Diecast Vehicles

Dec26

Kustom RideZ: 2009 Nissan GT-R

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, Gee's Garage, Syndicated Blogs

Kustom RideZ

Two weeks since I put up a work in progress notice, and the GT-R is done. I have had less time due to preparations for my upcoming exams next week. I have been customizing as a method of destressing. :-)

Photobucket


Anyway, as I mentioned this was a co-custom build with danielh. My plan was to build a street version of the GT-R, whilst he builds the track version. In this version, I used putty heavily to mould a wide body kit.

Photobucket

I started off by paint stripping the GT-R, then proceeded with cutting off the rear wing.

Photobucket
Photobucket

The next step was moulding the putty to get the shape that I wanted for the body kit. Basically, it was:

1. Knead.
2. Shape.
3. Let it sit.
4. Sand.
5. Repeat.

Then repeat until you get the desired shape. I used a dremel and the sanding stone attachment to get shape the putty into a smooth and flat surface. Then I use sandpaper to further refine the surface.

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

Then next step was to fit the replacement wheels I got from Maisto for it. Since the rear wheels are larger, I had to make a larger wheel well.

Photobucket
Photobucket

The following steps should be elementary if you have followed my customs so far. Primer -> Paint -> Decal + Detail -> Gloss. If you need more info, click on the Kustom Methods tab located on the right sidebar.

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

I detailed the interior, painted the rims, painted the chassis fabricated parts and painted them.

Photobucket
Photobucket


And then, voila! The end result!

Custom #13 - 31/10/09
Custom #13 - 31/10/09
Custom #13 - 31/10/09
Custom #13 - 31/10/09
Custom #13 - 31/10/09
Custom #13 - 31/10/09
Custom #13 - 31/10/09
Custom #13 - 31/10/09
Custom #13 - 31/10/09
Custom #13 - 31/10/09
Custom #13 - 31/10/09
Custom #13 - 31/10/09

This is not the last of the GT-R customs, danielh and I will be rolling out another one each after this! Stay tuned!
Dec26

1934 FORD FORDOR WITH BONNIE & CLYDE FIGURINES

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, DiecastBox, Syndicated Blogs


Darlings of the Depression Bonnie & Clyde Bonnie Parker, all 90 pounds of her, and Clyde Barrow, cut a swath across the Southwest in the early 1930s. While robbery was their specialty, Clyde €œborrowed€ cars for all his crimes. And they were almost always Fords. In fact, Clyde sent a letter to Henry Ford complimenting him on the reliability and speed of his new V-8 engines. When they were finally shot down at an ambush in May of 1934, Clyde was driving a 1934 Ford.




Youkonton Ratarasarn is the Diecastman
Dec26

New Release (26 December 2009)

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, World of Tomica, Syndicated Blogs


___________________________________________



0114-Isuzu Giga Truck (UBE)

Starscream collects from Regular Boxes to Box Sets and beyond
Dec25

What Did I Open Today?

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, TiNiO Toy Cars, Syndicated Blogs

First of last batch to set free in closing 2009. I will post more soon.

Toyota Land Cruiser

Before


After




All together now...



Welcome to TiNiO Toy Cars site. Die cast car collection is my childhood passion and still continues to burn up to now. I am a Ferrari Tifosi at heart. I hope you enjoy viewing as well as reading the entries here as much as I enjoyed posting them.
Dec25

What Did I Open Today? - September 2009

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, TiNiO Toy Cars, Syndicated Blogs

Look what I set free...

Before




After


Welcome to TiNiO Toy Cars site. Die cast car collection is my childhood passion and still continues to burn up to now. I am a Ferrari Tifosi at heart. I hope you enjoy viewing as well as reading the entries here as much as I enjoyed posting them.
Dec24

Photos Added

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, World of Tomica, Syndicated Blogs

