Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WINTER | OUTFIT


























Jacket - Springfield | Top - h&m | Shorts - Vintage | Boots - Absolutribut

Finalmente um pouco de inverno! Confesso que já não conseguia ver roupa de verão... 
Há algumas semanas encontrei estes calções no baú cá de casa e mal via a hora de os usar. Nem sei como é que não os encontrei no inverno passado, são óptimos, muito confortáveis e quentes, parece que os vou usar até à exaustão. As botas são da Absolutribut e foram uma das melhores compras que fiz para o frio, são quase rasas, ou seja, muito confortáveis e práticas. Mais uma peça que vai ser muito usada por aqui!

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Winter has come. I was so sick of summer clothing...
A few weeks ago I found this shorts in my house's trunk and I finally had a chance to wear them, they're so confortable and warm! I guess I will use them a lot. I bought this boots in a very nice vintage shop of Oporto, Absolutribut, it was one of my best purchases for winter. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

51 Channeled Chevy--the Build Dabbles On....


Back at the bench!!! I am still working on a 1:25 scale 1951 Channeled Chevy, based on AMT's AMT-608 kit. The good news: the body and paint are pretty much done. There wasn't any "customizing" for this build as far as the body; but, there were lots of sink marks, casting imperfections, mold seams, and other gremlins had to be removed/filled/fixed before paint....after these fixes, the body was shot with Duplicolor white primer and sanded lightly (!) with 2000 grit wet n' dry.

For color I used decanted Duplicolor metalflake silver, with extra Jacquard PearlEX silver flakes thrown in (anyone who has read this blog to date knows I LOVE Jacquard paints!) I sprayed the mixture with a Iwata SAR single action airbrush which replaced my single action external Paasche--it was time to move up! This was my first attempt at decanting lacquer; I will cover it in more detail in later posts. To make a long story short(er), decanting lacquer, then airbrushing, yields a much smoother finish (for me anyway), versus just spraying out of the rattle can.

What about the flames? The hood was masked with a hand-cut frisket. With limited time to devote to this hobby, frisket cutting by hand doesn't work for me--I simply don't have the hours to cut the tiny patterns--so I am considering using some sort of computerized frisket cutting for future projects. The sides were entirely hand flamed using different acrylics--lame excuse, but I ran out of time to cut a mask for this! I like the hood flames much better than the sides; the side flames look sloppy but also bright and happy. The oranges and yellows were applied either by hand or with an Iwata Micron-C. Finally, after a quick sanding with 2000 grit paper, all was coated with HOK Kustom two-part Polyester clear, as far as the clear, I was extremely happy with the results; this was followed by the requisite Bare Metal Foil.

The AMT 51 Chevy kit comes with a cool straight-6, but for me it wasn't right for this build. So: I scrounged around in my parts box for a small block V8. Since this is a channeled build, like a 1:1 chaneled car, there isn't much room under the hood. During mock up, this engine just barely fit! I have no idea what kit this came out of--it's AMT something I think, at scale, probably too small to even be a 280 c.i. ish engine--maybe out of a 55ish AMT Chevy?

To finish the other engine parts I used Alclad II, and tried something new: spraying one color of Alclad and then, to get some variety, gradually mixed other Alclad colors into the airbrush's hopper. It worked great--Alclad can indeed be mixed, and the results are really nice. I started with chrome; mixed in some stainless steel for the belt assembly, and finally some pale gold for the fan. Variety under the hood is always nice!
The block was painted with Testors One-Coat metalflake blue and then hit with 2 part clear. I was curious if 2 part clear can be detailed after application with acrylics, and it seemed that it can--the advantage being that any detailing "painting mistakes" can be easily cleaned up with Windex without anyone being the wiser.....the Windex takes off the acryic but leaves the 2 part clear and color coat beneath untouched! Another victory over sloppy paint!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

OUTFIT








Blazer - Zara | Dress - second hand | Flats - Melissa | Bag - second hand

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

NEWS | PACO RABANNE SPRING 2012 ACCESSORIES

Image in sewmanstore

A casa Paco Rabanne acaba de lançar uma nova linha de malas intitulada "No Couture". Produzidas sem uma única costura, as malas aliam a praticidade de uma tote ao design inovador de uma peça interligada com agrafos metalizados, assim como há décadas atrás o fundador e visionário utilizou anéis de metal para unir os materiais dos vestidos.
A linha incluí também clutches e todas as peças são produzidas à mão em França. Tão simples e tão eficaz!

Friday, October 7, 2011

PEDROPEDRO SS12 | FAVORITE PIECES




























É a colecção de Pedro Pedro que rouba o meu sorriso ao ver as imagens da primeira noite da ModaLisboa.
As golas, os lenços ao pescoço, os estampados... O trench-coat tão bem trabalhado transforma-se numa peça  onde a criatividade sobressai. Os pormenores que mais pertencem a uma camisa só me fazem desejá-la ainda mais e o tom escolhido não poderia ser mais perfeito. Preto e nude nunca ficaram tão bem, junta-se um estampado bem pensado e uma gola a um tecido leve e rico e obtém-se a peça perfeita. Stella McCartney seria bem capaz de usar o 3º. Por último, um toque preppy fica sempre bem.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

CHANELFEELINGS




Um dos meus melhores achados, não fazem muito o meu género mas são chanel, não os ia deixar na loja! Um pouco usados mas não há motivo para reclamar... 
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One of my best purchases of all times. Not really my type but we should never dismiss a chanel piece!