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  1. DISCLAIMER: These kits have been started in 2008 before my accident. Everything that you see in the first few posts will be the work I have completed before the project was shelved. I’m attempting to resurrect the build and hopefully complete these at some point soon, just don’t know if I’m still in shape to actually do it, but what the heck. =================================== The 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 47th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on June 9 and 10, 1979. Ferrari had no chance against mighty Porsches and new BMW M1s, but it did enter several cars in competition. It was Beurlys 512BB LM #61 "EMKA" with its screaming 4.9L Flat-12 driven by Nick Faure, Steve O'Rourke, Bernard de Dryver, and Jean Blaton that showed 12 overall result having completed 274 laps. Today I will build this car in 1:24th, using multimedia kit from Model Factory Hiro. I will be another double-build. The second car will be JMS Racing/Pozzi #63 3M "Cloud Car", which unfortunately DNF after completing 219 laps. Here are couple of pictures of the real cars: The kits are usual MFH detail tour de force, with lots of white metal, turned aluminum and steel, and photoetch. Body is half resin half metal, and lots of other materials used for various parts of the kit as well. I started with cleaning the bodies, but as with all MFH kits, the process will be slow (and painful) because of the amount of cleanup and test-fitting required. You get a lot for your 31500 yen - here is kit contents: As you can see on the following pix, the fit is horrible. I mean - nothing really fits! It looks like some parts came from a different kit! So...I decided to cut it all apart and see if I can put it back together so it fits right! Made templates for the doors Then started hacking into it. Look at the thickness of that thing! Good grief! You know why Hiro kits are so expensive? They use way too much resin :-) LOL! After I cleaned up door jambs a bit I found one positive though - I don't have to build door jambs now - they are thick enough as is, I actually had to thin them down a bit. Door pattern was transferred to sheet brass, then doors were cut out, shaped over the spare body and just by hand, and then meticulously fine-tuned, bent here and there, beaten to shape. Still need some work a bit, but the basic shape is there. Door jambs were cleaned for the doors, and then I started carving the cavity for the doors to go inside the body when they open. After few hours of work, cavities were made, door jambs finished, and part of the hinge made. Then I added hinge to the door skins. It is a very simple but very effective construction that perfectly replicates the way doors opened on the real car. Later on, the entire hinge assembly will be concealed by the inner door frame. This is how the doors fit on the outside: Front lid was sanded and re-shaped until my fingers started bleeding! Had to completely re-do the sides, then thin it down (a lot). That cover needed tons of work. Still need a bit more, but I was at least able to do proper test fitting. Now I need to do the same for the other! Door frames! Still a few tweaks needed here and there, and solder needs to be cleaned up, but basic shape is there. So, this is where it all stopped in 2008. I have not touched this kit since, everything that is to follow will be new stuff. I honestly don’t even know where to pick up the pieces on this, but will assess the situation over the weekend and proceed then. Just wanted to put this up here as a bookmark!
  2. Got this to add to my exotic collection. I always loved the Daytona. It's one of the better looking Ferraris. This kit was a little on the pricey side, but since I got my stimulus I decided to get a few rare kits. I also wanted to go with the coupe to show off the design. For an old Testors kit I have mostly good things to say about it. The kit was actually pretty easy to build and came out great. My only complaint is that it's molded in Red, black, and silver. SAM_0051 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0052 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0053 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0054 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0055 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0056 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr SAM_0057 by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
  3. After building a few nearly box-stock Tamiya kits to remember how its done, hone some techniques, and feel the airbrush again, I decided it was time to do another serious, all-out, old-school, superdetail project. Long time ago I have purchased an Airtrax transkit to build a car that I consider one of the most beautiful Ferraris of the late 60’s – the gorgeous 330 GTC. The Beauty Traditional 2-seater coupe 330 GTC (Gran Turismo Coupe) was unveiled at 1966 Geneva autoshow as an additional model to the Ferrari lineup and sloted between 275 GTB (on which chassis it is built) and more upscale 330 GT 2+2. The body was designed and built by Pininfarina. Over the 2-year period through the end of 1968, Ferrari made a total of 598 cars (both RHD and LHD). 330 GTC was considered by many to be the most elegant model in the Ferrari lineup. Beautiful body lines were complimented well by the powerful 12-cylinder engine and nicely appointed luxury cabin with spacious trunk. The car was no slouch and handled great too. The Beast Transkit is very simple, and contains a body, few interior pieces, some external bits, and a fret of photoetched parts. Disclaimer: I’m in no way trying to bash people who made the trasnkit in my following descriptions of the parts and the quality overall – I’m thankful it exists and somebody made it. But I want to be objective so others know what they are getting into. The resin castings are pretty horrible, but overall correct as far as proportions go. Quality of resin casting is pretty bad. Lots of bubbles, uneven and partially lost panel lines, parts that are not completely (fully) cast, and body shell thicker than my finger. Poop. But, nobody did anything better since this was released, so we have what we have. There will be a lot of work to make this look worthy of calling a replica, like fixing bent parts like this: The glass vacuuforms are very vague, the front does not fit. Other parts are not much better, some are just wrong. Just look at the seats…. Luckily, photoetch is of great quality, and will be very useful: That’s all for now. As a base for the model, I will use Italeri 275 GTS kit. There will be obviously any other things and sets used, like wheels, etc. Not decided 100% on the color as of right now. Wish me luck.
