Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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Superfly competition is over! Builds done, and now the wait is on for the LaLD-only top-5 that Superfly, Hot Wheels, Magnus Walker, etc. are obviously going to pick. Between R32rennsport, DarvsCustoms, Vdubyajohn, and the Dakar 959, is there any doubt that LaLD will reign supreme?

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Well, the Superfly competition being over also means that my excuse for not working on commissioned customs is gone. So here is part one of what will hopefully be a quick 4-part series of those pieces I have had in the works for others.

This is a trio of cars Dick Saplenti, MD sent me a while ago to work on: a Tomica Porsche Boxster to wheelswap and add some detailing to, a beat up Matchbox E46 3-series that needed a restoration - badly, and another Matchbox E46 in much better condition, that needed some slight detailing and an interior swap to make it look closer to his 1:1.

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The Boxster had many shoes on before we settled on this pair of black matchbox 5-spokes. I think they work. I added definition in the intakes on the front and sides, and some fog lights in the front.

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The beat up E46 used to be blue at one point, but I went for a smart-looking metallic graphite color that I think works very nicely. Full detailing all around, of course, and resto complete! This car was also the donor for the interior swap with the silver E46. Silver had a grey interior, this one had black, and to match the silver 1:1 it needed to have a black dash with the grey interior, so as a consequence, this one now has a black interior with a grey dash.

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The silver E46 got window stickers to match the ones on Dr. Saplenti’s 1:1, and the aforementioned dash swap. I also detailed the wheels after these photos were taken. And I apparently forgot to dust off the cars before taking these photos, because of course.

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Coming in part two: What do an Alfa, Silvia, and Z have in common? Find out soon.

Until next time, LaLD!

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