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!
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.