  4. Well, everyone, i could not resist starting another car....when you feel motivated this strongly, you gotta go with it, right?! This will be another Uber build for me, and like always, i have some different suprises up my sleeve. What i will tell you now, is that it will be a road car, and it will be semi-gloss white. I spent hours, and hours trying to find detailed photos of the engine, and suspension, but couldnt find that much, so i will do my best with what i did find. I started off by doing as many pre-assembly things i could, and filling seams. I havent started sanding yet, but later today, i will have photos of all those bits.
  5. Gt fan

    Ferrari FXX-K

    After starting this in August ,I can call this one done . Tamiya kit. Color is Tamiya pure white with a silver under base. I use silver on these cars because the paint lays down thin. Carbon is from Scale Motorsports and the new Tamiya carbon decals. There a little thick but dry with a gloss finish. Details are from the Hobby Design detail kit.
  6. Wait... nobody has built this kit? It's been calling me from the stash, "build me, I'm an easy curbside, don't even think about putting an engine, transaxle, suspension in because you'll never finish." I searched and found nothing.
  7. fizi

    Ferrari Enzo

    Hi Guys, I built this Enzo a while back. Had a detail kit I think it was Hobby Design plus a number of scratch built parts. Total part were 550+ I changed the wheels out, I wanted a firmer look with the Bugatti Veyron as an inspiration. I was never mad keen on the Enzo but I thought with a more modern colour it was actually a really nice car Let me know what you think
  8. I have been building other subjects the last while and not here much. This gets my mojo running so I will post lots about it Here is my first attempt at putting together a Pocher model. Now it is a metal body/ plastic parts from the exotic collection. I can Hear Harry roll over in his grave and Cato's eyes roll back in his head, but here is where I choose to start my Pocherism So, Ferrari Testarossa, semi assembled by nice old guy in States with failing eyesight and health bought about five years ago now. Pretty clean body work and decent interior. Engine not started and a detail upgrade set provided. These are pics in my big woodworkshop as it is 16 pounds and just under 2 feet long. I plan on doing sub assembly work in my model room and put it all together in the big shop. I have an F40 that needs similar treatment and show it in the WIP display shelving for my Pocher collection....a lot messy at the moment
  9. Heres the kit that everyone loves to bash for the littlest reasons...mostly for the square rear end. I agree its not right, BUT it doesnt look UGLY either. Instead of fixing it, i decided to just call it a kit car, of which are actually a popular subject. I will do it curbside, as a fun, quick build. The body is ready for decals, and clear, and the interior/chassis assembly is now ready for paint! -Photo 2-4; This is all one mass of pre-assembly...
  10. Hi!, this is my Fujimi Ferrari F40LM. I wanted to change it to a barely street legal car, so I cut-off the front defuser, detailed the headlamp assemblies with indicators, filled-in the rocker vents, SB a stock wing, and ditched the LM wheels and tyres, for a set of Tamiya stock ones. The engine bay is detailed, as is the interior, with an added seat.
