Holden EH S4, David Price Conversion (Trax 1:43)
Above: This model starts out as the Scuderia-Veloce Dealer team EH Holden S4 of Spencer Martin/Brian Muir that raced in the 1963 Armstrong 500 (Bathurst) as modelled by Trax TR5E. The Task? Convert it into a representation of the car driven by Victorian David Price in the mid to late 1960s. Ironically, Price purchased the very car that Spencer/Muir raced at Bathurst, so converting this model is replicating what happened in real life!
Above: After purchasing the relevant decals for the job (these ones are self-adhesive vinyl from White Fang Enterprises), the next task was to prepare the car by removing a number of existing markings. I use an automotive scratch-removing cutting compound with cutton tips to carefully polish off the existing tampo printing. And let me tell you, this takes friggin’ ages…
Above: The decals stuck well and were opaque enough for the colour and markings underneath not to show through. For example, the #9 sticker went straight over the #17 and totally hides evidence of the 17.
“Syndal Motors” and “D. Price” are printed on clear film – in 1:43 scale we are talking mere millimetres in height here. At this small size the clarity of the print has suffered a little.
The white side panels were cut from vinyl and applied. The door handles were exposed by cutting the vinyl afterwards.
2017 VF Supercar Conversion, Holdsworth (Biante 1:43)
Here’s the full build diary for converting a Biante plain white donor VR Commodore to Lee Holdsworth’s 2017 V8 Supercar.
1965 Honda RA272, Ginther (Tamiya 1:20)
The RA272 was Honda’s first Formula One race winner, Richie Ginther taking victory at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix. This is how I built Tamiya’s 1:20 scale version.