Custom Hot Wheels VW T2 Part III

Custom Hot Wheels BusCustom Hot Wheels BusCustom Hot Wheels BusCustom Hot Wheels BusCustom Hot Wheels BusCustom Hot Wheels BusHad a little time this week to work on the custom VW Bus. Still not totally sure of the direction I’m going with this just yet, but I’ve got a lot of ideas. I’ve added some side panels that still need a lot of work, but I really like the look. I’d planned to exchange the stock Hot Wheels wheels with something more “realistic”, I think I’ll keep them this time and customize them to go with the flow. Of course the ugly blue metallic highlight will go away and I’ll texture the plastic tires to look more realistic. Last but not least, I’ll be adding pizza pan will covers. It took me a while to find something that would fit the stock wheels perfectly and give it that pizza pan look. I finally came across some rivets that I had for the wing windows for VW Beetles and they fit perfectly. I just had to remove the flaring stud on them. I’ll dull them a bit to make them look more like aluminum. I think they’ll be a nice addition. Stay tuned!

Custom Hot Wheels VW T2 Part II

Custom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateCustom VW Bus UpdateHad a little time this weekend to work on the custom VW T2 Bus. I started by filing and trimming a finishing nail that will be used as the center post for the windshield. Once I cut it to size, I secured it to the body with JB Weld. I’m kicking around the idea of safari windows and still may go that direction, but in the meantime, I’ve modified the front windshield so it’ll still fit securely into the body. I had to cut a groove to accept the new center post. I’m not a fan of the blue tinted glass in this bus, so again, I may go with safari windows and custom glass for the back. I also started on the custom visor. I want the visor to look like something that a person couldn’t buy, but had to make themselves. The story if this bus is slowly starting to develop and I can almost see the finished version. I want it to look custom, but I also want it to look like a work truck. The bumpers on this will be heavily modified to look more like real T2 bumpers. Some will say that this would’ve been easier with a different casting, but what fun would that be?

Mabel’s January Cold Start

Time to get her out on the road again.

New Matchbox Find

Matchbox Superfast VW BusLenora was lucky enough to find this beauty hanging on the peg at Walmart today. A Matchbox 50th Anniversary Superfast VW Bus. It has some really awesome detail and features. It’s a great addition to our collection!

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.

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