequently just outside my chosen period, I didn't want it to be weathered too much. Basically I only added specially designed Danish period license plates from Skilteskoven decals and a light weathering. The weathering consisted of a very light pass with the air brush loaded with a thin mix of light sand and grey. I concentrated the dust treatment to wheels and tires, with only minimal dusting of the lower parts of the car's body.

Front license plate separated from the bumper and painted off the car. The rear plate stayed on the model, taking a bit more care to paint. The decal sheet from Skilteskoven has license plates for additional models that will show up near Nystrup in the future.

Decals are fitted and the front license plate now needs to be super glued back on the bumper.

Modelling isn't only progress and achieving results. It's also handling models and breaking parts off them. While air brushing I forgot to take care and broke off the Volvo's right rear view mirror. Nothing that couldn't be fixed with some AC glue, but nevertheless annoying.

Quite a pair of practical doors for loading stuff, Thorleif seems to think. Although very interested in everything mechanical, Thorleif never went beyond bike and scooter for his own personal transportation. For longer distances he prefered train travel.

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