Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Matchbox Jaguar F Type Coupe Custom

Just a little repaint of a new release to share today. The F Type is my favorite car currently on sale, and I love the version that Matchbox came out with! They really nailed it. I decided to just do a quick repaint to match the one I got to drive at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance last year. What an experience that was!!

Here's the one I got to drive... What an experience!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Matchbox Lesney #33b - Ford Zephyr Restoration

Finally got this metallic blue Zephyr done! Took a bit longer than expected haha. It started out as just a regular old model, just a little bit past being display-worthy (in my opinion).

First setback happened while I was stripping off the old paint... I accidentally dropped the window glass in the paint stripper, and melted most of the front windscreen!!! I grabbed it as fast as I could, but the damage was done. The project had to wait until I found another donor car with good glass and at a decent price!! One was finally located on eBay, and I carried on...

Until, this happened...
Turns out, I had tried a new sort of primer, which didn't agree with the top coat. It took 3 ruined paint jobs on various models to figure that out...

So I tried it with NO primer, as the chaps at Lesney did back in the day... I think the results speak for themselves! Enjoy, thanks for looking.

Link to my other Zephyr restoration: 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Lesney #18e Field Car Restoration

Field Car!! This is a fun little casting that I always enjoy. I found this one on eBay missing its roof and spare wheel, but had all 4 tires still in place. It donated the wheels and tires to another cause, but I thought I could give it a second lease on life!

It turned out as something I could definitely envision Lesney making back in the day.

There's only one other Field Car in my collection at this time, a transitional that I restored a couple of years ago:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Matchbox Lesney Ferrari Berlinetta #75b Restoration

How about another Ferrari? You know how much I love this casting haha. Only thing I'm not happy with is the wheels. I refinished them, and the silver paint bled into the recesses of the wheels a bit. But other than that, I think it looks great!!