Restorations and repaints.

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I've used Le Mans Decals in the past, and they're VERY good. In fact, the first time I bought from them was to convert my 1:18 plain 166MM into the LM winner.
I sometimes buy decals in anticipation of finding a car to convert. It seems crazy to me that two identical models are vastly different prices based on the livery. Especially on older cars where the licensing doesn't come into play.

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I picked up this Corgi Marcos 1800GT for less than $10 on ebay.

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I bought it just for the wire wheels since my original has a defective wheel that I've always wanted to replace.

I decided to see if I could salvage it using spare parts.

I had to modify the base and I eliminated the opening doors and hood (the doors were sprung).

Here is where it stands to this point.


The base was modified to accept the new wheels and tire, and to lower the stance.
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The glass was polished and coated with Future. The rear glass was tinted to hide a crack.
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The base was painted black and the body green.

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So far, so good.

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It always is somewhat amazing when you strip down some of these old crocs, just how good the castings were. Definitely you are on your way to making a great looking model of a car most makers have ignored.
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That looks amazing already! Interestingly, I have this same model that I bought as a repaint and it's been painted dark green too.

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oldirish33 wrote:
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It always is somewhat amazing when you strip down some of these old crocs, just how good the castings were. Definitely you are on your way to making a great looking model of a car most makers have ignored.
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Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:59 pm
That looks amazing already! Interestingly, I have this same model that I bought as a repaint and it's been painted dark green too.
It really is surprising how good some of these toy castings are. A little bit of filing and sanding and they show pretty well. This one will be a race car (to justify the headlight covers). I have a few more of these in the works. I'll keep you all posted on the progress.

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Here is where we are so far:

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The wheels are soaking in Simple Green to remove the chrome.

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Very nice paint job!

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I like that color choice.
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Some detailing of the interior, window trim, etc., it will look exceptional! I never thought of using Simple Green.
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Some detailing of the interior, window trim, etc., it will look exceptional! I never thought of using Simple Green.
I did detail the interior a bit. I shadowed the dash and seats, painted the steering wheel red/aluminum and added a shifter. It doesn't show up well with the flash photos. Since this is a race car i'll probably leave the trim as is or maybe add a little black.

I use Simple Green to strip chrome from plastic and to strip paint from plastic and resin. It take longer than paint stripper but I've never had it damage any parts.

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Here it is.

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I'm pretty pleased with it, considering the source.

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Looks great!

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Another great save.
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What a transformation! looks really good 8-)

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Nice work Alex. The wheels really make it.

Of course, if you want to make it "pop" you could paint the wheels yellow:

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For photography the brighter green might have been a better choice. Way back in the mid 1960s I recall seeing Marcos racing at Castle Combe Circuit. Can't remember if the car was 1500 or 1800cc version (more likely). Marcos factory was based in Wiltshire and quite close to the venue. From memory the car was silver and was using a different alloy wheel which became factory standard on the bigger engine version. Not Minilite pattern.

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Jager wrote:
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Nice work Alex. The wheels really make it.

Of course, if you want to make it "pop" you could paint the wheels yellow:
I thought about yellow too. In the end I went with aluminum because I wanted to keep the red interior and I thought yellow wheels would be a bit too much.

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For photography the brighter green might have been a better choice. Way back in the mid 1960s I recall seeing Marcos racing at Castle Combe Circuit. Can't remember if the car was 1500 or 1800cc version (more likely). Marcos factory was based in Wiltshire and quite close to the venue. From memory the car was silver and was using a different alloy wheel which became factory standard on the bigger engine version. Not Minilite pattern.
I like the light green/yellow combo but I chose dark green because it was on my shelf and looked good with the red interior. The wheels and mirrors are from the parts bin and the decals are leftovers, so this isn't a replica of an actual car. I felt I had some leeway since the Marcos was typically personalized by each owner. And I've only got about $10 invested. :D

I've never seen a Marcos other than is photos. I don't think too many made it across the pond.

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There are a few of them around here, a specialist firm for race preparation near me used to maintain one.

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There are a few of them around here, a specialist firm for race preparation near me used to maintain one.
That's cool. I'd love to see one close up.

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Tom wrote:
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There are a few of them around here, a specialist firm for race preparation near me used to maintain one.
That's cool. I'd love to see one close up.
Same here.
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This is a Corgi Rover 2000TC that I got as part of a lot. The decals are from my stash and were pretty much the motivating factor in the restoration (I'd had them for at least 15 years). The goal was to make it presentable while keeping in the spirit of the original toy. The spare tire holder was removed and the deck lid filled in and shaped. The glass was polished and coated with Future (the Esso decal hides a big crack). The car is painted with Krylon ColorMaxx Plum and Fusion White. The interior is Fusion Sand. The base is Tamiya Gray Primer and Krylon Clearcoat. I modified the front bumper and added driving lights and a rear spot from the parts bin. I also did a bit of hand-painting on the badges and the lights.

It isn't a representation of a real car, just a fun diversion.

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Nice job!

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Great job on preserving a model worth saving!
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