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I recently received a phone call from the legendary Bob Paeth. Bob has been building superb model cars since plastic was invented, and his contributions to our hobby have earned him a spot in the Model Car Builders Museum Hall of Fame. Bob is also one of the most enthusiastic builders and proponents of the hobby I've ever known. His excitement was evident when he called to share a great, unique tip.

Although I can't quote our conversation verbatim - keeping up with Bob is like trying to chase down a four-second Funny Car - his tip involves scissors, glue, paint, and a box of cookies.

One day, after polishing off a package of his favorite cookies, Bob noticed that the thin, clear plastic tray from the package had a convincing raised-diamond pattern that was very close to a 1/25 scale diamond-tufted upholstery. Being careful not to spill his milk, Bob cut a section out of the tray bottom, and fitted a small piece of the plastic over a 1/25 scale car seat, and glued it in place with contact cement. Any type of model paint will work, but I've found that Floquil model railroad colors dry with just the right sheen to simulate Naugahyde upholstery.

Bob noted that if you keep your eyes open, you'll find that certain vending-machine sandwich containers use thin, patterned trays that can also be used for various types of custom upholstery. Makes you wonder where Bob has been eating most of his meals!


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