To celebrate the release of our new Japan Police Decals we decided first to improve the current mainline Japan Police 300ZX… but since when is 1 enough? NEVER, that’s when.
Don’t Look Now, But We Have You Surrounded!
Maybe it’s just me but the Japanese Police livery is one of the most uniquely striking colour schemes of any police cars around the world…except maybe Dubai Police, they look pretty nice too (of course the fact they are usually exotic supercars certainly helps) – so it was no surprise that I took the new Japan Police decals and started to make my own fleet… I was quietly having a race with Kristian Geurrero (@kustomkris34) as well since he also took a liking to these decals and was making his own sweet Japan Police fleet. But I digress…
Scroll down to see some of the amazing police customs created by Kristian
As you can see on the left, the Japan Police livery is certainly more striking than the others – and as mentioned above, the Dubai Police livery is also quite unique and striking in its own right (again made more striking by the fact they are usually worn by Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bugattis, AMG Mercedes and other European Exotic Supercars. *You can purchase any of the police decals shown here by visiting the Emergency Services Category in the decal store (click link to check it out – link will open in a new window so you can continue reading)
The first thing that needed to be done however was to fix the error in Mattel’s mainline ways…. now if only I could find a lightbar that doesn’t look weird with the targa roof.
The mainline and custom 300ZX sit beautifully alongside my existing collection of Greenlight and Tomica Police cruisers. Very JPM indeed (Japanese Police Market Yo)
The next one we created was the Subaru WRX 22B STi – a car that looks good in any colour but one that definitely pops with the Japanese Police livery lathered all over it. Finding a light bar for the car was easy – I just had to sacrifice a greenlight chase vehicle – a fitting name for something that would donate parts to a police car wouldn’t you say? 😉
The next Police cruiser I created took all of about an hour – I think what I like most about this livery (as with nearly all police livery) is that you start with a white base. Then it comes down to ensuring you get some clean AF masking lines when painting the black. The cruiser, or paddy-wagon rather was created using the Skyline Wagon – a simple clean mask down the side, decal application and then a siren stolen from a Maisto Transporter (they all come with them so are great for donors) – simply paint the base silver or black, cut cleanly and stick to the roof of the car. (I use Loctite Superglue as it is a gel form AND dries with minimal (almost zero) white residue*
*If you use too much or don’t allow adequate airflow then you will ALWAYS get white residue. (this can be cleaned up with some acetone and a q-tip FYI)
How to Create Perfectly Straight Masking Lines When Painting
Thought I would throw a quick how to into the mix – especially since masking clean lines is such an integral part of any customisers toolkit. So let’s get you ready to rock & roll (and mask)
The first and most important part of this process is ensuring you have the right tools for the job – and those tools are known as Tamiya Masking Tape (for Curves) – it comes in a range of thicknesses but I use and recommend a 2mm or a 3mm tape – any thicker and it is hard to actually make the tape bend and curve to match the lines of the casting.
I take the 2mm masking tape and I press it firmly down against the line I want masked. Once it is completely stuck I then run a toothpick or something hard (but not metal as you may cut or scratch casting) and I push down onto the tape to ensure there is no air bubbles or sections not firmly stuck. Once the tape is in place I then use 3M Blue masking tape (only ever use 3M brand or other high quality tapes) and mask the rest of the car, letting the blue tape overlap the Tamiya masking tape by 1mm. You then have the clean lines held true by the Tamiya tape and the rest of the car covered in regular tape. You can now start spraying.
*It goes without saying that when masking the rest of the car, pay extra attention to the interior, ensuring you cover all windows and gaps so any overspray will not find its way onto the casting where it does not belong.
*I will also leave a small rectangle where the POLICE is written in white so when I apply the decals this lets the POLICE writing show.
And then there were 3 1:64 Police Customs…
Rotana Inspired RWB Police Porsche FTW
This is without doubt my favourite of all the Police Customs, namely because it was my first attempt at creating my own custom exhaust setup (using random jewellery parts and other bits and bobs I have collected over the years) – inspired by the always amazing work of Joel @Diecast_DXB and by the incredible craftsmanship of Irwan (@RoyaleSyndicate) I decided to try my hand at it – and the results are not too bad (even if I do say so myself 🙂 )
Japan & Dubai Police Customs by Kristian Guerrero aka @KustomKris34
Japanese Police Customs in their Natural Habitat…a 1:64 Diorama Table.
Plus a bonus imprompty RWB Porsche meet on the roof of the new parking complex (purchased from eBay for AUD$150 + postage – and a great buy IMHO)
Stay tuned for the next (too long awaited) episode of Your Custom Hotwheels – highlighting the best customs found on Instagram and Facebook – this isn’t about My Custom Hotwheels, it’s about Yours.
Oh and did I mention dioramas are finally back in stock!?!?! – watch your inbox for a notification in a few days