15 April 2015

Hot Wheels Nitro Speeders Gets DeLorean Treatment

Hot Wheels Nitro Speeders
A while back, Hot Wheels released Nitro Speeders.  I did not work on these, so it went under my radar.  A few weeks ago the Designer of these Nitro Speeders was cleaning out some storage bins and found some 'extra' ones laying around.  He gave me one.

A little product description before we move on.  Nitro Speeders are little infrared light controlled cars.  No, not RC (radio control), IR (infrared).  The controller is the base where you can also charge and store the vehicle.  There are infrared lights in the controller and a receiver in the car.

Controller base for storage and charging

There were a few versions released,  all had the relative same chassis and different bodies.

Back to the customization.  Among the many vehicles available, there was not a DeLorean. Since I had a 'stock' Nitro Speeder, I wanted to make a custom DeLorean body for it.

Begin with stock toy
I had a Custom Camero to start with.  I actually worked on the Mainline Hot Wheels of this car. They took my file and adjusted it to fit the existing chassis.

Chassis and body, separated
Luckily, I had the file of the chassis.  Although, the file I had was for a different version.  So, I still had to take measurements of the chassis I had and adjust the file to match.  Obviously, I have the DeLorean files.  I modified the DeLorean to fit the chassis.

DeLorean body for Nitro Speeders chassis
The body needed to be somewhat transparent for the infrared light to reach the receiver.  I had the body printed in clear, to be painted later.

Painted DeLorean body
I used a smoke tint for the windows and louvre.  It looks black, but it is a tint.  Then, I masked off the windows and gave it a spray of silver.  Details like the black trim, fascias, and lights were painted using a brush.

Finished model
There you have it, a one-off DeLorean Nitro Speeder.  I may do a Time Machine version in the future.

1 comment:

Martini said...

High five! That rocks! Can I control it with the IR remote for my Elite Cinetension screen?