Archives for November 2018

Custom Hot Wheels Junkyard Charger Part III

Custom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerApplied first layer of weathering on the custom Junkyard Charger. Keeping the base coat of red primer (which I’ll build off of later), I soaked the body in water, the carefully covered areas with salt that I’ll want to remain rusty. Once the water evaporated, I sprayed the body with the color of paint that had been original to the car. For this custom, I chose white. After a couple of light coats were dried, I simply brushed the salt off of the car under running warm water. This will give me a good base to work from. More soon!

Custom Hot Wheels Junkyard Charger

Custom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerA little progression on the custom Junkyard Charger. Gave the body some temporary color just to make it easier to work with after adding some dents and dings on the body. The dents were created by using a steel cutting bit on the dremel, being careful not toe dig too deep. These areas will show up much better once color and texture are applied. I also changed the color of the interior from black to leather brown after I cut the side of the drivers area out using an X acto knife. It looks much better with the door open. The interior will be washed and textured to make it look aged and dirty. That’s a lot easier to do with brown interior. I’ll also need to move the vent/wing glass to the door that’s open. The whole base has also been de-chromed. Some chrome accents will be added back later. People have asked what I use to de-chrome. Many household products will work, but I use Comet Soft Cleanser with Bleach. It’s pasty and sticks to the parts. I let the part lay in the Comet for about 10 minutes and the chrome is gone. Plus you can recycle and use it over and over. A little progress on the windshield and other glass in the car. This is an area that I need to get better with, but it’s not looking to bad so far. I’ve also added the perfect wheels and tires. I’ll save the original Hot Wheels wheels for something else. The wheels and tires that I’m using came off of a M2 sixty something Mustang. Once they’re aged and textured, they’ll look great! That’s about it for now. Hope to work on it a bit more this weekend.

Starting On A New Custom

Custom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerFigured it was time to start on another custom. I’ve been wanting to do a “abandoned car” scene for a long time, so I think this old Charger will be a good candidate. A lot of people think that “junked cars” are the easiest to do because you don’t have to concentrate on detail like you do if you’re restoring a car. However, that’s not true, as a matter a fact, to get the right look and feel, there is much more detail to address. I started this car by separating it from the base. I want this car to look like it’s been picked through and robbed of parts. First detail on this one will be to open the door. I do this by cutting a relief along the door line with a dremel and cutting wheel. Basically, you just follow the casting lines in the door. I cut a small relief in the front (hinge) of the door, but not all of the way through. This will allow you to bend the door open a bit while still keeping it attached to the car. When I was cutting the reliefs in the door with the dremel, I accidentally went a little to high and hit the roof line. Custom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerThis is an easy fix. After I stripped the car of paint, I just filled the cut with super glue, then sprinkled it with baking soda. I’ve used the process in the past to fill voids and it works like a charm. It dries instantly and can be sanded immediately. These pics were taken about 5 minutes a part. Stay tuned for more updates in the near future, I plan to work on this custom through the holidays just to fill in time. I’ll also be testing some new weathering techniques.

Christmas Vacation Custom Wagon Final Touch

Christmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsEven though I finished this custom last week, there was still one thing that I wanted to add, the Christmas Trees For Sale sign. I finally found one that I thought would go good with the theme and printed them on the color laser printer on plain paper. I glued the print to thin card stock then cut them out individually. Each sign is less than a half an inch wide. For the post, I distressed a cleaning swab, stained it, then glued the sign to each side. After everything dried, it was just a matter of adding it to the custom. I think it added a nice little touch.

Car Wash Day, Updated Pics

MabelMabelMabelMabelMabelMabelConsidering that today is November 18th, the weather was awesome! Especially since we’ve had nothing but rain for the past month and even a little snow. However, when it’s 60+ degrees outside, it’s time to wash the cars! Also took the opportunity to get Mabel out and drive her around town a few times. With the Thanksgiving break coming up in just a few days, I plan to get her out more. I never really put her away for winter, when it’s nice outside, she comes out to play, even if it’s cold. But if it’s snowy and the roads are salty, she stays in the garage.

Christmas Vacation Custom Wagon Complete

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Christmas Vacation Custom Hot Wheels Part I

Christmas Vacation Custom Hot Wheels Part II

Christmas Vacation Custom Hot Wheels Part III

Christmas Vacation Custom Hot Wheels Part IV

Christmas Vacation Custom Hot Wheels Part V

Christmas Vacation Custom Wagon Update 2

Christmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsOne step closer to completing this custom. Finished the wood grain side panels that actually turned out a lot better than I thought they would. These didn’t have to be perfect because they would be partially hidden behind faux snow, but the dry brush technique worked perfectly. I’ve watched at least one video of a very talented custom builder trying to do this same custom and they struggled with the snow and ice on the car. This made me think long and hard about what I was going to use to replicate snow and ice stuck to the car. After looking at numerous glues and paints that I had available, I decided to go a whole different direction. Lenora had recently re-glazed some of the windows in the house and was using a latex based glaze. I remember thinking how much the texture of the glaze reminded me of frozen snow. We had some left over, so I thought I’d give it a try. It was a bit dry to use right out of the tube, but I thinned it a little with water and it brushed on the car exactly how I wanted it to. I kept building up layers until I was satisfied with the look. Once it’s dry, I may add a little more once I address the wheels. Won’t be long and it’ll be time to mount the tree.

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