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Dumb & Dumber van: Work in Progress - Step 5

We are almost at the end of the work in progress of the "Dumb & Dumber" van: today I will show you the creation of the tail (sewn by my wife, if I have to be honest), the nose and some other details related to the side legs. By the end of next week, I will post the final images of the van completed with other details (the tongue, the side signs, the licence plate, etc.) Stay tuned then and enjoy the new image gallery!

Posted by: Fabiano on Thu 5/21/2020 at 10:48   00


Dumb & Dumber van: Work in Progress - Step 6

And here we are finally with the last episode dedicated to the creation of the van used in the movie "Dumb and Dumber". In this series of new images I will show you how I completed the model by adding the legs on the rear doors, the tongue (created as the nose with the DAS and then painted with the spray can), the front lights and the wheels (from an old damaged Dodge Challenger) and decorative elements, including the license plate, the side signs and the freckles on the front of the van.
Finally, after a long time that I wanted to make it, I managed to complete this very particular model that will now embellish my diecast car collection. Now enjoy the new pictures with the latest changes and don't worry, from next week I will show you other models that I am modifing during this period of lockdown. Have fun and spend a good weekend!

Posted by: Fabiano on Fri 5/29/2020 at 12:22   00


"Christmas Cars" - Work in Progress - Step 1

Once the quarantine due to the lockdown ended, I had to recover some (of the freedom and) of the lost time, but I still dedicated myself to customizing my diecast models. I have not updated the site, so I take this opportunity now to offer you some models in the coming weeks that I have modified in recent months.
Today I would like to start again by offering you the 1969 Dodge Charger, in the "General Lee" version used in the last movie directed, produced and starring John Schneider, "Christmas Cars". I don't know how many of you have seen it, but in my case I managed to buy an autographed copy of the DVD directly from John Schneider and I enjoyed it during the last Christmas holidays. Watching the movie I had the idea of ​​making a model of this car: many will not love the choice to cut the roof of a General Lee (but by watching the film and following all the recent facts related to the problems of the Confederate flag you will understand more of its meaning, still appreciating more about the movie and the message that John Schneider wanted to convey).
Going back to the model, the car used in the film is actually a Ford Crown Victoria covered with the bodywork of a 1969 Dodge Charger: I wanted to recreate something that therefore came closest to this fusion of two cars, so I didn't use a real General Lee model (ERTL, AutoWorld, etc.), but a simple 1969 Dodge Charger produced by Maisto and a Ford Crown Victoria from Motormax. In the next episodes of this work in progress I will show you how I managed to combine these two cars, creating a "hybrid" General Lee without its roof. But now I start showing you the model and the first changes that I made on it, removing the rear black stripe). Enjoy and have a nice weekend!

Posted by: Fabiano on Sun 8/2/2020 at 15:54   00


"Christmas Cars" - Episode 2

With Ferragosto almost upon us, here I am to show you the progress made on the General Lee used in the movie "Christmas Cars". In this series of images that I will publish today, I will show you how I disassembled the Charger produced by Maisto, the Ford Crown Victoria model that I will dismember to use some parts, the much-suffered roof cut and the installation of parts taken from the police car to put them in the Dodge Charger. The next step will be to replace the alloy wheels mounted on this model: initially I will mount temporary rims taken from an old General Lee produced by ERTL, but later I will replace them with custom rims projected to the CAD and 3D printed with resin. Please, keep following this project and have a good holiday!

Posted by: Fabiano on Fri 8/14/2020 at 16:07   00


Hollywood Wheels - Showcases 2020

The last time I updated the video of my showcases on Youtube was 5 years ago, in June 2015. These days, being a bit more free, I thought about editing a new video to show you the new configuration of my showcases but also all the diecast models I've added over the years. But let's not get lost in useless words, enjoy the video!

