Today’s How To Guide comes to us courtesy of a good customising mate of mine and fellow Aussie, Douglas Cheung. You probably already know him as @Carllector on Instagram (Follow him now – it’s OK, I’ll wait.) and have seen his awesome work making regular appearances on Your Custom Hotwheels.
Today however Douglas is stepping away from the bench to share with us one of the most awesome little hacks/tricks/tips that I have shared on this blog so far. – Go Mr Cheung!
How To Mold Your Own Hot Wheels Parts
The first thing you are going to need is the product in question – stuff to make a mould with and stuff to put in said mould once you have cast it.
TO MAKE THE MOULD:
Alright here’s what the pink and white liquid is. It’s the mixed together to create the mould. And when it’s dried it’ll be like rubber softness. flexible but also hard to break:
TO MAKE THE PART FROM THE MOULD:
This is the “clear” solution I poured into the mould. It’s to create the cast after mixing both bottles of solution. I couldn’t take photos of the mixing part of these solutions bcuz it takes less than a minute to dry after mixing, so everything has to be real quick.
OK But where Can I Purchase This?
Douglas purchased his from a local hobby store but advised that it is also available online.
Randy G Burch, a US based customiser says:
“I get mine at hobby lobby but this stuff is high 30.00 a pd and does not go far and that’s just to make mold! Found a place online for 100.00 a gal mines called alumilite rtv silicone rubber”
Hope this helps 🙂 … but let’s get back to making engine and body parts for our custom Hot Wheels shall we 😉
Molding Hot Wheels Parts – The Process
Douglas has kindly provided me with a great photo guide that really does speak for itself. I will add additional information after each image where applicable but for the most part the images should guide you through how to mould your own body and engine parts for your custom hotwheels and diecast cars 🙂
- First you are going to need a container in which to place your items that you wish to create a casting of. Douglas has opted for a state-of-the-art container that is actually really brilliant because it means accessing the mould when it has hardened is a lot easier. There’s method in this Aussie’s madness I tells ya!
- Next take your PinkSil solution and mix it in the ratio as stated on the box – I’ll assume 50/50 from the image above.
- Mix the solutions and stir it until it is a consistent colour and then pour it over the parts you want copies of until they are completely immersed in the pink goo.
- Wait for the casting to harden – remember it will dry to a rubbery softness that is flexible so when it feels like that you are good to go. *The box will obviously state how long this part will take – and I imagine each brand or type is slightly different.
- Now take your ‘Clear Solution’ (the second one) and pour it into the holes – that’s your mould in case you were wondering :p
This solution sets in less than a minute (hence the lack of images) and so make sure you have everything ready and you’re not frantically trying to find your mould or a flat surface while holding the rapidly setting clear solution.
- Because the pink solution which created our mould is flexible it allows us to (fairly) easily extract our cast pieces from the mould. I’m seeing lots of Mitusbishi Double Shotz engine blocks and I’m also seeing some deep dish Work Meister style wheels. Someone’s been reading my How To Guides 😉
And that’s it – easy as pie. Could probably cast one of those too, if that’s how you roll. Pies roll!… but I digress.
Thank You Douglas Cheung aka @Carllector
Once again I would like to send a huge shout out and thank you to Douglas for sharing this information on My Custom Hotwheels Facebook Group and allowing me to share it here. Be sure to follow Douglas on Instagram HERE and also go check out his Facebook Page HERE
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