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  1. Very nice coupe. I have that kit, but it hasn't gone past me looking at the parts.
  2. Thank you guys. I appreciate the comments.
  3. Lamborghini didn't miss the opportunity to milk the Murcielago range with a SV model too. What is more interesting about this Super Veloce tho, is the AutoArt model of it. This was probably one of the bigger turning points in Autoarts quality and detail. The paint was way more consistently applied, there was more photo etched parts everywhere. The interiors were greatly improved. and finally, they figured a way to keep those iconic doors staying up. My model was a Christmas present from my wife (her favorite color is purple) and it is Viola Ophelia. A very interesting color, that the pictures do no justice. It goes from almost black to burgundy, to what you see on the outside pictures. LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO SV - AutoArt
  4. The Ferrari 599 attracted a lot of tuners too. It was the first flagship Ferrari model to do so since the Testarossa and the wild Koenig Specials creations of the 1980s and '90s. This model was extensively modified by me. From the integrated roof scoop, through the full aero package, to the machined rims and custom paint and interior. I made thirteen of these and sold all by one. No two were the same. HAMANN 599 MRM models
  5. The Murcielago came in convertible form too. And Maisto did a mighty fine job with their model. Especially considering the price point. Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster - Maisto
  6. Those Maisto GTs are actually quite good models. It does not take much effort to make them even better. And considering their price, they are simply unbeatable.
  7. This is Autoart at their best. Great model. Somehow I don’t have a single Alfa Romeo in my entire collection.
  8. Carrying on with the Lamborghini theme..... In 2001, Kerbeck imported the very first Murcielago on the East Coast. We had a booth at the (laughable) Philadelphia Auto Show, where we displayed it. I have a picture somewhere with it, three piece suit, tie and all. 🤪 Just like the model bellow, except I believe it was yellow metallic. Lamborghini Murcielago - AA
  9. Altho I have Ferraris in any scale from 1:87 to 1:8 in my collection, which has long ago gone into the 4 digits, my passion for Ferraris goes beyond models. It is a company with probably richest automotive sport history and a legendary status that involves so many personalities and stories, that the models are just part of my memorabilia collection. Very important part of my collection are books. Most Ferrari books are not something you go to Barnes and Nobles and buy off the shelf. At least not the good ones. A prime example is the book bellow, which documented Ferrari's commercial stunt in 2006, which was designed to promote the reliability of their current-then 599 model. Basically Ferrari took two stock 599 Fiorano models, one painted red and the other painted blue, and sent them on a 20 000 miles journey. And what a journey it was! The Panamerican 20 000 started in Brazil, from where 50 different journalists from around the world, over the next 84 days drove the two Ferraris through Latin America up north, through the Panama Canal and Mexico to the US West Coast and then across to the East Coast, where it ended in New York, after going for a short wile in Canada too. The idea was to demonstrate the quality and reliability of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano in conditions Ferraris never find themselves in and on roads they pretty much never turn a wheel on. From gravel roads, through jungles, the above see level heights of the passes of the Andes to the high temperatures of the desert and the traffic of New York City. In each country the Ferraris received different vinyl stickers on their hoods and the journalists received corresponding T-shirts. I have managed to acquire few of those T-shirts together with some other items, which compliment the two models Mattel made. The first is the blue car, which represents the starting point in Rio de Janeiro.
  10. Very nice conversions. The new wheels definitely make a huge difference. I like it, altho in 1/18 there are way better options and in 1/24 I would just build a plastic one if I wanted a good model. Altho I definitely love the results and it is unquestionable that the wheel swap makes all the difference in the world, mentioning BBurago and "a fine model" in the same sentence (especially in 1/24) is just an oxymoron.
  11. These are the second generation Novitec Rosso wheels (three piece wheels) They also come in this package And they are what is included in all of these transkits. These, like the ones used in this thread are Novitec Rosso's third generation (monoblock wheels) They also made Hamann transkits, which I am also trying to find. Any assistance or help finding any of these would be greatly appreciated. Just wheels, complete transkits or bits and pieces.