24 December 2009

  • 22-Nissan Note
  • 24-MR2 (Prototype)
  • 37-Coca-Cola Event Car (2009)
  • 38-Elf Skymaster
  • 39-Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X British Police Type
  • 54-Honda Prelude
  • 65-Hitachi Double Arm Working Machine Astaco
  • 68-Postal Van
  • 94-Nissan GT-R (Ken's Garage)
  • 105-Coca-Cola Route Truck (2009)
  • 111-Billboard Car
  • 0094-Jeep J3R (TL)
  • 0109-Nissan Fairlady Z (TL)
  • 0110-Nissan GT-R Spec V (TL)
  • 0112-Nissan Diesel Quon Tank Lorry (Eneos) (TL)
  • C-14 Fillmore (Pixar)
  • DR-Mickey Car (Disney Resort Limited)
  • DR-Minnie Car (Disney Resort Limited)
  • ES-TDM Hayate (EFS)
  • SB-RM 06 Celica 1600GT (Special)
  • SB-RM 15 Mazda Savanna GT (Special)
  • SB-Honda Civic Mugen RR (TDP) (Special)
  • SB-Mitsuoka Orochi (TDP) (Special)
  • SB-Mitsuoka Viewt Patrol Car (TDP) (Special)
  • SB-Nissan GT-R (TDP) (Special)
  • SB-Toyota 2000GT (TDP) (Special)
  • SB-Checkercab Taxi (Special)
  • SB-Greencab Taxi (Special)
  • SB-Hinomaru Taxi (Special)
  • SB-Tokyo Musen Taxi (Special)
  • Tomica Shop - Nissan X-Trail (TS)
  • Tomica Shop - Toyota Dyna Refuse Truck (TS)
  • Tomica Shop - Toyota Hiace (TS)
  • TLV-28 Mazda Carol 360 (Vintage)
  • Neo-22A Honda Ballade Sports CR-X Si (Black) (Vintage)
  • Neo-22A Honda Ballade Sports CR-X Si (Red) (Vintage)

Starscream collects from Regular Boxes to Box Sets and beyond
Dec24

HOT WHEELS 1/24 FERRARI F1 2000 V10 - MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, DiecastBox, Syndicated Blogs


The model represents the car that won Michael Schumacher his third world title and Ferrari's first driver's title for 21 years. It also brought the Scuderia their second successive Constructor's title. The model is of the type F1-2000 carrying racing number No.3 and was to provide the German with nine victories, with Barrichelo also winning the German round. See more

Youkonton Ratarasarn is the Diecastman
Dec23

Corvette C6R 1/64 - Hot Wheels

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, Little Hobby Center, Syndicated Blogs

It's been a while since I posted the last Hot Wheels here. There's a promotion(RM4.50 per car) at 7/11 outlets starting from 23rd November, and this get my hunting spirit all fired up again! And this blog get a taste of Hot Wheels again!

One of the car available during this promotion, the Corvette C6R, it's simply awesome :)
Dec23

Chad Hiltz: Customizer Extraordinaire

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, Automobil Art, Syndicated Blogs

While a friend of mine Peter and I were making our way to Nova Scotia€™s famous Look Off in the Annapolis Valley, we stumbled on to a talented automotive customizer by the name of Chad Hiltz.
This is his story, as told by his partner Mandy Mosher:

Chad knows how to decorate his digs; note the cool Coop-inspired tattoo.

Chad Hiltz was born on August 31, 1971, to Patricia and Doug Hiltz in the small community of Kingsport, N.S. His father owned and operated a White Rose gas station in the early 70's when his passion began as a young boy. He loved seeing the old cars come in for fill ups'. One in particular was his uncle Freddy's 1956 Ford Crown Victoria.

His father usually had old cars and his mother drove a '46 Dodge 1/2 ton, which at the age of 14, Chad drove to school because back then you could. At the age of 16 he found a '34 Ford 3-window coupe. He somehow talked his father into selling a hockey card collection to acquire the car (I think the movie American Graffiti helped to persuade his father). He spent many nights with his Dad in the yard helping to fix up the car.

His first daughter was born at the age of 16. He then left high school to provide for his young family by working at a grain mill. Chad took an auto-body course at the local college but ended up leaving early due to fist fighting. He started a job at a chicken processing plant all the while tinkering on old cars in his spare time. Years passed and he went through a number of muscle cars. Some were sold and some ended up in ditches. He remarried at the age of 27 and spent most of his marriage in the garage customizing his mother€™s '46 Dodge; first as original than pro-street and finally settled on rat rod. He had a son Colton on April 10, 1998 then divorced a year later.

