Archives for February 2019

Custom Hot Wheels VW Truck

Custom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckI didn’t take as many pictures of this custom as I have the others just because I didn’t have the same amount of time to dedicate to it. I was a little rushed. My last custom I did was going to be the last time that I used a rattle can for a custom, but I came across this color at the hardware store and knew that I had to use it for something, so I chose this Hot Wheels VW Truck. This truck lived it’s whole life on a apple farm, only recently was it cleaned up and given a proper face lift by the original owners grandson. At least that’s how I see it. Anyhow, everything on this one was pretty straight forward, nothing spectacular as far as customizing. I did remove the little nub off of the roof, cleaned up the flashing and gave it a few coats of this nice leave green paint. The interior was painted a dark tan and I decided to go with the pizza pan wheel covers again. Though they really don’t fit these wheels as good as they did on the custom VW Bus. I’m still deciding whether or not to keep them. If I come across some nicer wheels, I may swap them out. All of the highlights were painted in a silver/chrome and a custom sign added to the bed of the truck. The 1/64 display base is my typical build topped off with a custom Apple Farm sign. This was a fun one to do and I’m very happy with the results even though I’m not totally sure about the wheels yet. Stay tuned for more customs soon!

Sneak Peek At Our Latest Custom

Custom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckCustom Hot Wheels VW TruckJust a sneak peek at our latest custom. I’ve been wanting to do this one for a while, just had to wait until I found an extra hanging on the pegs. I don’t have anything major planned for this one, no rust, no weathering, just a new paint job and a few extras. I’ve already started by removing the body from the chassis, painting the chassis and removing the little “nub” on top of the cab. Be sure to check back often for updates!

Custom Hot Wheels VW T2 Part VII Finale

Custom Hot Wheels VW Bus FinishedCustom Hot Wheels VW Bus FinishedCustom Hot Wheels VW Bus FinishedCustom Hot Wheels VW Bus FinishedCustom Hot Wheels VW Bus FinishedCustom Hot Wheels VW Bus FinishedCustom Hot Wheels VW Bus FinishedCustom Hot Wheels VW Bus FinishedCustom Hot Wheels VW Bus FinishedI finally finished the custom Hot Wheels VW T2 Bus. I’m not totally satisfied with the end results, but overall, it’s not that bad. This custom took a lot longer than I thought it would. I ended up restarting 3 times during the process. I just couldn’t get the look that I was going for in certain areas. I’d like to do this one again some time in the future, it’s a great casting to custom. To finish, I detailed the base/display for the bus. I used a standard 1/64 scale display case, added some joint compound for the terrain, added 2 coats of light tan and brown flat paint on top of textured tan paint, then added some foliage for detail. When you get to this point, you can be as creative as you want. Use what you have, make it look the way that you want it to. I used an old shop rag wrapped around a q-tip, then soaked in stain, for the tarp rolls, glued some crushed parsley to the bed to simulate fallen leaves, then added a last layering of details with some pastel chalks. Again, I’m only about 80% satisfied with the final product, but it was fun to make and that’s what it’s all about. This will be my last custom using rattle cans. I finally invested into a nice airbrush kit that I’ll be using from now on. I just need to practice with it and learn as I go. More Work On The Custom VW BusIt’s a nice learners kit and once I get the hang of things, I’ll probably upgrade the airbrush gun to something more professional. But for now, I have a lot of learning to do and this will work fine. Enjoy the video, be sure to like and subscribe, they’ll be more customs coming your way very soon!

Custom Hot Wheels VW T2 Part VI

More Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusMore Work On The Custom BusSo, I’d say that the Custom Bus is about 95% complete now. The headlights still need some attention, I need to make a custom tarp roll, then I need to create the base (1/64 scale die cast holder) with a bit of scenery. But the bus itself is pretty much complete. This has been a very trying custom to do. I’ve changed my mind during the process 3 times and started from scratch. I just couldn’t get the look that I was going for, but in the end, I’m about 80% satisfied with it and ready to move on. It’s nice, not my best. A lot of parts were custom made, I think I went a little overboard with the rust, but for the most part, I’m happy with it. I’d like to do this one again in the future. I’ll no longer be using rattle cans for paint and primer, I have my new airbrush system set up and I hope to start practicing with it very soon. I do love the way that the wheels turned out, the pizza pan design is perfect and I’ll be using this technique again in the future. Hopefully I get the base/display built this weekend, then I’ll call this one 100% complete. I’ll release a video soon detailing the weathering and rust technique as well as other finishes I applied.

Custom Hot Wheels VW T2 Part V

Hot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateHot Wheels Custom VW Bus UpdateI did a little back tracking on the custom VW Bus this week. I wasn’t pleased with the custom tail gate or the rails for the tarp/cover. The rails for the tarp were a bit out of scale (I used large paperclips), so I removed them and made new ones out of small paperclips. The scale is much better. The tail gate looked a little hokey, it just didn’t fit in well. I removed it and made a new one out of a large wire tie. The inner texture of the large wire tie blends perfectly with the texture of the bed. I also removed the numerous coats of primer that I’ve added along the way. I prime the custom after I add something new to keep the color consistent so I can find any imperfections. The whole body got a final sanding and the final coat of primer was added before any painting. I’m at the point that I’ll start adding texture, a little rust here and there, the primer beneath the paint and then the paint itself. This is a very time consuming part of the build, but the outcome will be awesome. Again, I don’t get into a rush when I’m doing this, I want it to look as real as possible. I’ve also started adding a little detail to the interior even though it’ll never be seen. More updates coming soon!

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