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  • #124755
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    I recently bough Gaslands and a bunch of toy cars to play the game with. I completed the first repaint of one of the Hotwheels cars and there’s some more pictures on my blog:

    https://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com/2019/10/floor-it.html

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #124763
    SteelonsandSteelonsand
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    That is pretty darn grunge-y  ……… Which is, of course, a good thing !

    would love to see a video on the dismantling/lug-hole drilling – this is something that has always given me pause in giving this a go myself – any technique tips would be V. useful.

    oh, and, “The Cars that ate Paris” …… What do I win?

    #124766
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    Cheers buddy! I have the video ready and will publish it next weekend, so keep an eye out for it!

    You win the sense of satisfaction of knowing you were right, well done!

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #124767
    RhodericRhoderic
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    Very cool! I’m afraid to begin working on my die-cast cars and have been meaning to start a thread asking for advice about that very thing.

    Drilling the ones that don’t just have screws underneath intimidates me a bit, too. I’ve been thinking I might simply not do it, and just work with the cars as they are. I might also have been a bit naive about how to prep them for painting. Some part of me has been hoping that if I just abrade the gloss-painted metal surfaces a bit, I could make them take a gesso primer well enough without needing to resort to paint stripper. Finally I’m wondering whether I should try to remodel the tires a bit, somehow. I wish die-cast cars in this scale came with more realistic-looking tires to begin with. But remodelling them would probably be big enough of an undertaking to stall my project completely.

    #124769
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    Cheers Rhoderic!

    Painting them as they are is one way of doing it, certainly. But, I would attempt to drill out the plugs though and I’ll tell you why…

    The cars are far easier to strip an prep for repainting because you can just dip the metal parts in the stripper without worrying about ruining the plastic base and wheels.

    The act of drilling the nub is pretty simple, use a vice or grip to hold the car in place. Then I used a 5mm drill bit and just applied firm pressure to the centre of the nub with the drill. Use a car you don’t mind damaging to practise on and you’ll get a feel of how much you need to push down with the drill. All you need to do it shave off the top mushroom part of the thread, so it’s a relatively small amount of metal. I used a power drill (Black and Decker style), but I also did my first one with a Dremel, this just took a little longer and wasn’t as powerful. It’s just a case of practise and not worrying about screwing up the first time. AND DON’T FORGET TO MAKE SURE TO GRIP THE CAR TIGHT!!!

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #124777
    RhodericRhoderic
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    Thanks, that clears it up. Having not watched nor read any guide to drilling out die-cast cars (though I know it’s a common practice, not only with miniatures gamers but also with the Hot Wheels collecting / “scale modelling” crowd), I had somehow assumed I needed to work around the nub by drilling some specific part of the plastic at some specific angle, not drill the metal nub itself. It seemed mysterious to me. Not so much anymore.

    #124778
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    No problem, I’ll post a video next weekend you’ll see exactly how I do it.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #124779
    Gone Fishing
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    Your first car looks great, A. As a Gaslands/Road Warrior project is  almost always on my “to do” list, I’ll really look forward to seeing your video. Please let us know when you post it!

    #124781
    Tony STony S
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    I’m right in the middle of painting up some Gaslands cars too!  A lot of fun!  The photos are your blog of your cars are quite inspiring – hope you don’t mind if I steal a few ideas.  It harkens back to the days of my misspent youth when I discovered a little game called Car Wars.   Absolutely loved that game.

    Anyway, just like Abwehrschlacht I’m taking apart the cars (it wasn’t as hard as I was thinking) and priming and repainting them.  I don’t bother stripping the existing paint off, as I’m tremendously lazy.  Just primed black and slapped paint over top.

    But I just stumbled across this fellow’s blog entry.  I think I might try his method on a test car, as it seems even easier, which of course appeals to me.  https://sho3box.com/2019/10/18/painting-gaslands-cars/

    I’m planning on playing next weekend, so perhaps I’ll make a post on the game and my cars.  I’m finding painting the cars really fun and addictive!

    #124792
    AbwehrschlachtAbwehrschlacht
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    Thanks guys, Tony, please feel free to take any of my ideas for your own use. I’d be honoured.

    That tutorial looks pretty good to me and I might try it out myself on another vehicle, just to see how it goes. Thanks for sharing!

    I also used to play Car Wars back in the day, along with Dark Future, so Gaslands is a good nostalgia trip for me!

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #124795
    telzy ambertelzy amber
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    #124796
    RhodericRhoderic
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    …I wish die-cast cars in this scale came with more realistic-looking tires to begin with. But remodelling them would probably be big enough of an undertaking to stall my project completely.

    Tires? Most Hotwheels cars are 1/64 scale https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-64-Scale-Alloy-Wheels-Brake-Caliper-Rubber-Tires-fr-Matchbox-Tomy-Tarmac-Works/283634215203?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D60256%26meid%3Df1b6d4f7924c42d2bdc1f59ab10ced46%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpf%26sd%3D153645418471%26itm%3D283634215203%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

    Those are somewhat better, in that they don’t look like racing slicks, but they still have the extremely wide rims and extremely narrow sidewalls.

    I’ve been thinking that I could approximate the appearance of treads on the standard tires by painting on ridges of PVA glue or even just thick paint, which would then be painted over as normal. It wouldn’t be perfect, but it doesn’t need to be. The rims and sidewalls, on the other hand, are a problem that seems to defy an easy fix without replacing the tires entirely (or maybe covering them up with some kind of armour discs, which might be an idea worth exploring).

    I know the North Star Implements of Carnage sprue comes with more realistic-looking tires, but they’re too large for most Hot Wheels and other 1/64 die-cast cars. They were made to fit the Teamsterz brand of cars, which have somewhat more cartoonish proportions than most other brands (especially noticeable in the size of the tires on some of the cars). Besides, the Implements of Carnage tires have an off-road look about them, which suits some of my cars but not all.

    EDIT: Rims, not hubcaps.

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