Saturday, 22 February 2020

Yesteryear Y-14 Maxwell Roadster

Hi Chaps,

I was rummaging around my bits boxes-I have a lot of those as I am sure most war gamers do when I came across a rather worn looking model car. My late father had given me the car many years ago and it has survived three house moves and lived for a decade out in a shed! So I decided to do something with a shabby but (to me) valuable little keep sake.

I drilled out all the rivets holding the model together and stripped the metal parts using boiling water and caustic soda crystals. This is pretty horrible stuff so one has to be careful with it.

During this process I managed to lose the steering wheel and the spare tyre-I blame shift work and no time. I moulded a new tyre using greenstuff and Omiroyu (not sure how its spelt) and will source a new steering wheel at some point, probably by taking something off another model.

Some parts were undercoated black and the body was done in white... then onto the best bit of painting and adding little details. The canopy was always missing so greenstuff was shaped into a roll behind the driver. 


So the model is now complete and is ready for service maybe in the Back of Beyond, VBCW or something similar. I am pretty pleased with the end result and will plop it onto a warbase mdf base at some point. This won't be the last vehicle as I was given a box full of Lledo/Yesteryear vehicles... 1930's technicals may have to be built with a few of them!

Keep blogging Chaps you keep me sane!




14 comments:

  1. That's an elegant refurbishment! The headlights look so realistic.

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    1. Thanks AJ, Yesteryear models are great for the war gamers motor pool and seem to appear at every car boot that I have ever been to

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  2. Excellent work! Too bad about the lost steering wheel! That will make it hard to maneuver. ha ha

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  3. Such a splendid car, excellent job!

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    1. Thanks Phil, probably not the best car to use by the 20's or 30's but still better than walking or even horseback I suppose

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  4. What a fabulous transformation! Great to see something so precious given a new lease of life.

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    1. Thanks Michael, its strange what we become sentimental about, normally I would have no attachment to a model like this but I would never part with this one because of where it came from.

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  5. Lovely job!I can't believe how well the metal chassis came out after its soaking.

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  6. Thanks Simon, it was really clean and the paint came off in seconds. Usually I polish the metal with a bit of wet and dry but this never needed touching... amazing for a model probably 30 or 40 years old.

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