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- Tri-ang, Spot-On, fiat Multipla restoration
- Budgie Bedford TK’s
- Matchbox Lotus Europa born again
- Merlin A100, diecast jeep restoration
- Audi Quattro
- Commer ice cream van restoration
- Quick Fix #1
- Aston Martin DB7 refurbishment
- Corgi, Mercedes Pullman 600 renovation
- Removing Corgi diecast wheels
- Quick fix #2
- Removing Chrome from plastic parts
- Saico BMW repair
- Quick Fix #3
- Replacing, Matchbox Superfast axles
- Matchbox MG 1100 restoration
- Budgie, Motorway coach restoration
- Bburago, Prima Giugiaro, restoration
- Corgi Rover SD1, restoration
- Matchbox Daimlar ambulance restored
- Majorette Renault 4 restoration
- Matchbox K6 pick-up truck repair
- Diecast restoration tools & equipment
- Franklin Mint 1930 Duesenberg J Derham Tourster custom repaint
- Quick fix #4
- Corgi Ford Thunderbird, restoration
- Recent diecast renovations & conversions
- Taking pictures & dioramas
- Customs and Conversions
- Tanzara Pickup
- VW trailer project
- Custom Dinky Hudson led sled
- Matchbox Faun Crane to Pickfords heavy mover conversion
- Husky, Ford F-series custom conversion
- Corgi Commer Karrier, with a twist
- Salvaged from scrap
- Corgi, Chevrolet Astro 1
- Corgi Ford Thames pick-up project
- Matchbox Faun crane to Maz 537 conversion
- Matchbox Dodge generator truck project
- Wargames vehicle projects
- Plastic & metal kits
- Scenery & buildings
- Trains and railway layouts
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- Scale figures & wargames
- Making stickers and decals
- A question of scale
- Pressed Steel toys, restoration and collecting
There are many people that just collect diecast and probably just as many that like to rebuild, customize or renovate them too, I fall into both categories and love collecting and renovating old diecast models especially one’s that seemed destined for the scrap bin, this section will show how to strip down and refinish some of the diecast cars and trucks I collect as well as sell.
To me, restoration is not always restoring to original specification as tooling used on the toys and models are very rarely available, but getting near to the original is better than not at all.
In some cases you need to be inventive and creative to make parts or see uses in other materials to finish your project, such is the case with most renovations I do, besides it’s for me not a purest collector.
Matchbox replacement parts, along with Dinky and Corgi are quite easy to get hold of other makes can be a bit more tricky to track down.
There is a difference of opinion in the collectors world about restoring or altering any diecast model, some like the idea that another old car or truck has been saved, others disagree with the practice and think that no matter how bad it looks it is at least original.
Since the 70′s I have been building models and model kits and most of the time found it hard to make a model as it was intended and always ended up creating a custom model or tweaking it in some way.
During the late 70′s my focus moved to real cars and motorbikes and had the same attitude towards them building customs and improving them.
The modeling bug never went away and since the early days have still found time to either collect models or rebuild them albeit not that often.
The idea behind this section is to show anyone can restore diecast models, with a little patience and knowhow and some basic equipment you too can bring life back to a worn or damaged car or truck in any scale.
Matching paint to original spec can be a challenge and would of loved to of seen the paint shop at Matchbox as the colour range was awesome even now I have hundreds of spray cans, air brush paints and Humbrols and still find I don’t have the colours I need.
A lot of people I speak to are afraid of messing it up if they attempt it, well I will let you into a secret, I have messed up many times but as I have always said you don’t learn anything by not doing it, there is an old saying we used in the workshop, “A man that has never made a mistake, has never made anything” so I would suggest starting with models that either are past their best and if worst comes to the worst it can be thrown away and put down to experience or as with paint jobs can be re-stripped and started again.
The links below will lead to projects I am doing or have completed, most with useful information on restoring, so do feel free to ask questions as the more you know, the more chance you have of success.