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.

Christmas Vacation Custom Wagon Complete

Finished Christmas Vacation WagonFinished Christmas Vacation WagonFinished Christmas Vacation WagonFinished Christmas Vacation WagonFinished Christmas Vacation WagonFinished Christmas Vacation WagonFinished Christmas Vacation WagonFinished Christmas Vacation WagonFinished Christmas Vacation WagonFinished Christmas Vacation WagonFinished Christmas Vacation WagonFinished Christmas Vacation WagonFinally finished the custom Hot Wheels Christmas Vacation wagon. Not perfect, but I’m pleased with my interpretation of the car. I was very happy with the paint job, sort of hated covering it with snow. This is one I may revisit again in the future if I can find a wagon that looks more like the ’89 Taurus that was used in the movie. And before you ask what I used for the snow, it’s latex based window glaze. Very easy to work with. Now it’s time to plan the next custom.

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.

Christmas Vacation Custom Wagon Update 1

Griswold Christmas Vacation Wagon20181103_01210120181103_00253020181103_00010620181103_154145Worked on the custom Christmas Vacation wagon a little last night. After looking at so many possible paint colors and since this is my vision of the wagon, I decided to go with Arizona Beige. No, it’s not the chocolate/mauve color used in the movie, but it’s what I think will look good as a finished product. I also started on the wood grain trim/panels on the car. Just like the movie wagon, these are going to look out of place. I’ve only applied the base color, which will be the color of the trim/border of the wood grain. I also finished chroming the bumpers and painting the grill. The grill is supposed to be a silver color, but it looks like it matches the bumpers in the pic. It’s actually darker and less shiny. More to come soon!

Christmas Vacation Custom Wagon Update

Christmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsChristmas Vacation Custom Hot WheelsJust a little update on the Christmas Vacation wagon. Had some time this evening to chrome the bumpers and paint the interior. I’ve decided to make this a mashup of the original Griswold Truckster and the ’89 Taurus wagon used in Christmas vacation. The best of both worlds.

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