...just strikes me that if the Fiat group were to take something that's basically an Alfa 4C, but fit a substantially de-tuned version of the 2014 Ferrari F1 1.6L V6 engine (say only 350BHP instead of 600), optimise the chassis and finesse the body a bit with a few nods to 246 history (front end, mostly), then they could launch a rather excellent 2015 Dino, to take the fight to the Boxster and Cayman.
Fantastic kit -- I can't recommend it highly enough. The engineering is brilliantly thought through, the fit is exemplary, and the detail is great. Finished in Tamiya TS-8 Italian Red straight out of the can. Vallejo acrylics for the inside.
I'm planning to rework a Polar Lights Ford GT kit as an Avro Mirage 720. The GT has a prepainted body. Does anyone have experience of repainting one of these? Do I need to strip it back? Can I just shoot primer over the paint? Even better (the Mirage has black stripes over an orange body) can I use the painted markings as a masking guide and apply new paint over old?
I would prefer to use either Tamiya spray cans or Zero paints if possible.
A bit of a departure from my normal European exotics, but I heard so many good things about this kit that I had to give it a try. I don't generally like chrome-laden barges, but this is a genuinely cool car, IMHO...
The parts, detail and engineering in this kit are superb, as many have mentioned before me. I had the body painted in Tamiya Italian Red already, just waiting a final polish. The rest makes speedy progress easy.
No clear coat, just polished paint. I think it gives a nicely realistic sheen. Lots of work to do on BMFing the chrome, and then some more clean-up to get rid of the glue residue that always seems to be left behind!
When people say in reviews "The engine is almost a kit in itself", I usually say "yeah, right..." to myself. But in this case it really is. I'm not sure why it was necessary to add detailed valve rockers inside the heads, but I'm not complaining. There are a few areas where the fit is not entirely clear (why ARE there eight holes in the joining surface of the two parts of the carburettor?), and the instructions would really benefit from a couple more angles on the pictures of the engine...
The seats benefit from a gentle wash and drybrush -- they really are benches!
The dash with some detail painting, BMF and decals. Looks OK, even at this range.
Nicely moulded wheels, with a wash to pop the wires out. The printed whitewalls on mine were off centre and shiny, so I matt varnished them and filled them out with some Vallejo Off White. Maybe the white shouldn't go all the way to the raised lip, but at least two of the tyres had the printing nearly touching it at one side, so absent a way of removing the paint, I just chose the easy way out and filled the whole sunken section.
The completed cabin. The steering wheel is a little chunky (and seems a bit over-large. I can't believe any 1/24th scale guy could get his legs under it... and it's way back in his belly, too...) But it does have nice, and accurate detail, which responds well to painting. The interior is probably a bit over-contrasty in this light, but once its all in side, I think it'll look nicely complex. By the way, if anyone knows what that thing on the rear "parcel shelf" is, and whether it should be silver or not, or have something in the recesses, I'd really love to know.