Roller Restoration

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Roller Restoration

Postby Ozmac » Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:22 am

As we don't really have a spot specifically set aside for restorations of horrible, clapped out models, I figure that Handbuilts and White Metal is as good a spot as any to post this Rolls Royce restoration thread.

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This poor, sad old Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, a Dinky model from my childhood, has been my garden shed 'mascot' for many years, sitting up on the wooden roof rafters, ageing even faster than I am. So I have decided to make it a subject for my experimental new hobby of restoring unloved old diecast models. (I have a Matchbox Lotus Europa resto also happening at the same time – it's in the 1:64 and smaller part of the forum).

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Here's the underside of the old dear.

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And here it is, mostly disassembled.

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Just a touch of rust on the underside. Some emery paper got rid of most of it, but I didn't want to mess with this bit too much, as the simple "suspension" of the lightly sprung steel still works perfectly well.

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The paint stripper did its work, exposing a LOT of pitting and other blemishes.

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My old eyes aren't too great any more, so I find that a light coat of primer shows up blemishes better than anything else. It gives me a whole bunch of rough spots and other nasties to work on.

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A final coat of primer and I'm almost ready for the next stage, which is adding the paint.

As it's a Silver Wraith, I am thinking of gloss black and shiny silver, a two-tone paint job…

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby Tom » Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:35 am

I like it so far! I've never seen actual corrosion eating into the diecast...

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby David MG » Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:15 am

Goodoh Ozzer 8-)
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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:12 pm

It's nice that you've decided to restore that beauty! :)
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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby guitardave_1 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:17 pm

Could be quite the transformation. I really look forward to seeing it progress.
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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby Ozmac » Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:28 pm

Thanks gents, it's coming along nicely, too.

And Julio said
It's nice that you've decided to restore that beauty! :)


Thought you might enjoy this one, my friend :)

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Wed Nov 05, 2014 2:04 am

Ozmac wrote:...
And Julio said
It's nice that you've decided to restore that beauty! :)


Thought you might enjoy this one, my friend :)


I wonder why!!! 8-)
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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby carcollector » Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:43 am

That remembers me that I have a lot of those to restaure but have not the time for the moment to do it :(

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby Ozmac » Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:38 pm

Progress!

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Couple of coats of gloss black all over. The image in the background is the look I'm after. The Tamiya Silver paint I'm using says to apply the silver over a base coat of gloss black. The idea is a bit like how a mirror has a coating at the back to reflect light.

Once the paint has cured, it's masking tape in many places, then a few coats of shiny silver.

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby Featherless_Biped » Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:33 pm

I believe that's going to look like a million bucks. 8-)
What do you intend for the windows? They look like they are basically flat, so it might be easy to replace them with fresh plastic.

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:12 pm

It's going to look fabulous! ;)
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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby Ozmac » Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:19 pm

More progress!

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All masked up. And it took ages!

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All masked up, the other side. So many fiddly curves in a big old Roller!

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Wow, that Tamiya silver paint looks shiny. That's just the first coat. Even the masking tape looks good!

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I'll give it plenty of time to dry and cure, and I am sure it'll only need two coats.

Now, as for the windows, I really ought to apply to Colgate for sponsorship of this resto, as I took Tom's suggestion (from another thread somewhere here at Scale143, can't remember where) to use toothpaste to clean the windows. They come as a single plastic piece, and the one thing good about them is that they weren't yellowed by sunshine. So I got to work on the windows with Colgate, cotton buds and water, and they've come up quite well. I really want to retain as much original stuff as possible, so I think the "windows with a sparkling, confident smile" won't let the team down, even if they aren't perfect.

In fact, the toothpaste/water/cotton bud trick also worked well with the old wheels too, but not quite to the same extent as the windows, but they look a lot better than they used to, with a lot less plaque!

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby Tom » Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:58 am

Looks great so far!

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby JSB33 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:29 am

Seeing your progress makes me want to try this. I am going to a diecast show this weekend and if there is a suitable doner for cheap I will pick one up.

One suggestion for presenting your build...
You could always pretend you are on a car reality tv show and set nonsensical deadlines and throw tools and behave like a 4 year old that needs a clean diaper and a nap to add some excitement to the build ;)
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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby Ozmac » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:13 am

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, a childhood Dinky toy given its dignity back.

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby David MG » Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:13 am

Looks good and typical of the era.
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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby Tom » Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:08 am

Great job, worthy of a place in the display!

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby JSB33 » Fri Nov 07, 2014 5:39 am

Hard to believe its the same car you started with.
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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:49 am

Beautiful! ;)

You did a great job!
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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby Rat » Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:09 am

That turned out rather nice, great job.

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby Featherless_Biped » Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:45 am

I endorse the aforementioned expressions of approval! :)
You could start a home business called Dignity Restorations. :)

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby stewil » Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:29 pm

Nicely done Ozmac,
Was wondering how that "tough beginning" would turn out - very well indeed.
Excellent color choice too IMHO. Two toning is always difficult and that blk/sil combination is especially so.
Kudos. :D
Cheers and Happy Collecting,
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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby GBOAC002 » Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:04 am

Dinky Toys paintwork was quite good in that time but moulding marks all over the place let it down as a model. At UK Toy Fairs these can often be found unboxed and very cheap. They are always missing the fragile Flying Lady bonnet mascot. Great resto project and full marks for rescuing it from the garden shed and attempting the two tone paint job.

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Re: Roller Restoration

Postby RoLy43T » Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:40 pm

just seen this thread, I've been looking through all the threads and this is the first I've seen that is my area of interest.
I too take pity on these old battered models and think they deserve better. I'll look out for any future stuff you do.
Thanks a good job done well!


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