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"Stand On It" Tribute - Part 1

Good morning buddies! A somewhat busy period (home, family, travel, etc.) but I'm still developing a few new models whose progress I'll show you in the coming weeks. Today I wanted to show you a model that is not really a "replica" of a movie or a TV series, but rather a "tribute". In fact, I decided to start from a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat produced by Solido and to modify it to make a "tribute" version of the film "Stand On It", adapting it to the livery chosen by John Schneider with the eagle and gold finishes but keeping somewhat the original look of this model with the classic muscle car rear stripes. So below you will find the photos of the original model, from which I have already removed the python pad printing from the roof (a really trashy thing...): in the next few days I will update you with the first stripes applied. Enjoy your vision!

Posted by: Fabiano on Mon 5/15/2023 11:52   90

Happy Birthday General Lee - Part 5

Ready to start the engine? Finally I was able to complete the rims of this model: after printing them, I painted them matte black and then I detailed the spokes with a silver marker. Once positioned on the car, I proceeded to put the front grille and the rear light unit back in their place and this model too can be considered completed and ready to be displayed in the windows together with all the others.
Now enjoy the photos and see you soon with updates on other models in the pipeline!

Posted by: Fabiano on Mon 5/1/2023 12:19   100

Green General Lee - Part 1

While work on the "Happy Birthday General Lee" model is proceeding (I'll update you in the next few days with some photos), I started working on a model that I had been working on for some time but which I was postponing to find a good model from which start. I didn't want to modify a real General Lee (there are fewer and fewer of them now and given the cost it is not advisable to modify them) so I was looking for a good base from which to start but at an affordable price. So I found this 1969 Dodge Charger with a problem with the hood (principle of metal fatigue) but otherwise in really good shape. In the following photos you can admire it before its color is changed: anyway the idea is to paint it in the internal parts of orange and on the outside with a nice dark green, just like in the TV series.
So stay tuned because in a few days I will show you the first changes on this model!

Posted by: Fabiano on Mon 4/17/2023 11:30   70

Happy Birthday General Lee - Part 4

A few days late, I managed to print the American Racing Vector rims with the attachment compatible with that of the Dodge Charger produced by Maisto. I printed 8 (and not just 4) because I will also need them for another model that I will make in the next few weeks, but it's too early to talk about it yet. In the next few days I will paint them and color the spokes and then finally I will be able to apply them on the model to complete this latest creation of mine. See you soon and enjoy the pictures!

Posted by: Fabiano on Tue 4/4/2023 12:07   40

I love Wisconsin!

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!

Posted by: Fabiano on Fri 3/31/2023 11:53   60

Happy Birthday General Lee - Part 3

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!

Posted by: Fabiano on Sun 3/26/2023 15:35   70

Universal Studios (Los Angeles) in 1989

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!

Posted by: Fabiano on Thu 3/23/2023 12:05   50

Preparation of the attic - Part 4

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.

Posted by: Fabiano on Tue 3/21/2023 19:01   60

Happy Birthday General Lee - Part 2

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!

Posted by: Fabiano on Mon 3/20/2023 10:05   60

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