eBay is a terrible thing. The random lightbulb moment was seeing a Matchbox Superkings Dodge van. "Ping!" - looks a bit like the Cannonball Run ambulance. Turns out it's as close as it can be, the toy being a B100, the real thing a B200. Same face, different elsewhere. £4 later it's mine.
Better than anticipated. The pic above shows some lunch break skills on MS Paint having a dabble at creating the side windows - seems legit. Still has the door mirrors and bonnet aerial, axles straight. So I took it apart.
1) I've never successfully modded a diecast. 2) I am ham-fisted at best. 3) No equipment to do it. 4) More lacking of skills etc will come later no doubt.
Fount a guy on eBay selling Code 3 light bars for trucks and stuff, but nothing big enough for the van. I contacted him and he's sorted me out with some pre-painted red bars and some plain ones I can have a mess with. 3D printed I presume and will do the job nicely.
So here's where I'm up to so far. Stripped shell, bogged up bonnet holes and a red light bar placed to see how one looks.
I'm finding this one a challenge. I suppose any more will be easier. I have a Superkings 911 Turbo (a 930?) stripped down that I was thinking of doing in an Urban Outlaw style and also a crappy flatbed car transporter (not the one with the gullwing doors) that might get a simple look about it.
Thought I'd tackle the red interior moulding at the weekend, the real ambulance is beige.
With minimal enamel paint to hand, I had to make an "essential" shopping trip to my local hardware store and see what they had. Some unsuitable colours from Humbrol, but they had some Plasti-Kote fast drying enamel in Nut Brown and Crème de la Crème. £8.70 later, I had a tub of each, hoping to mix up a nice '70s beige.
DON'T BOTHER WITH THIS MUCK. Skimmed milk would have better opacity and sticking power. My word, what a mess. Even four coats later, it's rank.
Oh curse word. That's a shame. Looking forward to seeing it come together. I thought for a moment that I could help you out with an interior, but what I have is the similar Corgi Mystery Machine/ Circus van.
Here's a couple of the ambulance mocked up with the replacement interior and base off the donor van.
I'm going to order some laser printer waterslide paper and have a go at making the side windows etc. I've read mixed reviews about the products, so it'll be interesting.
The donor van fell into the caustic soda over the weekend. The rear door window frames are a dogs dinner. Not quite sure what I'll do with it.
Another subject of the soda onslaught was the 1970's futuristic transporter. This went in with the wheels and ramps in place because I couldn't think of how to replace the axles if I cut them off. Worked out alright. I broke the roof mounted triple air horns trying to straighten them out. I'm not too fussed, as I have a clear roof bar that I might tint up amber. The Porsche is in primer awaiting a colour scheme idea.