Cars // Minicars

October 24, 2013

Well, here’s my first update to the cars//minicars page in… forever. Before I went on my trip to Brasil, I was able to paint the final scheme onto my Datsun 240Z minicar. As I stated before, I’m really only going to post the finished projects here, as all are going to be very similar to my Datsun 510 project you can find below. If you do end up having any question about the process I use in painting and customizing these minicars, my contact info can be found in the About section of the blog. Enjoy these few snaps I have of the finished product– the tape is still intact from the painting and is yet to be removed, but that doesn’t hardly make a difference.

Side view Good look at the headlights and the "dirty tire" effect from the primerGood view of the taillights and chrome bumper

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April 3, 2013

So I promised a while back to update this page with some pictures of my family’s project car. It’s a 1970 MGB GT. The restoration process took just over two years and a lot of work. I spent the summer of 2011 in the shop with the restoration crew; left to my own devices to strip the car down. If you want to see the entire restoration project, go to http://www.wormansclassiccars.com and it’s in one of the galleries listed on the website. Here I have a few pictures of “The Bee” in the driveway. Here ya go, and let me know what you guys think!

Shot of the front clip
Shot of the front clip
The A to B'ers
The A to B’ers
Me and the family cars.
Me and the family cars.
This is my father. He is the very best.
This is my father. He is the very best.
I love these headlights
I love these headlights
Full side shot of the three amigos
Full side shot of the three amigos

There you have it, folks! Again, feel free to discuss the car with me, I welcome any conversation or inquiries about the car. Except sale prices, this car is a lot of things, but it is most certainly not for sale! Hopefully I’ll be updating this page soon with more custom minicars I’m excited about… hint hint… I found a Datsun 240Z 1/64 scale…

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March 11, 2013

Found this video on Jalopnik not too long ago. It’s an older video, but as a collector of scale models and… ya know, real cars, this is worth watching. Stunning stop-motion footage. Update on my first custom Minicar coming soon!

FIRST CUSTOM MINICAR

Alright guys, so my first custom minicar is finally done. I picked a Hot wheels casting that I adore, the Datsun Bluebird 510. It’s one of my favorite 1:1 models as well, obviously. I took a # 32 Datsun 510 casting, sanded it down, primed it, smoothed it, painted the overfenders, then the hood, then the body. This car is made to look like a Jalopy. It is not supposed to look anywhere near perfect.

Now, while it is done, it may not be finished just yet. I am considering putting a roof rack on it, but this may not happen as I like the streamline “fresh-out-of-the-junkyard” swap meet look this guy has.

It’s painted Chevy Engine Red, and the overfenders and hood are painted matte black. The exhaust pipe and license plate areas are metallic grey. All of these should be available at your local hobby stores.

First taping to paint the overfenders

First taping to paint the overfenders

Back View after Priming

Back View after Priming

Front after Priming

Front after Priming

Good look at the painted overfenders

Good look at the painted overfenders

Rear quarter-shot to show overfenders painted matte black

Rear quarter-shot to show overfenders painted matte black

Left side overfenders

Left side overfenders

Here is the hood after two coats of matte black

Here is the hood after two coats of matte black

Good rear shot. Note the metallic grey on the exhaust (and top of rear bumper for exhaust dirt effect) and in the license plate area

Good rear shot. Note the metallic grey on the exhaust (and top of rear bumper for exhaust dirt effect) and in the license plate area

Front shot. Good detail shown here on painted headlights, front air dam, and how well the matte black flows with the Chevy Engine Red

Front shot. Good detail shown here on painted headlights, front air dam, and how well the matte black flows with the Chevy Engine Red

Side view after first coat and some sanding-- trying to get this guy dirty!

Side view after first coat and some sanding– trying to get this guy dirty!

Left side view after first coat and buffing

Left side view after first coat and buffing

Two coats, pre-buff

Two coats, pre-buff

Two coats-- pre-buff

Two coats– pre-buff

After the first buffing of two coats of red. Note the door handles! Pretty sweet little addition.

After the first buffing of two coats of red. Note the door handles! Pretty sweet little addition.

Final front shot-- scraped up hood and front clip

Final front shot– scraped up hood and front clip

Clear shot of post-buff and scratching. Lookin' like a real surf-beater and I love it!

Clear shot of post-buff and scratching. Lookin’ like a real surf-beater and I love it!

Rear quarter shot. Love the shine of this red after the buff and scratchings. Note the dings on the rear quarters... someone's been drifting...

Rear quarter shot. Love the shine of this red after the buff and scratchings. Note the dings on the rear quarters… someone’s been drifting…

Side shot after final buffing and scratching

Side shot after final buffing and scratching

Rear shot to show camber of wheels, exhaust system, and final scratches.

Rear shot to show camber of wheels, exhaust system, and final scratches.

Front shot! Final one... excellent camber and just enough "beat" to make this guy look used up and loved!

Front shot! Final one… excellent camber and just enough “beat” to make this guy look used up and loved!

Let me know what you guys think!

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