When I saw the contest on MakerShare I new I needed to enter the contest and do something cool. I have played around with customizing Hot Wheels for awhile but have not completed a project yet. I figured this just may be something to get me started and I believe it has.
I got started with a sketch, it is a very rough sketch, but gave me something to work off of. I new it had to be old style Hot Wheels and I new it needed rockets and Real Riders.
Once I had my sketch I was ready to gather the vehicles, parts and supplies that it would take to complete the project. Now for the fun stuff, putting it all together.
That is a 1970 spectraflame red version of the Red Baron, which has seen some serious playtime. I buy large lots of Hot Wheels and I remember the lot this car came from. I instantly said this car needs customizing, and now several years later it is complete, The awesome Real Riders are coming from the Smokin' Grille, the head looks to be a Crocodile Dundee action figure, the rockets are Lego military surplus and the glasses will not be used as they are to large.
Below are photos of the finished customization.
1. Start by drawing up what you believe you want to do. What ever is in your head should spill out on your paper, no matter how crazy, no matter how far out there it is, remember, you can always edit ideas out later.
2. Gather what materials you have from the material list, then create a new edited list detailing what you don't have and will need to pick up, don't forget to list any tools you may need also. Now when you are out shopping you can grab what you need and get to the fun stuff and that is customizing not shopping.
3. Time to get our hands dirty while working with some tools, tools can be sharp and dangerous so always wear gloves and proper eye protection, the latter being critical as your eyes are very important and you do not want a piece of metal stuck in one.
We will start by removing the rivet heads which hold the car parts together, we will need to remove the heads, drill out and tap the holes to accommodate the new screws required to put the car back together, leaving the option to easily take it apart in the future.
Start by punching a hole in the center of the rivet heads, after punching a hole for your drill bit to lay in, you can use a smaller drill bit to pilot a hole through the head of the rivets and into the posts (Warning depending on the car, there may not be much of a post, so being delicate is very important, the post on the engine of the Red Baron is smaller and shorter than comfortable), I usually drill the smaller bit just a bit below the head of the rivet, so that the hole stays centered. Use a second bit and even a third bit if you like, removing just the head of the rivets and the body should pop away from the base with minimal work, usually just a bit of prying with a small flat screw driver works.
I like to tap out the holes and make sure that the screws thread in properly prior to future steps, as the holes being tapped properly is critical in reassembly. You can leave the screws in the holes to protect the threads. Next remove the single rivet from the Smokin' Grille base and in the next step we will remove the wheels
4. As mentioned in the last step next we will recover the wheels and axles from the donor vehicle.
5. The idea of the head being in the helmet is an important aspect of this customization and I only had one, I thought it was important to make sure this step of the process was going to work.
I began by using the rotary tool and a cutoff blade to chop off the top of the head and hat, then I did the same to the chin area. I then drilled a hole through the center back of the head.