I have noticed of late that quite a few people on this forum are customising, modifying, and restoring old Matchbox, Hot Wheels and vaious other 1/64ish cars. To that end I thought it might be nice to have a thread just for non standard toy cars, and so I have started this thread. Please feel free to add your own cars that you've modified or restored. I figured that if I was going to start such a thread that I should at the very least have a go at restoring something myself. Therefore I give you Healer Wheeler!
It started out as a Corgi Juniors ambulance, I stripped it, filled the roof where the light went through, painted it with some touch up paint that I found in my Carlton, then put some glow in the dark Hot Wheels wheels on it and put it back together. So what do you think? More importantly, show me yours!
Post by surprisingskoda on Oct 28, 2017 17:19:15 GMT
I like this thread. I used to do a lot of repaints. In fact I'm 99% sure I was the first person on ebay selling re-painted / modified 1/64ish cars - started way back in about '01. There's always been people doing Code 3 trucks and 1/43 but nobody was repainting or modifying hotwheels and matchbox etc at the time. Currently on the wrong computer for pictures but I'll try to add a few in later.
I've been thinking about pulling all mine out of the loft to do a bit of resto, but fear I might get a bit too into it and start doing roof-chops, widebodys and such like I do in Photoshop, so I maybe need to leave it for now Did chance upon this youtube channel, BaremetalHW a few weeks ago that is just the thing if you are doing restoration at this scale.
It's a US channel and is mostly HotWheels but the same technique applies for Matchbox, Corgi, Majorette, Bburago etc. Great tips for stripping, polishing, painting, restoring scratched glass, and doing more full on customs (think Mad Max etc). Really nicely made too. My video mogadon before bed sometimes
Post by surprisingskoda on Nov 12, 2017 21:06:42 GMT
I've at last remembered to bring the camera home from work and take a few photos of some of my projects, in various forms. I just lifted out a few that were handy, not the ones in boxes in the attic...
I started taking a few ever-so-slightly abstract photos showing some "in process" which I feel has a nice element of showing they're not all done instantly. I have some I've been working on for several years - I just don't get the time.
Like these: the two Transits (one Husky, one Corgi) have been ongoing for probably half a dozen or more years. Really. The Majorette Escort and Schuco BMW are only new, no more than two years going!
Nothing has been done for several months on anything. About the end of summer I realised this wasn't going to change and packed everything up. Maybe some day, I will return to them. Maybe not. There's a lot of other things to do in life. This Chevelle wagon was finished, but is getting an interior change I think. The two Vauxhalls have been kicking around for maybe as many as ten years now.
And there are plenty more cars waiting to be done - both these Tomica 911 and Siku Mercedes need some restoration.
A boxful of cars in the first stage
And dozens waiting on paint. How many can you identify?
I was working on this post-apocalyptic series, just because, why not?
Including doing some new things with the paint, and body altering. I was experimenting with putting fillers under the paint to make it uneven, and using lumpy (old) paint dry-brushed, just to look for new effects.
Some more I was working on:
And a few finished ones I lifted off the shelves... Repainted and detailed Cadillac Ambulance, restored Yatming Malibu, Olds 442 I used a metal spray on then hand-painted really fine multi-coloured flames on, can't remember how long ago it was when i had that level of patience... and a '57 BelAir, which was painted a few times before it nded up sky blue with Jada rubber wheels
Corgi 190E, Majorette 406, Schuco Escort, Tomica R5 (in a delicate steel blue I really like - made it to sell and couldn't part with it) and matchbox EsCos.
And some Japanese - a Hotwheels Celica made to look like a standard one, a modified one, a Tomica R34 which all I've done is given it some decent wheels and it's perfect, and a Supra. The best Supra casting is this old Motormax (subsequently became Realtoy) and this one has Norev chrome wheels from a Peugeot 407 on it lol.
I can't speak for anyone else but what I did was before the toy was taken apart I went to the toy shop, found a model with the wheels I liked, then searched all through the models until I found one with the right width axles. Then I bought it, and took it apart to put the axles on mine! No idea how to lower it though.
Post by surprisingskoda on Nov 14, 2017 4:28:58 GMT
Or, on some models there are plastic tangs coming down from the body or interior moulding to hold/press the axles against the chassis plate, which you can notch out a little bit. Lowering old metal chassis cars that have the axles crimped in is awkward though. For wheels, as long as they will fit, you can cut the axles with some tin snips or pliers, then just use some longer ones from another car (or the original ones) - this way you can mix and match a bit more. Some cool wheels only come with very short or very long axles. But basically as PP says, just go find some models with interesting wheels. A car boot sale is good pickings, lots of old hotwheels for 20p each and use the left over shells to make a scrapyard diorama or cut up for spoilers etc.
Spurred on by seeing what you guys have created, and the success of my first little attempt I thought I'd give it another go! But on what? Well I decided that maybe this old ERTL General Lee could do with a freshen up...
So after taking it apart, and spending too much time on Motor Trend on demand I came up with this...