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.
The Task: convert this…
…into this. David Price’s Mini race car (but without the dent!). It was the only photo we could source.
Dinky (Matchbox) model number 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 close enough match
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.
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…
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.
Job done! Door handle and hinge were a nightmare for the black decal, but I’ve seen far worse for sale on eBay.