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Car restoration, small scale, small budget
I used to collect old Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars before I was married. I had to get rid of my 9000 car collection to pay for what the girlfriend then wife wanted. I used to buy and sell them, in college my friends and I "raced for pinks." Then I had to dump them all. I also used to fix them up and repaint them, but nothing like some of these guys now have amazing skills. A year ago there was one or two you tube channels now there are a dozen. I celebrate their artistry and skill.
I am absolutely amazed at the mad restoration skills some of these guys have. Zamac is not easy to work with. It does not solder, it does not weld. bend it too much it crumbles. The hot wheels cars were made of crap metal that corrodes under the paint. Early hot wheel cars were nickel plated and painted with thin paint that would allow reflection. I have seen how some soldering is possible only if you electroplate copper first, then solder, then strip off the copper. There is a store that sells wheels and paint as well as other stickers and plastic parts... https://www.redlineshop.com/
I love the ingenuity...using forceps to hold the car while painting, magnetic clips, re-purposed Styrofoam boxes, floor polish to rejuvenate windshields, the 3d printer is truly innovative here. printing water soak decals, brake fluid as paint stripper. In all these videos we hear thanks to other restorers or viewers for suggestions, and in some videos, these are restorations commissioned by other people.
Perhaps I wasn't thinking small enough when I purchased my 1950 MG TD (midget).
After restoring a couple Cadillacs back in the 80s', I SWORE NEVER AGAIN!
There's enough sheet metal on a Cadillac to clad a supper dome, and enough nuts and bolts to replace all the rivets in the Golden Gate bridge!
Way BIGGER difference! I just can't seem to downsize enough! Whatever the shrinkage!