Archives for December 2018

Sweet Sixteens Added To The Collection

More Redlines Added To The CollectionMore Redlines Added To The CollectionLenora surprised me for Christmas with 2 new original sweet sixteen redlines to add to the collection. She picked up a Firebird and Beatnik Bandit that are in mint condition. I honestly don’t think either were ever played with. That makes us 4 of the original 16, only 12 more to go. These came from a broker in Oregon who buys and sells entire collections.

New Diecast For The Collection

More VW's For The CollectionMore VW's For The CollectionMore VW's For The CollectionLenora was lucky enough to pick up some more diecast for our collection on her way out of Walmart today. Love the detail on these M2’s. Yeah, they’re a lot more expensive than the regular Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Johnny Lightning, but the level of detail is so impressive. These are a very nice addition to the collection. The wagon actually came from Hobby Lobby.

Custom Hot Wheels Junkyard Charger Complete

Custom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerI think I’ve finally finished the Custom Hot Wheels Junkyard Charger. This is my first attempt at using Woodland Scenics ground cover and I’m not totally happy with it, but for a first attempt, I’m ok with it. I’ll use it more with some upcoming projects, it just takes some practice. Overall, this has been a fun project. It took a lot longer than I had anticipated, but I haven’t had as much spare time to dedicate to it as I have with previous projects. I tested numerous new techniques for weathering, aging and blending, so it was a great learning experience. Now it’s time to kick around some ideas for the next custom project!

Custom Hot Wheels Junkyard Charger Part VIII

Custom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerHad some time this evening to adding another layer of texture to the custom Hot Wheels Charger (Junkyard Charger). I started with a coat of flat brown textured paint. I think the textured paint adds the perfect scale of soil and fine gravel to the scene. After the textured paint, I went over the base with a maroon wash and then a light coat of brown grout, highlighted with black grout. I believe we’re ready for some plant material now. I have the next few days off, so I may fight the holiday crowd and pay a visit to Hobby Lobby to pick up some ground cover. I’ve watched some tutorials about making my own ground cover, so I may give that a try as well. I also printed and added a “for sale” sign to the back window of the Charger. I’d thought about doing that when I first started this custom and had initially changed my mind. Then it hit me last night that it needed a for sale sign to help tell the story. I also printed a “private property” sign and mounted it to a poll that will be part of the tiny scene. So far, I’m very pleased with how this is going. More soon!

Custom Hot Wheels Junkyard Charger Part VII

Custom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerCustom Hot Wheels ChargerI’ve been so busy at work and haven’t had a lot of time to work on this custom, but I did manage to squeeze in a little time this evening. The Junkyard Charger will be displayed in a regular 1:64 die cast display case, so there’s not a lot of room for scenic elements. I’ll manage to add something just to give the display a nice look, so I started with the base. Basically just building up the landscape to begin with. I use regular joint compound for this process. It’s easy to work with, easy to remove if you screw up and easy to shape once it’s dry. Once the scenic elements are added such as ground cover, I spray it all down with a mixture of white glue and water. So not much to update, but the ground terrain is starting to take shape.

Custom Hot Wheels Junkyard Charger Part VI

Hot Wheels Custom ChargerHot Wheels Custom ChargerHot Wheels Custom ChargerHot Wheels Custom ChargerHad a little time this evening to work on the custom, junkyard Charger. I’ve got an image in my head of this project finished, it’s just going to take a while to get to it. I want this car sitting on a cinder block in the rear with the rear wheel removed. I want it to look like somebody cared for this car at one time, maybe worked on it a bit as time permitted, then ultimately gave up. With the rear wheel off, I had to create a hub so it wouldn’t look weird. I used part of the stem of blow pop and a little piece of sheet plastic to create the hub. Sorry I didn’t take any photos of the process but as I mentioned, I’ve only had time to work on this project in short increments. One the axle and hub was complete, I weathered it with my dried steel wool, hydrogen peroxide and salt solution. I wanted the removed wheel to stay close to the car and still have a purpose so I decided that it would be used to hold down a tarp the once covered the car. I kicked around many ideas for creating a tarp but most fabric that I thought about using didn’t have the right scale. I wanted the tarp to be battered a bit, maybe torn in a few places, etc. I wanted something that I could form to the contour of the car and remove if I wanted. I decided to give aluminum foil a try. It was easy to form, tear, etc. I actually doubled the thickness of the foil, glued it and it worked perfectly. Once I had the general shape that I wanted, I painted the inside of the foil flat black, then automotive primer and flat navy blue on the outside. I applied my weathering compound along with a little dusting from various pastel chalks, then sealed with a flat clear coat. I may add more highlights later, but for now, I love the way that it turned out. It truly looks like a tarp that’s been outside for a very long time. Now it’s on to working on the display for this custom and the little bits and pieces that will complete the project. I hope to get some time in the next week to take it to the next level. Stay tuned.

New Hot Wheels Drag Bus Added To The Collection

Hot Wheels VW Drag BusI’ve been looking for this latest rendition of the Hot Wheels VW Drag Bus for a while now and Lenora was lucky enough to find one the other day while walking the aisles of Walmart. If you’re a beginner collector or not a collector at all, the Drag Bus might not mean anything to you. You have to go all the way back to 1996 to truly understand and appreciate the significance of the Hot Wheels Drag Bus. You can learn everything about it by clicking here! I’ll just give you a quick summary. When the Drag Bus was released as part of the 1996 First Editions series, it was an instant hit. I believe it was the heaviest Hot Wheels ever produced. It didn’t do well on the Hot Wheels track, but it was something different and everybody wanted one. So much so that people started hoarding them and selling them on sites such as Ebay for hundreds of dollars, yes, hundreds. They became impossible to find because most of them never hit the shelves. Even department store employees hoarded them to sell for a profit. I was patient and Lenora (she has much better luck than I do) finally found one at a Walmart and not long after, my niece found one at a Walmart as well. So I have two of the original Drag Buses. This spectacle went on for months and months. Hundreds of other companies recognized the popularity of the Drag Bus and commissioned them as giveaways/purchase with their company logos. Cereal companies, oil companies, automotive part companies, everybody jumped on the bandwagon. There were/are so many variations and paint schemes for the Drag Bus, I don’t think anybody knows exactly how many. Besides the two original First Editions Drag Buses that I have, I probably have 8 or 9 company promo Drag Buses as well. I only collect the ones that appeal to me. The Drag Bus remains as popular today as it did in 1996, prices now are more reasonable. You can even pick up a carded, 1996 First Editions Drag Bus for around 12 to 15 dollars. Earlier this year, Mattel re-released the Drag Bus as part of their 50th Anniversary Favorites series. There are some changes to this release, paint scheme is different, it has Real Riders (rubber tires) and now it sports windows around the roof line, making it a 21 window T1 Drag Bus. The same phenomenon that happened back in 1996 didn’t happen this time even though it sorta started that way with this release. People immediately started hoarding them up and selling them at inflated prices on auction sites. That only lasted a couple of months, then finally died down. Though they aren’t readily available on the toy aisle pegs, if you’re patient, you’ll find one. Lenora found ours last night.

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