Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

The Celica that haunts me

Hi all! I’d like to show you my latest custom, the Matchbox Toyota Celica. It was a really long process, and a lot of wasted painting, so let’s check it out.

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It was one of the holy grails for me. I wanted to get this thing sooo much, that when I finally found one with the price I can afford, I just took it. But I knew from the first time I saw one that if I ever have one, I will repaint it, because this racing livery doesn’t really fit with it.

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So first I decided to paint it gunmetal grey, kind of like a restomod feeling. It’s modernish, like a 21st century war plane, and might fit with the Hot Wheels Japanese Classics lineup :D

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But oh, the terror: I still use superglue to fix the chassis and the base together. And, although I use UHU Superglue Gel almost all the time, at that time I only had Loctite. And Loctite was kind of like a hot cheese thing... it was stretchy and elongated, and one string just reached out the door, screwing up the paintjob. Oh no. I tried to repaint only the door, but it was already glued together. So I cut a line on a paper, and then kind of masked the whole car with it while I the door across that cut. It seemed like it’s going to work, but after it dried, and I pulled out the paper, one big piece of paint just broke off from the door panel and a bit from the sill. I was desperate, but I knew that I have to repaint it. My gunmetal paint ran out, though.
So, I bought some new paint for other projects, and I had to figure out, which colour will fit with this thing. First, I want to use the Silver Leaf painting, but then, I tried the green metalic paint on the 911 custom I shown earlier, and decided to use that.
Here is the final result (I used UHU, so no stretchy gel glue this time):

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I know it’s not the best custom, I didn’t want to redeem the world with it, but I think it’s a little bit better than the original look.
Hope you like it! Cheers!

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