Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Bumping this for station wagon Wednesday.

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a few diecasts on Ebay. One of which was this Volga station wagon. It was originally yellow as can be seen by looking at the interior and engine bay. Someone painted it green in the past, quite poorly I might add so it was begging to be restored.

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Originally, I figured it was gonna be a complete strip and repaint deal. I took the model apart and dumped all the parts into a jar of brake fluid for a couple of days. Two days later to my delight, I discovered that the green softened up enough that I was able to scrape it off, revealing original yellow paint underneath. So far no such luck with the remainder of the parts though. The paint appears be stuck on there quite well. I am not sure what Russkies use to paint their diecasts but whatever it is, it’s meant to survive a nuclear blast. I am afraid to dip them in a stronger solvent for fear of damaging the original paint.

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While the rest of the parts are soaking, the Volga is awaiting reassembly...in the back of a Kamaz.

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Oh and I was gonna paint it like this but then I thought yellow would be less distracting.

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