Thats a nice bit of paint on there, makes it look out-of-the-box original.
On the subject of heating spray cans, my dad used to put cans in a sause pan of boiling water and boil the #### out of them. don't ask me why, i don't know. They used to bubble away quite happily, never had one blow. Personaly, i would never do that. I boil the water in the kettle, pour it into a container deep enough to have the can float in the water, and just leave it for 2 or 3 mins, shake it and put it back until its just noticably warm, not hot, once the heat has got into the can just keep on top of it with a heat gun on its lowest pemp, and carefully, from a distance, warm it back up while I'm using it. It doesnt need to get hot, certainly not hot enough to be a danger of going pop.
In another life I worked in an aerosol factory. The pressurised cans are all sent through a several-metre-long bath of really hot water in order to leak-test them. They'll take a surprising amount of heat and abuse before exploding. I warm mine before spraying using a hot-air gun, never had one burst yet and if they do the end-plate will bulge and the valve will probably fail long before you get anything actually dangerous start happening*
*disclaimer... I'm not taking responsibility for anyone turning themselves into Captain Hook with an aerosol, BTW "Oh, Luckyseven said it'd be fine...."
When I was a kid we used to build these big bonfires in the woods near my house, we had a 4ft length of 3" iron pipe that we would build into the fire in order to drop aerosol cans into. The we would scour the area for aerosol cans, some you would drop in would just got pop, some would fly out, and if you could find the Taymar disposable butane cans half full in the builders skips, they were awesome, they would fly out the end of this tube leaving a trail of fire behind them! Spectacular at night! Honestly how most of my friends and I survived our teens is a miracle... I wouldn't recommend anyone try this either!
I heartily approve of the Corgi 59 Impalas! I think that the Impala was the first Corgi model to sell over a million. Needless to say I have many of them plus other models of 59 Chevs that I got my hands on. Been out in the real thing today, even after 28 years of ownership I still get a buzz out of driving it and hearing the V8 rumbling away. One day I really should post some photos of my models.
This has evolved somewhat from the original Lesney Matchbox cars that I started with, but I didn't have enough of them. So here are the projects in the works. Plus a few more that I'm yet to rediscover, have one that I really want to find that's made by a European company and its a model of something like a 1970 Seat 1200 sport. Plus I need to put a proper chassis under a remote control Porsche 928 I have.
Tough one, if it wasn´t majorette, I guess it may have been some small spanish company.
You were right about that, it made by a Spanish company called Mira, a little googling revealed. Much more a toy than a model, but as you say I hadn't got a clue there was such a car until I saw the model.
It is about time I posted an update, you may have seen the post with the XJ220 and a Renault 12 in paint stripper. These were the next cars I started work on and interestingly the XJ220 has a plastic base so clips back together and holds. The Volvo 245 that can be seen in the later post showing a box of projects also has a plastic base so these two should be quite easy.
I was working on the Matchbox XJ220 and Majorette Renault 12 at the same time so I think the pictures probably show bits of both cars in. Both of these cars have suspension which I think is such a good idea, shame the more modern cars don't.
Yeah, I've had these photos and cars in bits since before Christmas and only just getting round to updating this... As you can see the paint is pretty thin in some places and missing in others. There is also a hole in the roof where a taxi sign would have been. Other than this the car is mostly straight and easy to work with.
As can be seen here it was swiftly taken apart to get it to paint removal stage. The only other major issue this car has is a missing tow hook but this can be easily sorted I'm sure. This car, as with a lot of majorette stuff has nice details like the suspension and passengers, and on this car a separate piece of plastic for the grill which I'm sure other company's would have included on the chassis.
And here we have the XJ. Much the same process here.
This car also has suspension but is a much simpler design than the Majorette's, this car has a piece of very thin metal held to the chassis in the centre that just sits on top of the axle. This isn't the first matchbox car I've seen with this type of suspension, the Lesney Mustang that had the little lever for steering had the same, but the chassis was metal and the piece over of the axles was plastic often resulting in the piece snapping.
I'm sure most of you who have done this sort of thing will know this trick, but a little bit of polish brings these plastic windows up a treat. Removes scratches and just really shines them up.
I need to go out and buy some paints, no harm in prepping the next ones though right? Will probably get a little boring seeing the same old all the time though!
So here is the next project, I've had this for years and don't think it was all that great when I got it. I think I probably did break that rear wheel, though, the paint was already this bad when I got it. I have always liked this truck, always thought it would make a really good car transporter.
The tear down begins. Same way as always, drilling the posts/rivets and the gently pulling apart. This particular model required some persuasion as it seems to have been dented at the front and stopped the chassis coming free. As per the norm, coat it in some paint stripper,set it aside and polish up the windows. Windows came up very nice but it's another one of those paints, like the impala, that isn't touched by this stripper.
Had this old Corgi junior Volvo I tried some of the stripper on to convince myself it still worked.
Which it did almost immediately, so I got the chassis off straight away. The Volvo has about four or five rivets holding the body to the chassis. Which I thought was quite odd, but guess it's something to do with the tailgate opening.
That's all for this update though. May have to rename this thread as I've now found I can't stop at just the old Lesneys.
My next project seems to have chosen itself! I was putting something away or looking for something and found this car, unsure of what it actually was I pulled it out and had a google of 1979 hotwheels and a few clicks later found this:
Which is apparently a Stutz Blackhawk, a car I had heard of but couldn't picture it. Nice detailing on this car sadly mine has lost all of that other than the two red triangles on the front.
The chassis on this car felt a little loose at the front and flipping it over revealed this
With a little effort the car just pulled apart, no sign of any previous attempts to mess with the rivets so it must have left the factory like it. I then pulled windows out to give then a quick polish.
I know how I want this one to be, hope I can find the colour!