FERRARI F430 - from a toy to replica

41 posts in this topic

Posted (edited) · Report post

So I picked up this old beat up Ferrari from Hotwheels and decided to make it do justice to the real car.

The first thing I addressed was the interior. It was molded in some sort of ugly grey and everything was awfully glued together. It took quite a bit of muscle to pray it all apart.

i1tdq.jpg

Interior was washed, painted and then flocked. Details were added and wrapped in BMF.

spqs.jpg

jigeu.jpg

Seats were some sort of gooey rubber in ugly two tone grey. I decided to also turn them into Daytona style seats. So 72 strips of styrene were measured, cut and their edges were rounded. Then they got arranged on top of the seat centers.

oam4.jpg

acrh.jpg

Then I drilled 92 holes into the strips.

p58d.jpg

jgmgc.jpg

Now I will have to clean them up a little and make beautiful molds from them, so I can reproduce them in resin. The main reason for this is that this rubber material is impossible to paint properly.

Edited by mrm

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

I'm liking the detail this will look awsome when it's done

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Wow! Awesome start! I'll keep an eye on this one!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Thank you guys.

Not going crazy with this one. Just making it look like a nice looking display model.

This is what the engine molding looked like

v7eer.jpg

And this is after just some paint and ignition wires.

ci7t.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

I am currently waiting for the silicone to set on the seats moldings. Meanwhile I sourced some nice Challenge wheels from another model.

qm57r.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

I like those wheels

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Great start and very nice wheels..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Great start and very nice wheels..

I agree, those are very very nice and good luck with the seats and the rest. Sometimes the 'toys' can be fun jazzing up!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Thank you guys.

The body was stripped, primed and painted PPG Giallo Modena, with two part clear.

Right after the clear was wet sanded.

fcro.jpg

Then everything got polished to a wet shine.

32jsa.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

NICE!!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Thank you.

And here are the seats cast in resin.

2rry.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited) · Report post

Wow that cast came out good! Was that before or after you cleaned them up?

Edited by DynoMight

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Before clean up. You can see some nimor flash on the seat on the left. I just touched up a couple of holes with my drill.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

fantastic

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH, it looks fantastic, it shows it is really worth to go for the extra mile :-) At the end you could rename your topic to 'showpiece' instead of 'replica' :-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Do you have a 'before' pic, Michael?

Great job on the seats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Other than the "before" pictures I am showing, no. I never took a picture of the model before I disassebled it. It is metal, but the front and rear bumpers were all plastic with horrible mold lines under a crappy paint job. I replaced them with metal ones from another model, corrected all the rough spots on the body and repainted it. I wrote "from a toy to a replica" as I am doing this as a replica of a friend's car.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

The seats got painted with some yellow inserts to match the exterior. They look way better in person, but still need some touching up here and there.

f74299.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Looking nice great turn around for sure

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Nice work !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited) · Report post

Thanks guys.

Here are the door panels as they came on the model. Everything in the interior was in that ugly gray plastic. also the steering wheel cluster was a little modified. The paddles were thinned and slightly reshaped.

5c1836.jpg

The headliner got a little destroyed, because it was riveted to the roof, so I had to rebuilt it in the middle.

edb555.jpg

Here is what the dash looked like just after been painted black

947e66.jpg

The dash after receiving its carbon fiber trim.

015cb8.jpg

The interior all done.

6dc706.jpg

Edited by mrm

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Silk purse out of a sow's ear? Amazing transformation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Wow amazing work. Never would've thought that simply painting the dash black made it look so much better. And bravo on those seats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Very impressive work Michael.. Amazing work so far...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Great stuff for sure, decal work in that small area is one of my downfalls; so kudos to you. Good stuff!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now