I got the wood base from a fellow custom toy guy who did a hell of a job on his own Nuka-Cola machine. His wood working skills far surpass mine, and he hooked me up for a great price with the unpainted wood base.
I started with cutting out the actual fridge section, extending and deepening the fridge area, and adding two 40mmx40mm computer fans to the back. I even carved a little groove around the fridge opening to seperate the 2 sections a bit more. I spent a few days coating, sanding, re-coating and re-sanding the whole thing with DecoArt Triple Thick glaze to cover the wood grain texture, and give it that glossy 50's enamel finish.
I've wanted to learn how to do really good rust effects for the longest time, and I finally had the right excuse to do it. I painted the entire thing a base brown, then proceeded to layer it with brown, red and black powder pigments. And lots and lots of dullcote. One it was fully dry, I used a combination of hairspray and salt to create a barrier where I wanted the paint to have chipped away, exposing the rust underneath.
I laid down my red and white spray paint, and stenciled on the Nuka-Cola logo, and once it was dry, went at scrubbing all the salt off with water and a tooth brush. I finished it off adding in the shelves, the printed acetate Nuka-Cola logo at the top, some lights, touching up the rust with some more powder pigment, and a final rust wash from Micromark's Rust n Dust kit (which I totally recommend). I could not be happier with how this came out.
Next step is to make some Nuka-Cola bottles, and cast them in a semi-clear cola colored resin.
I included a pic of one of my post apocalyptic figures to show it in scale. He started off with the intention of being a figure of my Fallout character, but as I worked on other figures from a post apocalyptic storyline of my own, he started becoming a character of his own in that world instead. If I can ever figure out a 1/6 scale Pip-Boy, I'd still love to do a Fallout Sole Survivor, and now that I have this Nuka-Cola Vending machine, I want to more now than ever.