  11. WIP: Italeri - Ferrari 275 GTS (Spyder N.A.R.T.) Started October 1, 2019, finished March 11 after over 186 hours. A decent kit to begin with, other than truck tires which ended up on my '69 Chevy pickup. 😅 Opened the doors and trunk, painted with nail 'polish', many scratch-built parts added. Not an exact replica of the Thomas Crown Affair car which had the alloy wheels. Woman is a Shapeways product. Diorama is California Pit Stop, the California Spyder is the focus of that project, but have been utilizing for a studio. My studio, was waiting for an overcast and not breezy day. 😬
  12. Ferrari 275 GTS by Italeri, labeled as the Spyder N.A.R.T. I got this years ago at a local r/c hobby shop that didn't last long, for about $15, I didn't have to think twice about it. Even though I have three WIP started last century, this has been staring at me from the stash. It has got to be the sexiest Ferrari, close second is the 250 GTO which was vying for my attention. My plan is to improve a few things, not go overboard (famous last words). First to go are the horrid truck tires, have a decent set from the horrid Aoshima VW Beetle kit that fit the nice wire wheels, are lower profile and most likely wider than correct, but looks much better. The windshield frame has a broken post, so will embed a steel wire, in both, to make stronger and give a chance of adjustment if required. Looks easy to make the wheels steerable. The headlights are a pet peeve, the center pin in the lens and flat reflector are getting fixed (taillights are similar but just the pin removal should work). I'm seriously thinking of opening the doors, will add steel plates to the chassis and sill before cutting, the door panels are separate so it begs to be done. Plug wires and radiator hoses will *have to* be added. I've collected some cool aftermarket emblems and parts over the years, so even though the decals are nice, that's a *have to*. Have the pearl dark red nail 'polish' picked out. If I'm feeling really ambitious, will vacuum form headlight covers. Started today with the basic assembly of the engine and transaxle, suspension, and other things that are two parts. It's decent quality, needs some mold line scraping, a few parts have flashing, but parts fit really well. I used Testors tube and Flex-i-file liquid glue for steps so far, exception is the rear body where the beautiful spoiler lip could be melted, so used superglue. Also used Squadron putty to fill minor ejection pin marks. Need to think about stance, lowering just 1 mm would help.
  13. Hey guys Just got back into modeling and have a few projects. I was looking to trade the Ferrari Spyder and or the helicopter model for box of some random parts. Haven't built a full kit in years so I don't have a box of junkyard extra parts yet.😐lol . Let me know what you want to trade for. Also open to kits . Let me know whatever you have .also in need of a beginners airbrush if anyone has one they don't want! Thank you 😊
  14. Fujimi Ferrari 458 in black and yellow
  15. Fujimi Ferrari F40 in French blue Le Mans livery
  16. Fujimi Ferrari F430 Scuderia GT3 version
  17. Hi guys long time no see! 1/24 Tamiya Ferrari F50 I used my new iPhone 11 Pro Max to take those photos and sorry about my bad English Thanks for watching😊
  18. On the workbench: Modifying an Airtrax Ferrari 330 GTC coupe to the magnificent Princess de Rethy 330 GTC Speciale.
  19. Now I've done it Long, long, long ago I traded one of my 24th scale Autokits - the Ferrari 156 - to Forum member Rich C for his Autokits Lotus 25 and neither one of us has built them! these are the old curbside white metal kits that are now made by Finecast they build up great as curbsides so I thought - why not have a build blog for both we'll post as we can - and hopefully two builds will take shape as we go - the Ferrari constructed in the leafy confines of Sayre Pa. , and the Lotus constructed in the alligator infested swamps of South Florida .... as to my kit; I'm considering building a Lotus 32B - using some of the kit parts, such as the top half of the body, the wheels, uprights, and a few more random parts - I'll scratch-build the monocoque chassis and the engine - which was a four cyl Climax. The 32 B was based upon the Lotus 27. It had a slightly narrower chassis (than the 25) and straight runs of chassis rails - rather than the bends and kinks used on the 25's chassis. It looked like a Lotus 25 with a climax engine - but in fact it was not - but its only about an inch/half narrower than the 25 so I think I can finesse this .... this shot is from the Ultimatecarpage.com site hope Mr. Ultimate has no objection I'll remove this if requested but in the meantime - this gives you a good idea also there is a wonderful illustration of the car at PeterHuttonillustrator.com for those not familiar with the car, Google history of the Tasman racing series and you'll be an instant expert ...... this was one of Jimmy's favorites .... Rich will introduce his Ferrari ....
