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1993 Ferrari 348 Challenge Champion

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Built for the Driver/Owner of the real car as a surprise gift from his family. This is a replica of the car that John Marconi used to trounce the competition in the 1993 season of the Ferrari 348 Challenge.

I started with a 1/43rd BBR 348 kit. It was converted to the race car and I created and generated all the graphics and sponsorship artwork.

Much of the personality is in the cockpit, (granted the exterior has quite a presence and is the real eye catcher).

Since the kit builds a carpeted street version, the carpet was “removedâ€, and the metal corrugated floor was made and weathered to show use. Pedals, virtually invisible once assembled, are there, as well as the gauges including the uniquely positioned tachometer. Other scratch built appointments and added details include the halon extinguisher, roll cage, seats, electrical shut offs, and a lead weight bolted to floor. (Seems John was a bit too fast for the competition and was handicapped for it, not that it kept him from winning.) The steering wheel has a "suede" grip and the stems were added to the column. The bolster on the driver’s seat shows scuff wear as it is a high traffic area for entering and exiting the car. The roll cage is bent to replicate the unique style of the real car, (info provided by one of the mechanics). An overall shading and light weathering rounds out the look of the interior. Approximately 50 additional parts were made for the interior.

The body is painted in custom mixed lacquers and coupled with the sponsorship configuration, makes this an early-mid season version of the car. It was also upgraded to a 348 Especial version by reworking the tail light/rear panel.

Some added exterior details include the electrical shut off, (windshield base) and tow hooks fore and aft. Been sitting on this until it was presented to him...

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Incredibly beautiful job Mark, all the more so at that small scale. I trust the recipient was suitably awed! Bill

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Beautiful build Mark! And been a smaller scale makes it even more impressive.

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My hats off to you for an awesome build in such small scale. I do good to build one in 1/24-1/25 scale. Great job as usual.

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Beautiful build Mark! And been a smaller scale makes it even more impressive.

EXACTLY!

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That is insane!

I built the Monogram 1:43 Cobra, and couldn't imagine building it like you built this Ferrari. Excellent work!!

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