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#1 mrm

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 10:37 PM

So I picked up this old beat up Ferrari from Hotwheels and decided to make it do justice to the real car. 

 

The first thing I addressed was the interior. It was molded in some sort of ugly grey and everything was awfully glued together. It took quite a bit of muscle to pray it all apart. 

 

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Interior was washed, painted and then flocked. Details were added and wrapped in BMF.

 

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Seats were some sort of gooey rubber in ugly two tone grey. I decided to also turn them into Daytona style seats. So 72 strips of styrene were measured, cut and their edges were rounded. Then they got arranged on top of the seat centers.

 

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Then I drilled 92 holes into the strips. 

 

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Now I will have to clean them up a little and make beautiful molds from them, so I can reproduce them in resin. The main reason for this is that this rubber material is impossible to paint properly. 


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#2 Jaguar man 21

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 03:21 AM

I'm liking the detail this will look awsome when it's done

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 03:26 AM

Wow! Awesome start! I'll keep an eye on this one!



#4 mrm

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:03 AM

Thank you guys. 

Not going crazy with this one. Just making it look like a nice looking display model. 

 

This is what the engine molding looked like

 

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And this is after just some paint and ignition wires.

 

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 01:00 PM

I am currently waiting for the silicone to set on the seats moldings. Meanwhile I sourced some nice Challenge wheels from another model.

 

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 03:07 PM

I like those wheels

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 03:18 PM

Great start and very nice wheels..



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 11:55 AM

Great start and very nice wheels..

 

I agree, those are very very nice and good luck with the seats and the rest. Sometimes the 'toys' can be fun jazzing up!



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 05:47 PM

Thank you guys.

The body was stripped, primed and painted PPG Giallo Modena, with two part clear. 

Right after the clear was wet sanded.

 

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Then everything got polished to a wet shine. 

 

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:31 AM

NICE!!!!!



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:47 AM

Thank you.

 

And here are the seats cast in resin. 

 

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:51 AM

Wow that cast came out good! Was that before or after you cleaned them up?


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#13 mrm

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 10:38 AM

Before clean up. You can see some nimor flash on the seat on the left. I just touched up a couple of holes with my drill.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 12:06 PM

fantastic



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 04:38 AM

BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH, it looks fantastic, it shows it is really worth to go for the extra mile :-) At the end you could rename your topic to 'showpiece' instead of 'replica' :-)

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 05:19 PM

Do you have a 'before' pic, Michael?

 

Great job on the seats.



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 05:30 PM

Other than the "before" pictures I am showing, no. I never took a picture of the model before I disassebled it. It is metal, but the front and rear bumpers were all plastic with horrible mold lines under a crappy paint job. I replaced them with metal ones from another model, corrected all the rough spots on the body and repainted it. I wrote "from a toy to a replica" as I am doing this as a replica of a friend's car.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 08:52 AM

The seats got painted with some yellow inserts to match the exterior. They look way better in person, but still need some touching up here and there. 

 

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:53 AM

Looking nice great turn around for sure

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:59 AM

Nice work !