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Gestation happened in my  Monogram Ferrari 275P vintage kit review thread.

I started by barely tacking the engine together and onto the chassis pan.  Measured and drew plans to figure out where to chop and modify.
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I thought cutting down the engine components would help, and considering the way Revell engineered it, nobody would notice.  Each surface was filed down before reassembling with just a little more glue, but still can separate to paint.  Cut apart the plenum, air filter and canister part.  Sawed off the engine bay sides.
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I sawed, and in some cases scribed and broke apart the chassis pan.  The suspension is really non-existent, lower A-arms were easy to relocate.  The back has been narrowed.
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Shortened the pan behind the front axle line.
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I glued all this with regular toxic Testors glue, and Flex-i-file liquid cement, much like welding.  That way if I needed to adjust, could pull apart, and I could squirm it around for adjustment (supergluing does not allow this).  I used the Dremel with this bit for everything, here I just removed the edge of the pan.
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I really cut apart the interior tub, with a saw, and filed down and straightened the cuts.  I needed to keep this as a separate piece, for being able to get the struts in later.  I tacked parts onto the pan, but welded all together as I went.  I adjusted my plan as needed, kept the tunnel which will need some modification to the chrome trim part.
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I really like the tunnels, so cut off the rear body part, made several saw cuts.
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Front of the pan was sawed off, some Dremel grinding to shape, real rough at this time.  But it all fits in great, and don't need an engine hump!  Thinking of how to add fender flares, simple round bumps most likely.  Still need to shorten front axles.
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Modified the rear, decided to keep the original grills, but going to be modified at the bottom, and will be mesh.  Drilled holes for the Mondial taillights, have also done for the headlights.  The valance edge will be refined later.  I was going to have the exhausts exit through holes similar to the Mondial, but it will be easier (I hope) to direct down from the mufflers into the tunnels, and then back.
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Now I need to leave it alone, so the cement will cure.  I discovered the body is twisted, so need to consider how to straighten with strategic body mounts using screws.  The fender flares will be fun.  Interior should have simple door panels, and dashboard.  Need to figure out the radiator in front, thinking laid almost flat, with channels exiting before the wheels.   Then when all that is done, cut off the engine lid, and then will need to fabricate chassis box thingies and framework continued from the engine part.  Two more radiators in back, modify the body ducts.  Then exhaust pipes.  Then seats, I got some cool aftermarket units at the DSC show.

Color, Ferrari red with a pearl overcoat.  Dann will hate that. :lol:

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This is going to be KILLER, bud!!!!!

 

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Off to a great start Kurt.

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Great concept. Execution is working out very well.  :D

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6 hours ago, Dann Tier said:

This is going to be KILLER, bud!!!!!

Hope so, even in RED:P

4 hours ago, afx said:

Off to a great start Kurt.

Good, at least the basic construction worked out.

4 hours ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

Great concept. Execution is working out very well.  :D

Thank you sir!  I'm going to get executed?  :o

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A lot of great work!

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9 hours ago, GerN said:

A lot of great work!

Thank you.  It's only the beginning..... :blink:

I decided the chop up the Mondial body.  Started off neat by using the #11 blade drag on the straight lines, but got the hot-wire and hogged through the side cuts, and then slicing the fender.
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Used the Dremel to final shape and thin the edges.  Nice thing about the Revel plastic, it bends without breaking, was able to warp to profile.  I removed only enough of the body to fit.
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I superglued this stage, adding baking soda to set and act like filler.  After I was happy with the position, I added more glue and soda.  Nice thing about superglue, can work it soon after (unlike tube cement).
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Glad I got these seats!  Also found some cool parts in the stash, such as the Ferrari GTO dashboard.  I will make the wheel opening a little bigger, after getting the other side done.  I'm expecting to need some putty work to blend in.  I also need to figure out how to make the ducts dip in for the radiators.
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I considered using the wire wheels, even a set of photo-etch that I also got at the DSC show, to keep it as a sleeper.  A Ferrari sleeper :lol:.  

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Nice work blending in the the fender bulges.  Yea I don't think this will be catching any unsuspecting fish.:)

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Very creative.  I see you decided to switch to LHD.

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3 hours ago, afx said:

Nice work blending in the the fender bulges.  Yea I don't think this will be catching any unsuspecting fish.:)

Thanks.  True test will be painting the primer.

3 hours ago, Gramps46 said:

Very creative.  I see you decided to switch to LHD.

Thanks.  Yes, perhaps the easiest modification for this project.  LOL

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Great work on the fender feathering, good luck with the project. 

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6 hours ago, Rider said:

Great work on the fender feathering, good luck with the project. 

Thank you, still needs some putty.

I'm getting to refining what was done before, and working on smaller details.  The headlight buckets need some correction.  Square light recess needs infill.  Also found the after market lenses.  Modified the radiator duct, using part of a door from the Mondial.  Modified the dash pod.  Scribed panel lines, and modified the door, thinking about opening at least one.  Also looked at pictures of the real car, the kit has numerous inaccurate details, but I'm not concerned.  Thinking about relocating the fuel tank behind the seats, but keep the cool gas caps just for looks.

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Ferrari sacrilege. Following, of course.

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So cool, man I love it when billionaires build hot rods!

 

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WOW!!….just, WOW!!!!

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23 hours ago, Russell C said:

Ferrari sacrilege. Following, of course.

And I'm adding gas to the fire....

13 hours ago, dino246gt said:

So cool, man I love it when billionaires build hot rods!

I know what you mean!

58 minutes ago, Dann Tier said:

WOW!!….just, WOW!!!!

