In lieu of the C-10 build, here's something a little more, erm... 'exotic':
The usual box & contents shot - The Esci plastic dates back to the mid 1980's and is quite soft, massive mould seams running along the top of the wings, then along the roof gutters down the middle of the C-pillar across the top of the rear wings and through the middle of the tail-light bezels. What a PitA. But not as much a pain as the integrally moulded bonnet that you need to cut from the body and that frankly awful thick lip on the bonnet scoop - that will be thinned right down.
I built-up the engine & trans which sensibly goes together exactly the same way as a Revell or MPC car kit. Interior is multi-part as is the engine bay. I also assaulted the poor wee thing with a coat of Tamiya grey primer straight from the rattle-can ready for some serious seam-removal.
Rubbed down the offending seams and polished the plastic with successive grades of Micro-Mesh cloths.
Once I was happy the seams were completely gone, I shot a second primer coat and waited for four hours for it to be dry enough to work on. I then polished the primer coat with 4k - 8k Micro-Mesh cloths. As this is written the car body is as smooth as glass with no flaws at all in the paintwork. A good couple of sessions today and very pleased with the result.
If it all goes well, hopefully it will look a little like this one when I'm done.
Thanks for taking the time to look and or comment, please feel free to ask any questions aswell. More tomorrow assuming the gales subside enough for me to get the shed door open !!
I have the Italeri kit of this car...started but stalled for quite some time...I think it is a different tooling as the bonnet is separately moulded. The Italeri Ferraris from the mid to late 90s were lovely kits....I have built the 275GTB and 250GTO, but I don't know anything about the Esci versions.
Will follow this with interest.
Tania, you need to hang-on to that Italeri 250 SWB (preferably build it !), apparently it's a lot better than this Esci one. I agree with you that those era of Italeri kits were simply superb, I only ever built one - the 'racing' Ferrari Daytona in NART colours - one of the nicest kits that I ever had. Unfortunately because Italeri lost the Ferrari license they aren't able to reissue them anytime soon, shame eh ??
OK some self-explanatory photos from todays session:
At this stage the block is a WiP. Because I want to build this one exactly as it comes from the box for a competition further down the line maybe in about twelve months, who can say, there's be no wiring and plumbing this time. Tamiya Flat Aluminium for the trans and AK's 'Xtreme Metal' aluminium for the bock - I'm a recent convert to this product and trust me it's bl**dy superb !!
I couldn't face wrestling with the interior this afternoon so masked-up the interior (Tamiya 'Deck Tan') and broke-out the Tamiya 'Italian Red' rattle can. Warmed it in a bowl of boiled water then shot two coats and left it in the spring sunshine for 30 mins.
So next I'll force myself to finish the interior and then start on the suspension such as it is. Have a great weekend everyone, see you on Monday.
Good on you for tackling an ESCI kit. I remember swearing at some of their 1/72 armour kits as a kid and I've been wary of them ever since. I do have a few in my stash though so I will have to overcome the fear at some stage.
Nice work so far. How do the kit's wire wheels look?
If they're a bit crude I think there's a few nice AM options available these days.
Powder wrote: Nice work so far. How do the kit's wire wheels look? - If they're a bit crude I think there's a few nice AM options available these days.
The wheels are a little basic it's true, but I want to build this one as it comes in the box.
Some Esci kits were quite a handful back in the day, but some of them were just exceptional, especially all of their 1:48 Helo's and a majority of their 1:72 aircraft. The current 1:48 Italeri Bo105 and UH-1D/H kits are Esci as is the superb 1:72 F-5A/B Freedom Fighter's.
Four coats of Tamiys 'Italian Red' with two coats of Tamiya clear varnish sitting on top to keep it safe and give it depth.
Next I'll leave it to cure, not just dry, at least a week, then start with the 6/8/12k Micro Mesh cloths followed by some auto polish. Thanks for taking the time to look and/or comment. More late next week.
Days eight thru eleven.
Well we're almost there, much polishing and buffing followed by applying the 'BMF' to the sills, which to be honest hasn't gone too well partly because of the poor definition of the molded sills and partly because I was having an 'off day' when I did it.
Final assembly early next week. Thanks for talikng the time to look and/or comment. More soon.
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Thanks folks, appreciate the positive comments. So bl**dy frustrating that all I need to finish it is a new bottle of (either) Alclad or AK 'polished aluminium' which I need to order from Taupo Models... Hopefully I can get-around to doing that this evening.
I've got other projects on the go, (two for GB's here at KM), but I really want to get the Ferrari 'in the cabinet' now.
I mentioned that I need to respray the bumpers in 'proper' polished aluminium, well it turns-out that the AK 'Extreme Metals' paints that I now use are less than half the price in UK than they are here, so I'll load-up on them when I'm home in a couple of weeks, then finish the Ferrari when I get back.