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Enhance Your Kato Toyotas

Steps for enhancing Kato 1978 Toyota Crown sets

Remove the body from the chassis

Highlight some of the details with Sharpies (fine or ultrafine tip)

Silver for bumpers, hubcaps and grille

Red for taillights (stop light red or clear red paint works well also)

Orange for front turn signals

Black may be used for tires instead of paint

Silver paint pen, paint or Sharpie for headlights (A silver Sharpie appears more aluminum while silver paint pens or paints are more reflective.)

Decal license plates (optional)

Dust with powdered Tempera paints using a dry paint brush (can also tone down the overall shine of the finish)

Black for brake pad (or shoe) dust and tire weathering

Brown for dirt and dust

Kato Toyota Crown (1978)

 

Steps for enhancing Kato 1990s Toyota sets

Remove the body from the chassis only if repainting

Highlight some of the details with Sharpies (fine or ultrafine tip)

Silver for wheels (silver paint can be used for “chrome” wheels

Red for taillights (stop light red or clear red paint works well also)

Silver paint pen, paint or Sharpie for headlights (A silver Sharpie appears more aluminum while silver paint pens or paints are more reflective.)

Flat black paint for grilles

Decal license plates (optional)

Dust with powdered Tempera paints using a dry paint brush (can also tone down the overall shine of the finish)

Black for brake pad (or shoe) dust and tire weathering

Brown for dirt and dust

Challenges

Toyota Crown (1978)

Separation of the black of the tires and silver of the wheels (no raised “dam” to prevent paint from flowing where you do not want it)

All 1990s

Removal of the axles from the chassis and chassis from the body must be done very carefully to avoid breakage, and is only necessary if repainting the whole body

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