High Fidelity: Hot Wheels Lancia Stratos HF Stradale
A little bit of work yields an outstanding result.
Starting point, freed of its blisterpack prison of almost 20 years.
I started this project with a vintage, KayBee Toys dead-stock casting from the 2002 First Editions range. It was a well designed casting, but had thin paint on the tail panel, the PR5s weren't adequate at all, and it looked like a toy car rather than a replica, with its huge Hot Wheels logo and lack of any tampo detail but a single Lancia shield logo atop the front "hood"..
I painted the taillights flat dark red, painted the emblems and license plate on the back, painted the back and lip of the spoiler satin black along with the rollbar and side vents, detailed out the panel lines and rear compartment lock, detailed out the front ventilation grille and rear window louvers, painted the door handles and rear clip latches, detailed the side markers and front turn signals, swapped in Hot Wheels Car Culture wheels to suit off a peg-warming Walmart find Ford RS200, detailed the glass insert, and painted the seats to look like blue "Alcantara" material with black seatbelts while leaving the remainder of the interior black. I even added hints of the "Stratos" scripts at the tops of the doors.
I'm psyched that Hot Wheels has the Lancia license back and is continuing to make examples of these legendary cars; maybe we'll see some Fulvias in standard and Sport form, a Scorpion/Montecarlo, and/or big-money Zagato cars like the Flaminia, Flavia, Hyena & Appia in the near future as well.