In 1999 he finally met me, Mandy Mosher. Since that point he left the chicken plant business and started his own shop at our ocean front property in Kingsport, NS. The neighbors didn't like us in Kingsport. With the 4 cyl sandblaster running until dusk, the old parts cars hanging around and the grinder running all hours of the night, the municipality visited us often. Most of the community thought we were ruining the view of the ocean; we thought they were ruining our views of classic cars and nostalgia €¦

Our daughter Harlee was born on August 15, 2004 and we left Kingsport and never looked back. We bought a house on Hwy 358 in Canning and Chad built his own shop where he happily restores/customizes old cars and hangs his signs freely. As most enthusiasts go through phases so did Chad. His first passion was muscle cars, then 50's classics, onto rat-rods and now customs. He welcomes all spectators and visitors to the shop and takes the time to talk with all. He owns a 1956 Mercury much like his uncle Freddy€™s. He also loves his latest creation the "Bat out of Hell" which used to be a '60 Chrysler Windsor.

He took a metal workshop with legendary customizer Gene Winfield last spring and now it's customs all the way. He was reunited with Gene Winfield at the Atlantic Nationals this summer where he won the special interest award as well as the Reps Choice from the Right Coast Association. Keep your eye out for Chad (The Green Goblin) and we'll hopefully see you around. Thank You.









Dec23

Sir Stirling Moss - 80 Years Young!

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, Automobil Art, Syndicated Blogs

The great Sir Stirling Moss celebrates his 80th year today.

Bonne fête from all your many many fans worldwide!
Dec23

Movie Lobby Cards €“ All the Action!

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, Automobil Art, Syndicated Blogs

As a collector of vintage racing automobilia, I€™m always looking for something that relates to racing history, but also something that is visually interesting.

Old racing movie lobby cards fit the (play)bill to a T.

Just like movie trailers, they don€™t indicate whether the movie is good or not, but they can still stir up the senses.

The movie theatres always received a movie promo-package that usually included posters and sets of 8 different 14€x 11€ lobby cards.

As a collectible, lobby cards are very practical, being always less expensive than the poster, and less expensive to frame. You also don€™t need huge walls to display them.

They are a great way to capture the €œScreaming Excitement€ on a small budget!

Dec23

The Hubley Bluenose Special - A Gift to Canada

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, Automobil Art, Syndicated Blogs

A few years ago, I was contacted via email by a gentleman from Ottawa looking for some Nova Scotia-based graphics to add to the vintage Halifax race car he had just restored. I offered to provide some period-style graphics and he accepted.

In 2007, I finally got to meet him, Dave Boon, and see this beautiful old racer with my graphics on it. Here is the story of the old racer in Dave's words.


Anyone who has visited the notorious Corner 2 during the June VARAC events (at Mosport, Ontario) will know of the historic #6€”the Hubley Bluenose Special.

This open wheel dirt track racer was the last of a succession of dirt track racers built and successfully raced by Haligonian garage mechanic Reg Hubley, over the mid to late 1930's€”and is now the only known surviving mobile Canadian pre-war race car!

The highlight of the 1930's race season for Maritime half-mile dirt pilots was the presentation each fall of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition, where on each final Saturday the 1/2 mile horse oval featured the race cars.

For the 1938 race season Reg and brother Oz built a "new" #6, with the body fabricated by uncle Milton Hubley, a sheet metal tradesman.

An accounting of that 1938 Exhibition race was given in the July 30 1957 Halifax Mail-Star as follows:

€œA homemade racing car, which in its day topped the best racers from the USA, is currently in the hands of Ted Jenkins. Auto racing reached it's peak in this area just before the second world war and top honours were taken by mechanically talented Reg Hubley (4/09/06 to 7/4/41) who drove the car to victory at the Halifax Exhibition grounds at speeds up to 100 mph against a field of foreign racing cars.

With war declared in Sept. '39 and auto racing put on hold, #6 was now taking up valuable shop floor space. It was decided to hoist the car up into the rafters for the duration€”where it rested out of sight and mind€”and fortuitously escaped the wartime scrap-drives."

Come 1995 the car is now in the possession of Reg's nephew Bob Hubley of St. John's, Newfoundland, who puts it up for sale.

