Hey guys, just a short and sweet post today highlighting a fun little pair I made about a year ago now. In fact I made this pair to celebrate the release of my (then) new Lightning McQueen Decals available in all scales from 1:64 (obviously) all the way up to 1:18. You can follow the link above to check them out for yourself but I’ll put another link at the end so you can at least enjoy the amazing photos from Chad Martin that showcase Lil’ McQueen and Volks McWagen better than I ever could!
I am Speed….Oh Wait, No I’m Alex. Sorry
The original Lightning McQueen comes from the Disney Pixar Cars Mini Racers series (pictured below) and the customising side of things was nothing more than replacing the wheels with some of the new(ish) 4 spoke stretched tyre type – the small ones as found on the new 1969 Skyline wagon (among others) – in fact I didn’t even put axles on them because they were such a tight fit and I wanted to exaggerate the negative camber on all four wheels and so simply used a touch of bluetac to keep the wheels in place.
There I said it! A lot of customisers will not put wheels on but will place them for photos and to achieve the right amount of camber and ride height. I would never submit a custom for a competition unless it rolled true but I would be lying if I said I haven’t occassionally cheated the system and just ‘placed’ them under the wheel arches for the photo. Naughty me right! (Go on, admit to us in the comments section that you have done this too and make all us customisers feel better about things 😀 )
Making Volks McWagen
Customising Volks McWagen took a bit more effort but choosing to go with that dirty well loved patina (typical of a parts/racing car delivery truck let’s be honest) was a wise move because it meant I did not have to ensure all lines were clean and perfect – in fact the more imperfections I could include the more realistic it ended up looking. The best part of this build was coming up with the name – but then that is always the best part of the build 😀
Choosing to use the new(ish) Volkswagen T2 Pickup helped because that casting sits so beautifully out of the blister and requires no suspension or wheel work to make it sit perfectly. Wouldn’t you agree?
Volks McWagen and Lil’ Lightning McQueen
Huge Shout out to Chad Martin @ChadMartinePhotography for taking these amazing shots and turning a pretty nice custom pair into a stunning custom pair. KACHOW!
Lightning McQueen Stickers available in all scales from 1:64 (obviously) all the way up to 1:18.