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From time to time, you can find these small metal toy garages on the online auctions. They are usually found put together but originally were sold in a small box that consisted of six sections. When the sections were assembled, it created a corrugated toy garage about 1/25th scale with windows and two opening doors. The manufacturer was Georg Levy who founded his toy company in 1920, Nuremberg, Germany and used the GELY insignia. The garage was produced from the 1940s through the 1960s.

In the meantime, I thought it would be a neat idea to create several vintage looking toy garages using various themes such as Stadt des KdF Wagen, the Fr. VOLK Metal company and the Wolfsburg Motor Works using three of the GELY garages for a circa 1940s era.

I located three GELY garages that were well played with, had paint loss and rust here and there. Took them all apart, did some minor repair and paint stripped the metal pieces. The garages were cleaned, paint primered and ready for a special paint scheme. In the meantime, a custom graphics decal sets were created using the ideas and graphics from the 1940s era. The decal sets, which were scaled for the garage size, were then printed on a laser printer using a water transfer decal sheet.

The base paint for the garage was a terra cotta red for the roof, ivory for the outside and a light green for the insides. The garage floor was a grey and the bottom was also red. After the base paint was dried, a special technique of fogging black, brown and dark green paint was applied to give a weathered look. The water transfer decals were cut out, soaked and applied to the garage sections. At times, it was challenging to position the decals perfectly on the corrugated surfaces. After the decals were dry, all the sections of the garage were clear paint coated. Then a quick assembly of the sections completed these vintage looking corrugated garages of the 1940s era.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: GELY
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Length: 140mm X 105mm X 85mm
  • Production Era: 1940s - 1960s
  • Country: Germany
  • Materials: Tin Plate
  • Color: Custom Paint & Decals

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