View Full Version : Ray's Drifter

matt c
04-21-2013, 09:18 AM
Ray has decided to paint up his drifter. He hasn't had much luck painting lexan bodies in the past, so he's requested my assistance. I was excited to try out my new tamiya masking tape. I can't believe I use to use anything else(for the fine painted edges).

He did some research and came up with some inspiration for his Lotus Elise.


Here's where we got to last night or this morning at 2:30am. Once I start, I can't stop.


04-21-2013, 09:58 AM
wow that looks very cool

04-21-2013, 10:32 AM
yep, that looks really great. Are you gonna take the roof off aswell?

matt c
04-21-2013, 10:46 AM
Thanks guys. The roof is staying on according to Ray. It would make a fun project to take it off though.

matt c
04-21-2013, 08:29 PM
He stopped by again today for a quick visit to do some more work. Next will be an interior. Sounds like he's getting pretty handy with the styrene. So we'll see what comes from it. I'll be digging around here to find some mirrors that suit. None come with the body. I'll be welding up a simple light kit for him. I'm looking forward to the next body that I mask. All these lines are masked and painted with tamiya masking, but the flat black was masked using the lexan protective coating. I still can't believe the crisp lines that tape produces. Some decals are applied for venting etc.


04-21-2013, 09:48 PM
I'm completely impressed, as much and as crisp and clean the lines are, your execution is even better.

matt c
04-21-2013, 11:04 PM
That sounds like a compliment. I'll take it. Thanks!

04-22-2013, 02:15 AM
How's this for a compliment?

Great body work sir. I find it hard to believe that's all from tape and not some form of witchcraft.

Well done.

04-22-2013, 07:29 AM
That sounds like a compliment. I'll take it. Thanks!

Yes it is. I guess to many years ( and years) teaching school has left it's mark! It's very nice work (yours).

04-22-2013, 10:13 AM
Witchcraft for sure! Beauty paintjob, Matt! Excellent depth!

matt c
04-22-2013, 10:56 AM
Thanks again guys. All I did was the masking. Ray's the one who pulled the trigger. I coached him through it ofcourse, but he made it through with no drips, clumps, bleeds, buildups. Paint and masking took 3.5 hours.

04-22-2013, 10:57 AM
Nice stuff Matt!