UPDATE: Current Projects – 95 Impala and 87 300zx

In my last post, I showed off my latest two projects – the Nissan 300zx and the Chevy Impala. Although both cars are a long ways away from completion, I figured that it was a good time to give you a glimpse of how far long the cars currently are.

Let’s begin with the Impala. After locating a Johnny Lightning for a base to begin on eBay, I received the car about 10 days ago. There are many mods on the car that I am reproducing including a hood scoop, a rear spoiler, and a front splitter so I immediately got to work cutting out a section of the hood where the scoop is to be located. I then using styrene and Tamiya putty and began forming the mods.

Here are a couple of pictures of the actual car and the diecast.

As you can see that the modifications have been installed, formed and just need to be cleaned up. The only other thing that needed to be done was the wheels which were chrome needed to be painted black.

Once those things are done the car will be ready for paint. So as you can see although there is a lot left to do mostly in the way of paint, a lot has gotten done.

As for the Nissan, although it has a lot fewer modifications to reproduce, I do have some body work to do as the car was an 84 turbo and I am turning it into an 87 without a turbo.

I also decided that I would like to give the car T tops. Although T tops were outlined in the hard top, I decided that it would look much better if I broke out the Dremel and actually made T tops.

I then puttied around the lights since the 84 and 87 have a different taillight setup and removed the turbo using a file.

At his point, the car has been primed and painted and I am in the process of painting in the taillights. Once that is complete I plan to clearcoat the car.

Here are some pictures of the Nissan.

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Current Projects – 95 Impala and 87 300zx

Along with setting up and establishing the Long Island Hot Wheels Club, there are a couple of other projects that I have been hard at work on. Mainly a 95 Chevrolet Impala and an 87 Nissan 300zx.

The Nissan is a car that I just decided one day to do as a lark. My friend Jeff bought his dream classic a couple of months back and I wanted to build him a miniature of it. I figured that not only would it make an excellent gift to give a good friend, but that I would gain lots of needed experience doing so.

The Impala is actually much more interesting. It’s a basic 95 Impala SS, but what makes it interesting is that it has several very cool mods that I need to reproduce.

The guy that I am building it for was recommended to me by a guy that I met on Instagram.

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February 2019 – Group Update

Today is March 1rst and I just realized that I haven’t posted in over 3 weeks. Well, in one way it’s kind of understandable because I am a car guy who lives in New York.

It’s cold, dreary and I haven’t even washed my Camaro in, let’s just say a while – a long while. Actually, except for the occasional outing my Camaro spends it’s day’s under a cover in my driveway. I have written before that since being back in the automotive world this is my first offseason and it’s not much fun. There is nothing to do except wait for the better weather.

Or is there? As I am sure you have seen, I have become more and more into my Hot Wheels. It’s started last summer with a couple of cool Camaros that I bought on eBay and moved quickly to full-blown customizations.

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Hot Wheels – Latest Finds JACKPOT

Found my first TH today! Yes, it finally happened. While hunting in two Target stores here on Long Island today, I spotted the 69 Chevelle from the 2019 “C” case. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at, but there it was right in front of my eyes. I didn’t even have to dig, the car was hanging right on the end of the peg in full view.

At first, I thought, no, I must be wrong, but upon further inspection, I could see the TH symbol signifying Treasure Hunt and the Hot Wheels logo right on the side of the car. 

The interesting thing is that I have only been collecting for a couple of months. And during that time I have heard people say that they have been collecting for years and never found a Treasure Hunt.

The car is #60 in the 2019 mainline set and #9 of 10 in the X-Raycersseries. It is based upon the actual car but is translucent and somewhat cartoonish.

Now I want a Super!

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LI Hot Wheels Group

If you have read any of the posts on this site, you undoubtedly know that I am an avid collector and customizer of diecasts, Hot Wheels in particular.

When I got my Camaro I never realized the new journeys and experiences that it would lead to. The biggest two of those being my Camaro groups and my Hot Wheels collection. Meeting other people with the same interests as me has made this car even more fun – I have made so many friends. The other thing that I never dreamed that I would get into, but has been a lot of fun has been my Hot Wheels collecting and customizing.

And now I want to take it one step further by creating a group of diecast collectors and customizers. Although I have established a Facebook group, the real plan is to move to having in-person meetings here on Long Island. Of course, anyone is welcome, no matter where you are located in the Facebook group which is located at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hotwheels.longisland/

If you would like to get on the list of those notified of all of our plans and exactly when we will be meeting you can sign up for that here.


https://lihotwheels.wordpress.com/sign-up/

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Current Projects – 78 Camaro and 06 Silverado

After spending what seemed like a small fortune on tools, for the last couple of weeks I have been working on two projects. A 78 Chevrolet Camaro and an 07 Silverado.

If you remember back from a previous post when I first began getting into this hobby, I wanted to restore Redlines. Now, although I still want to work with Redlines or to be more specific the Custom Camaro and the Heavy Chevy, the idea of customizing newer diecast’s is becoming very appealing to me.

I like the idea of being able to build anything that I want. I also know that I am very good at figuring out how to make it happen.

So being a fan of Chevrolet and Camaro’s, in particular, that is what I want to build. I always wanted a late model second-gen Camaro but never having had the chance to own one, this is what interests me the most.

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95 Camaro Convertible

Recently I picked this car up at a local market near where I live. I liked it for two reasons. First, it is a Camaro and second I figured that by the looks of it, it would be a good candidate for restoration. Actually, I was really planning on customization which is a form of restoration.

Still being relatively new to restorations and customs I am not sure how a project is going to come out, I don’t think you ever really know, but I had no idea. However, as you can see by the looks of things I am pretty happy with the results. Except for a slight orange peel in the acrylic paint that I used, most of what I tried to do was accomplished.

Although I have gotten really into using the Spectraflame paint used on the original Hot Wheels back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, I think there is a place for other kinds of paints. Spectraflame is translucent, but for this project, I wanted something opaque, and Createx paint worked fine here. I really love the color.

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