Monday, May 4, 2015

Matchbox Rolls Royce Silver Cloud Restoration

A little bit of vintage British luxury to class up your evening a bit. This old Roller was picked up on ebay for very cheap, and given a new lease on life!

I've always loved this casting, but never had one until now. I think its new color suits it well, as do the wheels. The wheels weren't my first choice, but I have a pretty limited supply of nice wheels at the moment.. Oh well, I like it. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Maisto Porsche 356A Coupe - Detail and Wheel Swap

The Porsche 356 is one of history's all time greats. Great styling, a perky little air cooled engine, and fantastic competition history make for a perfect classic. I always made fun of the guys that, back in the day, thought the end times were near when the 356 was replaced by the new-fangled 911.. But having spent some time around the old bathtub Porsches, I can certainly see why one would think that way.. I'd have a hard time buying a 911 knowing that the 356 is out there...

The 356 is a car that has been sadly under-represented in small scale diecast. I have a Brumm 1/43 model, the Maisto 1/24th replica of the original 356, and a very well-worn Bburago 1/18 356 Cabriolet. That Bburago is very special to me, as it was the first diecast car I ever received as a kid.

I've wished for a long time that Matchbox would do a 356. I've heard rumors for a while that Hot Wheels is doing one, but I haven't seen it yet. So I picked up this Maisto at the Dollar Tree recently.. Nice casting, but no interior, ugly wheels, and lack of tampo detailing left a lot to be desired.

So I decided to do it up a bit... Some Matchbox wheels, and a bit of silver sharpie detailing is all I did here, but wow did it transform this car!! Now I'm hoping to find more of these cars to play with :)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Lesney #33c-Lamborghini Miura Superfast Chassis Swap

The Lamborghini Miura is an absolute classic, one of my all time favorite cars. And the Lesney version is just as good. A real gem, everyone should have one in their diecast collections.  I made a sort of reverse-transitional version. Just a chassis and interior swap with a beater purchased from ebay. As far as I know, there were never any made like this, so this is a "one-of-none" Whatcha think??

Other Miura restorations I have completed:

And some of the other Miuras I have in my collection.

And some 1:1s to boot!
Amelia Island Concours d/Elegance 2015

Keeneland Concours d'Elegance 2014