Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lesney #05e-Lotus Europa Restoration

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers. Hopefully you have a great day filled with turkey, pecan pie, and family!

Here's a restoration I finished not too long ago. I got it on ebay for cheap, it advertised that it had a "new paint job" haha. You be the judge of that...
It was kind of a weird purplish gray color, and needed to go!!!

With this cool old Lotus, I decided to break out my airbrush for the first time in ages. It could definitely be better, but I'm happy with how the paint has come out. It's a Tamiya copper color. Gorgeous color!! A little chrome detailing on the wheels and it's done..

Might do an extra bit of detailing at some point. What do you think?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lesney #34a-Volkswagen Transporter Van

This one has actually been finished for quite a while, but has been waiting on decals. I've given up on the prospect of finding any, so it's finished for now. I ordered a set from my usual supplier, but turns out he didn't have them anymore, so I'm out of luck.
This was another car that had been treated to a repaint prior to me getting it. A rather creative repaint...

Electricity Services? Haha I love it!!!

Here it is after a little TLC..

What do you think? Any comments would be appreciated!
And if you know of a place to get decals for it... Do let me know!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lesney #33c-Lamborghini Miura Superfast Restoration

Since I'm broke, the only way to get rare Lesney variations on my shelf is to make them.. Or to get lucky, but generally making them is a better bet haha. So I grabbed a big lot of beater Superfast Miuras, so I figured making a rare version would be a good thing to do! Here's what I started with.

I didn't like how the left hand door fit, I think it had some hidden damage. Possibly a bend in it. I swapped on an extra door I had, and it fit much better!

The version I decided to go with is the Miura painted in the earlier Regular Wheel yellow, and the later ivory interior. VERY rare model, worth $700 or $800 in real life. This one fits the budget much better. :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hot Wheels Datsun 510 Wagon Custom

Here's a quick custom I did of the newly-common Datsun 510 Wagon. I'm so glad this casting made it to the mainline, as I never found the Boulevard version. I'm not a big JDM fan in general, but I do like the older stuff, and this is such a cool car.
I went for a stock look with the Matchbox disc wheels, and a bright orange color that I imagine was pretty common on these cars back in the day.
The front end of the chassis sits a bit high, as it moved out of place as the JB weld set up, and I can't do anything about it now! What do you think of it? What should my next 510 Wagon custom be?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lesney #46c-Mercedes 300SE Convertible "Restomod"

This was a fun little project. It started as a very beat up Mercedes with a bent and broken roof. I thought making it into a convertible would be fun! I've already shared a lot of these before pics on my last 46c restoration, which you can find here.

But after some cutting and painting, here's what I ended up with. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lesney #29a-Bedford Milk Float Restoration

This was one of my quickest and easiest restorations to date. There's only two pieces, the body and chassis, plus wheels and axles. This one had been poorly repainted at some point, and the axles were badly bent.

But it was a nice solid early Lesney, and it cleaned up nice!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lesney #08e-Ford Mustang Restoration

Hey folks. Just a quick post to show you a rare Mustang variation I made a while back and forgot to post LOL. Sorry for the light commentary, I'm exhausted tonight. Enjoy!

Going home from the wrecking yard. 

The correct Lesney yellow base coat

It fell off its clip shortly after painting, ugh!! Had to redo it. 

Came out nice though!

My signature original baseplate. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lesney #22c-Pontiac Grand Prix Restoration

Hello everyone. The custom work has been slow lately due to the weather. It's getting cold and I have no way to paint indoors! But I caught a warm day and managed to get a couple done, and this is one of them. Great car, as all Lesneys are. Sorry, I forgot to take before pics.

I like these big American land yachts with vinyl roofs, I think they just look right. This color combo came out excellent, what do you all think?
And as always, I left the base plate original. Flaws and all, it adds character.