Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hot Wheels BMW 3.0 CSL Street Custom

Here's my take on one of the best recent HW releases, the BMW 3.0 CSL! These have been my favorite BMW model for as long as I can remember. They are just the ideal car to me, elegant styling, great performance and just an overall classiness that modern cars can't touch.




HW has done nothing but racing spec ones so far, and they've made some very nice ones... But I decided to see what I could do with a street version.. And I am absolutely thrilled with how it came out. 








Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hot Wheels Range Rover Classic

Here's another favorite customizing pasttime of mine, making HW products much nicer!! I've done a Range Rover like this before, but I sold it a while back. And one can never have too many fine old British cars in one's collection!

The Range Rover Classic is one of those vehicles that is just cool. Maybe not the most reliable thing in the world, but undeniably cool! I'd love to have one.






Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Matchbox Lesney Morris J2 Pickup Restoration

I'm back working on the cars I enjoy the most today! Bringing back old British bangers from the scrapyard. Today's project is a #60 Morris J2 Pickup. I'd love to see one of these in real life, it's such an interesting little truck.







Anyways onto my little Lesney one. Before:



And after:






Saturday, March 25, 2017

Matchbox Mazda MX5 Miata ND Custom

The MX5 is one of my all time favorite cars, and I was so excited when Matchbox decided to make a replica of the latest version, the ND. I think the best color on these is graphite grey, so I made one!





Thursday, March 9, 2017

Matchbox Range Rover Evoque Custom

Hey all, I'm back!! After a bit of a break, I am back to making customs again. I got a new job and made yet another move. But I am settled in for a good long time now hopefully. Just got a much bigger workbench for my apartment and am looking forward to firing up the customs again!

Starting with this Evoque. I've always thought these look quite good in white.





Monday, December 19, 2016

Hot Wheels Ferrari 599 GTB Custom

Generally speaking, "modern" Ferraris don't really get my blood pumping too much. Sure, they're striking to look at and absolute technological marvels. But to me, the classics have, and always be where my passion lies. I like simple, restrained, and elegant styling paired with a classy refined interior, a manual gearbox and a gloious sounding engine. That's all I need in a car. Ferrari has moved on a bit from that haha. Which is ok, as they're certainly selling more cars than ever!

A lot of old school Ferrari enthusiasts consider the F40 to be the last "real" Ferrari, since it was the last car that Enzo himself personally oversaw the development of. I like that sentiment, but I go a little bit farther and include the gorgeous 355 and 550 in that list of "real" Ferraris. Which then brings us to the feature car, this 599 by Hot Wheels. It's not my favorite Ferrari of all time, I still prefer the 550 to it. But what makes this car special and included on the "real" list, is the fact that it was the last Ferrari to have a 6-speed gated manual option. What a crying shame you can't get that anymore!!

I like how this custom turned out, I have always felt that the 599 looks amazing in dark metallic blue. What do you think?






Sunday, November 27, 2016

Matchbox Volkswagen Saviero Cross Pickup

VW has a habit of making all sorts of interesting vehicles, and then selling them pretty much everywhere except the US. The Saviero Cross is a perfect example of that. Basically a cut down version of the 2 door "Gol" (which itself is a reworked Polo), it has proved to be an incredibly popular vehicle in Brazil. It is priced right around the $20k mark, which I find to be quite reasonable. Who knows, with the popularity of small pickups taking off again here in the States, VW might be able to shift a fair few of these here!

The Matchbox version made its debut in the 2011 mainline, part of the "modern golden age" that Matchbox collectors like to talk about these days. It hasn't been used a lot really, just a handful of times in the mainline and in a few multipacks. This is one of those castings that is quite nice and realistic, but always seems to come to the pegs completely overdone with crazy graphics and colors that cover up the nice model underneath.

So as usual, I decided to take one of those "loud" models, and quiet it down a bit. I think it pulls off the maroon with white wheels well! Drop a line in the comments and let me know what you think.





Sunday, October 16, 2016

Breaking Bad: Jesse Pinkman's 1984 Toyota Tercel 4WD Wagon

One of my all time favorite TV shows is Breaking Bad. When it was on the air I was a complete mega fan, and still am. It was one of the most brilliantly written and directed shows I've ever seen. Those of you that haven't seen it should check it out. I know the subject matter put a lot of people off, but there really is so much more to it than drugs!

Anyways, a cool aspect of the show to me was always the vehicle selection. Whoever was in charge of that must've been a real car guy, because all the vehicles used by the characters fit them so well. As the characters changed throughout the series, their vehicles changed too and the selections were just brilliant.

So I've been trying to collect as many of those show vehicles as I can. This is the 3rd one that I have.

Jessie Pinkman was one of the main characters. Walt's partner in the drug business, and he had two main rides throughout the series. The first one was a mid-80s Chevy Monte Carlo lowrider, which Greenlight produced earlier this year. After a couple seasons, it was involved in a shootout, and I believe it was taken by the police. Then, Jesse bought this delightful red Toyota Tercel 4WD wagon. He simply seized an opportunity to get a cheap car when he needed one, but somehow the car fits him so well. So I bought an orange Majorette version and painted it red to match! Here's the 1:1..



And my version:






Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hot Wheels Toyota MR2 Repaint

I'm going to be moving again soon, so that means I need to finish up and post all the projects I have going right now before they get packed up! Starting with this Toyota MR2. Just a repaint, but I think it came out pretty nice.





Saturday, September 3, 2016

Lesney #53c Ford Zodiac Repaint

I tried a new color on this old Zodiac, I think it works pretty well! Could definitely see this being a color offered back in the day.