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  • Lesney Regular Wheel 105E Anglia

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    Found this old, beat-up Lesney Matchbox regular wheel UK Ford 105E Anglia (best known in some circles for its appearance as Ron Weasley's magical, flying beater from the Harry Potter movie and novel franchises) for a quite low price at an antique mall.

    I will be doing a semi-restoration (I removed the heavy casting line from the hood/bonnet with a precision metal file, and the glass cracked under the power of my cordless drill when I was drilling out the glass rivet, so I painted the glass black inside/out to camouflage the hairline crack in the windshield. Otherwise, it will be close to the original shade of light blue, with lighting, chrome, grille, etc. detailing, possibly vintage US license plates. (the real cars were sold in the US up to 1966-67 or so)

    This was too accurate, weird and cool to pass up, and will make a great semi-resto to go with my true 1/64 Isetta, my Vespa Ape and Jeep Fleetvan, and other weird stuff.

    I will be keeping the original tires/wheels on this one, along with the original finish to the base plate.


  • #2
    One of those wonderful old Regular Wheels models that saw a lot of road time in my little towns on my railroad layout many years ago. Interesting background of the Anglia beater in the cemetery.

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    • #3
      That's a great find, wish I could come across something like that. Since the car has no obvious interior, you could save yourself a lot of work by doing what you said with the glass, or just paint all of the glass areas gloss black. I think you doing a nice cleanup and new paint, with some detailing, will be good for this car and it should be a nice show piece. Thumbs up on this project!

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      • #4
        Thanks everyone!

        Here it is in Tamiya fine surface primer

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        • #5
          Just got it painted in Tamiya US Navy Intermediate Blue, which was the closest my hobby shop had to the light blue of real 105E Anglias and that of the 1970 Nissan 126X concept car (another project I've had going lately)

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          Sneak peek at the Nissan 126X concept

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          • #6
            Finished this project, I'm very satisfied with it.

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            • #7
              Very professional-looking job! Tamiya is great paint to work with, I think.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FourDoorFord View Post
                Very professional-looking job! Tamiya is great paint to work with, I think.
                Thanks! It's great paint for sure

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                • #9
                  I like this Tamiya blue more than the original pale blue from MBX.

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                  • #10
                    Did you use a spray can or your airbrush for the blue? I noticed also that you have a gloss finish, so did you buff it out or gloss coat it? I think USN Intermediate blue is matt.

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                    • #11
                      Looks Great GCU

                      I know what you mean with the glass cracking , I cant notice where yours split though
                      Here is an older custom , ( needs a clean & new glass )
                      Wheel arches cut out flared rear quarters , HW pro circuit wheels



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                      • #12
                        Ivan: I used an aerosol can with light mist coats built up to a consistent finish overall, I buffed it out since it dried semigloss.

                        Carsdownunder: Nice work.

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                        • #13
                          Okay, Chris. That sounds logical. I do like the color and the semi-gloss look.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ivantt View Post
                            Okay, Chris. That sounds logical. I do like the color and the semi-gloss look.
                            Thanks!

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