[Thanks Greg for sending in this guest post!]
During the stay-at-home order, I have been passing time by modifying Hot Wheels and other 1/64 cars to have realistic colors and liveries.
Like a lot of our fellow hobbyists, my memories of Hot Wheels go far back into early childhood. Since I grew up near Indianapolis, some of my first ones are playing with race cars and wanting them to have numbers on them ‘just like the real cars’.
This was at a time when I was playing with Hot Wheels and Sizzlers. Fortunately, Sizzlers fed my appetite for speed and we had fun watching them go around the Sizzlers Big “O” black oval track similar to Indy.
I liked the Sizzlers March and also played with the Ferrari 512S. My Dad modified the Ferrari 512S to add a ’66’ on to the side. I also remember playing with the McLaren M6A because it looked real and had the correct orange color.
Later, the Hot Wheels Trans-Am ‘Hot Bird’ was probably the most popular. Even though it was a road car, it looked real to us and everyone always wanted to pick it when we played Hot Wheels.
The accurate marking of the screaming chicken on the hood and the Smokey and the Bandit factor made it THE car to have. Then I received the gold 6-pack set that had a 240Z, Jaguar 512, Corvette, Ferrari also a gold Trans-Am! Then it was THE car to have!
Fast forward to today….
The catalyst for re-painting/decorating cars was the 2019 Indy 500. I really loved the Will Power 5G livery, but a 1/64 model was not produced for it so during the past winter, I decided to try and make one. I took apart a Greenlight 2018 Will Power winning car, stripped the paint, painted it and applied the 5G decals. I was happy with the results!
Since then I have done about 25 cars. Mostly I have been creating cars that really interest me and try to get them as close to the real thing as possible but in 1/64 scale. Some of my favorites that I have done include the 1973 Team Gulf McLarens of Peter Revson and Johnny Rutherford.
I have also created the 1972 Sunoco car of Mark Donohue and the 1975 Eagle of Bobby Unser.
Also, I thought it would be interesting to update a classic Redline Hot Wheels McLaren M6A with accurate decals and do the same for the Indy Eagle. (Don’t worry, I didn’t destroy a collector-condition Redline – the donor cars were very rough.)
My latest car is the 1978 Arco Graphite car of Bobby Unser.
I hope everyone is enjoying their Hot Wheels during this time, I have enjoyed discovering a new twist on the hobby.