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Had to buy a whole car to get the rims

I had to get a whole spare parts "car" to get my "car" to look like my car…

I just wish it was as easy in 1:1 as in 1:43

Tonight I am going to do the wheel switcheroo. I guess I am not going to get a back ache from heavy lifting.
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So - I did some heavy and hard work this evening. It became a body off restoration...

First of all to let you realize how detailed these small cars are - look at the first attached picture comparing them to my set of keys. I have no connection to the maker/seller or any real interest in "toy" cars. I just wanted a miniature of my own car and happened to see a Minichamps in white/red and done as an early R107. I later realized this (white/red) version being a limited edition production run and that they are hard to come by.

After finding this Minichamps model I started to compare it to other modelmakers versions of R107 in 1:43 scale. My conclusion after scanning the market = get a Minichamps. It has nice and mostly right proportions and a level of detailing the others do not.

I had to get inspiration and that came from a nice glass of Cognac. The Fuchs/Bundt wheels came off the black one without trouble.

Look at the picture of the wheels and rims. Notice that they are not solid - the holes are actually holes! Incredible in this scale!

The body came off the white one as I wanted to inspect it for rust... And it was easier to fit the new wheels.

I put the hubcap wheels on the black one and if I get the right inspiration I will paint the centers black.

The white one needs some modifying to look even more like mine - mine has the early straight exhaust tips, red sun visors and no head light wipers, etc.

Incredible little cars these. I believe they come in silver, red, gold, black, white, dark metallic red, metallic green, yellow, dark blue. Some with the top down, some with soft top and some with the hardtop on.

I would like a white with hardtop but they do not make that version. I might get a silver one and repaint it white. One reason I got the black car was its red interior (burgundy actually) - it might come in handy if making a white with hardtop (as the silver one has a grey interior)

It was a nice evening... A lot easier on the back.
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That's brilliant Sindbad, you made my day! Fair play to you for dedication amigo.
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Lol. I thought I was the only one crazy enough to do sthg similar. Must have sthg to do with the white&red thing...

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Brilliant! I admire your passion guys, and on personal level I only wish replacing parts in regular size R107 was as straightforward
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