Red vs. Black . Changing colour on a car takes more than meets the eye. . There hasn't been much activity from me lately, but I'm still around. No new designs really, but as an excuse to the upcoming holiday season, I present a redesign of the Pony Car, or Mustang if you prefer, in a suitable red colour. I was curious what it would look like in a bright colour, because black hides many of the defects. Furthermore I'd like to share with you the differences and the challenges one has when rebuilding a model in a different colour. For more pics on the original black version go here, including info on how to get building instructions.
Starting with an overview, they pretty much look the same. Black defines a bit better the overall shape and looks smoother, but loses some detail. The red has more defined lines, but also looks a bit rougher. So perhaps this could be the S (for sports) version instead.
From the front there are only a few minor adjustments visible; a small logo on the grill, and the pearly silver mirrors. Some foglights are included as well, but they are not so visible in this picture.
The most notable difference is the added spoiler. Furthermore the rear shows dual twin exhaust pipes.
Due to the bright red colour this version actually looks more muscular, and lower to the ground. This is however only perception.
To get a good contrast, the internal structure is built mostly in black this time. Black also disappears in the background and distracts less.
However to emphasize the sportiness, some white seats are included. Again this contrasts nicely with the rest of the dark interior.
The smooth roofline is more defined now as well. The spoiler breaks this line, but fits well with the subtle roughness of the model.
Agressive look from the front. Due to the high contrast, the front of the model shows a lot more detail. Both the grill and the headlights are clearly separate units. To make the headlights pop out from the already bright red, white is used instead of light grey. Also the fog lights are present in this picture.
The rearlights have been slightly redesigned. Just using trans red would completely disappear, so instead some dark red is used with trans clear plates on top. Besides providing a better contrast, they again accentuate the sportiness of this car.
Another thing to consider when building in a different colour is parts availability. Certain elements can not be found in red, so a different solution is needed. Axles are normally only available in black (even) and light grey (odd), but luckily I had some official red ones as well to make the window and roof line, but they are quite rare.
In this case the door used some parts that are only available in black or light grey. This would conflict with the well defined "gills" of the model. The trick here was to change the colour scheme slightly, so the shape is still recognizable.
For the attachment on the back of the roof there was a similar colour issue, but instead of figuring out a different colour scheme I decided to use completely different elements. Also notice that the engine is now in dark grey, again to avoid clashing with the bright red exterior.
So often it's not like you can just exchange colours. It all depends on the total looks and the parts available. Still it's interesting to see how different a similar model looks in different colours. Which one is your favourite?