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La Ferrari WIP - Finished!

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La Ferrari WIP - Finished!
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, March 15, 2019 7:16 PM

I'm going to build this one which is a real departure for me! I don't know anything about Ferraris but I may have seen one or two in the west Houston Galleria area - not this one of course! I don't build foreign and exotic and it is also very unusual for me to pop for an expensive kit like this. Although I got a discount, with the paint and shipping, it was still more than $60. I haven't spent that kind of money on a kit almost ever. I bought kits from two different modelers for $50 each when they were down on their luck and needed the money. That was years ago. 

But I read the December issue of SA by Mark Jones and it was quite interesting. So here I go with a new challenge! First, I have to finish a 57 Chevy and then I'll get started! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:16 AM

Change is as good as a rest?    Its a cool looking little car

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:15 PM
after building a tamiya kit you'll be wondering what the hell is AMT and Revell doing.
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Posted by mclovin on Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:08 PM

You won't be disappointed,Tamiya's quality is the leader in the field!!.

"to love it ,is to live it"

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, March 17, 2019 4:47 PM

Thanks, Mike, Aussie and McLovin! I appreciate your comments! Yes, I have built a couple of Tamiya kits and have been pleased with how well they go together. But my pocketbook can't afford it.  Just like I prefer and can afford to drive a Dodge or Chevrolet vs. a Lexus or BMW. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, April 01, 2019 11:44 AM

I've finally gotten started on this WIP! I've cut up the yellow body parts tree for primer. I started by using Tamiya White fine surface primer on the engine heads so that I could brush on some flat red. Unfortunately, as I have experienced before, The Tamiya fine surface primer tends to pool or is thicker around  detail than on flat surfaces. So this caused a problem around the plug cover detail on the heads. Also painting the flat red was a mess. So I washed off the acrylic red paint and painted with Testor's Italian Red and then flated it out with Dullcote. 

Due to the problem with the Tamiya fine surface primer (maybe I should have done only one pass of the very thin paint instead of two like I always do) I now will primer with gray first and then probably two coats of white fine surface primer before I apply the TS-16 yellow. I got started priming the pieces but the cold front that blew through on Saturday afternoon stopped any progress. Maybe I'll get back to it by Wednesday. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 5:16 PM

That's looking good MCJ. The heads really look good...

Been a member since 2005. Had to reup after they made their change over in 2013

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, April 05, 2019 8:00 AM

Thanks, Gary! I appreciate your comment! 

So its been a few frustrating days since I last posted. It started with painting the interior/frame part. There was a imperfection or perhaps a mold release line in the foot board area that seems to appear in almost every model, usually on the body. I didn't sand it out as I figured it wouldn't matter as I was going to paint it black. Wrong!

I painted with flat black for a primer and then followed with Krylon Satin Black for the semi-gloss black effect and the line was still there in the footboard area. So I thought I would just cover it with gray primer and then shoot the black again. Wrong! 

I guess I didn't wait long enough and the primer cracked seriously. So into the oven cleaner it went. A couple of days later I scrubbed out the oven cleaner and paint and in so doing I also broke off the wheel hangers or stabilizers and one apparently went down the drain! So I had to re-create them using straight pins and some tubing that I drilled and cut to fit. (2nd picture). So after all this I repainted with primer and satin black. There is still a little crazing beyond the foot pedals but that won't be seen once the interior is complete. I will be gluing the hood on as there is nothing to see since the engine is in back.

I've also painted and detailed two wheels but have to keep track of them since each wheel attaches differently to the wheel hub. There's also a tiny little red decal on the console. I still have to blackwash the foot pedals.  I'm only through Step 7 of 40 steps so this will take a while. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, April 07, 2019 10:46 AM

The doors and the engine cover have vent or scoop panels that are separate pieces. One other piece has nothing to do with a vent panel, its simply a small panel at the door handle area, also hase to be glued in. I am not sure why these pieces are separate. Maybe just to make the degree of difficulty to complete the kit more challenging. 