  12. I enjoyed taking some new photos yesterday. The last of the Diablos. This particular model is basically the car that marked a huge change in Lamborghini. While the Sant'Agata company was owned by Chrysler, it produced some good looking cars, but their quality was not synonymous with any nice words. Lambos were the epitome of "don't meet your heroes" kinda car. And the Diablo line was pretty much the worst. At the time the Diablo 6.0 came out, I was working for F.C Kerbeck in New Jersey. We were official dealers for Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and Lamborghini amongst others. If a Countach or Diablo was been brought in for service, all mechanics ran for the door and requested days off. The Diablo's transmission was referred to as "the garbage disposal" and one client brought his with vise-grips for a shifter, because the shaft on his broke. The 6.0 however marked the change of ownership of the Bolognese automaker. This Diablo was the first car made under the VAG Group ownership of Lamborghini. Read Volkswagen-Audi. And altho on the outside everything remained pretty much the same, the quality standards to which the Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 was built were on a completely different level. Funny enough, the diecast model itself marked a step in the right direction for AutoArt too, with its better overall quality, photo etched grilles, hood supports and still reasonable pricing. These were things that were almost unheard of in the 1/18 scale diecast world, back in 2000. And all for about $50. 2000 Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 - AutoArt
  13. Well, that depends on which wheels we’re talking about. I have a Fujimi Ferrari F12 that I would love to build, but absolutely hate it’s stock wheels. I also have a 599 GTO that I want to built in certain livery and with the Novitec twin supercharged setup, but I can’t do it without the wheels. Now, the older 3 piece Novitec wheels are needed to get my 430 Scuderia in full Novitec trim, superchargers and all… The super uninspiring wheels on the California are also stoping me from building that kit. So, I really, really need the Novitec wheels. Any help getting some would be greatly appreciated.
  14. Thank you Gary. While Mattel had the exclusive Ferrari license, they put out some truly amazing diecast models. Besides the details, like all the photoetched grilles, carpeted interiors, vacuformed acetate windows, realistic hinges etc., what amazes me the most is the sheer number of different models and their subject matter that got released by the "Barbie maker"> At the time a lot of diecast snobs were talking trash on Mattel and now are wishing Mattel still had the license. I personally prefer the 550 Maranello design. It is much more refined and better balanced. Fragile almost. It is gracious and timeless, with the newer designs looking bulky and bloated in comparison. Here's a picture to put things in perspective. Keep in mind that the 550 Maranello is no small car. Compared to a C6 Corvette for example, it is 5" longer, 4" wider and 1" taller.
  15. Very nice. I love these Ferraris, altho I still like the FF the best. You are definitely doing this model justice from what I have seen so far. I've never built one of these models, simply because of their prices. They seem to have way better detailed interiors than similar curbside Fujimi models, but at five times the price, they are a little rich for my blood. What they have going for them is the exclusive subject matter. However for couple bucks more I get the finished to perfection resin models from the likes of MR, BBR, Looksmart, GT Spirit etc. in 1:18 scale. By the way, can anyone help me get a set of these wheels? They used to be available all over the place and all of a sudden just vanished from the face of earth seemingly overnight. I really, really need a set of those. Or any other Novitec wheels for that matter.
  16. Forgot to add, that this model was never sold in this color combination. Mattel made the model in red with much darker beige interior and black brake calipers. The creme interior was swapped from another 599 Fiorano, also from the Elite range. I have taken apart, rebuilt, repainted, modified and customized more Mattel Elite 599 Fioranos than I care to remember. I mean dozens.
  17. So, the Ferrari 575 GTZ was approved by Ferrari as the 575 group's swan song under the condition of not showing it at the Geneva Auto Salon at the same time as Ferrari was introducing their replacement for the 575M. That car was the Ferrari 599 GTB. Altho the overall formula of Front engined, rear wheel drive, V12 powered, two seat grand tourer remained the same, the new car could not be any more different than the previous 550/575 cars. It's engine based on the unit used in the Enzo supercar is good for 620hp @ 7600rpm (not bad for a big V12) and 205mph top speed, which at the time makes it the fastest production Ferrari. Since the company has already used the birthplace of the company- Modena and the factory's location- Maranello to name their recent models, the new flagship of the company was named Fiorano. For those not familiar with teh name, it is the racetrack adjacent to the factory in Maranello. Every road car, prototype or race car produced by Ferrari is developed and tested on their own private race track - Fiorano. FERRARI 599 GTB FIORANO - Mattel Elite
  18. Thank you. I've been busy the last few days, but I have to get back on this before it finds itself in a forgotten box for who knows how long.
  19. I am not 100% sure, but I don’t think there are any models of the 575Z in 1/24(5) by any manufacturer in metal, plastic or otherwise. As far as I know, the only other company to make any models of this car is Looksmart in 1:43.
