Thursday, July 18, 2019

Custom Matchbox: Widebody Subaru WRX STI (VA)

Inspired by the Artwork of Jon Sibal
This was sort of a last minute project. I had just learned about the details of the Matchbox Custom Contest for this year about two weeks before the due date and I really wanted to enter this time around in the hopes of getting featured at the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach, CA later this year. It came down to either a widebody BMW M5 or this generation Subaru STI, and as you see, I chose to go with the STI. I had already been wanting to replicate one of Jon Sibal's amazing renders so here's what I did to get it to go from a "stock" VA STI to the car you see above. 

Original Render by Jon Sibal

The Beginning Stages

Even though it says, you can start working on the epoxy after 12 hours of drying, I always wait 24 hours, which is another reason why my customs take a good amount of time to complete.

Taking Shape

Before I even cut out the ducts.

Aero and Primer

The Final Product

I was also trying out new methods of photographing my customs. It's a work in progress. I'm hoping to finish my first diorama soon, so that I actually have a decent backdrop to properly accentuate the cars. More on that to come. Until then, here's the list of modifications for this specific build.


-Stripped, repainted, and detailed exterior
-Custom widebody/aero kit inspired by artist Jon Sibal
-Wheels from Monoblock Wheels
-Fitment made possible by Hot Wheels Works 3D Printed Wheel Spacers
-Lowered ~2mm all around

In case you missed it, check out my other customs inspired by artists in my "Artist Series" page as well as my other customs through all social media platforms.

Keep checking back for more.


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