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@Ferruz here I created a thread to avoid hi-jacking. Haha!

When I retired (3rd retirement) from RC in 2007, I went to look for an alternative hobby. I've always wanted to collect cars so I did. With diecast models. I built and had a lot of 1:24 scale models but I just got really bored with them because of the limited details and lack of realism especially when shooting them. I've done many custom jobs with 1:18 and 1:43 diecast models and they are just so much better working with and they always end up looking more realistic than the fragile plastic ones.

Here are links to my Lamborghini and Toyota collection and some other toys.

Here - Lamborghini

and

Here - Toyota, Star Wars, etc

Although the pics and list isn't updated yet.

 

 

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My goals is to collect each variant I have in three scales. 1:18, 1:43 and 1:64. Like these:

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But some models are just either elusive or were not yet made in some scales.

I also like doing indoor and outdoor photo shooting with my friends.

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Perspective shooting

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I also created a diorama in 2009. Took me four straight months to finish. I fabricated most of the items.

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Also some custom re-work. From stripping the entire model to every pice then modifying, rebuilding, repainting using urethane auto motive paints, wet sanding, buffing, polishing, lowering, doing the right camber and fitting with different wheels while they still rotate and steer.

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I also download photos of the real 1:1 cars and look for missing details on/in the model. Then I fabricate parts, paint them and install them.

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Let's not go there...........................................:lol:

 

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Stunning!

Absolutely stunning, and I thought my 1:18 Autoart stuff was good! 

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@Nicadraus Amazing skills and collection. Hats off, sir! :o

I particularly appreciate the DIY mods and adding details to the cars, I'm a fan of that too but don't have any pictures of such mods with me now. Anyway, this is definitely another level!! Loving the diorama too. Many of the cars just look like they are real. Great job 😀👍

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this reminds me iv'e gotta get 3 huge storage boxs full of hotwheels cars out to get them sold (that ive been collecting over the past 20 years) 

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7 hours ago, topforcein said:

this reminds me iv'e gotta get 3 huge storage boxs full of hotwheels cars out to get them sold (that ive been collecting over the past 20 years) 

I have my all original Hot wheels from  68' and on, you should keep a few of the hard to finds if possible, that's why i made a sad face.

i could always get a TV, a stereo, couch, appliances but my Hot Wheels, Smokey the Bear and my Catfish Hunter baseball mitt could never be replaced, they're the oldest and had the  longest toys that have been around since i can remember, then my Tonka's.

I have plenty of 1/24th and 1/18 metal collectables, ERTYL, Hot Wheels and a few others , for awhile i tried to sell some of those and gave quite a few away.

But what Nic did is phenomenal, very skilled in his details.

 

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14 hours ago, ACCEL said:

I have my all original Hot wheels from  68' and on, you should keep a few of the hard to finds if possible, that's why i made a sad face.

i could always get a TV, a stereo, couch, appliances but my Hot Wheels, Smokey the Bear and my Catfish Hunter baseball mitt could never be replaced, they're the oldest and had the  longest toys that have been around since i can remember, then my Tonka's.

I have plenty of 1/24th and 1/18 metal collectables, ERTYL, Hot Wheels and a few others , for awhile i tried to sell some of those and gave quite a few away.

But what Nic did is phenomenal, very skilled in his details.

 

oh i will keep a certain few and def the one that was on my 40th b-day cake ;)

but all the ones i have ae that ones i like very much so it might get very difficult to choose

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@Nicadraus thanks for sharing. Beautiful work and collection! I’m not familiar or have any experience with diecast models. I’m assuming they come painted and assembled and then you take everything apart and repaint/modify them? How long on average does it take you to rebuild one? And I guess you use an airbrush to repaint? Is it a more expensive hobby than RCs? Sorry for the many questions. Quite curious. Been seeing them around and other people reworking very small scale ones. Thanks.

