1968 Redline Hot Wheels Custom VW Beetle

1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels BeetlePulled the trigger and purchased this while it was still available. These move fast and to find one in excellent condition is rare. 1968 Redline Hot Wheels Custom VW Beetle. I’ve been wanting one for a very long time and this one became available for a very nice price. Depending on condition and color, these usually range in price from $80 to $300. It’s a nice find and it’ll be a nice addition to the collection.

New Hot Wheels & Diorama Update

New Hot Wheels & Diorama UpdateNew Hot Wheels & Diorama UpdateNew Hot Wheels & Diorama UpdateMy awesome wife picked up an “almost” complete Camaro series from Hot Wheels. I think we’re only missing one, shouldn’t be too hard to pick up. She always has her eye open for new sets that we don’t have in the collection, especially anything VW related. Also had a few minutes to update the diorama that I’m working on. Hope to have it completed soon with interior lights and outdoor textures.

Diorama Pieces

Diorama PiecesDiorama PiecesDiorama PiecesDiorama PiecesSince it was so nasty and dreary out today, I worked a little on the diorama pieces. I think I’m pretty much done with the VW Rat Rod and the hand built floor pan. Lenora picked up a perfect size box to use to set up the diorama so I gave the interior of it a fresh coat of paint. Now we have something to build off of. This is going to take a while because many of the parts and pieces are going to be custom built. Sounds like a nice winter project.

New Die Cast

New Die Cast For The CollectionNew Die Cast For The CollectionNew Die Cast For The CollectionNew Die Cast For The CollectionAdded some new die cast to the collection this past week. Some I picked up, some Lenora picked up and some our son-in-law Jordan picked up. I’ve been searching a long time for a couple of these so they’re a great addition to the collection. Love the folk art piece that Lenora picked up, it goes great with a VW Bus that she got me last year.

New Decals, New Die Cast, New Project

New VW Die CastNew VW Die CastPicked up some new die cast while out about this past week. Really cool looking Hot Wheels VW truck, would love to use this in a future custom. Also picked up a Greenlight Classic VW Beetle. I think I may already have this, not sure, I’ll have to do some digging. But it was on sale and too hard to pass up.
HillBilly Hot Dogs DecalHillBilly Hot Dogs DecalHad lunch this past week at HillBilly Hot Dogs right outside of Huntington, WV. This place has been featured in numerous publications and TV shows, including Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. If you’re ever in the area, you must drop by and have the best hot dogs in the country! While there, I picked up a couple of decals for Mabel.
Building A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaBuilding A New VW Garage DioramaI’ve watched numerous videos on Youtube concerning dioramas. I’ve been wanting to make one for a very long time, just never got around to it. With winter approaching, I thought it may be a nice hobby to try, so I started getting my feet a little wet this weekend and began my first attempt at a VW Garage diorama. I’m making this 1:64 scale and I started with an extra VW I had in the collection. You can tell by the pics the general direction I’m going, I think this is a good start.

New Die Cast

Forrest Gump BeetleC-3PO VWA couple new die cast to add to the collection. Lenora picked up a Hot Wheels C-3PO (VW Bus) and Shauna got me a Forrest Gump Classic Beetle. Both are a great addition to the die cast collection. I couldn’t remember seeing this Beetle in Forrest Gump, so I had to cheat and look it up. Sure enough, there it is.

Hot Wheels Spectraflame Red Challenger (How To)

Spectra Paint Hot WheelsSpectra Paint Hot WheelsSpectra Paint Hot WheelsSpectra Paint Hot WheelsSpectra Paint Hot WheelsSpectra Paint Hot WheelsSpectra Paint Hot WheelsSpectra Paint Hot WheelsSpectra Paint Hot WheelsSpectra Paint Hot WheelsSpectra Paint Hot WheelsThe original spectraflame color Hot Wheels are some of the most sought after for collectors. Spectraflame is the name used by Mattel for the metallic finishes sported by their original “Hot Wheels” cars in 1968 through 1972 and also on Super Treasure Hunts. The finish was not the standard paint used on normal cars, but rather a transparent lacquer applied over a polished zinc plated casting. This resulted in a surprisingly realistic metallic effect, similar to the appearance of real cars. Spectra paint is still available and can be a little costly and difficult to work with. I’ve come up with my own method for reproducing the spectraflame look cheaply and with surprisingly great results. For this demo, I’m using a Hot Wheels 2015 Dodge Challenger from the Muscle Mania series. To begin, you’ll need to drill out the rivets that connect the body to the chassis. Be careful not to drill to far into the post. Drill just enough to remove the head of the rivet. Once the head of the rivets are removed, the body should separate from the chassis with ease. Next you’ll want to separate all of the parts of the car, notice how they come a part so when it comes time to put them back together, things will be much easier. Some cars have many parts, some have just a few. Next, you’ll want to strip the paint from the body. I forgot to take a picture of this step, but I use spray on paint stripper. I spray the stripper on the car, let it sit for about 2 minutes, the use compressed air to blow the paint away from the car. Easy and no mess. To make the spectraflame paint really pop, you want the body of the car to be smooth and shiny. There are a few methods for doing this, some people use automotive polishing compound, some people use steel wool and some people use jewelers rouge. On a new car, the metal is probably not oxidized, so a less intrusive method is recommended (polishing compound or jewelers rouge). On older cars, if the metal is oxidized, steel wool or rubbing compound can be used to remove as much oxidation as possible, then gone over again with polishing compound or jewelers rouge. I use jewelers rouge and a dremel with a polishing head to buff the metal. Only takes a few minutes. If the body is in very rough condition, so much so that steel wool and rubbing compound doesn’t work well, you can give the body a base coat of chrome paint before applying the spectraflame. The key to applying spectraflame paint is to do it in light coats, allowing time to dry in between coats (about 15 minutes). For this particular project, I gave the body a total of 4 coats, but you can apply as many coats necessary to achieve the look you want. I also painted the interior a satin black as the bright orange interior just didn’t look right. Once everything is dry, you can take it a step further and apply a couple coats of clear gloss if you want. I believe that not applying a high gloss gives the finished product a look closer to the originals. Now you can put everything back together and display your custom Hot Wheels. I’ll do another “how to” in the near future about securing the body back to the chassis.