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Finished: Ferrari NART Spyder (pics)

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Finished: Ferrari NART Spyder (pics)
Posted by Brian Venable on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 4:10 PM
This is the Italeri kit painted with 2 coats of Mica Blue over Light Blue, 3 coats clear and polished.

Not a great kit, bad chrome, sucky tyres, dash lacking detail, car looks too big...

I used tyres from Fujimi Daytona so I had to narrow the back half of the rims, I left the wipers off like some of the real ones, made up etched door locks from various etch parts, decided to leave the goofy back up light on, it's kind of quaint.

It's suppose to have quarter windows but they didn't fit up to the frame after I installed the windshield so I left them off. If I build another I will glue those in first, making sure the windscreen will fit, then BMF them after painting.

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  • From: Arroyo Grande, CA
Posted by MojoDoctor on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 5:12 PM
Brian, you're killin' me here!
I've had that kit waiting for me, but now I'll have to step it up a bit. That color looks gorgeous. I thought the wheels Italeri made are quite nice, but the tires are NOT!
Did you use the kit engine?

Matt Good judgement is the result of experience, Experience is the result of poor judgement. Mark Twain

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Posted by Brian Venable on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 5:42 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by MojoDoctor

Brian, you're killin' me here!
I've had that kit waiting for me, but now I'll have to step it up a bit. That color looks gorgeous. I thought the wheels Italeri made are quite nice, but the tires are NOT!
Did you use the kit engine?


Yes, I built it basically box stock. Not a great kit, but as my friend ZoomZoom says, looks better built than in the box.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 5:50 PM
WOW!!!!!!! Brian that is just amazing! I believe Enzo just got out of the grave to look at it. Thanks for showing us. Rene'
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  • From: CA Gold Country foothills.
Posted by mishalah on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 5:55 PM
Brian that is beautiful. If I could take the top off one of my 1/12 coupes without ruining the lines, and turn it into a spyder like yours I'd be ecstatic. I understand they used to do that with real ones, but they weren't working with old plastic.

i'm going to save your pics. BowBowBow

"Help me....I've fallen and I can't get up."...my models are crushing me. my pics: https://public.fotki.com/dallas916/

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Posted by Brian Venable on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 5:59 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by mishalah

Brian that is beautiful. If I could take the top off one of my 1/12 coupes without ruining the lines, and turn it into a spyder like yours I'd be ecstatic. I understand they used to do that with real ones, but they weren't working with old plastic.

i'm going to save your pics. BowBowBow


Thanks all! Which 1/12 did you build, Revell or Renwal, or are they the same. I'm thinking they are two different kits and the Renwal has the better body?
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  • From: Illinois
Posted by hot ford coupe on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 7:52 PM
Brian, that is a fantastic piece of work. If that's what you consider a poor kit, I hate to see what you call a geat kit. You have apparently overcome the kit's failings quite nicely.
I'm hopelessly addicted to building models. Not finishing them, just building them.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 9:00 PM
NICE ! Love those NART's !
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 9:20 PM
i was wondering how you guys get the light lenses for the head lights on without getting glue on them???? looks good!!!!!
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  • From: TRENTON, OHIO
Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 9:46 PM
WOW. very nice. i love the paint jobBowBowBowBow

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Posted by Brian Venable on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 9:49 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Jared

i was wondering how you guys get the light lenses for the head lights on without getting glue on them???? looks good!!!!!


Use white glue to glue on your clear parts and anything else that goes on the body. Krystal Klear is the best glue made by Microscale, it dries clear and it's water soluble, so if you mess up you can wash it off.
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  • From: CA Gold Country foothills.
Posted by mishalah on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 10:10 PM
Brian;

I have one of each. The Renwal is in primer waiting for me to get back to it. The top got pressed and broke one of the A pillars, so i have to fiddle with it a little. Also, the chrome windshield frame was broken at 1 point when I got the kit, so I guess I'll have to fix it and send it out for a rechrome. The 275gtb and gtb4 are probably my favorite of all ferraris, but the NART is something special. The only real disappointment with both kits is they have the allow wheels instead of wires. I have some wires I might try on one of them, but it's hard to match what they actually used back then (tall tires and thicker spokes than aftermarket photoetched ones).

I think I'm going to do a race version of one, but I must say that they didn't have very attractive markings then. I'd like to find a version that was more unique than just a few numbers stuck on the doors and hood...oops, "bonnet". If I could do the kind of moulding it would take to convert 1 to a spyder I'd make it a priority. But alas, that is my real weakness. If I ever get my hands on another one I may take a shot at it.

In the meantime, I'll just admire yours.

"Help me....I've fallen and I can't get up."...my models are crushing me. my pics: https://public.fotki.com/dallas916/

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Posted by Gerard on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 11:05 PM
Aaaargh! Another clean Venable model! I have this in the Revell kit and have put off doing anything with it until I re-grease some of my old rusty skills. Now I see I have to aim higher. Thanks Brian for showing the way. The NART Spyder and the XKE convertible are my two favorite classic ragtops...
Gerard> Currently building: 1/700 What-If Railgun Battlecruiser CG-X

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