It is often said that we live in a golden age of diecast customizing and model making. The advent of 3d printing has opened up so many doors, it’s amazing. You can scratch build a lot, but it is hard to get the level of detail that you can with a 3d printer.
For me it started with wheels, following, and buying from, people like @bjorn_ready. Hot Wheels has put out a plethora of cool new wheels styles lately with the “52 outlaws,” “TE37s,” and Turbomacs, in addition to the new size of offroad tire. But when I really wanted to have some wide five Porsche steelies, or a set of Porsche cookie cutters, Bjorn was, well, ready. He designed them, uploaded to his Shapeways store, and voila! A week later they’re at my doorstep.
Another guy you all should definitely follow is @hotwheelsworks. The car featured here today contains some of his work, since he designed that glorious flat-6 in the back of it. All I had to do was add a distributor and some wires.
My favorite thing about @hotwheelsworks is the variety of stuff he offers. If you go to his Shapeways store you’ll see wheels, seats, engines, wings, and spoilers, but also more unusual stuff like coolers, roof racks, high lift jacks, surf boards, and even, if that is your thing, truck nuts.
Back to this custom, though. Since I had the engine sorted, I needed a car to fit it into, and got to work. This was actually a very lengthy process, as I wasn’t able to get the deck lid to open right, for some reason. I started the process in September 2018... But she’s now finally done, opening and closing correctly.
Deco-wise I decided to keep it fairly simple, with a nice signal orange body, some decals by @911customwerks, and a scratch built exhaust. I did decide to deck out the interior a bit, adding some interesting upholstery fabric along with a purple dash.
It was definitely worth all the trouble of the hinge, deleting the post, modifying the interior glass and tail lights, and interior to make room for the engine, and despite the downside of the rear leaving a little bit of a gap due to there being only one post holding the car together, I think it came out great.