Corgi Rover SD1, restoration


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I don’t often bother with the larger Corgi 1:32 scale cars and stick to smaller scale or at least 1:43 but this, although in fair condition has had something inside still seen on the glass, at first I thought it would be a waste of time but by putting my finger inside noticed that whatever it was came off.

These can be picked up quite cheap in very good condition but I love a challenge and besides it cost me nothing really (came in a job lot) and I used to have a couple of these in the real versions three in fact so have a soft spot for the Rover SD1.

Taking this apart was in itself a challenge the glass is riveted as you would expect so is the glass in the tailgate and plastic engine is also riveted in and all got drilled out, the doors, bonnet and tailgate are all held by cleats formed from the body and no doubt done by machine, I would have a lot of trouble getting these back on so left the tailgate and bonnet and just removed the doors.

After stripping the paint the spraying was done is stages so the inside of the engine bay got painted as well as the tailgate, not that Corgi bothered.

The doors were sprayed at the same time with the same amount of coats, this colour darkens the more coats you add so must all be the same, be careful not to over do the paint layers on cars with opening features as I have done this before and then chipped all the paint once re-assembled, and had to start again.

After I left to dry for two days assembly can begin, it has been left that amount of time as the clear coat I use stays tacky for about 24 hours as I don’t bake it, to check if your paint is dry without touching your model and ruining it’s paint something else at the same time, I use a metal biscuit tin.

The glass really did take some cleaning and has yellowed a bit but fine once installed, if you look closely in the picture below you should be able to see the dabs of epoxy resin adhesive over the rivet posts for the glass and the engine bay.

The rest of the assembly went well and the baseplate was rivet fixed, again using epoxy to fix the rivets in place, also looks better with the engine bay in body colour rather than plain diecast metal.


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