Mini Cooper S – Price/Keable (Code 3 Dinky conversion)

Mini Cooper S - Price/Keable. Code 3 using a Dinky donor.

This project for a mate was on the back burner for far too long – converting a Dinky Mini Cooper S to resemble the car that David Price raced in Australia.

dinky matchbox DY-21 1964 Mini Cooper S

The Task: convert this…

dinky matchbox DY-21 1964 Mini Cooper S

…into this. David Price’s Mini race car (but without the dent!). It was the only photo we could source.

dinky matchbox DY-21 1964 Mini Cooper S

Dinky (Matchbox) model number DY-21: 1964 Mini Cooper S

dinky matchbox DY-21 1964 Mini Cooper S

dinky matchbox DY-21 1964 Mini Cooper S

dinky matchbox DY-21 1964 Mini Cooper S

Only 1 rivet needs to be drilled out for the Mini to come apart

Strip, prime and paint the main casting. Tamiya TS47 Chrome Yellow is a decent match

Strip, prime and paint the main casting. Tamiya TS47 Chrome Yellow is a close enough match

Playing around with the sign-writing. I measured up and made suitable decoration by printing onto standard copy paper, but could never get my printer to behave with actual decal film. I subsequently outsourced the printing of the decals.

Playing around with the sign-writing. I measured up and designed suitable decoration by printing onto standard copy paper. Everything was looking great, but I couldn’t get my printer to behave with actual decal film. I subsequently outsourced the printing of the decals.

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I sourced some Mini Light wheels & tyres from eBay that were supposed to be 1:43 scale and suitable for a Mini. However, once they arrived it was apparent they were far too big in diameter, fouled against the body and made the model look like an off road buggy. Unfortunately I had to return to the stock Dinky wheels. The Mini Lights are now in the spare parts bin awaiting a new project…

 

All the parts almost ready for re-assembly. The interior was hit with grey plus some detail picked out by hand brush. I sourced some Mini Light wheels with tyres that were supposed to be 1:43 scale and suitable for a Mini, but once they arrived, I discovered they were far to big in diameter and would not even fit inside the guard cutouts properly. Unfortunatley had to return to the stock wheels and the mini Lights might get used on another project

Decals delivered and applied, all the parts almost ready for re-assembly. The interior was hit with grey plus some detail picked out by hand brush.

 

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Job done! Door handle and hinge were a nightmare for the black decal, but I’ve seen far worse for sale on eBay.

 

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