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#1 OFFLINE   Rust-MyEnemy

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 05:27 AM

Hi there, first thread so please. talk. slowly....

I've been "collecting" 1:18 scale cars since I was seven, when I received the ubiquitous Bburago E-Type as a Christmas present. I carried on until my early 20's, at which point things slowed down somewhat while I went to Uni. As a result the majority of my collection is in my parents attic awaiting "rediscovery".

However, thanks to you guys, (yeah, thanks!) my collecting habit appears to have gotten back into full swing. Moreso than ever before, though, I'm collecting on an extraordinarily thin budget. I have eBay set up for £0-10 and rarely stray outside those parameters (although I have just taken delivery of a brand new Norev Citroen CX which smashed my target cost allowance into smithereens.

Anyway. The first ultra-budget acquisition I made was a Maisto Morgan Aero8, a model which is often mentioned around here as a bit of a budget superstar. I got one for £7 plus postage (sans box and with a few marks), but it has the basis of a decent model, and bits of it (wheel and tyre detail, and cockpit) are amazing. It just needs a little help.

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I got it and was generally delighted, but the chrome grille looked like it had just been vomited down the front of the car, and had no depth to it whatsoever. With nothing to loose I took a 0.1mm technical drawing pen and did what I could to darken the areas between the grille verticals. It needs more work but I think it makes a big difference. I also removed the awful printed paper "MORGAN" plates.

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I did the same around the back and just darkened the centres of the exhaust outlets.

I know it's a real hack-job but I don't think the model looks any the worse for it.

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 05:34 AM

Next, I received a Hot Wheels Maserati Quattroporte V. This is a car I've always loved but choices are severely limited in model terms. The Hot Wheels model, on first unboxing, was firmly in "Toy" category. But then I looked at the basics and realised that there's nothing much intrinsically wrong with it, aside from a real shortage of fine detail.

So, out came the trusty 0.1mm Marker Pen (you're all going to chorus "PUT THAT DAMN PEN AWAY") and I got to work.

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Having looked at the original I soon realised that the grille was a really lazy representation. First thing I wanted to do is to get rid of the verticals so the horizontals were better visible. This needs more work, and I intend to remove the grille to darken the area behind it, which really should have been done at the factory.

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Then was time for the shut-lines, which were inexcusably bad on the model. I just let ink into the shut-lines of the sealed rear doors, the sealed trunk and fuel filler cap and the front bumpers, and (though you'll all probably think I'm a lunatic) I think it gives the model a badly needed lift.

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 05:58 AM

Great start,you are 0.1mm from perfection LOL. :occasion14: :yahoo:

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 06:04 AM

Two very sound models to start you on your way Rusty - thanks for sharing!   :occasion14:

BTW I like what you've done on the Maserati's doors and filler, it's really effective. :eusa_clap:

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 06:44 AM

Cheers guys. I only wish I could compete with some of your collections, I'm in danger of drowning in drool.

A couple of models that IMO don't need any improvement.

Unbranded (but I think probably Minichamps) Ford Cougar

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Only slight tweak I'm going to have to perform on this one is shaving the window glass slightly so that the doors don't keep springing open....

And Solido Peugeot 205 GTI.

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To be honest I was pretty well blown away by this model, previous experience with Solido hasn't been exactly inspirational.

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 06:46 AM

The little Tweaks make them look better,worth doing IMO,you are doing Great. :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 07:12 AM

Finally for now, the new Norev CX GTi I recently acquired.
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Beautiful model, and my first Norev. Highly unlikely to be my last.

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 07:51 AM

Rusty, thank you for sharing your modifications. Your descriptions are also fun to read :nice: you have a good writing gift. I am looking forward to reading more of your model reviews and modifications :occasion14:
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Posted 06 December 2014 - 08:19 AM

It's all about the bargains imo. Much more pleasure to be derived from a good deal. :twocents:

Agree re the Morgan. It's a very good model full stop. Once you consider the RRP, it's even better.

What kind of models do you have in the loft then? :drool5:
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Posted 06 December 2014 - 08:22 AM

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 08:24 AM

I love the Morgan aero one of my friend he have one .