Wait until I paint it RED.  :P

I added a construction detail, which is using screws that were salvaged from dead electronic devices.  I like these types of screws, thin flat phillips heads, threads that tap into the plastic nicely.  Now the body and chassis won't shift from now on.  I might add another one, don't like the gap.
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Still futzing with the dash panel.  Cut out the driver door, and made the jamb from Mondial scraps.
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Started on the window frames.  The kit is lacking the correct lip that held the windows in.  This kit also has vacuum-formed widows, surprising addition by Monogram, but the quality is bad.  I've been wanting to use the new tool, for bending photo-etch parts.  Used newspaper printing plate.  I ordered MicroMark rivet decals today, something I learned about from Teresi.
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Russell will like this, Lambo door on a Ferrari.  I'm not really happy with it, plan to make a new hinge block that will be more of an angle.  I have one wire, that slides on the door blocks.  I will make a third block to glue on the end, so the door will not spin around.  At least that's the plan, with no drawings or experience.
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This is sooooo freaking cool, bud!!!!!!

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Excellent concept and execution. Have you seen the latest Ferrari limited-series Icona Monzas which combine past styling with modern engines and suspension?

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17 minutes ago, Phildaupho said:

Excellent concept and execution. Have you seen the latest Ferrari limited-series Icona Monzas which combine past styling with modern engines and suspension?

Thank you.  I've seen a few one-offs recently, completely new vehicles.  A little different than taking a priceless historic vehicle, and trashing it.

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Think I have entered the took-that-much-time-for-that? stage.

Redid the Lambo door.  Third time for carving out the hinge.  I figured out, looking from the top, that it needed to go inward, and also twisted the axis about 30 degrees, and the wire got bent more than 90 degrees.  Really need to add a jamb at the front too so the door won't go inward when closed.  Next step is to hide with interior "panel" that is really basic.

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Blew off work today (benefit of being self-under-employed).  When I get obsessed/possessed about building a model, common sense sort of disappears.

Worked on the door jamb, and interior "panel".  The real thing was just hammered out aluminum, so looking forward to painting Alclad when done.
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Took the plunge on the other fender, went quicker knowing where to cut with the hot-wire, did a sawing motion, which makes it look like a weld, then had to break apart.
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After basic gluing on, I could add the forth screw block.  Worked on the rear valance too.
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I shortened the front axles about 3 mm each side, had drilled for a wire for reinforcement (no pix) when glued back together.  The front stance was lowered a little by revising the top of the struts.  The steering tie rod was shortened 9 mm, I made the cut at about a 50° angle so there was more surface to glue, and added a bent aluminum plate for reinforcement.
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I used part of the Mondial rear bumper for above the tunnel thingamajig.  Puttied at the bottom of the grill because that shape was changed.  I also added to the body behind the wheels, and removed some of the wheel well.  I don't really like gaps if they aren't needed for getting it all together.  The more I do, the stiffer and tighter it gets when assembling/disassembling (which is like 100 times now).  Will need to design a frame and hinge for the engine bonnet.  Debating how to run the exhaust tips out, tradition is four tips, thinking two bigger tips, and am thinking straight out through the grill openings.
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First view of the right side.  I'm almost liking the two tone....   I'm not opening up the door, and it's staying the same shape, but will have to do the interior minus jamb lip.
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Now I have to confess, the reason I've been wanting to build a Ferrari, have collected some cool emblems, dying to try them out.  The race car didn't have the "Ferrari" script, or the prancing horse in the grill.
I have the radiator photo-etch, and fans in the parts film container.  I have two more sets of the brake disks, but the way these wheels are engineered, only need one face.  Photo-etch pedals, only need two with this transmission.  I do have seatbelts for the cool seats.
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Haha, purist in me is screaming, but that is a very cool project.

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WOW! just WOW!

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6 hours ago, Italianhorses said:

Haha, purist in me is screaming, but that is a very cool project.

Love it!  That's the intent.  Remember, it's just a model.  :rolleyes:

5 hours ago, tkzwolf said:

WOW! just WOW!

Oh calm down, it's far from finished. :P

I started cutting up the Monogram chassis.  I used the front part in the same place, and added a little to fill the gap behind the strut.  Also used a piece above the footwell, so you can't see through the model (a pet peeve of mine).  Redid the other duct, using the other Mondial door.  Then I cut out the engine bonnet!  Used more of the door to fill the rear wheel well at the top, but the other panel will have to be glued in after the painted engine is installed.  Used the hot-wire many times today.  I've been trying to use only the two kits for scratch-building material.

Next design-as-I-go is fabricating the engine bay, where the fuel cell will be, have a battery, make radiators, some tube frame, hinge, exhaust tips.

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11 hours ago, 89AKurt said:

Love it!  That's the intent.  Remember, it's just a model.  :rolleyes:

Oh calm down, it's far from finished. :P

I started cutting up the Monogram chassis.  I used the front part in the same place, and added a little to fill the gap behind the strut.  Also used a piece above the footwell, so you can't see through the model (a pet peeve of mine).  Redid the other duct, using the other Mondial door.  Then I cut out the engine bonnet!  Used more of the door to fill the rear wheel well at the top, but the other panel will have to be glued in after the painted engine is installed.  Used the hot-wire many times today.  I've been trying to use only the two kits for scratch-building material.

Next design-as-I-go is fabricating the engine bay, where the fuel cell will be, have a battery, make radiators, some tube frame, hinge, exhaust tips.

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This is definitely one of THE BEST custom jobs I've EVER seen!!!!…..are there any plans to widen the front fenders too?

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