Matchbox #60 Morris J2 PickUp Restoration

What started out as a smiple restore turned into a customisation project.  When taking this model apart, one of the bottom rivets is loated just behind the cab making it too easy to drill through in the pick up bed.  Once I had made this mistake, I decided to customise the pickup by adding Windows, a cab interior to allow me to screw the base on, some wooden blocks (“Builders Supplies”) to be delivered to a 60’s building site.

#60 Before Restoration
#60 Before Restoration
#60 Before Restoration
#60 Before Restoration
#60 Before Restoration
#60 Before Restoration
#60 Before Restoration
#60 Before Restoration
Base of #60 Before Restoration
Base of #60 Before Restoration

The Windows were made by cutting up the front of a HotWheels blister pack.  The interior was taken from a RealToy car scrapped some years back so that it’s wheels could be donated to an earlier restoration project.   A lot of cutting and filing was needed to shape the interior fo the J2 Cab area, plus allow sufficient clearance for the wheels.

#60 After Customisation
#60 After Customisation
#60 After Customisation
#60 After Customisation
#60 After Customisation
#60 After Customisation
#60 After Customisation
#60 After Customisation

After market decals and replace wheels and axels complete the project.  Although not perfect, the model is displayable and looks good if you look from a distance.

Matchbox Daimler Bus (74) Restoration

Another straight restoration of a worn model. This is a regular wheels to superfast conversion which will date the model to 1969 to early 1970’s.  Decals are after market.  Unable to remove discolaration from lower deck.  These models can be tricky to separate the rivet sits under the rear window, however, careful use of a small drill bit works!

Daimler Bus Before Restoration
Daimler Bus Before Restoration
Daimler Bus Before Restoration
Daimler Bus Before Restoration
Daimler Bus Before Restoration
Daimler Bus Before Restoration
Daimler Bus After Restoration
Daimler Bus After Restoration
Daimler Bus After Restoration
Daimler Bus After Restoration
Daimler Bus After Restoration
Daimler Bus After Restoration

Corgi Junior #56 – Ford Capri

Acquired in a sorry condition with multiple paint chips, cracked rear window and damaged light unit (and no fire chief stickers), the model suffered an unfortunate accident while tapping for screws as the drill bit went through the boot. After sitting around for two years, the model has been restored as 70’s adapted car. The roof luggate is a replacement for a Matchbox Fiat while the boot now has a 70’s CB Aerial. Not the best customisation but one that solved several issues. Wheels were sourced from “no brand” model.

Corgi Ford Capri Custom
Corgi Ford Capri Custom

Corgi Ford Capri Custom
Corgi Ford Capri Custom

Matchbox #6, Mercedes-Benz 350SL Restored

This 350SL was picked up for £1 at Eastleigh Chritmas Toy Fare in Dec’19. It mostly likey spent much of it’s life on a model railway as this standard yellow exmple was dirty but oddly had almost orange paint work on the boot and bonnet while the lower part of the car was standard Lesney yellow. Some polishing showed the discolartion was unfixable so off the to paint stripper. Katie decided she liked Tamiya Orange so this became the new colour for the car.

Front View
350SL

Hotwheels McDonalds Happy Meal Charity Shop Finds

Charity shops often have Hotwheels and Matchox cars for sale. Many are “beaters” and restoration projects but occasionally have unusual cars with minor damage. Going rate is around £1.00 for three, at £0.33p each, a few chips are very acceptable. Pre-Christmas rummaging produced several good finds, but these McDonalds cars were the pick of the bunch. The two light up cars need new batteries as can be seen worked perfectly these were fitted.

2005 Accelractors
2005 Accelractors

2004 Lotus Elise
2004 Lotus Elise

2006 Asphalt Assault
2006 Asphalt Assault

Star Gazer 2 – Lego Cruise Ship

TM Cruise Lines are close to completing the “Star Gazer 2” a Lego Mini Figure Cruise Ship. The ship is 1.8mtrs long, 85cm high and 48cm wide (as measured across the glass walkway) on top deck.

Star Gazer 2 has many features the discerning mini fig looking to “get away from it all”, these include:

  • Burgers at Sea Fast Food restaurant
  • Double floor speciality dining room
  • 2 swimming pools, each with large movie screen
  • Gym
  • Children’s Club
  • Double Hight Theatre and Cinema

All 38 Cabins have EnSite Bathrooms, many with balconies

Star Gazer 2 – Nearing Completion

Work to be completed includes fitting out the revised lower deck layout which will include shops, revised engine room, ships stores, post room and medical center.

favourite movies of all time

1o. batman begins is so great must watch

9. the lego batman movie is better than batman begins from my piont of view but it is so funny it makes number 9 on my list

8. indiana jones and the radiers of the lost ark is a great film and harrison ford is the perfect choice for dr.jones

7.iron man it started it all and made the mcu what it is today

6. star wars the first 3 good films not the others. i did cheat a bit here but know one really cares do they as they all are great films?

5. captain america the winter slodier is a spy thriller with all you would like in mcu film

4. star wars the force awkens i watched this two times in the cinema and i love it but r.i.p han solo.

3. beauty and the beast 2017 is a really nice watch and gives you great performeces all round.

2. both guardians of the galaxy films are the greatest mcu films and they both needed to have a spot on my list

1. harry potter and every single film could make any favourite films list as it has heart great characters and all are great movies and books