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.

New Die Cast and Pops

Die Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureDie Cast and Pop CultureMy family knows all of my vices. Over the past few months, they’ve flooded me with some of my favorite pop culture goodies. As most of you know, we’ve collected die cast cars for many, many years. Mostly Hot Wheels and mostly VW die cast, but if we see anything else that we like, we’ll try to get it. A couple of years ago, I started collecting Funko Pops. Not all of them of course, but just the ones that I really like. Luckily my kids share a similar taste in pop culture. I’m very easy to shop for. 🙂

Hot Wheels Dodge Challenger SRT Custom Complete

2018 Hot Wheels Challenger Custom2018 Hot Wheels Challenger Custom2018 Hot Wheels Challenger Custom2018 Hot Wheels Challenger Custom2018 Hot Wheels Challenger CustomI finished the 1:64 scale Hot Wheels Custom Challenger this afternoon. I wanted it to mimic our 2018 Challenger Scat Pack. I think I got pretty close. I’m no paint expert, but I’m satisfied. The water slide decals really made the similarity stand out. If I had a better ink jet printer, the decals would’ve turned out much better. This was the first time I used the water slide decals, next time, I think I’ll try to use the water slide decals for a laser jet printer. I may revisit this custom again in the future and give it another try, but I like this one and it was a change from the regular VW customs that I do.

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Water Slide Decals and Paint

Ruby Has Been Upgraded20181017_19323920181017_193323Water Slide Decals and Paint20181018_21081120181017_19360420181018_21065320181018_210707Spent some time this evening working on the Hot Wheels 1:64 Challenger that will eventually match our 1:1 scale Challenger SRT Scat Pack. Started on some of the details such as headlights, running lights and tail lights. I still need to pick up some testors red paint to finish the touch up and the tail lights. I also got the Testors water slide decal paper and sealer that I ordered. I mocked up the graphics in PhotoShop, scaled them, then printed them on my ink jet printer. This particular paper will only work on a ink jet, but I think they make the decal paper for laser jet as while. This stuff is not cheap. Nine 8.5×5.5 sheets run around 15 dollars. After the decals are printed, they need to dry over night, then 3 light coats of decal sealant. The sealant runs around 5 dollars. I ordered my supplies through Amazon, but most hobby stores will have these in stock as well. After everything is completed, the paint detail is cleaned up, I’ll give it a good polishing with the dremel, polishing compound and wax. Last step will be to apply the water slide decals.