Sunday, 31 March 2013

Armoured transport

 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!


  1. They will look great I had a couple of these as a kid. Look forward to seeing the finished product!

  2. I had a couple of these too. I'd completely forgotten about them until now. I remember they were amongst my most used vehicles. They look great for this scale and I can't wait to see your repainted versions.

  3. I really enjoy reading these old toy revamp posts they are very inspiring, i blame you for all the toy cars and vans i have all over the place Paul.