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- Tri-ang, Spot-On, fiat Multipla restoration
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- Matchbox Lotus Europa born again
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- Aston Martin DB7 refurbishment
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- Removing Corgi diecast wheels
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- Replacing, Matchbox Superfast axles
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I have had many, many requests recently asking for more information on what I use to restore diecast cars and trucks, so this page is a short list of what you should have to start with.
Pillar drill/drill stand/drill press
Whatever you prefer to call it the most important piece of equipment is a pillar drill.
Most diecast models have at least one rivet holding it together, some have two or three or even six, in most cases by turning it upside down this will become obvious.
With this you can accurately drill out the rivets, add holes for emergency vehicle lights and loads of other uses you will find once you have one, I also use a rotary brass wire brush in my pillar drill for cleaning up and polishing the stripped casting.
Some good twist drills would also be in order from 1.5mm up to about 8mm, I have some I have taken the point off with a grinder to drill out shallow rivets such as those holding in glass units, the point will sometimes go though the casting if you not careful so I altered a few without a point for this job.
Stripping and cleaning
For stripping paint I use Caustic soda in a plastic container, bent welding rods to dip castings into the container and an old flour sieve to dip small parts.
For cleaning up I use old toothbrushes to remove the remains of any paint and for more stubborn stuff a brass brush.
Painting and spraying
I tend to use a lot of aerosols but slowly changing over to using a small touch up spray gun, I do have an airbrush but don’t really use it that much on diecast, I use it mainly for model railway re-paints where a matt finish is required.
I’ve tried many aerosols and the best to date are from either Halfords because they seem to have a finer spray pattern, or those from a model shop meant for models anyway.
Hand tools are generally smaller then normal such as small side cutters and radio pliers, small screwdrivers etc.
Two pack epoxy I couldn’t do without for re-fitting many of the models I do.
Parts such as axles will need considering if you are replacing them, tyres, and possibly rivets.
The method I use for rivets is once the baseplate has been drilled off, use a smaller drill of 2mm to drill down into the casting post where the rivet was attached, and using 2mm rivets glue with epoxy back into place, you can of course use screws to re-fit the base but on small models this can be unsightly.
This is just a basic ‘getting started’ list and tools and parts you may need become more apparent as time goes on.
Cleaning plastic glass units
This is one question I get asked a lot, most cars and trucks with glass need cleaning when restoring, I use a aero cockpit polish, it’s meant for real small light aircraft to polish out the fine scratches that occur with use and age, this works a treat on model glass, just Google aero cockpit polish, it may even be sold on Ebay.
As always any questions are always welcomed.