Monday, July 28, 2014

Matchbox Austin Mini Van Custom

Sorry for the crappy pics, I'll try to take some better ones tomorrow when it's light outside! Just finished this one up tonight, and it came out so well I just had to share it!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Matchbox Volvo 760GLE Restoration

As I'm sure you've noticed by now,  I'm a bit of a Volvo fan. So I'm always happy to have an old Swedish brick roll across my workbench. I got this one for a few pence at a boot sale during my most recent trip to England. Not in terrible condition, but it certainly could use a bit of fixing up!

So with a bit of paint, some new shoes and some silver detailing, here is the 760 now...

Matchbox Ford Crown Victoria Police Restoration/Custom

I've been wanting to do one of these for a long time, take a police car and turn it into something "civilian." I got this Crown Vic in a big lot a while back and thought it would be perfect. As you can see, it was pretty rough when I got it:

So, after some body filler applied to the roof and a fresh coat of paint, here it is now! Not too bad for my first use of body filler, I'm looking forward to making similar cars in the future and making them look even better!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lesney #75b-Ferrari Berlinetta Restoration #2

Last one for this morning, this is my favorite diecast car of all time. I love customizing and restoring these Lussos. I think this one came out nice, here it is before.

And here it is now in all its glory:

Lesney #45a-Vauxhall Victor Restoration

Another one of my buys from England, I gave this one a new lease on life! It was in pretty rough shape before, take a look at this:

Even though the body was pretty rough, the chassis was very nice, so I didn't even take the wheels off or repaint it. Just a little touchup on the trailer hitch and it was good to go! Here's how this little Victor finished up. 

Lesney #32b-Jaguar E Type Restoration #2

Good morning folks! Got a few cars to share with you this morning, the first being this E Type. I decided to get a little adventurous and try a wheel swap. The wheels ended up being too big so the car doesn't roll, but it looks cool! Here's what I started with:

And here it is now, with some bright gold paint laid down on it:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lesney #21d-Foden Cement Mixer Transitional Restoration

Good afternoon folks! Here's another restoration for you to look at. Not my best work, but it came out ok, and is certainly more presentable than it was. Old construction vehicles like this tend to live a pretty hard life in sandboxes and dirt piles (I know mine sure did), so it's nice to breathe some new life into an old truck like this. It makes a nice addition to my growing transitional collection. The 1970 Superfast line has been very fun to collect. Here's my cement mixer as I got it, a cheap purchase of a couple dollars on ebay:

And here is is after a quick respray:

Like I said, not my best work, but it'll sit on the shelf nicely next to my other transitionals. Thanks for looking!