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Anybody else like to rework Hot Wheels?

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Anybody else like to rework Hot Wheels?
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, July 29, 2021 6:13 PM
Thresher
I found this not too long ago and did it up along the lines of it being an early 70's muscle car.  Mixed a Grabber Blue and made custom decals.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 9:35 AM
Astana Hotto
Removed all the lights off the front, and that created two little GTO style scoops in the nose.
Mixed a very bright red and made custom decals for the graphics and scoop details.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 9:44 AM

I do sometimes;

     I did some a while ago.The ones from MC-Donalds, Especially the 55 Chevy.Turned it into a regular Chevy instead the gasser it was! Sorry no Pics!

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Posted by PatW on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 2:24 AM

I see a lot of these from time to time and spares that can be available to customise these small vehicles. I'm very impressed with the conversions I've seen and want to try some. Unfortunately none of these spares are available in the UK.

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 1:54 PM

This always looked like fun, but I'm afraid it's just another rabbit hole I find myself going down. It's best I stay away, too temping.

BK

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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, August 8, 2021 10:22 AM

Really nice results. Great paint jobs. I don't think that I could work on something that small.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by OctaneOrange on Monday, August 9, 2021 4:16 AM

I took the standard dark blue MB and gave it a faded light blue paint job and weathered it with some dust effects. done with my iwata airbrush and tamiya paints.

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, August 9, 2021 11:57 AM

Thanks guys!

Some of those McDonalds cars are very collectable for customizing.
The fact that they are only a dollar and that I don't need to go all out is part of the draw for me.  Something that can be done quickly too.
Since I also build 1/87th scale cars these aren't too small.
The Land Rover looks great!
 
This is one I did a few years ago, another casting kind of like the Thresher; sort of believable as a real car.  Figured I'd rename it to go with the paint job.

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, August 9, 2021 12:30 PM

Very cool, Scale Modeler!  Do you disassemble the cars to repaint them, eg, drill out the rivets, pop any tabs, etc?

I have not done such restorations or upgrades myself, but I follow a YouTube channel from a fella in Australia who restores Matchbox cars.  It's a lot of fun to follow his builds, though he's on hiatus, having moved to a new town.

His channel is Marty's Matchbox Makeovers:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLM7pRUW6CmqqoAic24wbpQ

 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, August 9, 2021 3:36 PM

Thanks!  Yes, I disassamble them and strip the paint off, essentially turning them into simple little kits.

I did an article for Scale Auto a couple years ago and another, probably a dozen years ago for Model Cars, detailing how to do it.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 9:39 AM

Yes

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, August 14, 2021 7:55 AM

I do them occasionaly.

A Hot Wheels 69 Charger I turned into a General Lee

a Ford Maverick I redid.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 8:35 AM

midnightprowler

I do them occasionaly... 

Nice work, Lee!

Do you also disassemble them to paint the bodies, then reassemble them? Or do you work with the assembled cars?

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 5:33 PM

I completely dissemble them,  strip the paint and reassemble. 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 9:53 AM

Sometimes I will rework the body and add wiring to the engine. 

Or make new wheels instead of just swapping them.

This one has a stock body but features a scratch-built engine, detailed interior and wire wheels.

But usually I just repaint and add painted detailing of the molded in details.

Nearly all of my HW customs feature custom designed decals.

They are also used to test new paints, like the pearl white and pure blue Tamiya LP lacquers this one sports.

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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