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My old diecast toy restorations

29 September 2014 - 01:38 PM

I, too have gotten into diecast toy restorations.
Mainly old Corgis, Dinkys and Spot-Ons, what you can buy for Pennies at the boot sale.
I'll treat this thread more like a blog, because I feel to open a separate thread for each one would spam the forum too much.

Anyway, I gave all the models I restored so far (a whopping two) to my children to play with them.
They agreed that once they are done with them, I'll restore them again, and they will give them to their children to play with.
I'm telling you guys, these toys will survive me!

So here goes for starters.

Corgi Jag MK10:

Oh no, not another shonky pimpage thread! 1/18 Anson 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible

29 September 2014 - 01:01 PM

I got this one for a tenner, because it's missing the aerial and the rear view mirror.
Otherwise it's good, and I like the green, because I'm weird.
What I instantly disliked, are the whitewalls, so I did a 30 second conversion:

It's all about style, you know.
But what I really can't live with, is this grimness:
I say, I say, it's about as inspiring as the waiting room at the dentist's, what, what?
And it's such a shame, because the interior is actually quite nicely detailed.
Something must be done.
And I started it today:
Believe it or not, it was two hours work to make a kit out of it.
Plans are now to tart up the interior, instrument panel and engine. The latter isn't anything to write home about,
but at least a bit of colour can be added.
My plan for the interior is to make it green, which was available for the real car.
I'll also paint the roof beige, including the underside. The upside for appearance, the underside because I hope
one can see the interior better, when it's a light colour.
Then I will foil the side window frames, and 'glaze' the vent windows and quarter lights.
The rest will be a bit of foiling and detail painting, like e.g. the taillights.
I hope my resident graphic artist will have made my numberplates soon, because I want to finish it off with a nice
set of period plates.

The Junkman Builds A Model Shocker! A Jo-Han 1962 Studebaker Lark, even

28 September 2014 - 06:26 AM

I'm baaaack!


After what amounts effectively to a 15 year hiatus, I decided to do a few builds.

To get off my hodad status, and put you all in a state of awe, I thought something really advanced for a start is the order.

Hence I chose this utterly complex old Jo-Han Stomachacher Studebaker kit, with its overwhelming parts count.

If you struggle to count past three that is. Or even seven.


Besides, I wouldn't cry if I ruined it in the process, but so far, everything looks like this isn't even happening.


I painted the body and foiled it:






I think it would be rather beating a dead horse if I told you lot of artisans how to do this.

Some primerage was had, then I whacked on the contents of a 30 year old rattle can, that I heated until

the bottom bulged outward, followed by some clear lacquer, which I bought new.

One thing I noticed is that despite everything became worse over the past 15 years, clear lacquer

seems to be the only thing that actually improved.


Anyway, I think the colour does approximate 1962 Studebaker Green Jade pretty well, at least when

you see the model in the flesh.


Then I brush painted the interior, and flocked the floor:




And did a preliminary mock-up:






Now it's all about adding the second interior colour, and detail painting.


Oh, and slagging off my work is not only welcome, but explicitly encouraged.

Steve Bolander's '58 Impala from American Graffiti - Built from the Ertl 1:18 scale kit

27 September 2014 - 04:14 PM

Believe it or not...


Something I haven't done for 15 odd years. And back then, it was a plastic kit. Which was made from plastic. By the devil...
Anyway, here goes:


That thing was expensive!

So let's devalue it.


Behold the grimness, which is an overwhelming one:


A no-go, clear as a whistle. Hence primer was applied:


While it dried, I assembled and installed the engine:


I actually painted the engine and gearbox, which is rather futile, because you can't really see anything of it once the model is assembled.
However, those who have seen the film will recall, that Toad mentions that the car has a 327. Which is a small block. The engine in this kit is not.
It's a W-Series big block. So let's pretend Toad had no idea what he was talking about and be done with it, OK?

I then flocked the floor:


And painted the rubber heel pad to look like a rubber heel pad:


This was followed by a lot of tongue in cheek modelling. Which is done with your tongue in your cheek.


The interior:


Pimp my Panhard - I'm Not making this up!

27 September 2014 - 03:15 PM

Well, actually I do, but let's pretend I don't.

Case in point is Solido's 1/18 scale Panhard PL 17.



Two cylinders for OMGPOWAH unleashage:


Which will remain untouched. Yep. Sorry to disappoint you, but there will be no modification to the powertrain.

What I couldn't live with, is the interior:


It's basically all there, but the black plastic grimness just doesn't cut it with a loony like me.
It is also IMO out of touch with the era the model represents. Furthermore, the plastic material chosen
was apparently carefully selected for looking as cheap as possible.
I imagine a Solido Board Room meeting like this:

Ooh, oui, Jaques, le plastique for le interior still looks trop expensive.
OK, OK, Jean-Pierre, je will come up avec something qui looks comme rubbish...

Then there is my pet hate of headlight lenses attached with a central stalk: