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Modified Model Team 5550

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Hi,

I got a 5550 when I was kid, I always liked that model, I found it fun to play with, destroy, rebuild, etc. :grin:

After my dark age, I found another one on Ebay for cheap. As I had parts for that, I modified the colors, replacing yellow/black by blue/red.

Then I found another one, so when you have two, why not three? It got green parts. I bought parts on bricklink for that, making a blue/darkgrey and a green/red.

Recently I eventually found a fourth one, making it red/darkgrey, with orange replacing darkgrey on the blue one.

The 5581 "Magic Flash" seems harder to find, I only got one.

My original 5550 is actually the blue one, the one in original colors is the third one that I got and that I kept as it is, since it was in nearly mint state (unlike mine, since I played a lot with it : :tongue: )

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I have to order parts, I am missing 1x1 orange plates (I used round ones) and I cheated for some green parts.

I do not know yet which color selection I'll do for the next one, not all parts exist in all colors (I'd like rare colors like purple etc.)

Maybe I should try to replace the white by something else too...

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What a nice fleet of CUSTOM "Custom Rally Van" vehicles! The 1991-1993 Set #5550 had 527 pieces, so there are GAZILLIONS of combinations of colors you could make! :laugh: Don't let any youngsters get ahold of these beauties!

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And for the fun, a reduced version that I just made, even if it is a little off-topic here I guess:

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One more custom Custom Rally Van :

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I have a sixth one ready to be re-colored, but I do not know yet what I'll do with it :D

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And more than one year later, I finally chosen colors for that 6th one; dark bluish gray & lime green :

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But in the meantime I got a 7th one, it will probably be dark red replacing the yellow, but I haven't decided the secondary color yet.

Maybe I should also stop. But it is not really my fault if no-one else buys them when they appear on Ebay :grin:

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This is a nice fleet. :thumbup: I like the blue and orange one the best. I don't have this set, but have the very similar Magic Flash.

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I'd like to find some more Magic Flash too to also change its colors (I only have one, in its original colors) , but it seems much more rare than the Rally Van.

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Very cool. I'd like to some Friends colors!

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I recently bought several Model Team sets, owning them for the first time ever, including both Custom Rally Van and Magic Flash. I never realized it before I built them, that their construction is very similar.

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Then I got lucky and found Big Foot 4x4 (5561), new in an unopened box, which also has some similarities.

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Indeed the 5561 has some similarities. I haven't found yet one at good price though.

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