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PostSubject: Improving Diecasts   Sat 14 Jan 2017, 11:15 pm

There are some cars that aren't available as either as kits or resin conversions. Sometimes you'll get lucky and find a diecast version.
Obviously there are different quality diecasts, from crude toys to high end ones.

The Opel Senator I'm covering here is more at the toy end of the spectrum, but there's always room for improvement.

Step 1:
Disassemble it. Most of the cheap diecasts have chassis and the larger parts screwed on. A number 1 Philips head and slot head screwdriver are your friends here. Typically, you'll find smaller parts, like body trim have lugs that are pushed through the metal body and the lug ends are melted over to secure them. A Dremel works here, or you can just cut the ends off with chisel or knife.

Here we are, in bits.



On this kit, there's not a lot to be done with the chassis. I've painted the auto pan, fuel tank, and exhaust system in varying shades of silver, and
picked out some suspension and the sump in gloss black.



Now for some detail improvements. The lights often have a mounting pin which is visible through the lens. Here I've cut it off and rough sanded the
back of the lens to rid myself of it. More work is needed, but you get the idea. I do this on some model kits as well.



Now that the lug is removed from the lens, we have a hole in the backing to fill. BMF will cover the hole well enough. The rest of the grill is
detailed in the usual fashion.



This is the entire entire interior. Mmm, what to do here? I'm going to add a center console, handbrake and gear lever as well as rear door trims.
Possibly some control stalks on the steering column. Other than that there's not much that can be done, short of a scratch build.



Part ye seconde will appear later. Stay tuned !

Cheers,
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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Mon 16 Jan 2017, 10:46 am

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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Mon 16 Jan 2017, 8:32 pm

I never bought a die-cast so this is all new for me. The tip on headlight lenses is interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Mon 16 Jan 2017, 10:25 pm

Love the original Senators, keep going!
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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Tue 17 Jan 2017, 1:04 am

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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Tue 17 Jan 2017, 8:52 am

Great stuff Chris. popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Sun 22 Jan 2017, 1:15 am

Part ye Seconde!

The original windows were moulded in one piece. The rear door and side glass was recessed a good 1/8", giving an unrealistic look. I've separated them individually and here are the RH side for a test fit.

I can easily trim them some more, and their openings in the body require some cleaning up as well. I also need to add a divider to the door glass.
The seams on the roof need some attention, just as they do on our plastic bodies.

On to the interior next. I've roughed out the center console, and will start the door trims later today.

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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Sun 22 Jan 2017, 9:32 am

Brilliant result!
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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Sat 28 Jan 2017, 6:47 pm

Beautiful work!
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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Sun 29 Jan 2017, 12:17 am

The dash, before and after. If this is going too far towards a WIP thread, please move it.






The seam have been chastised with the dremel. Next step is to rough sand & primer it.
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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Sun 29 Jan 2017, 9:17 am

Serious work going on here Chris, very enjoyable.
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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Wed 08 Feb 2017, 11:53 am

I got it in primer before my Bathurst 12 Hr road trip, and shot the top coat today. Gas out and polish over the weekend is the plan.

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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Wed 08 Feb 2017, 11:56 am

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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Wed 08 Feb 2017, 3:30 pm

Great color and nice job. Cool paint stand - I've used wire coat hangers over the years, but they're becoming quite scarce nowadays.
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PostSubject: Re: Improving Diecasts   Fri 10 Feb 2017, 9:14 pm

Nice work!
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