In a completely unexpected way, after years of looking for it, this morning the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser produced years ago in a limited series by BoS appeared on eBay and of course I didn't let it get away! It's a model that I've been chasing for some time and which unfortunately I didn't buy when it was put on the market: loving the "That 70s Show" series, the Vista Cruiser was a fundamental element in that series (especially in the first seasons) and I absolutely wanted to have it in my collection . Now I can't wait for it to arrive, as soon as it is in my hands a nice photo shoot will surely follow!
Although in the new house there is always some little work to do to finish some rooms, I managed to find some time to go on with the "Happy Birthday" version of the General Lee. First of all I painted all the elements relating to the interior (seats, floor, side panels, dashboard, etc.) and after having assembled them, I proceeded to assemble the bodywork on the chassis: from the photos it is possible to see first of all the new engine it lends itself well on an aesthetic level in this diecast model, but also the final rendering of the model with and without the hood. In the next few days I will print the American Racing Vector rims (as I already did for the Dodge Charger from "Christmas Cars") so stay tuned because once this model is finished I will immediately start working on another version of the General Lee. Happy Sunday!
Over the past few months, sorting through some old VHS tapes, I've found an old footage my family made in 1989 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. I therefore proceeded to digitize the video to publish it here on the site, above all for the possibility of being able to see how this theme park looked towards the end of the 80s. In fact, it is possible to see attractions that unfortunately no longer exist today or have been modified for represent other movies or TV shows: E.T, King Kong, The A-Team, Miami Vice, The Man with 6 Million Dollars and Knight Rider. I hope this video allows you to take a dip into the past and maybe you can enjoy it not on a simple cell phone screen but perhaps on your home TV: in fact, I will also publish it on the Hollywood Wheels Youtube channel (here on the side you will find the icon with the direct link), so you can definitely watch it from a smart TV. See you soon with other interesting news and enjoy the video!
I finally managed to complete the layout of my diecast models in the new showcases. For the occasion, I created a gallery within the "Virtual Tour" section where I photographed both the general view of all the showcases and the diecast models contained therein. The last showcase hasn't been completely filled yet, I'll have to add a few more models in the coming weeks, but I have to admit that all together they are a pleasure for the eyes! In the coming days I will also publish the photos of the models contained in the plastic boxes or leaning on the showcases. Enjoy the new pictures (by clicking on the image below) and see you soon with other updates on the diecast models I'm customizing in this period.
Here we are at the second episode of General Lee in the "Happy Birthday" version. In this phase I proceeded to modify the platform to accommodate the new engine, I painted the interior with the classic light brown and completely masked the bodywork of the car, leaving only the front mudguard on the driver's side exposed, then painting it with a gray primer to give the same effect as seen in the TV series. I also proceeded to paint the bonnet in the same way: to do so, I followed the same logic as Jeremey Tigner. In fact, in the series, the front fender and hood are completely distorted in the impact, so when the Dodge Charger is repaired, these parts are replaced and painted with a primer, before being painted orange. In the gallery, therefore, you will also find the repainted bonnet that I modified to be easily assembled and disassembled once the model is closed. But you will see all this in the next episode!
We are almost at the finish line! All the new showcases have been modified by adding new shelves and four of them have already been completely filled with the missing models. Still missing to fill the last one with some models that are currently still parked in the boxes, but still there will be some empty spots to be able to add more models in the future. Have 1/2 days of patience and then I will show the definitive photos with a nice gallery of detailed images. See you soon!
Waiting to complete the arrangement of the last showcases in my new attic (I will publish some new pics during the next weekend) I am carrying out the modification of 4 diecast models in parallel and today I would like to start showing you the first one. It was a project that I had in mind for a long time but that I never decided to make it: after seeing a similar version from my friend Roberto, I therefore decided to do it, but making a version more similar to the one made several years ago by Jeremey Tigner. Naturally I'm talking about the Dodge Charger that can be glimpsed in the episode "Happy Birthday General Lee": as a base I'm using a black Dodge Charger produced by Maisto and in addition to making some changes in terms of paintwork, I'll apply new resin-molded rims, a new engine much more precise than the standard one and of course I will also modify the interior, changing color and adding many more details. In this first episode, I'll show you the starting model and the new engine, then I'll show you the first changes in the next ones. See you soon and have fun!
In these days I got back in touch with Salvatore (the user "hazzard74" on this site), an old Hollywood Wheels acquaintance who often shared his splendid collection on these pages in the past. Just recently he has updated his gallery by adding photos of some new pieces, which he has included in his collection, relating to the legendary film "Otherwise we get angry" by Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. So enjoy his gallery, you will see other prestigious diecast models such as the General Lee completely signed by the actors of the TV series. See you soon!
The works to complete the attic are proceeding at full speed and even the showcases are almost ready: I have already filled 4 entire showcases and 5 are waiting to be modified to accommodate other additional shelves. I should collect the new shelves on Friday and therefore next weekend I will work on applying them to the showcases, then filling them with all the models that are currently still in the boxes (in the second picture only a part of those that need to be positioned). Be patient and next week you can finally admire my complete new exhibition!
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