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I’ve taken apart a few diecast before simply because they have screw-on bases but that’s it. So now that my power drill runs again with the arrival of a new battery, I finally got the chance to drill out some rivets!

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My first one was a Ford Focus RS (my uncle had the 1:1) that I previously detampo’d but the still came out sloppy so I’m taking it apart to redo. The drilling came out a bit sloppy to since it was my first time (noticeable on the rear of the plastic base and slightly through the bottom of the interior).

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Illustration for article titled My first unriveted Hot Wheels

I was consulting with Doctor Suarez throughout the surgery and since I noted I wasn’t going to screw them back together, he just suggested to shave off the mushroom cap part of the rivet. So I gave it a try on this playworn Saleen S7 I bought for $0.50. All I did was use a larger drill bit and gently shaved the top off.

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Illustration for article titled My first unriveted Hot Wheels

It came out a lot cleaner. I’m sticking them back together with putty anyways. But whoever played with this got a lot of nasty gunk in there. After some cleaning with some soap and electric toothbrush (not used for brushing teeth), the interior and windows came out clean too.

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Illustration for article titled My first unriveted Hot Wheels

And there’s my first two unriveted diecasts! So far the metal bodies have sat overnight in some 100% acetone nail polish remove but it’s barely even making a dent on the tampos. Time to get something stronger at the store.

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Also tried taping down a sequin to drill a hole. It does not work. The sequin comes loose and spins with the drill bit. So I’ll scrap this for now and will have to try a hole punch.

Illustration for article titled My first unriveted Hot Wheels
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I want to add some brakes on my Kyoshos and can now just drill out the rivets but I’m lacking something compared to this gentleman right here:

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Also went to an auto show and saw some neat things, plus picked up some diecasts while buying nail polish remover yesterday. Will share those when I get the chance.

20 minute later update: never mind, the acetone works. It’s just slow.

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