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I snapped a fine DM 1958 TR 250 - only missing its windshield (again) - on ebay for $ 9,99 + postage ! I turned it into the black one with the red nose (as my Hasegawa kit). As I want to build the Hasegawa kit in another version, I used its decals for this one.

Unfortunately, it could not be disassembled, because of a defect base plate screw, so I masked the nose, the lights, the underside and the interior and sprayed semigloss black directly from the can onto the body. After drying, I polished the paint and achieved a used/abused, race-worn look with several imperfections - on some places even the red shines through - back in those days, race cars simply received an overspray in another color -  high-gloss paints can only be seen in today's auctions of over-restored high-prized examples, but speed and durability won races, not paintwork.

The windshield was replaced with clear sheet, the spoke wheels got my usual treatment: disassembling, directly overspray with aluminium silver from the can, a black wash afterwards. With a little dark gray dust from pastel chalks it was turned into an old warhorse showing its scars and dents – an ex-works car, painted over in black, a few years after its prime time:

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and together with its cousin, the works-car from Sebring 12 hrs. 1958:

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On 11/23/2021 at 10:50 PM, Funkychiken said:

Well executed, looks great with its stablemate... 

 

On 11/24/2021 at 12:57 AM, Gramps46 said:

Oh yes, you nailed the period look perfectly.  The modest weathering is so appropriate.

 

On 11/24/2021 at 2:58 AM, Dave B said:

Great builds Helmut, if only Hasegawa would re-release their photoetched wire wheels for this kit.

Dave B

 

On 11/24/2021 at 6:30 AM, Rich Chernosky said:

Very nice Helmut...thanks for sharing.

Thank you all for the kind words, guys - but I think I have started this topic in the wrong thread - it is a reworked die-cast and not a plastic kit...

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I ended up with a few of these as well, all missing parts.. I restored one to box stock, and am turning one into a mid 60s era drag car. The left over motors may become a land speed car project. The wheels and tires are going on a 57 Chevy custom I'm building. 

 

ANYWAYS....I LOVE what you did with yours!!!!

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I am really glad to see someone build a race car as a race car, not a trailer queen. Back in "the day" paint added weight so as little as could be used was the norm. This was the case in most forms of racing. Clear coats were never used. I would rather see a well worn racing machine. Loved your build and hats off to you. 

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On 12/15/2021 at 5:05 PM, slusher said:

Awesome pair!

Thank you, Carl !

 

On 12/24/2021 at 12:46 PM, chris chabre said:

I ended up with a few of these as well, all missing parts.. I restored one to box stock, and am turning one into a mid 60s era drag car. The left over motors may become a land speed car project. The wheels and tires are going on a 57 Chevy custom I'm building. 

 

ANYWAYS....I LOVE what you did with yours!!!!

Thanks, Chris - reworking die-casts can be a rewarding experience.

 

On 12/24/2021 at 3:29 PM, lucky 130 said:

I am really glad to see someone build a race car as a race car, not a trailer queen. Back in "the day" paint added weight so as little as could be used was the norm. This was the case in most forms of racing. Clear coats were never used. I would rather see a well worn racing machine. Loved your build and hats off to you. 

Thanks, Michael - as a perfect high-gloss paint finish demands a lot of work (I must admit I'm a rather lazy guy), I spray my race car models - most of the time - without polishing or clear-coating. These should represent racecars and not showcars.

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