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aurfalien

Ferrari 308GTB Racer

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Hi,

Well it's done.  The paint issues were enough to make me quit.  However as I got past those, and mind you I was test fitting the hood throughout the entire process, some how towards the end my Tamiya paint stand warped the body a bit so I've a rather uneven and unsightly gap on either side of the hood.  This alone made me want to discard the model, but I kept on.  Being the 2nd time that this has happened, I'm starting to question how I use this famed paint stand.  I think it can be dangerous, hoping for some wisdom from you all.

Some things I did;

Scratch built the wing from some left over styrene, PE and aluminum shim.

Scratch built the engine top.

Used various brass screen and aluminum mesh from Michaels.

Wheels/tires from the awesome HRM via Randy Ditton.

Cut off and reattached the side skirts and front air dam for painting.

Cut out the hood to make a scoop and for painting.

Cut open the rear engine hatch.

Flared exhaust tips from some aluminum stock.

Curved some aluminum sheet stock in between exhaust.

Enlarged rear fenders.

Made windshield and wipers.

Decals from a junker Ferrari F1 kit that I had bleached in the sun.

At any rate I'm very happy it's done but not very happy with the outcome.  I sorta suck at scale modeling but am enjoying it enough to keep on.

 

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It may have fought you all the way, but the bottom line is it looks 100% the part it was designed to play - a true race car. All the nice details like the p/e mesh and solid, bolted-to-the-ground stance, add one to one convincing competition machine. Nicely done.

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For as much as the kit fought you, you did a really, really nice job.

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Hi and thank you both very much for such generous posts.

Makes me feel better about my efforts.

The decals were old and should have not been used.  I used MicroSol on one which got eaten on the hood.  I gently dry sanded it off but it left some ghosting were I placed it's replacement.

I was afraid to use decal solution on the remaining decals but feel it would have helped reduced there edges from being visible.

So next time with regards to decals; if in doubt, throw out.

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Your perseverance paid off with a great looking model.  Patience is the biggest lesson I've gotten from this hobby.

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It may have fought you all the way, but the bottom line is it looks 100% the part it was designed to play - a true race car. All the nice details like the p/e mesh and solid, bolted-to-the-ground stance, add one to one convincing competition machine. Nicely done.

Right on!

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Great job. Enjoyed seeing this one come together, even though it seems to have given you alot of headaches! A truly unique 308 GTB!

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 Very nice! I love the 308s in racing schemes. I especially like how yours has the wheels stuffed in there with “meaty” tires.

Also, which gold is that used on the wheels? Looking to do the same on a P4.

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Hi and many thanks for the extremely generous replies, I'm very appreciative.

However I don't look at the model as giving me a hard time but rather as me giving the model a hard time :)

Also, which gold is that used on the wheels? Looking to do the same on a P4.

Hi there.

It's actually Vallejo Liquid Gold.  Except my new pot was sorta bad, Vallejo was kind enough to offer a replacement but I never got it.  So instead I mixed in Tamiya lacquer thinner and air brushed it on.

It's meant to only be applicable via paint brush but I think one can air brush anything if it's thin enough and still has acceptable pigment.

 

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It truly is a fine looking model Brian !

The red an gold scheme on a Ferrari race car just looks so right. Your extra touches and scratch building details really set this one apart.

 Now lets get to building the Chaparral my friend!!!

Randy

 

 

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I think it looks OUTSTANDING!!!!......glad to see you stuck with it!......that seat looks strangely familiar....lol

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It truly is a fine looking model Brian !

The red an gold scheme on a Ferrari race car just looks so right. Your extra touches and scratch building details really set this one apart.

 Now lets get to building the Chaparral my friend!!!

Randy

 

 

I think it looks OUTSTANDING!!!!......glad to see you stuck with it!......that seat looks strangely familiar....lol

Hi and thank you both for such kind words.

It was a great learning experience.

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