I've been accumulating a number of old toy cars over the last 6 months, mainly Matchbox (military stuff) and Hot Wheels (racing cars of a futuristic design). The Hot Wheels have all come from charity shops, usually 15-20p each, the Matchbox mainly from e-bay for 50p-£1 each (often in bulk groups).
|The 5 Personnel Carriers ready for action.|
Here's the first I'll be working on, the old Matchbox Personnel Carrier. I'd forgotten about this vehicle, I never had one as a lad but once my memory had been jogged I did remember a couple of friends having them. We used to sit in the classroom at lunchtime, playing with 1/72 scale Airfix and Matchbox soldiers, we must have been about 10 or 11 years old. Happy days...
|15mm GZG OUDF troopers for scale.|
Anyway, I digress. These vehicles are going to be modified by enclosing the rear troop compartment with plasticard. I was inspired by the article on Glue in the Carpet (which it turns out was inspired by one of my previous articles - all part of the joy of blogging!).
|Rivets drilled out and vehicle separated into component parts.|
I've drilled out the rivets and the next stage will be to give them a scrub to get rid of the mud and fluff...
|This one had obviously seen action - witness the bullet-holes!|