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38 minutes ago, Mechanic AH said:

@Nicadraus thanks for sharing. Beautiful work and collection! I’m not familiar or have any experience with diecast models. I’m assuming they come painted and assembled and then you take everything apart and repaint/modify them? How long on average does it take you to rebuild one? And I guess you use an airbrush to repaint? Is it a more expensive hobby than RCs? Sorry for the many questions. Quite curious. Been seeing them around and other people reworking very small scale ones. Thanks.

From stripping down to full custom work will depend on the scope of work. If it involves wheel swap and camber adjustments, lowering, while all wheels still rotate and stir, about 6-8 days in total. I use automotive urethane paint for all my painting. So painting process is just like the 1:1. Interior and engine detailing also takes a lot of time and patience.

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9 hours ago, Nicadraus said:

From stripping down to full custom work will depend on the scope of work. If it involves wheel swap and camber adjustments, lowering, while all wheels still rotate and stir, about 6-8 days in total. I use automotive urethane paint for all my painting. So painting process is just like the 1:1. Interior and engine detailing also takes a lot of time and patience.

Sounds quite interesting and something I would try and do but my biggest challenge has always been a place to paint. Thanks for the info!

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I used to build plastic scale models when I was growing up. Learned from my dad (an avid modeler and RC enthusiast) and uncle (another hard core modeler). But the 1:24 plastic scale model cars just became too boring for me as it's too limited, fragile, small and realism is hard to achieve as compared to 1:18 counterparts with full opening functions. I have yet to see pictures of 1:24 can that can pass as real cars in photography without using software enhancements like Photoshop. 

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I'd like to share this one...

The model before. 1:18 AUTOart Toyota Corolla WRC car.

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From carefully disassembling and stripping down to avoid breaking parts especially the windshields, headlights, tail lights, and other fragile parts.

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Sanded the body and applied steel epoxy putty on the holes that should be covered.

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Fabricated side skirts using mobile pre-paid cards.

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Also used the same material to modify the rear spoiler

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Fabricated side molding

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Prepped for painting...

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Base primer (white)

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 Base paint (Verde ithaca) - I personally mixed this color. Same shade originally used by Lamborghini

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After top clear coat, masked the body for flat black painting

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After wet sanding and three-step buffing...

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Headlights, grill, signal lights, engine modified and detailed...

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Interior modification and detailing: Replaced stock seats and fabricated ribbon style seatbelts. Installed photo-etched metal buckles, foot pedals, boost box, etc

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Removed the spare tire and fabricated a board and wrapped in carbon fiber decal

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Replaced Speed line wheels with BBS CHR wheels. Lowered with minor negative camber in the rear. All wheels are fully functional and steering still works.

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Another one in white version WRC plain body with modification

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After painting and wet sanding, prepped for buffing

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 

Before:

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Stripped down

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Primer...

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Mixed the base color

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Base color - 5 coats

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Top clear coated - 5 coats

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After wet sanding, buffing, detailing...

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Wrapped carbon fiber decal on the spoiler wing's deck

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Wheel replacement - TE37 18" with big disc brake and photo etched metal rotors

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Applied decals and top coated to glossy finish

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Lowered, camber set. All wheels rotate and steer

Finished...

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11 hours ago, Nicadraus said:

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that looks beautiful i love the wheels  where you get them from plus the stickers

I have had this one on the back burner for a few years as the spoiler is missing

What would you surest fir a replacement

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Here is my die cast loft find Ferrari.. 308 GT it says on the bottom, but to me it’ll always be the red car which did jumps repeatedly into a pile of bricks (grew up on a building site with dads self build). I had this since probably since late 70’s early 80’s. The err.. detailed engine is still in place and if you look closely there is what could have been chocolate squished into the storage space under the hood. It has now been passed on to my 4 year old who will no doubt care for it in the same way I did.

I have pretty much no interest (or knowledge) in real cars, but could totally get into making scale models, especially if any turned out like that blue lancer, absolute top job there, looks awesome. I’d be happy just to have completed one of those wheels and have that on the shelf!

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