  20. I have zero attraction to the real car. Where the P1 is a visual masterpiece of perfectly flowing and balanced forms, the Senna looks to me like an origami gone bad. Seeing the car in person (one attends the local cars and coffee somewhat regularly) didn’t help either. Besides I find the use of Ayrton’s name very gimmicky. The model however picks my interest from time to time, more from engineering side of things and because the extensive potential for use of carbon fiber with combination of accent colors. I’ve seen a couple of these built at contests with great quality and I will definitely follow your progress on here. My local hobby shop has one of these kits on their shelf, but I never felt the urge to pull the trigger on it. Now, if Tamiya made the F1 or the P1 with opening doors to the level of detail of their Enzo or LaFerrari I would have been all over them. Perhaps your build can motivate me to get one of these.
  21. mrm


    Next the window seals were masked off. And the whole body was prepped to be sprayed. This is another reason to wash away the polishing paste. So paint can actually grip on. I have no idea why on the picture it looks like paint bled through. There is no such thing in person. In this kit window masks are not provided. I tried to put on Tamiya masking sheet to cut my own masks, but the contours were not pronounced enough to detect through the mask. So I was left with the only other option - paint by hand. I used Gundham black paint marker, which is unforgivable on clear plastic. It was the most nerve-wrecking part of the whole build so far. The entire light assemblies forth and aft are molded in clear. The rears had their centers masked with BMF, mounted on masking tape to cover their backs, sprayed with Tamiya clear red and then had BMF circles punched and mounted inside them. The front lights had the turn signals painted from behind with clear orange, then the entire light cluster was backed with BMF and then everything was painted black by hand, leaving only the lenses clear. The big driving lights were not working out this way, so they got some chrome into them, which makes them just like the 1:1. The headlight covers received black borders and the fog-lights too. The grille is one of the parts strangely molded in red. So, primer > Matt Black > BMF for the fog lights and the lenses attached with Canopy Glue. The prancing horse emblem in the center is just a decal in the kit, which looks awful. On the real car it is a nice tridimensional metal emblem. Miraculously I found some pieces from a 1:24 Bburago diecast Ferrari 550 and the front grille was amongst them. So I cut out the prancing horse from it, sanded the back flat to thin it as much as possible and glued it in the Fujimi grille. It had to be touched up a little with chrome marker, but you can't tell. It looks perfect. The taillights also received some black seals.
  22. mrm


    As i have said before, I am a true believer that great results can be achieved simply with care and a little elbow grease, without the need to spend money on special products or tools. A product that is simply a miracle worker and is inexpensive and readily available pretty much anywhere an automotive care island is present, is Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. One good wet sanding with 2500 and some buffing with this stuff is all it's needed to achieve a glass smooth finish. Immediately after I buff the whole body, I wash it with a clean sponge and dish soap. I use an old toothbrush to get into the body panel gaps. This way there is no dried buffing compound residue left, which is a pain to remove if left on for long time. Weirdly enough some parts were molded in red for no apparent reason. Like the upper dash (which is black on pretty much all 550s), while the lower dash half and the seats and remainder of interior are molded black (which are tan or red on most cars). I sprayed it with SEM black initially, which covered perfectly but created this weird ghost line in its shine, where the flow of the plastic could be seen. Hard to explain. so I sprayed Tamiya grey primer to rectify the issue, which will be followed by Tamiya flat black. Meanwhile I followed on the body with Maguiar's Ultimate Polish. I often skip this step as the Compound provides more than adequate shine on metallics, which is what I use most of the time. But this is a rich solid color which can benefit from some extra depth and besides, I love how the polish smells. LOL The pictures can't really show it, but the polish definitely gave it an extra degree of shine. Again, after polishing the body, it was washed really well. At this point it barely hold fingerprints and it beads water away.
  23. mrm


    Thank you Doyle. I sure hope it will be nice when done. It got way more involved than initially planned.
  24. So, what are the mods? Looks the same to me.
  25. I’m sure you will figure the issues out, so I am completely ignoring them at the moment. What I see is one mean and lean, very unusual, cool as heck, super original hot rod, that I am jealous of (in the best possible way) that I didn’t think of. I absolutely love it. It makes me want to go find one and build something similar. (Not happening anytime soon). Keep on it. I can’t wait to see it finished.
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