Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

I finally processed a bunch of photos, so I’m combining several posts into one here:
Every time I go to the doctors or the hospital I pass by the post office, it’s like an excuse to get some HWEPs done. I had a few last week, appointments AND HWEPS both:

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Shop Teacher recently shared what he received from me, this is what I received from him. From the HW Art Cars, the ‘69 VW Squareback which, for some reason, has a big W on the roof. (Or is it an M?)
The Datsun Pickup from the Walmart Trucks series, a BTTF Delorean in either Hover Mode or a very bad case of Stancing, and the last car on card, the Lincoln from Goldfinger, which will be traveling across country very soon to join the other cars in that series in my friend’s collection.
Rounding out this HWEP is a Topper Era Commemorative Bug Bomb, one more Outlaw which will be sacrificed to my ongoing lessons in customizing, and the Type 34 Karmann Ghia from the MBX 5 pack that I didn’t want to buy for just one car!
Thank you Shop Teacher!

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Next, from Frosted the Boxy Car Guy comes a few surprises.
I had wanted to trade for the Totino’s Packin Pacer so I could use the wheels, and Frosted threw in his very own customized Pacer too!
I’m beside myself with blown-away-ness! I am starting to accrue a nice collection of cars customized by LaLD members, and I think I’ll get a special little display case to house them all.
Also along for the ride are a HWs VW Scirocco, a MBX VW Saveiro Pickup, and a vintage MBX Corvette Stingray, in Red White & Blue, which will be keeping the Goldfinger Lincoln company on the way across country.
Thank you Frosted!

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The last HWEP is from R32rennsport, and I saved it for last for a reason. First, I received a DLM’d blue Porsche 930 Slantnose, the first of this model in my collection. Pretty sure bet that I’ll be hunting down a new set of shoes for this one.
Next, also loose, the Greenlight 1937 Type 30 Beetle Prototype. I had seen these on the pegs, but never one that was intact. They all seemed to have loose parts bouncing around the blister, so none ever came home with me.
Finally, the piece de resistance, may look like just another HWs Porsche 356 Outlaw, which is almost true.
Anyone/everyone who has recently either finished, or is in the middle of, a HWEP with me knows I’m not only looking for more Outlaws, but that I’m getting a little picky about them. About the mold/casting/part lines in particular.
I’ve prepared almost a dozen of these for customizing, with nothing to show for it, so far. One of the things I dread every time I open one is the mold lines across the hood and rear end, but especially the hood. That line is close to the hood straps, the hood opening line, and the headlights, and also cuts across a compound curve which makes it more difficult to file or sand down without leaving little flat spots or damaging some details...at least for me.
But, THIS Outlaw has the most almost-nothing-there part lines I’ve ever seen on this casting! If someone told me this was one of the first to come out of a set of molds, and therefore has the very-hard-to-notice-in-comparison lines, I would believe them without hesitation. It is about as perfect a HWs casting as I’ve ever seen, including on most Premium releases. I am a very happy camper!
Thank you R32rennsport!!

Speaking of Campers, I finally found one of my grails...the Greenlight ‘73 VW Type 2 Westfalia Campmobile!

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I found it at a Hobby Lobby that’s a bit of a drive for me, and it was marked $6.99, a tad steep for a Greenlight, but I’d had the foresight to print out a 40% off coupon before taking the trip, just in case, and wound up paying a little over $4.00!

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Getting back to the Outlaws:

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My *best* one is back in the body shop, but this time it’s not due to misadventures with a spray can. After the last coat had dried, perfectly, I noticed some flaws in the body, some pits here and there, and a not quite level gas filler hole patch, so, here we go again! Nothing a little glazing putty won’t take care of...I hope.

At one of my walmarts, I found a *new* VW model, a 23 window w/sunroof Bus by Adventure Wheels (!) in approximately 1:32 scale. Pull back motor and all, great for kids, but doesn’t quite meet the requirements to be added to my collection. There was a time when I’d have bought 2 or 3, but not any more.

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At the same walmart, I found the HWs VW 5 packs, and only had my potato with me. I’ll just leave this here...

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I don’t want to go out on a depressing note, so I’ll share this off topic story.
I was in TRU and a little boy had discovered the Fart Blaster Toy from the Minions Movie franchise, and was running around the store shooting it and having just a great time with it..

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His mother told him to stop and he said “I want a fart gun!”
She said, “You’ve already have one...in your pants!” I laughed out loud...

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That’s all for now, I’m probably forgetting something, but I’ll get back to it if I remember what it is.

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