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1/64 Shelby Cobra

27 October 2014 - 05:44 PM



   Well over 10 or 15 years ago, I got this beaten up Hot Wheels Shelby Cobra with a broken windshield. It was pretty banged up.  I took it apart and stripped the paint, and then it sat in a box for over a decade.  I recently found it along with the wheels I planned to use back then. So after over a decade of neglect, I took it out and did a rather quick job on it just for fun.  Nothing fancy. No modifications except for the scratchbuilt windshield and replacement wheels.  

I wanted to do blue with white stripes but it would look similar to the Jet Threat I just did. So I went with black.













Just a fun little project...



Jet Threat II Grand Sport: 1st workbench activity in 6 years

11 October 2014 - 07:10 AM


I know this is not a plastic scale model. But at least is a scale car. For the first time in 6 years there has been activity in my workbench.
About a year ago I started playing with this old Hot Wheels (1/64):


(More details here:  http://www.modelcars...showtopic=94052 )






And it ended up like this:





I added seat belts and a racing steering wheel









Just for fun I made a parachute for it........



Done with Cobra Colors paints that were sitting for over 8 years but after vigorous shaking, came back to life.

Cobra Colors Corvette Admiral blue and Corvette Arctic White

Tamiya tape played an important part here as well.

Still pending, believe it or not, a final polishing and buffing.

I'm warming up!!!!!


What do you think?



Restoring/customizing a Hot Wheels for the fun of it

24 September 2014 - 06:15 PM

   It's been about 6 years and counting since I last worked on a model car.  I'm not back yet, but in the meantime, I started fooling around with this about a year ago.
But first some history behind it:  As many others, I grew up playing with Hot Wheels.  I'm not ashamed to admit that to this day, I still buy them as I have been for almost 40 years :)
Back in December 1979, while in fourth grade, we had a Christmas secret friend gift exchange at school: The teacher had our names in a bag and you pulled one. You had to buy a gift for that person but it was a surprise until the last day.  I think there was a budget cap of $3 or so....   Anyway, I received 2 Hot Wheels that for some reason became my all time favorites to this day: a Tricar X8 and a Jet Threat II. I played with them a lot. After wearing them down, they were painted (more than once) with brushed nail polish among other abusive things. I still have them both and they are part of my history!
When eBay came along in the late 90's, it became a source of older Hot Wheels. Long story made short I now have dozens of Jet Threats and Tricars among many others.
 Last year I found this little puppy on eBay. It was almost left for dead so I had to rescue it.  It has seen better days so I thought, why not taking it apart and rebuild it?



Took it apart and seems it did a lot of off road in the past. The raw metal turbine and chassis were a bit pitted.





The body was stripped. The chassis and the turbine are in the process of polishing. They are not getting back to mint condition, but I'll try to get them as good as I can.




The body was sanded smooth and primer was applied.  Then sanded again and applied more primer and re-sanded  until the body was as smooth as it could.  Keep in mind this is 1/64.....




Took a year between disassembly and primer.....


Stay tuned as a color scheme has been planned and is in the process.  will post more as it progresses.....






Hello gang!

21 September 2014 - 02:15 PM

Hello gang!


  Just a quick note to say hi!  Many of you may not remember me. I'm Ismael "the Corvette guy" Gonzalez and I used to be very active in the hobby and this forum.  I can't believe it, but it's been 5 years since I worked on a model, almost 6 years since I last worked on a model car....

Life has been really busy and it seems will continue so.  

So no, I'm not back in the hobby yet... :(    

However, a year ago I took apart a very worn Hot Wheels car and last week (almost a year to the day) I sprayed primer on it.   I know that doesn't count much but who knows?  I may paint it in the next 3 years!  :)


Just wanted to say hi to everybody!


Best Regards!