Mark Jones in his SA article indicated that he simply let the glue ooze out of the panel lines, let it dry, and then sanded it smooth. That has never worked for me. So with a tube of putty I filled the panel lines and then sanded everything down using a rolled up piece of sandpaper and a Q-tip. Very tedious and tight spaces. Here are some pics and one door is done! On to the other door and hood. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 1:09 PM

After days of rain, wind, and generally bad weather for painting, I finally got a day that I could get it done! The doors and rear body with the vent panels look good. In fact, all the paint turned out well and will need very little rubbing, thank goodness, as there are multiple curves in all these parts! The white areas are areas that I taped off and will be painted black once the paint is dry and rubbed out. All of these body panels also have to be painted black on the inside due to the engine cover and door openings. 

I've also installed the wheel hubs, including my scratched stabilizer pieces in the rear. The front wheels are also poseable. I've now finished step 10 of 40. Thanks for looking! Cool 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:32 PM

Quite a complex kit. It’s coming along nicely. I agree with your comments about rubbing out the paint. All those deep curves and sharp edges would be a real challenge. 

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, April 12, 2019 6:12 PM

Thanks, Trevor! I appreciate your comment! 

Engine compartment is almost done except for what is called a fuel tank cover. Must be an awful small fuel tank! I have detail painted a few other pieces. The tail piece had a problem with the black paint so I smoothed it out as much as possible and I think the flaw will be covered by the Ferrari plate. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, April 15, 2019 7:28 AM

I've been working on some painting detail on the seats and undersides of body parts. First, I painted the seats while still attached to the sprue Satin Black on the backs and Italian Red on the front side with spray cans and no tape! Then I flatted out the Italian Red with some Dullcote. I had to figure out how to replicate a black bead on the edges of the seats and black accents in other areas. 

I painted the raised beading on the seats with Tamiya flat black since I only have two bottles of Tamiya paint, flat black and flat red. Then, I used the flat red, (matches the Italian Red pretty well once it is flatted out) to trim the outside of the bead so it looks like black beading on red. I added the black trim on the eyelets with a toothpick and then used blackwash to trim the other accent line in the bottom and top of the seats. Very tedious work but I think it came out pretty well. 

I also taped off the hood and engine cover and sprayed the undersides with Krylon Satin Black. I trimmed up the edges with flat black as the spray paint is too thin to spray in a cap and apply. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Monday, April 15, 2019 5:49 PM

Taping off that hood looks like it was a major job. The seats turned out well.  I can't help but think that they have a shape that makes me think of some kind of insect. They are rather elaborate. 

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:26 PM

Thanks, Mike! I appreciate your comment! 

Well, I wasn't done taping off the hood. I also had to tape off a portion of the cowl to paint it black. So I did that and as I was pulling the tape very slowly a couple of tiny spots pulled yellow paint! The paint had been on for a week with a clear coat and rubbed out. Very exasperating! So after trying to repair it with a brush and failing, I taped off the black and gave the hood another coat of yellow followed by clear. Once it dried I rubbed it out. Of course, I rubbed off some of the black on the cowl so I used some Alclad black base and brushed it on. Its not perfect but it will pass for now.

I also painted the top of the right door and will rub it out but still need to add the black to the bottom of the door and rear quarter panel. I am in process of painting the dash and top. Seats are glued in and hpofully the painting will be done soon. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 8:57 AM

I had a problem with the decals on the back panel.  the decal disintegrated or tore in spots. So I thought I would just spray some Tamiya Smoke on the clear plastic pieces. However, there were some circles in the plastic that didn't color well. So I remembered that I had some upholstery decals that looked a bit like screen so I used a houndstooth pattern to fix the issue. 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 9:14 AM

And now its done! It turned out OK but there were a few problems with the kit and there were a few problems with my approach and skills. So I'll be back with my review of the kit and things I would do differently next time. Until I can get some outdoor pics, here are three pics of the completed build. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 11:12 AM

That is an attention grabber!  One thing for sure; it screams complicated prep and paint job, but boy did you do it nice.  Thats a shame about those decals. Rather unusual for a Tamiya kit.  As for paint coming off with tape..... I empathise! 

