From Ridiculous To Accurate: Hot Wheels 2019 Ford Ranger Raptors

Building two accurate replicas from an erstwhile peg warmer.

Starting point for this build. Ugly and devoid of detail.

Starting point for this build. Ugly and devoid of detail.

Example of detailed Baja wheels, lights & grille.

Example of detailed Baja wheels, lights & grille.

I found these trucks at Walmart in July of 2019. I wanted to make accurate replicas from them, while changing none of the factory parts, and so I drilled them both and found accurate paint colors for the F150 Raptor. Some simple detail work to every part, as well as accurate paint jobs and light/trim details, rounded out the existing casting & even the original wheels, to produce a wonderful product that almost looked like factory small-scale promotional models, like Schabak, Cursor, Conrad, GAMA and other companies made for European car companies in the 70s/80s/90s.

Race Red Raptor:

Velocity Blue Raptor:

Group shots:

While the US market never got the Ranger Raptor in real life, I own two wonderful diecast customs of it.

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