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Custom model car builds: Friend or foe edition

Two petrolhead friends, lots of drills, saws and all kinds of weird murderous looking tools and a lot of time. Maybe even all the time in the world now that they are asked to stay at home to save the world amidst the largely terrifying coronavirus.  

With all those tools and all that time, we expect to see a lot of custom die-cast car creations from them and others just like them. It is a pretty big community and a lot of members are busy turning your everyday scale model car into a one-off art piece. We'll follow up with tips and tricks in upcoming weeks. You can mail directly to for tips, submissions and queries.  


Battle scarred Defender for fighting murderous ants

K M Shajib Prithul: A generally quiet guy and a musician, he has a habit of silently observing others work while probably thinking he can do better. He's right though.

This battle ready Land Rover Defender double cab started out simple and then went overboard. Much like liberating a country but with massive bombs.  Except in this case the results were outstanding. Everything you see here is custom made. The guns, fuel tanks and antennas are all hand built. All the rope and barbed wire is meticulously scaled to perfection. Nothing seems out of place.  

You can't have a military model without weathering. There is no such thing as a sparkling clean shiny military vehicle. Which makes it easier in a way for modelers to build realistic creations. This truck has a beautiful patina of dirt on the camo green paint. It oozes character. You can tell many enemy ants and bugs have been squashed under its relentless rubber tires. You cannot hold it in your hand without wanting to make a whole annoying series of gun noises and explosions. This is one explosive piece of art.  



Making Carroll Shelby proud

Muhammad Shahriar Shameem: A lecturer in the Department of Law at UODA. He spends his time drastically cutting up model cars when he's not preparing to cut the opposing counsel to pieces. He has a knack for opening up parts on 1:64 models. These are tiny at about roughly three inches in length and the casting is often quite thick. But he has enough patience to saw at it till doors, trunks and hoods end up cut out beautifully and cleanly.


This particular GT40 has a lot of special features if you look for them. A lot of molded on grills have bene cut open and inserted with metal mesh. The jewel of the piece is the back which now tilts open to show off the V8. Not sure if it is the 4.2 or the 7 litre version.

The back features another cut out that's now filled with wire mesh and has two exhaust tips poking out. Tips are also metal made out of ballpoint nibs. But what took my breath away is a seemingly simple thing that must have taken a lot of hours and some blood rituals. The headlights have been drilled out and now sport plastic lenses and reflectors within.

The whole thing was finished off with large metal flake silver paint and custom printed decals. Last I met him, he had an accident with a saw that nearly cut through to bone on his thumb. But he has not given up.  


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