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:10 AM

Thanks, Mike! I appreciate your comment! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 10:30 AM

That looks great, Jr! A very eye catching model, that yellow paint just pops. You overcame the struggles well, and the result is certainly well worth the trouble. Very nicely done!

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:30 AM

Thanks, Trevor! I appreciate your comment! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by texwardfan on Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:07 AM

Jr. that is downright Awesome. Really excellent build. I'm really curious as to where you think you did something wrong with it. Looks beautiful to me.

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Posted by George123 on Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:21 PM

These Tamiya Ferrari models are the most challenging and best engineered car models out there.   I've built this one in red, and just completed the Enzo in yellow.  I am now doing the Tamiya FXX K  (number 15 in yellow).

You've done a good job here and will get better if you keep doing these.  The painting sequence is just maddening on these.  These are not quick builds by any measure.

My LaFerrari can be seen by Googling Wilbur Wright LaFerrari and go to images. That is my Fine Scale Forum handle. I'll try to get some Enzo photos up here when I have the time.

The Tamiya decals have been very thick and have to be soaked in hot water to release. I would suggest always getting the photo etch for these for about $13 bucks, as they will make your life a lot easier.

What brand of masking tape did you use that caused pull-up?  Tamiya yellow masking tape wil generally not do that.  I've also found that a clear coat is not necessary if Tamiya TS paints are used.  Polish with Tamiya compound before decals/then decal/ then Tamiya wax, is my finish routine.

I would recommend the Enzo in yellow if you can find one.

 

Best of luck

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, April 25, 2019 4:48 PM

Thanks, Texwardfan and George! I appreciate your comments! 

Yes, I did use Tamiya yellow 6mm tape and it still pulled. I have always used a clear coat on Tamiya or Testors laquers because they are dull usually and need to be rubbed out. And rubbing out the paint without a clear especially on this model would be a disaster on the edges. I still rubbed out two spots and had to brush touch them up. 

I did make some mistakes. However, I always have problems with colored plastic, and in this case, yellow, gray and black. It has a different texture and feel as well as requiring multiple primer coats. In addition, there were multiple "mold release lines" or aberations in the plastic that were hard to eliminate. The decals were very thin and in my opinion, crap. 

Two other things that really upset me were the masks for the windows and the suggestion of using double-sided tape on the mesh for screens. The mask on the windshield ruined the build. I worked for two hours trying to get the glue off, using Isopropyl alcohol, windex (nothing worked) and I had to sand it off with polishing cloths and thought I had it just to have it come back the next day. I should know better than to use a template with glue on clear plastic.

Using the double sided tape for the screens simply tore and added tape glue to the screens. I found it easier to just hold the template on the screen in my fingers and cut around the template. 

I will admit that the top of the doors are a bit light on paint and I was probably worrying about the concave shape of the door and getting paint into it while not paying as much attention to the top of the door. And I didn't see it until I was in the construction stage and don't plan to try to fix it. The doors and rear deck also had separate vent pieces that had to be puttied in and I am not sure why. Seems to me to be unambitious detail that adds nothing to the build. So I was disappointed in both the kit and my skills in dealing with it!  Bang Head

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia
Posted by Aussie Mick on Friday, April 26, 2019 7:52 PM

Nice job. I’m currently building one of these but mine is molded in red. It is a complex kit. I have the photo etch and the Carbon Fibre decal sheet, (actually two, in case of mistakes). There is a lot of Carbon Fibre on this car. This kit is roughly $80 here in Oz, so that makes it $110USD so you got off light there!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 02, 2019 3:37 PM

Thanks, Mick! I appreciate your comment! 

This one didn't fare too well at the IPMS contest over the weekend. But I did win 2 firsts, 1 second and 1 third with my other builds. 4 for 10 so I did pretty well! I think i'll stick to Revell, AMT, Moebius, etc. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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