Posted by: Fabiano on Sat 8/15/2020 at 15:07   10


"Christmas Cars" - Episode 3

After taking a break for a short 4 days vacation, here I am showing you some progress on General Lee from the movie "Christmas Cars". In the images that I will show you you will be able to see, with a better light, the parts of the Ford Crown Victoria mounted on the Dodge Charger, but also a set of temporary rims (taken from an ERTL General Lee), waiting for my colleague Andrea to print the new rims with resin, but also the front bullbar. In the next episode I will also show you the CAD drawing of the wheels and the related modifications made to mount them on the Maisto Dodge Charger. That's all for today, enjoy!

Posted by: Fabiano on Thu 8/20/2020 at 09:07   00


Warner Bros Studios "Midwest Street" VIP Tour

As some of you will surely remember, some time ago I started a series of posts where I described the Warner Bros set used for the TV series "Hazzard" (and more). During the previous 3 episodes I had already shown you the main buildings, showing you how they looked during the filming of "Hazzard" and comparing them with other films or during the visits I made at the Studios in 2009 and 2018. The desire to continue that series, still talking about that set, integrating everything with many other curiosities. In the meantime, as I prepare some material for the next post, enjoy this video created by Warner Bros to compensate for the cancellation of the VIP Tour during the period of Covid. Enjoy it and see you soon!

Posted by: Fabiano on Fri 8/21/2020 at 15:36   00


"Stand On It" - New movie from John Schneider

It's a pretty prolific period from a modeling point of view: the lockdown period has given me new creative ideas, so I'm working a lot on many new models. One of these is the awesome Dodge Challenger used by John Schneider in his new movie "Stand On It", a tribute film to the legendary "Smokey and The Bandit" starring Burt Reynolds in 1977. The news of this new movie had already been circulating on the web for several months: some short videos and some images stolen from the set had appeared, so I wasted no time and immediately set to work to create a 1:18 scale copy of the car star of the film. Of course I am still working on this car (strangely, in fact, I am working at the same time on this Challenger and on the Charger of "Christmas Cars"): in a few days I will show you the first images from the beginning of the works, but since that two days ago is when the trailer of the film was released, I didn't want to wait any longer, so I'll give you just a little preview of my model (together with the models of the cars used in the films of John Schneider, "Collier & Co." and "Christmas Cars"), but of course together with the movie trailer so you can enjoy this little masterpiece that will arrive in a few months on DVD. But now enough with the words, enjoy the trailer !!!!

Posted by: Fabiano on Mon 8/24/2020 at 10:58   10


"Christmas Cars" - Episode 4

After a few days here I am with some new updates on the Dodge Charger/Ford Crown Victoria used in the movie "Christmas Cars". As I had anticipated in the last post dedicated to this model, I had mounted temporary rims borrowed from a General Lee produced by ERTL. In the meantime, however, thanks to the help of dear friend Andrea Ciardulli who assisted me in the 3D modeling, I proceeded to create new replacement rims that came as close as possible to the American Racing Vector rims mounted on the real General Lee.
Below you can see the various resin printing tests that I did up to the version that I believe to be the definitive one: the final model has not yet been painted, but this operation will be carried out when I return from the many desired holidays! In addition, in the gallery of new images you can also see the new decals that I have prepared and applied to the cut roof. Be patient then for another 2 weeks, after which I will update you with the final photos of the painted and mounted rims on the car.
But tomorrow, before leaving for the holidays, I will publish one more post dedicated to the first modifications made on the Dodge Challenger of the movie "Stand On It". I'm in a creative mood and I have to take advantage of it!

Posted by: Fabiano on Thu 8/27/2020 at 23:28   00


"Stand On It" - Episode 1

As I promised, here I am with the last post before the holidays: before showing you the Challenger used in "Stand On It" I show you the update on the Charger used in "Christmas Cars": today my buddy Andrea gave me the 4 wheels printed in resin, still need to paint them, but I have already tried to fit them on the car and I would say they look really good! Judge for yourself! In just over 2 weeks, on my return, I will finish the work on this car, be patient!
The work on the Challenger is progressing very fast, so I didn't want to wait too long to show you the pictures of this car, so I take this opportunity to show you the changes made to the bodywork to create the T-Top, the air intakes on the hood and the painting of the gold-colored rims. At the end of the holidays I will show you all the further updates and I am sure you will fall in love with this car too and you will be looking forward to watc John Schneider's new movie "Stand On It". Now enjoy the pictures and see you soon!