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 08:52 AM

View Postg3org3y, on 06 December 2014 - 08:19 AM, said:

What kind of models do you have in the loft then? :drool5:

This is the inventory right now. I'll exclude the bikes 'cos they're all just bog standard supermarket-issue Maisto. But the collection runs as follows:

Action
1998 Ford Cougar V6
2001 Ford Ranger pickup (Non US)

Anson
2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT

AutoArt
VW Phaeton W12
Range Rover (P38 shape)
Lotus Esprit (For your eyes only)
BMW M635 CSi (dealer edition)
Honda City Turbo II Bulldog (with Compomoto bike)
Honda Ballade CRX
Nissan Skyline R32 (Bathurst, plain black)

BBurago
Bugatti EB110
Dodge Viper RT/10
Dodge Viper GTS (Sold and gone)
Ferrari F50 (Open)
Ferrari F50 (Closed)
Ferrari F40
Ferrari 550 Maranello
Ferrari 456GT
Ferrari Testarossa
Ferrari Testarossa 250
Ferrari 288 GTO
Lamborghini Countach
Maserati 3200GT

(there are many more Bburagos but they all live in a plastic bag in litle pieces and are in such terrible condition they aren't worth listing. Uh, playworn)

Beanstalk
Aston Martin Vanquish (007). Cheap. Good.
Ford GT (Concept)
Ford Thunderbird(007). (Had issues. Sold and gone)

Corgi
1997 MGF

Chrono
Triumph Spitfire 1500

Corgi
MGF Roadster

ERTL
Land Rover Freelander
1969 Plymouth Roadrunner
1969 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ 428

GATE
Willys Jeep

Greenlight
1978 Ford Mustang II Cobra

Guiloy
Aston Martin DB7

JADI
2003 Lotus Elise

Maisto
1996 Alfa Romeo Spider
AM Hummer H1
Audi R8 Le Mans (Adeleide) Crocodile
1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2
1993 Chevrolet Corvette C4 ZR1 40th Anniversary
1948 Chevrolet Fleetwood 'Woody' station wagon
Citroen 2CV
Dodge Copperhead (Concept)
Ford GT90 (Concept)
Jaguar XJ220 (1:18 and 1:12)
Jaguar MK2
Jeep Rubicon
Jeep SWAT concept
Lamborghini Diablo (pretty terrible)
Lexus SC430
Mercedes W168 A-Class (F1 livery)
Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet
Mercedes CLK GTR Le Mans
Mercedes CLK DTM
Morgan Aero 8
Porsche 550A
Porsche 911 GTR
Porsche 911 Speedster
Porsche Boxster (Concept)
Porsche Carrera GT (road car)
Porsche Carrera GT (concept) 1:18 diecast remote control!
Smart ForTwo
VW "Export Sedan"

Majorette
Jeep Grand Cherokee (Terrible, terrible model. Awful. Like, really bad)

Minichamps
Ford Capri 1.7V4

Motor Max
Mercedes SL 500 R130

Norev
AMG Mercedes SLS Roadster
Citroen CX GTi

Revell
Audi Avus concept
Auto Union World Record car
BMW 850i
Goggomobil T250
Isetta 250 bubble car
ItalDesign NAZCA
Mercedes-Benz 500SL
Messerschmit KR200
Opel Manta
Renault 5 Turbo

Road Legends/ Signature (Yat Ming)
1948 Ford Howard Johnson Ice Cream Truck
Shelby Cobra 427
Studebaker Golden Hawk

Shell Classico
Ferrari 312 (Experts will tell you this is an awful model. And they're right)

Solido
Citroen DS (working lowerable suspension is pretty cool)
Citroen XM
Peugeot 205 GTI

SunStar
DeLorean Time Machine
Lancia Stratos Stradale.
LTi TX50 London Taxi
Opel Ascona i2000
VW Golf Convertible


Universal Hobbies
1913 Ford Model T Van
Land Rover Series 3 109 Panel Van
Renault Clio V6


UT Models
BMW Z3 2.8
Chevrolet Corvette C5
Ford Escort Cosworth
Ferrari F355
McLaren F1 Road car

Vitesse
1977 Trabant 601

WELLY
1986 Ford Mustang SVO
2001 Ford StreetKa
2002 Peugeot 206 CC
1979 Peugeot 504
1973 Porsche 911 RS

Now in alphabetical order by make/model. I'll keep this list active and update it as I add / unearth more.

