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Old 04-20-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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Custom Built Hotwheels.

I've got a friend that builds some amazing Hotwheels by hand, and I've been wanting to try it for a while so here goes. Got a few in mind but this one is more of a practice / first attempt to see what goes on. It may or may not turn out.

Start with these guys. Almost too cool to chop up. Thats why I bought 3.





Drill the rivets out.



Get out the die grinder / demel and start hacking.









Strip the paint off. Just spray some paint stripper on there,



Let it sit for a bit, and wipe or blow it off.



Took a few coats but it came out fairly clean.







Lotsa fun, eh? Looking at making a single cab. Fellow I know is working on one and its starting to look like a pretty nice rig. Might even paint this one baby blue like his.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:13 PM   #2
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I did this a few years back with the old school Mini Coopers. They were stupid easy to take apart since they had a little latch to remove the body from the frame. Didn't do much more than some repaints though. I'll look around and see if any have survived the kids.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:24 AM   #3
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You can order custom wheels and all sorts of shit for those too I believe.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:44 AM   #4
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I just found a couple ford falcons at Walmart that I intend to turn into Mad Max interceptors.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:12 PM   #5
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i ruined a couple of rare ones back in the day doing this shit
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:17 AM   #6
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i ruined a couple of rare ones back in the day doing this shit
Didn't we all?


Well, that and making "wrecks" to be by the side of the track.


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Old 04-22-2013, 01:51 PM   #7
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Check this eBay listing out, this guy is dreaming

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-made-...-/270541324915
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:40 PM   #8
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Check this eBay listing out, this guy is dreaming

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-made-...-/270541324915
seven figures...150 toy cars. that's got a shit-ton of "sentimental value" built into that price.
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Wow. Guess I'm in the wrong business...

Made up a bed out of some aluminum scrap.



Trimmed it up and fit it to the body.



Mixed up some JB Weld and glued it on. Also used it to fill in the extra wheel wells.





Glued on the rear panels.





Did some quick measuring and printed out a practice frame on the 'ole 3D printer.







Trimmed up the windows and interior to fit the smaller cab.



Assemble!









Not to shabby for a quick off the cuff job. Now I can measure where the rear wheels need to go and start cleaning up the body. Have to make a few tweeks to the frame as well.



Whaddya think, worth a couple grand?
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:27 PM   #10
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Today's progress.

Cleaned up the body some more.





Punched a rear window in.



Shot some primer.



I bought a cheapo Harbor Freight airbrush a couple of years ago but have never had a reason to try it out, so here goes! Dug out my ancient dried up model paint and rehydrated them. Mixed some blue with some silver metalic to get a metalic baby blue.



As you can tell, I have no idea what I'm doing... Still fiddling with the airbrush. Think I'm starting to figure it out though.



Put some white on the top. Didn't have any masking, but I figured this was a practice anyways and the paint was probably going to come back off so I tried it anyways. Came out okay until I managed to knock it over and schmear the paint.



Anyways, its back to base metal now... I'll give it another go tomorrow.
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That is seriously cool! I'm anxious to see how it comes out.
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Check this eBay listing out, this guy is dreaming

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-made-...-/270541324915
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seven figures...150 toy cars. that's got a shit-ton of "sentimental value" built into that price.

He is showing off, nothing more!

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That is seriously cool! I'm anxious to see how it comes out.

Knowing DP, we will never see a finished product!

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:30 PM   #14
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Hey, they get finished. Eventually.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:27 PM   #15
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Did some quick measuring and printed out a practice frame on the 'ole 3D printer.
Now you have my attention.

Which one you got?
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