Posted by: Fabiano on Fri 8/28/2020 at 15:43   10


"Stand On It" - Episode 2

Here I am back from vacation! During the holidays I planned (and ordered) several new models to modify during the fall and winter, but there will be time for that...
Today I want to show you the progress made on the Dodge Challenger used in the movie "Stand On It" by John Schneider. As you can see from the pictures, I have finally removed the paint from the body, and I have also started to do some tests for printing the eagle that will then go on the hood. To conclude, I then proceeded to fill the hood air intakes, perfectly detailing the new hood lines.
In the next episode I will finally show you the painted bodywork. Now enjoy the pictures!

Posted by: Fabiano on Tue 9/15/2020 at 21:59   60


"Stand On It" - Episode 3

Happy weekend buddies, today I want to show you the progress made on the Dodge Challenger used in the movie "Stand On It" by John Schneider. As you can see from the images, I finally painted the bodywork with an awesome glossy black: I am very satisfied with the result obtained above all on the bonnet, but also for the black / gold combination that the car must have at the end of the work.
We are definitely on the right track, there is still a lot of work to do but I am more and more satisfied! See you on the next episode!

Posted by: Fabiano on Sat 9/19/2020 at 15:40   30


"Christmas Cars" - Episode 5

Summer is now over and autumn, with its low temperatures, has already shown up here in Varese. So what's better than getting to work to complete some diecast models? Over the past weekend I took the opportunity to work a bit on the General Lee used in John Schneider's "Christmas Cars" movie. Finally I managed to paint the rims, then finishing them with chrome details using the "Liquid Chrome" pens produced by Pump Marker (purchased on Amazon). The final effect is amazing, just look at the comparison I made with the rims of an old General Lee produced by ERTL. In the next few days I will also make a comparison with those mounted on the General Lee of AutoWorld. But now enjoy all the photos and let me know if you like them! See you soon!

Posted by: Fabiano on Mon 9/28/2020 at 15:18   50


"Stand On It" - Episode 4

Today we continue with the other project that I am carrying out in this period, the Dodge Challenger used by John Schneider in the movie "Stand On It". Finally, after having completely painted the body in glossy black, I proceeded to apply the grids on the air intakes of the hood (I used a kitchen sieve), after which I applied the gold stripes along the entire body.
The result is amazing: even if the model has yet to be completed (mirrors, side windows and some other details) I could not resist putting it side-by-side to the two Pontiac Trans Ams from "Smokey and The Bandit", the film that inspired the new "Stand On It".
See you soon with the latest updates on this model, after which I will start modifying a new model!

Posted by: Fabiano on Tue 9/29/2020 at 14:04   70


"Stand On It" - Episode 5

Finally we have arrived at the last episode of the series dedicated to the Dodge Challenger used by John Schneider in the movie "Stand On It". Not much was missing to complete it, but I still had to install the exterior mirrors and build the rear side windows. So now I can consider this custom model really completed, but as you can see from the image above, something is brewing: you will remember that at the beginning of the creation of this model I used 2 Challengers to use the front wheels of one to put them in place of the rears of the other. So I had this second Challenger and this time I have decided that I will do something that I have never done before, but you will have to wait ... it will be a surprise ... in motion!

Posted by: Fabiano on Sat 10/3/2020 at 18:21   70


Xtreme Lee - Work in progress - Episode 1

We are now in the middle of autumn, it's cold and the Covid-19 nightmare still hovers over our heads: there is nothing better, then, than staying at home in the warmth, perhaps working on some new model. It has been a long time since I wanted to replicate it in 1:18 scale and I finally found the incentive to start the legendary "Xtreme Lee", a modernized clone of General Lee made by musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd. To create this new model, I started from a base that is now fairly cheap and easy to find, the 1969 Dodge Charger made by Maisto. So I started by removing the R/T pad printed on the rear of the model and then I moved on to make the roof and door stickers using some photos of the real car found on the Internet.
Now enjoy the photos, in the next few days I will show you the work done on the suspensions and rims. Have a nice Sunday!