  20. Ferrari 206P Dino Salone di Parigi, 1965 ABC Brianza, 1/24th Kit Review here: http://italianhorses.net/Reviews/ABC%20Dino%20206%20Salone%20di%20Parigi/206PDinoParigi.htm Yes, its has been a long time fellas. Due to various reasons, I have not been building for a good 9-10 years now. Its time to put an end to this. This will be a box-stock+, minimal changes planned. I wanted to have this car built before I got injured, and all these years of building it in my head, really want to put this on the shelf now. Couple of real-deal photos to wet the appetite: There is absolutely zero meaningful detail in the kit itself, so I will try to add some eye-candy if possible. Since the kit is super-plain, I decided to put my best effort into finishing the body right, even though proportions are not exactly 100%. No desire to fix the flaws at this point. Despite my initial impression about the kit being quality (or maybe my perception of quality have changed over time, likely the later), there was a lot of flaws/bubbles/you name it on the main body piece. I have re-shaped the engine air intake a but, put on little PE mesh, re-scribed the panel lines. Honestly, it sucks to scribe when you don't feel a darn thing. Not the best job, but I'm done making excuses Filled all bubbles and imperfections on the bottom, made sure opening fro the engine bay vent fits the vent: Rear vent was emulated with this PE mesh, would have been a prime candidate to open up if I were to build this full detail, but as such, I had no desire to remove a bunch of resin just to make it see-through - will wash with flat black once painted. And finally some primer - still lots of little flaws to fix, but its a start. Next I was messing with the wheels - they are ok as they come in the kit (sorta), but the holes in them are somewhat wrong shape, and the tires are god awful truck tires so typical of Italian-made artisan kits from that period. Tire problem was solved rather quickly, as I has a set of tires from Ferrari 275 GTB/4 kit in my spares box, they looked much better, with correct shape and proper thread. But wheels turned out to be much tougher problem. Originally I decided I'm just going to copy the wheels that came with Fujimi Dino 206S Competizione kit, so I made few resin copies of these tires. But as some of you know, they are too big even for that kit, so in the end, while the shape was right, the size was not, so I scrapped that idea. Next, the Dino got painted. Used a really old bottle of Zero Paints Rosso Corsa over gray primer, the paint was still surprisingly fresh, and I'm pleased with the color. Cleared with Dupont 2K, polished with 3M compounds. Not the best paint job I've done, let's be honest, I have not painted in 10 years and I can't feel the BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH thing when I'm painting. Painted the underside as well, didn't mask, cause you can't see it once built - yes I'm lazy, but baby steps here. Made a few bits for the wheels. Decided to go with the kit rims, made washers from, well, washers, and copied Fujimi knock-offs cause they were infinitely better than PE ones from the kit. The little round bits are tops for the knock-offs. Headlights are given as a PE part with some engraving and a drop of clear epoxy on top - so very 90's I almost shed a tear. Well, sentimental as it may be, I didn't like the look, so I found this Modeler's set in my spares and decided to use these lenses for the headlights. Made bezel surrounds from the thin solder wire. Tail lights are same sad story here, so I made pieces from clear plastic and painted them, but not sure if I'm using this or some other solution for the tails just yet. I guess I'm not 100% sold on this. Rearview mirror is also from the spares box to replace kit PE 2D rendition. Finally I finished the glazing - what a freaking pain to glue PE frames to clear plastic, and then bend them to shape. Reminded me my I used to like Tamiya kits. Overall, I'm happy with the way it turned out, but PE itself is not 100% conforms to the body, so there will be some fiddling while putting this on the body. Dash was slightly wrong shape, but hte thing that bothered me the most was the fact that instrument binnacles were flat, while real car has gauges sort of embedded into the dash. Had to drill the gauge pods out. Now, the PE gauges do not fit in, but I will think of something later. Wheels were painted with aluminum metalizer, assembled, put on axles. Have not black-washed yet. Possibly will still add balance weights and stem valves. Overall, happy with how these turned out even though they are not exactly correct. With lots of cursing, I glued in the windows. The problem with PE framed windows, is that you don't even get a chance to make sure they fit just right, simply because they always flex, and even thought it seems they fit