Colour selection for a car like the GT 40 is of course very important. It
becomes more complex in that the tradition is to have a Go Fast Stripe that adds
not only one or more additional colours but also the decision as to how these
should be placed on the vehicle. I strongly recommend that some research is done
into this part of the car. It may be difficult for those of you who have skills
on engineering rather than art. Get some help by an artist.
is nothing like trawling the internet to give you an idea and there are plenty
of photos of GT40s both full sized and real.
I drove around Perth I would be looking at car for ideas of base colours and
came up with four that I liked. Bright White (there are many different whites.)
Perl White. Green as per the Jaguar F1 car and Metallic Orange (As per the Ford
Models and Stripes.
out the colour for the stripe is not easy, nor its getting the thickness and
location. My wife had a friend Deb Ellery who has been an arts teacher. She offered to help and
suggested that I purchased a load of paint sample cards and put them together
and gave me some ideas of suitable colours to go with the Green and Orange. I
also painted a couple of boards in the Green and Orange to play with. Having an
idea of the basics we got together and played about a bit more. Whenever we came
up with a good idea we
take a picture of it. I can guarantee that you will forget what looked good.
Make sure if you do this check that the camera gives the correct representation.
My Samsung failed this test but the Canon camera was pretty good.
Models and Stripes.
Once we had made the decision to go Orange and Teal I made a larger model
1:12 scale as this would give a more realistic view in addition to being easier
to make the stripes. For the stripes I acquired a small sheet of Vinyl that is
used for car wraps. I then painted it Metallic Teal. I did find that it was not
easy, with my painting skills to get an even coverage, so I ran a brush across
the wet paint. It did make an interesting finish that I thought may be good for
the final job.
Changing My Mind.
was out with Jenny and my daughter Sophie at a cafe when I picked up a motoring.
In it was a picture of a Maserati in a spectacular metallic green. I thought
that this was what I was looking for so I visited a paint supplier who, by
coincidence, I knew from church.
Car Paint Shop He
explained how the paint has "flip" that changes the paint's apparent colour
depending upon the viewing angle. Nathan Mixed up some paint for me and sent me
on my way. (He has a paint shop that you can hire if you want.)