I contacted him€”and fearing that it could very likely be sold outside of Canada€”I ended up buying it and had it transported to my home here in Ottawa.
The car's chassis is a Z-ironed T-frame, reinforced full length by cedar 2 x 4's. It's shod by four sturdy 1933 Chev wires (wheels), mounted at the rear on a 1926 Ford Model T rear axle, and at the front on a "suicide " re-shaped Model T front axle.

The four radius rods fitted to #6 can be found pictured in the Chevrolet Bros. 1920's catalogue at $24 per pair, as well as the two "racing spindles" at $30 a pair.

Ignition€”primitive but effective€”is by a chain driven tractor magneto. The power plant is a sturdy 4 cyl. OHV 1925 171 ci Chev engine, equipped with a 1927 "Superior" head, driving through a '20s Chev transmission.

In 2002, I completely rebuilt the engine and fitted it with a Fish carb. In February 2003 and 2006 I hauled it to Zephyr Hills, Florida where it at least held it's own on the curves in the "early big car " class.

In honour of it's origins, it's been painted Nova Scotia blue, and with the artistic help of graphic designer/illustrator Paul Chenard, it's name the "Hubley Bluenose Special ", plus the province's official seal, are emblazoned on the cowl.

Ever since obtaining #6 some 13 years ago, I've always looked upon myself as being its "caretaker"€”not the owner. To ensure that the €œHubley€ never leaves Canada, effective January 2009, this historic race car has been donated to Canada's Museum of Science and Technology transportation collection here in Ottawa.

Dave Boon
Ottawa, Ontario

Thanks to Dave's generosity, this beautiful piece of Canadian racing heritage is the sole centre-piece of the auto/transportation display at the museum in the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa.
Dec23

WWII Harvard T6

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, Automobil Art, Syndicated Blogs

It is a very clear fact that most men (and women) interested in vintage vehicles, are also very interested in vintage aircraft; I certainly fit into this category, and I'm discovering that I'm not alone.

Prismacolor pencil on white archival stock © Paul Chenard 2009

A gentleman from British Columbia commissioned me a sketch of him racing his Triumph Spitfire in 1964. He liked the result so much, that he commissioned to sketch him in a WWII Harvard T6 he had the privilege of flying this past Summer.

Prismacolor pencil on white archival stock © Paul Chenard 2009

It reminded me that there was a Harvard for sale about 25-30 years ago at the Fredericton (my hometown) airport, and I was wrangling to find the money, which was only about $25000.

The reality of preservation, maintenance and storage sunk in ... needless to say, I didn't get it. I wonder what they are trading for now?
Dec23

Car companies come and go €¦

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, Automobil Art, Syndicated Blogs

With the current instability in the automobile industry, it€™s easy to forget that it has happened before. Lots of companies disappeared during the first World War, and the stock-market crash of 1929, not to mention WWII.



I found a 2-page spread from English publication Modern Boys Book of Hobbies circa 1937 that shows the brand logos of the car companies that existed at the time.



A very few still exist, but most are long gone €¦
Dec23

French Racing Blue

Categories // Diecast Vehicles, Automobil Art, Syndicated Blogs

In these days of race cars covered with sponsors logos and colours, it€™s easily to forget that race teams used to race for their country, not their sponsors.

To differentiate the country for which to team raced, a colour-coding was developed. The first usage of this came during Gordon Bennett Cup races in 1900-1905 which was a race between Nations and their automotive products. Germany was assigned white, Belgium yellow, USA red, United Kingdom green, and France blue.

As more and more countries got into racing, the colour palette grew, and some colours changed, most notably Germany to silver, Italy to red, and the USA to white with blue, but France maintained it€™s traditional blue.

The cars that shared those various shades of French blue are Peugeot, Ballot, Amilcar, Salmson, Voisin, Delage, Delahaye, Talbot-Lago, Gordini, Alpine, Matra and of course, Bugatti.

They were much simpler times, when racers drove for their nation, and not necessarily the highest bidder.

This all changed in 1968, when Colin Chapman carried non-automotive, Players cigarette graphics on his Lotus 49€™s.

The advertising floodgates were opened for good €¦ and gone, with very few exceptions, were the international colours.

All images © Paul Chenard