This is "Mini Checker", a pewter GHQ Checker Marathon kit. The kit decals were useless, so I did my best to print out some of my own on my inkjet. The door decal says "Small Fry Taxi Co." , and the black stripes are thin slivers from a black sheet. I had to paint this one twice, as the first time around I didn't use my brain, and sprayed the Tamiya yellow onto the bare metal.
1/160 Scale Cars
1/160 is a model railroading scale that comes under HO in size. I recently tried building some of these ultra-tiny cars. Of course, I kept thinking I had to put all the same details on them as I'd put on a 1/24 car. It is very hard to stop thinking in terms of a larger scale!
(Keep in mind, a 1/160 car usually averages about 1" long...)
This page was last updated on: September 24, 2015
"MiniVic" - This is a Willmodels resin Ford Crown Victoria kit, which I bought via Ebay. This was the very first 1/160 scale car I made. It looks just like my old 1:1 car with snow tires on! You can see how I built it HERE.
"MiniStank" - This is a GHQ pewter kit, the first multiple-part one I tried. I had issues with the exhaust stacks, and had to cut some from a paperclip. Note the play on words on the signage...
"MiniWoody" - This Ford station wagon is another GHQ pewter kit. My first attempt at making metal look like wood siding! Hard to do in 1/24 scale, yet alone 1/160!
"MiniChevy" - This Chevrolet is another GHQ pewter kit. I decided to make it a "sleeper", with blackwall tires. I was so happy with this little car I decided to keep it in the fleet.
"MiniChevyTruck" - Yet another GHQ kit. I decided to make it a fire department truck. I had an awful time with the white paint and panel lines. The decals were home made on an inkjet printer.
"MiniBulance" - I built this little GHQ ambulance for a felluh' in Ireland. There's a mix of MicroScale decals on there. The "8" was from an old Fred Cady 1/24 decal sheet. The casting had a LOT of mold lines. Instead of returning it, I decided to just make the best of it and sand sand sand...
Didn't cover very well. So I stripped it, which is simple on metal, and tried again, this time with a coat of Duplicolor grey primer. Still, even with the primer, the car needed many color coats. Most of the silver trim was done simply by running a blade or toothpick over the area, removing the paint and revealing the metal. The grille was painted with a silver gel pen, headlights are white gel pen, roof sign is White Out, and front & rear lights are Tamiya.
"Mini928" - This was NOT one of the better GHQ castings. Very light panel lines, somewhat flatter look than the 1:1 car. I was suprised it came out as well as it did!
"Mini911 2.0" - My second try at this GHQ model. This one is German Silver. I used a pencil to darken the windshield. I'm still not sure which technique I prefer, pencil or paint.
"Mini911" - Guards Red Porsche 911 Cabriolet, a (you guessed it) GHQ kit.