Another Sweet Sixteen Redline and Others Added To The Collection

Hot Wheels SilhouetteNew Hot WheelsNew Hot WheelsM2 1962 VW Double CabIn addition to the two sweet sixteen redlines that Lenora got me for Christmas, Shauna and Jordan (and Jaxon) also got me a mint Redline Hot Wheels Silhouette. I love the color because it matches my redline Custom Beetle. Again, it’s hard to believe that these cars are over 50 years old. I really don’t think they were ever played with. Shauna also got me some various other Hot Wheels to add to the collection along with a M2 1961 Double Cab VW Bus. This is certainly one of my favorites.

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.

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