Posted by: Fabiano on Sun 10/18/2020 at 13:54   60


Xtreme Lee - Work in progress - Episode 2

Slowly I am carrying out the work on the Xtreme Lee: today I have been busy recreating the rear axle where to connect the new rear wheels produced by ACME (model A1801837W). Since the attachment of the wheels was different from the standard ones produced by Maisto, I had to recreate a new axle with wire that would adapt to the suspension system provided on the model. I also adjusted the set-up and the new wheels are now at the right height.
In the next few days I will go on mounting the new ACME wheels at the front. Enjoy it and see you next update!

Posted by: Fabiano on Tue 10/20/2020 at 21:22   40


Xtreme Lee - Work in progress - Episode 3

The Xtreme Lee couldn't stay without the front wheels for too long, so I went to work and modified the front axle to accommodate the new ACME wheels. To do this, I had to put some spacers, that is washers that allowed the wheels to be positioned flush with the body, just as I had already done for the rear wheels. Could I limit myself to this? Absolutely not, so I created (like the good old days!) the front push-bar with plasticard. Of course I also took the opportunity to report all the measurements on Fusion 3D so I can re-print others in the future (you never know!).
That's all for today, but stay tuned: as soon as the brown paint I ordered arrives, I will proceed with the interior modification, you will see some nice ones!

Posted by: Fabiano on Thu 10/22/2020 at 21:36   70


Xtreme Lee - Work in progress - Episode 4

Last weekend I was able to work on the interior of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Xtreme Lee". First of all, I removed the old seats and built a support with plasticard to support the new, more sporty and enveloping seats (coming from an old Ferrari produced by Burago). Furthermore, since the new seats had a hollow back, I always proceeded with the plasticard to create the closure of the back. Of course, I then proceeded to paint all the pieces with a light brown paint (code RAL 1001, produced by Macota) and the result is truly fabulous! However, to complete the dashboard I proceeded to create a template of the instrument area and through my computer I created a decal to be applied on the plastic part. Finally, since I do this on all my models, I have lined the car floor with a darker brown carpet.
We are therefore now towards the conclusion of this model: next time I will show you all the finished interior and the final assembly of the car. Bring a little more patience, it will be worth it, I promise!

Posted by: Fabiano on Tue 10/27/2020 at 19:10   60


Xtreme Lee - Work in progress - Episode 5

And here we are, as promised, to introduce you to the latest changes to Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Xtreme Lee". In this case, the changes focused mainly on the interior, with the preparation of the decal for the center console. Not happy, however, I also decided to replace the engine with a more beautiful and detailed one produced by ACME. Needless to say, the result is fantastic: I am really satisfied with how it turned out and on the Instagram profile it is enjoying a lot of success among fans (including the same Kenny Wayne Shepherd who put "like" to the photo!).
Now, I just take a weekend break, and then we start again with some new models, so come back and see me soon, since there will be news for Halloween anyway!

Posted by: Fabiano on Fri 10/30/2020 at 19:08   10


Halloween 2020

The period, due to Covid, is certainly not the easiest, but sometimes it is necessary to have fun for a moment, even thinking about more fun things: this is why I have prepared 5 Jack-o'-lantern pumpkins this year! To make them darker, I decided to park the 3 baddest cars in movie history next to him: "Christine's" Plymouth Fury, "The Black Car" modified Lincoln Continental Mark III and "Death Proof "'s Chevy Nova SS. . Let the darkest night of the year begin !!!! PS: among the pumpkins, there is the "replica" of a very famous pumpkin seen in a movie from the 80s ... let's see who can figure out which one!

Posted by: Fabiano on Sat 10/31/2020 at 10:10   20


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