DETAILING YOUR HOBBY MOTOPLAY GAS PUMPS


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I used to find these nice gas pumps in the UK, during the seventies. Made in england, they have been sold under different brand names. Their scale seems to be closer to 1/24 than to the 1/32 of our dear Scaleys (height is 4,7 cm). They are made of metal and plastic parts, without any paint job : the markings (oil companies logos and counters, on both sides) are printed on adhesive paper tags which are then stuck onto the pumps.

But, you could wonder why I'm boring you with these gas pumps here. The reason is that these pumps have in common with vintage Scalex cars that they also are good candidates for relivery. Well, the original ones look good, but available liveries were limited to a few major oil companies (Esso, Shell, BP for sure, maybe Gulf and Fina as far as I remember). In addition, the decoration is not very detailed, all counters are the same, not showing any numbers. On the other hand, the temptation of scraping out the original adhesive paper pieces and replace them by home-made ones comes up immediately, the more so as it looks to be an easy job.

Of course, you need to have a minimum interest in gas pumps to spend some time doing it. As far as I'm concerned, having worked more than 30 years for the biggest multinational oil company, the condition was fulfilled.

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Having designed detailed markings, the best way is to print them on adhesive glossy photo paper A4 sheets using your inkjet printer. As you can see, you can accomodate at least 16 pumps per A4 sheet. Then, you just have to cut them off and stick them onto the pumps. An extremely easy way to customize your pumps and keep memory of those you used to see and use in the seventies (no longer the golden age, but still a good time).



Home computers allow to achieve nicely detailed drawings, so that we now can read the figures of the volumetric counters quite easily. Just click on the FINA pump below.

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ESSO pumps, French markings.

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On the right, European oil companies

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French oil companies