Hotwheels Got It Wrong.
Hotwheels and Mattel do an awesome job of draining all my money and feeding my obsession but when it came to the Star Wars release there were a few cars there that were well, shite.
C3PO came out as a drag bus and although this sounds good on paper, the bus they ended up designing had a rear end so open and full of extra bits and pieces it kind of ruined the lines that make their standard drag buses so insanely good looking.
So I went about doing something to remedy this. LOL OK not really but I did come up with a wicked idea that just also happens to be a great alternative to the version Mattel gave us. But before we get to that let's take a look at how it all came together...
The Build Process.
Ironically the idea for this custom Kool Kombi came about because I am doing something with the back half of the C3PO Drag Bus*
I had already cut the front off and it was just sitting there and about 4 inches away sat a Kool Kombi that was yet another work in progress/going nowhere in a hurry project. I thought to myself 'holy shitballs this would look awesome'...
I had used my Dremel to cut the head off of C3PO - with my focus being on the back half of the dragbus (as mentioned I have another build I'll reveal soon) so the head ended up being cut at a bad angle and was also too long to fit the Kool Kombi base.
I wanted to cut the Kool Kombi from the front of the moonroof cover as this gave me a natural line to use and would guarantee accuracy but the head of C3PO needed to be cut back and straightened.
For this and for the cutting of the Kool Kombi I used my Jewellers saw and highly recommend you purchase one if you have not already! A dremel is like a bull in a china shop most times and is really not equipped to handle the more intricate cutting jobs.
- To achieve a flush (and straight!) join between the two halves I used my bench grinder (yes I have all the toys) to grind the metal away and get the precise angle/line I needed.
- I also used the Jewelers saw to cut and widen the windows on C3PO so they would line up with the larger Kool Kombi windows.
- I then used Superglue to join the two halves. I had created such a flush join that almost 80% of the metal was touching, meaning superglue was more than adequate.
Detailing the C3PO Kool Kombi
This is definitely coming together better than I had expected, but now it was time for the details and the more crucial issue of trying to match the paint. I honestly didn't think I would get it as close as I did but the choice of using a metallic gold spray paint (Dulux metallics) turned out to the be the right one 🙂
- I used this same gold metallic paint to colour the base and the interior, although the images above show the base coloured in a non metallic gold that I happened to have. I would soon go over this with the newly acquired metallic spray paint...
- Once the paint was dry I added the wiring lines and details that appear on the original Drag Bus C3PO Hotwheels release. The Kool Kombi has a rear wing that is designed in such a way to accomodate these wires perfectly and they are a detail that really set this custom off and make it look truly like a C3PO custom Hotwheels.
- I finished off the detailing by painting section of the engines and the fins of the surfboard in silver
- I was also careful to include one silver wheel on the right to reflect the fact that C3PO has a lower right leg still in silver 😉 Details people!
Put it All Together and...
Custom C3PO Kool Kombi by Where's Whalley Customs
Yep, I finally came up with a name for myself and my customs. All my customising brothers and sisters have cool sounding custom names and mine is kinda non existent, or if anything it is My Custom Hotwheels - which is great for a website name but a tad ambiguous for personal branding purposes.
So Where's Whalley Customs is now my official Customising name and as soon as I get my shit together I'll design a logo and all that snazzy stuff too. Look out! :p
Anyway, enough about me - who cares right?! let's see the Kombi already!
Enjoy the following images via the slideshow (which will autoplay for your convenience)
Custom Kool Kombi and The Original C3PO Drag Bus
Here is the C3PO Star wars drag bus in all it's glory - looking pretty lame next to it's Customised cousin I must say ... but then I would say that.
Taking My Customs To The Next Level
It's time I joined my colleagues and jumped on the 'make your own custom cards' bandwagon.
This custom C3PO turned out so nice (in my opinion) that I decided it needed it's own custom card to display it in. (on?)
To remove the original Kool Kombi I used this method here and as a result had a perfectly clean blister ready to mount to the new custom card.
I designed the front and back using Google images and Photoshop and then went to a print shop and got the front and back printed on a medium thickness paper (can't remember exact GSM sorry) that was about half as thick as a standard Hotwheels card. (hence why I printed the front and back on seperate pieces 😉 )
Here is the design and the finished product:
The Final Result:
I will soon be making more of these to order if you are interested. This one however I am keeping as it's kinda sentimental, what wiv it bein' the first carded custom and all :p
I'll leave you with this lovely assortment of edited and filtered images of this magnificent custom C3PO Kool Kombi.