I am looking forward to that.
I have been busy with work and not had time to post any stuff here on the blog, but the little people have still been busy at the Western Montana Speed Shop. So here is a quick update on what has been going on in the little peoples world. (note the new red lift in the pic. Something new I have been building from scratch.not yet finished with it)
I have made some progress on the paint booth I am building to put in the Speed Shop. I decided to add light as you can see here in this picture. They are LED, and run on 2 AA batteries.
I am just kind of building this as I go with no plans, so we will see if it turns out good in the end. I am happy with it so far. I am shooting video as I build it and hope to have that on my youtube channel soon.
I think the lights add a BIG cool factor. Here the guys are pushing a custom Hot Wheels Pass'n Gasser coupe in to give it a clear coat.
The little people are stoked about this addition to the speed shop. LOL
Picked this up at a thrift store for 50 cents. I put the guys to work on fixing it. I told them to be creative and see what kind of custom work they can do to it. That will be a future blog post I am looking forward to doing.
And to finish this post out... a couple pictures of a custom 1979 Dodge 4x4 Pickup Truck we are working on. Just got the lift done with new axles and tires. I am going to leave the factory paint on this one because I kind of like it. I Still have a lot more to do to it. Roll bar, spare tire, custom interior, antenna for C.B. etc. Future detailed blog post on this truck build. I promise. :)
Have a great week. Just a few more work days until Collage football kicks off for 2017.
I am looking forward to that.
I added a new tow truck/wrecker to the Montana Speed Shop. It is an HO scale diecast truck. It's not the 1/64 scale of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, but the detail is awesome.
Even though it is HO scale (1/87) I think it will work with the smaller size Hot Wheels cars and trucks. In these pictures it seems to fit the shop diorama okay. I used a couple of my smaller figures in the pictures and it seems to work out. What do you think?
The specs on this are:
In these next two pictures you see a Matchbox fire engine sitting in bay 1. Well, it is a fire engine body that is being customized into a tracked rescue vehicle, but it gives an idea of the size of the tow truck.
The larger trucks in Hot Wheels, Matchbox and other 1/64 diecast are not really always true to 1/64 scale. I think they are closer to the scale of this 1/87 scale tow truck. So this will work out well as a tow truck for those type vehicles. Lets take a look and see what this thing can tow, and look good doing it.
Boom extending out to grab hold of this Matchbox MBX Motor Home.
Hooked, lifted, and ready to roll.
Towing a Match Box Brush Fire Truck.
And... it even looks good hauling a Hot Wheels Sponge Bob Highway Hauler with real riders.
How about helping the military out with this Desert Thunder V16. That is a custom Montana Diecast desert camo paint job.
Hauling out the garbage. I mean garbage truck. LOL
And the last of the days work, bringing in an old Lesney 42 Tipper Container Truck that broke down hauling freight across the 406. I think this will be a great addition to the Western Montana Speed Shop, and look forward to seeing what this thing can pull into the shop in the days to come.
So when adding to your diecast collection and dioramas, keep in mind that sometimes you can mix different scale vehicles in together if you are careful in your selection. Especially when dealing with HO 1/87 and 1/64 scale trucks.
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It's been busy here at Montana Diecast the last few days. Here is a a 1983 Chevy Blazer project I am working on customizing. I found two of these the other day, and thought I would give one a little custom detailing. The other one I will keep stock for my collection.
Here it is in the Western Montana Speed Shop. Here it is in the process of being taken apart. This will be a complete body off project. It will be getting a new interior, new paint, etc. Hey check out that lifted Batmobile in bay 2! I will have to do a blog post on that in the near future.
Here is the Chevy Blazer with a new red paint job. No interior yet, and we have the all glass and roof rack still to install. As you can see in this photo, we have a few other things going on in the shop today as well. Lets take a closer look at the blazer then we will look at those other projects.
We have been putting the little 4x4 Dodge A100 to work picking up supplies. Here we have a good supply of Zerex anti freeze, along with some tires and Hooker headers being unloaded.
This is a new 4x4 project. A nice 1979 Dodge pickup is getting a lift and new tires. Here the tires are just sitting in place. We still need to install the lift kit and build new axles.
And last but not least, this Hot Wheels Jaded has a fresh coat of purple, and is having the interior put back in. The green tires will be swapped out, and then this will get decals. This car will get the name Plum Crazy when it gets the decals added.
You may have noticed we got the garage doors installed in the shop. They can be open or closed. You can see more about how they were built in my video on my youtube channel. Building shop / Garage Doors for my 1/64 Dicast Cars and Trucks
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This morning the black Bone Shaker returned on the transporter. Last week we shipped it off to Big Jake's Auto Body to have a few last details finished. Since we are still under construction here, we don't have our paint booth up and running yet.
Here is a shot of it just after we unloaded it. Bill is going over it to make sure everything got done right. As you can see the shop is busy. We are trying to keep the wrenches turning and get some work done on cars as the new construction continues. It will be nice when it's all done, but we have a way to go still.
I am loving these tires and rims.
Check out the detail on that skull. Bone Shaker Badness!!
Well, time to get back to the construction work on the garage. Hope you enjoyed these pictures of the custom Hot Wheels Bone Shaker. Have a great day.
We have a new garage under construction here at Montana Diecast. A bigger and better shop for the little people to work on the cars and trucks. They could not wait to get in there and start turning wrenches, so during a break in the construction, they went to work on some of the Richard Petty Matchbox and Racing Champions cars and transporters.
Check out the Richard Petty Matchbox van waiting for an oil change and lube. That is my current favorite stock Matchbox van in my collection.
This is the Petty car that was banned by Nascar because it was to fast.
From bleacherreport.com~ "On Oct. 19, 1964, NASCAR issued new rules for the 1965 NASCAR Grand National campaign designed to curb speeds and increase the focus on safety. The engine displacement remained unchanged, but special limited edition engines were banned, including the Chrysler Hemi."
"Chrysler packed up and pulled out of NASCAR in protest. Richard Petty would not defend his championship, and top contenders David Pearson, Paul Goldsmith, Bobby Isaac, Jim Paschal, and LeeRoy Yarbrough were on the sidelines. It was a season marked by protest and controversy. "
1962 Plymouth Savoy~ Racing Champions
Lets just finish this blog post with a couple more pictures of the cars in the garage. Sometimes pictures are best with out a lot of words cluttering things up. Have a great day.
Welcome to my blog. I started this to have a place to share some pictures and videos of some of my custom diecast cars, trucks, and diorama stuff. Most of my stuff is 1/64 scale. Most of my vehicles are Hot Wheels and Matchbox. I do have a few other brands and I am sure over time I will get a more diverse collection. Well, enough talk for now. Let's look at some cars. Here is a Matchbox Lamborghini lm002 I recently finished.
No tire swap on this one. I never even took it apart. I just cracked it open and started adding some detail. The light bar on top is built from scratch.
Items in the back were added. The cooler and gas can are made from putty. The tool box and red drum gas can were cut from other doner vehicles.
I detailed a few things with paint, and added a black wash to highlight the grill and body lines, etc. Then I added the mud. Not the most detailed by any means, just a quick fun little project. Sometimes it's nice to just do a quick easy one.