Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hot Wheels Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Custom

Good evening folks, sorry for the long time in between posts. There's been a lot going on for me lately. All good things luckily! But I'm back, and with a few customs finished. The first of which is Hot Wheels' excellent model of the Ferrari 612. I wasn't a huge fan of this car when it came out, I thought the styling was horrible, and was a poor replacement to the sexy 550/575. But time has been kind to the 612, and now I think it's a great looking car.

The color choice for this one came from a 1/24 scale plastic model version of the car I'm building. It's been years since I've built a plastic model, and this one has reminded me why I gave up that side of the hobby! Immensely frustrating, I got the model nearly finished, but the final assembly phase went all to hell. So I put it away in a box, and made a 1/64 version of it until I feel like getting back to the bigger model. But here is my 1/64 612 in all it's green glory.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lesney #15d-VW 1500 Saloon Restoration #2

Evening folks. How about a Beetle tonight? I love some classic air-cooled VW goodness, and was happy to get a Regular Wheel version of the classic Bug into my collection. This one arrived from ebay in a right state...

Luckily it had all its tires. That's the biggest problem with these old Matchboxes, the hubs shrink over time, and the tires tend to go missing pretty easily. 

Just a simple repaint and the old 'dub was good to go once again. 

I decided to go for a nice simple dark metallic blue, I think it suits the car well. I liked the originality of the chassis, so I left it alone. No doubt a mother somewhere put a dab of red paint on the bottom so little Johnny could tell his cars apart from the neighbor kid's cars. That tells the car's story, and I don't like to erase that. Hope you like it! Drop me a comment if you have anything to say :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lesney #67b-VW 1600TL Restoration

Good evening y'all!! I hope you are having a lovely first week of December. Here's my latest project, a copy of a rare variation of the #67 VW casting. It's a copy of the early transitional Superfast model, with the original regular wheel red body. Vintage British Diecast puts the value at about $250 mint in the box. Not completely outrageous as far as Lesney values go, but still not bad, and definitely out of my budget!!

Here's what I started with. Shame about the black brush paint, the metallic purple paint underneath was in great shape. But I know of no way to remove the black paint without taking it all off. Oh well!

The roof was a little bent, but some light hammering in critical places took care of that. (Jeremy Clarkson would be proud...)
In great shape otherwise! Mint windows, and the chrome on the wheels was almost mint. 

Here it is now..