fine, they never do. Turned out ok, not perfect, but I'm not redoing it. Also glued in headlights, the size is just right, and looks much better than flat PE ones. Also attached the front plexiglass cowl. The cowl itself is of poor quality, not 100% transparent and slightly cloudy. But the only way to fix this is to make a buck and vacuuform a new one, and I wasn't about to start this adventure. Interior tub was painted, along with the chairs and the dash. Detail as such is completely absent here, and none provided in the kit, so I had to improvise. Shifter was made from bobby pin, shifter gate was stolen from some other kit and modified to fit. There is a reverse lock on the gate in real life, but it was too small to replicate correctly. Steering wheel is given as a PE part with two halves of the rim made in plastic. The problem is, in a typical manner for Italian kit makers of the end of last century, the rim is quite a bit larger than the spokes part. Umm...how? So, I had to fashion the rim out of thin wire. Also made new door pockets from tiny pieces of leather. Sourced pedals from the spares box. Next I need to make window cranks, door handles, floor mats, and detail the dash. Interior was assembled, I added some scratched door handles, cranks, pedals, floormats. Dashboard was detailed with a few switches, lamps, and gauges. I added small rings to the clocks, and of course, Pininfarina badge. Completed interior tub: Then interior was glued into the body, wheels attached and chassis plate installed. Not a lot of detail to talk about there. Blinkers were made with photoetched frame, and some BMF, and then I used Microscale window maker to make the actual lens. Taillights were assembled: And then back end was put together – taillights, exhausts, plate frame, plate light. The DINO letters were stolen from one of self-adhesive Ferrari sets made by hObby DesIgN. Door handles and Pininfarina badges: Added air valves and some weights to the wheels: Wiper and wiper arm were assembled from spare parts, I also added some PE quick-release fasteners and DINO emblem from Model Factory Hiro sticker set. And that concludes this build. A few quick photos next to my house, will do a proper photoshoot soon and post completed thread in the gallery!
  21. harti20

    Ferrari F50

    Hi all I just noticed that I promised more pics from my last visit at the studio's long time ago and didn't show anything. Here are now the pics from my Ferrari F50. The kit was from Tamiya, enhanced with the detail set by Hobby Design and a mobile phone by Czech Truck Model. Regards, Urs
  22. Hey, everyone!, this is an ARII kit that a friend of mine started a loooong time ago. I was teaching him how i build. He had all the main kolors painted, as well as having the interior assembled, but that was about it. Its sat unfinished for 20+ years since he's been gone, so i decided that i would finish it the way he wanted......it took ALOT of control to refrain from redoing it entirely, and adding all my detailing, but i managed to leave it as close to his concept as possible....thanks for checking it out!
  23. I was rummaging around through my files and found this decades old note I sent to Gregg about old Ferrari model kits. I thought some might find it interesting though don't hold me to the accuracy or omissions. Gary Old Ferrari Models revived.doc
  24. *Had to* get one of these vintage 1965 Monogram Ferrari 275P kits. No, it's not the gold-plated slot car kit, still wrapped. I've been watching prices on eBay, this one was not an auction, free shipping made it a few bucks less than some others, but still a chunk of change. I was surprised about the skeleton racer face. There are three nasty sink holes under the mounting points. The chrome headlights won't cut it for me. Tires are really flat sheen, but not cracked or brittle, but if I use modern wheel/tires that won't matter. Decals are toast. My plan is to kit bash with a modern Ferrari that has an engine and suspension, tub and seats. So will be scouting for a cheap donor. I'm jonesing to do a resto-rod Ferrari, yea I'm sick.
  25. Sorry if there's too many pics here, but I love this build! It was mosly completed over the last half of last year, it took up a lot of my free time over Christmas, but alas it couldn't be completed before year end. It got fully finished a few weeks ago, I didn't like the photos, I was going to get more pics with a contrasting background, but can't be bothered for now I'm posting these! there is a WIP post too if your interested. A great kit, well engineered (as many people commented on my topic in the WIP section) goes together really well. I probably should have glued the side/skits on prior to painting, but I was too focused on the wheel areas which you can't see anyway... you live & learn
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