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Hey guys,

I've been looking everywhere and have finally found a place that has shocked me with so much talent. I'm really glad to have found DiecastXchange.com! :nicejob

I have a lot of cars and there are a few that I wish I could do something about instead of throwing them away. Such is the case of this M3 that wasn't very easy to find. I took it to work one day, and after a week, one of my co-workers grabbed it a way that broke the right side mirror. I superglued it when I came back but it broke twice because it had become too sensitive. It got to a point where I can't even superglue it because the edges have been lost.

With this problem, I've thought about doing a lot of things, including selling it for 10 bucks but I'm not like that.

I was wondering if you could give me any suggestions on how to improve the car's looks. I'd like to repaint it and do some light modifications to it but I've never done it before.

I'm currently working on gettin a new right door to eliminate the mirror problem, but I don't know, it could be a lot easier to fix it if I knew how.

Perhaps some of you could help me out. I'd appreciate it tremendously.

Best regards,
Gian
 

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Great to have you join us Gian. If there is any hope in saving your M3....it can be found here (unfortunately not through me though as I have no idea) :cheers :cheers

By the way..... did your co-worker also make the hood go a little wonky as it kind of looks like it needs an adjustment :confused :confused :confused

Welcome to DX, you'll find the help that you need here for sure, if not............

I'll give you $10.00 for it :danbanna :danbanna :danbanna :danbanna :danbanna :danbanna :danbanna
 
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Welcome aboard and glad to have you


Hope you enjoy the forums :cheers

The borken mirror isn't to bad. Get a fine tooth file and file both pieces down to where they are flat and use either super glue or some other plastic bonding and it should be just as strong as new. However, if you can geta new right door tha twill fix the problem as well.

Hope that helps and enjoy your stay :cheers
 
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LOL!

Thanks for replying!

As far as the hood goes, it came like that. Didn't think I could do anything about it...

I'm ready to invest on this baby now that I know there's hope! Are Hobby stores really the best places to find these items? I'd go to Home Depot or Lowe's but there's a LOT to choose from. Anything specific that I should look for?

Allanmodel: WOW!!! Compliments on the awesome projects.
 

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SundaysM3 said:
LOL!

Thanks for replying!

As far as the hood goes, it came like that. Didn't think I could do anything about it...

I'm ready to invest on this baby now that I know there's hope! Are Hobby stores really the best places to find these items? I'd go to Home Depot or Lowe's but there's a LOT to choose from. Anything specific that I should look for?

Allanmodel: WOW!!! Compliments on the awesome projects.
All you need is Tamiya putty and some tools. paint is up to you whatever brand you like, for me I'd used Tamiya paints for all my project. :cheers
 
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Thanks a lot, gentlemen.

I will keep you posted with the progress!

One more question:

Any ideas on how to make McLaren doors stay open??
 

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Hahaha...it's small world. I have the same car and if you put them hood to hood they would be mirror images of each other. Mine has the driver's mirror broken. I imagine you could possibly use a brace made from a thin piece of styrene, you could fix it. You can find the styrene at a good hobby shop. Welcome to DX.
 
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Blitz said:
Hahaha...it's small world. I have the same car and if you put them hood to hood they would be mirror images of each other. Mine has the driver's mirror broken. I imagine you could possibly use a brace made from a thin piece of styrene, you could fix it. You can find the styrene at a good hobby shop. Welcome to DX.
Hehehe Were you able to fix yours? Have any pics?
 

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Well, long before I was serious about collecting and resources, I tried by just glueing it on, but it didn't work. My scanner is broken and I don't have a digicam yet, so I don't have any pics.
 
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Well, long before I was serious about collecting and resources, I tried by just glueing it on, but it didn't work.
Yeah, same here. I have re-glued this too many times that it won't work.

We'll see how it goes...
 

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SundaysM3 said:
Thanks a lot, gentlemen.

I will keep you posted with the progress!

One more question:

Any ideas on how to make McLaren doors stay open??
First off, welcome to the DX Forum Gian!!

:welcom2


As for the McLaren doors, I also have that problem on a couple of mine. As the door is hinged using a "ball joint" type set-up, it doesn't look like it's an easy fix.

:feedback from anyone else please.
 
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Gian,
you came to the right place, some of the guys here with the know-how will help you get the M3 lookin brand new :cheers
 
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Blitz said:
Well, long before I was serious about collecting and resources, I tried by just glueing it on, but it didn't work. My scanner is broken and I don't have a digicam yet, so I don't have any pics.
how good does a scanner get a pic of a diecast???
 

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Welcome! :cheers This is a great place for us diecast nuts.

For the mirror you might try drilling a hole through the door mount and into the mirror and use a small pin as a support rod. Add to that roughing it upa bit with sand paper and supergluing (zap-a-gap is my favorite) that should hold it. Or you could just give it to the guy who broke it and tell him a good place to stick it. :giggle
 
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