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 09:01 AM

That's an eclectic mix Chris...I also have the BB ferrari series, and they make a great mini collection in themselves.....you just need to add the 250LM, 348TB and 360 Modena and you'll have the set... :nice:

Kudos for the FYEO Esprit too! :10:

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 09:07 AM

View Postmairandeddy, on 06 December 2014 - 09:01 AM, said:

...you just need to add the 250LM, 348TB and 360 Modena and you'll have the set... :nice:

Kudos for the FYEO Esprit too! :10:

And the 250 GTO! Probably will, just for completeness. Probably not going to break the bank.

007 Esprit is among my very favourites. One of my favourite Bond films (though universally regarded among "experts" as one of the worst....)

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 09:10 AM

Nice budget collection you need to get those other models it of that atic! (Btw the cougar is by a company called action)
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Posted 06 December 2014 - 09:41 AM

View PostJamie0899, on 06 December 2014 - 09:10 AM, said:

... the cougar is by a company called action)

Ah, that's right, thanks. It's a nice model. I'll look out for more stuff of theirs.

Actually just remembered a few more I missed out. List now updated.

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 08:53 AM

I've realised that my ancient Casio point-n-shoot is infinitely better than my DSLR for macro work. You live and learn. Also; the 150kb limit on here is a bit, er, limiting so I've dusted off my Photobucket.

Anyway, here's the Norev Citroen CX 2400 GTi that's my most recent acquisition.

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This is by far and away the most I've ever spent on a diecast, but I think the value for money is phenomenal, although the rear doors are sealed. Not sure yet whether to do my silly 0.1mm marker pen trick.

While we're at it, here's a better pic of the Maserati.

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 09:54 AM

I love the photos and Great model choices.About the marker trick,i asked the same question a while back on here when i wanted to draw in the lines and someone suggested not to go too dark on the seam lines as it can stick out a bit if it's too dark,they suggested going slightly darker than the colour of the model as though it showed a line with a bit of shading.What do you think?

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 10:29 AM

I reckon it varies from model to model. A dark coloured model is bound to need a dark marker, and if well judged you can use a finger to "smear" the ink along the channel if it appears too dark. On the Maserati I noticed that there was really quite dark shadow behind them. Worked out alright.

I've obviously gone down with diecast fever again; I've just excavated two more from the loft. Images to follow....

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 03:04 AM

Been in the Attic and brought down a model that I've always liked despite it being quite crude by the standards of today. It's a '69 Roadrunner from ERTL's American Muscle series of, I guess, 1994 ish.

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I think it presents itself well if you don't look for detail too hard. The wheels and tyres, headlamps and grille all pass scrutiny, and the undercarriage looks convincing enough. It's probably technically miles off, but is good enough for me. I've always loved the shape and stance of it.

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 04:02 PM

I owe you guys a debt of gratitude. Either that or a good kicking, I can't quite decide.

Until I strayed upon DiecastXchange my 1:18 habit was pretty well cryogenically frozen. Now, thanks to you it's not only been reactivated but is probably going to become so all-consuming that it ruins my life. Oh well, never mind.

Today I requested that my Dad remove all my 1:18s from their attic and make them available for collection. It must have taken ages. I loaded them all into the car (they just about all went in).

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You can probably tell from the above that there's a fair bit of my history in there, from my childhood to right now. Tomorrow I'm going to use "organising" as an excuse to debox everything ready to be better stored in my own attic, from where they'll no doubt all come down from time to time, with some maybe going on permanent display.

I'm really looking forward to going through them again. I've already found a few I'd forgotten I had and have updated my list.

Tomorrow is going to be fun. After all, it is nearly Christmas....

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 05:19 PM

It's Gratitude you give,no "good kicking in's" around here please LOL.This is a fresh start for you and you will not be able to stop now and with full of enjoyment but empty pockets.Merry Christmas (Must be the first one to say it this year) :occasion14: :yahoo:

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 07:51 PM

Look at those old gems! We better see them all dusted off and shiny soon
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Posted 12 December 2014 - 06:37 AM

Boy, am I ever in trouble.

There's good, bad and ugly among this little lot, I'm sure you've all got or (had and then thrown away) most of them so I won't go into to much depth.

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The fixer-uppers; These have spent time going "vrrrooom" across the living room carpet, so have scratches and impact damage from the skirting boards. Anyway; soon grew up and learnt to keep the boxes:

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The ERTL Pontiac Grand Prix was a bit of a star purchase; not only is it a fantastic model (and a run of only 5000, of which mine is no. 4486) but this is how much it cost:

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Why can't I find deals like that these days?

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 07:27 AM

Cause models are no longer made in sweatshops lol
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