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Ferrari FXX Solar Direct WIP

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Posted by da_ashman on Monday, March 31, 2008 6:14 PM
Wow, great build so far.
Awesome attension to detail, Are you going to use the Solar Direct Orange paint from Zero Paints, Ive heard its good?
I noticed that the latest upgrade to the FXX "the Evo package" has cameras mounted on the front fenders, must be rear view mirrors.

I'd love to see some pics of the Metallica SLR!!!

I'm currently building both the kits you mentioned and man your work is inspiring
keep up the great work
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Posted by freakintiger on Sunday, March 30, 2008 7:07 PM
Beautiful, inspiring work Andy. You make me actually want to paint something...


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Posted by andybmw7272 on Sunday, March 30, 2008 3:53 PM

Thank you guys, these comments really makes me want to take charge and move ahead on this build. I have been slowly working on it over a few months, but this is really inspiring.

Andy

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Posted by East Coast Customs on Sunday, March 30, 2008 9:04 AM
HOLY SMOKES!!!! THATS AWESOME AND IM TYPING IN CAPS CAUSE IM EXCITED TO SEE THIS!!!! KEEP GOING!!!
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Posted by hotrod1 on Sunday, March 30, 2008 2:14 AM
You Ferrari people are SICK
Awesome job on


Everything.
Carbon Fiber application looks Job #1
and a lot of it..
Motor and Every little Detail you have thrown at it
Looks Show Domination Perfect.
And I'm not even a Ferrari person but I do respect those that
can build them to such detail and perfection..
Thumbs UpThumbs Up
Can't wait to see how it finishes out.
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Posted by andybmw7272 on Saturday, March 29, 2008 9:31 PM
So I have made a little more progress.

I have finished the air intake with the same process I did on the seats, this time a little more feaux suede paint than before though. I knew there was no way I was going to be able to paint the red stripes and have them look good, so I took an exacto and cut some small lines from another decal sheet that had red stripes (thank you Jimmy Johnson). The metal PE Ferrari cover is from the Crazy Modeler sheet, the Ferrari badges are from the kit. I tried to use Bare Metal Foil for the silver tied downs with no success and ended up brushing a nice sliver line of testors lacquer.





The dash is also done and steering wheel. The screen is silver lacquer with a hint of transparent Tamiya green. I saw that from someone on some forums. I have gotten into painting with a toothpick lately and did that for the silver surround on the red button in the lower middle portion.




Here is what it looks like with the cover on and some added engine details.




I think now I am really going to have to attack those fron rotors that I have been stalling on. You can see above how the rear ones look bad. Fortunately, that will not be visible with the wheels on in the end.


Thank you for looking!
Andy

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Posted by andybmw7272 on Saturday, March 29, 2008 1:55 PM
QUOTE: That is SICK so far!! Sweet engine and interior!! Keep it up! -kevin

Thank you Kevin! I am on a little bit of a roll with this one and hope to keep up the steady (bot not really fast) pace.


QUOTE: CMC: Inspiration to start my FXX. Keep up the good work!

Yes, go start it! It can be overwhelming, but fun!


QUOTE: VWDave OHHHHH!!!! Based on the bike... I can't wait to see this!!!!

Thank you for the great comments Dave!



As you asked Dave, the Metallica 722 is going to be black with red interior. Custom graphics of a mix between home made decals from photos and some airbrush. All the band members will have signed the dash; Some Kind Of Monster graphics on the hood as well as a picture of the group on the side with some miscellaneous Metallica graphics blended in, not gaudy, but nice and relatively subtle. It will almost be a Metallica race car scheme but streetable too.

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Posted by kevinm on Friday, March 28, 2008 8:12 PM
That is SICK so far!! Sweet engine and interior!! Keep it up! -kevin
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Posted by andybmw7272 on Friday, March 28, 2008 7:18 PM

Interior is and some dash work has been done as well as the front suspension. I used some heatshrink tube for the roll bar padding. The PE seatbelt pieces are from Tamiya and the seatbelt material is some surgical tape colored black with a permanent marker.







This is almost where I am today. More updates to come soon!

Thank you all for looking and providing insight on how to build fun models!
Andy

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Posted by andybmw7272 on Friday, March 28, 2008 7:13 PM

The engine is in and I again am afraid of alignment issues in the future as this did not set in the way it should. There is a wire or something I added which is impeding the designed fit. I am sure the impacts of this will be soon. The good thing is it is all plastic and I can alter other parts for later compensation.




I love the look of the KA Models decals and the flat finish.




Now that engine is in, there are more details to make this look a little more realistic. I am going to have some more wires based on a lot of reference pictures I have collected off the internet.

The heatshield you see on the firewall on the backside of the drivers compartment is from the Crazy Modeler sheet. Since I have the Model Factory Hiro heat shield decal, I should have used that for consistency and easy use. This piece of PE metal was not the easiest to get to lay flat as it needs to.

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Posted by andybmw7272 on Friday, March 28, 2008 7:05 PM

The interior is taking some shape. I coated this part with future floor wax applied with a brush. Technique courtesy of Dave T. The interior of the car is petty shiny so this is a pretty accurate replication.




Floor board and other parts....




Here are the seats textured with some textured paint which did not work well and then thick black paint sprayed through my airbrush from a distance with the intention of the paint drying in the air and creating this texture you see here. Prancing horse is from a Crazy Modeler sheet: I painted it flat red and stuck it to the seat. This is the same horse I embedded in the seat of the FXX bike for those who are framiliar.


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Posted by andybmw7272 on Friday, March 28, 2008 6:57 PM

Templates are being made for the full carbon fiber body. KA Model decals are being used here. This Tamiya tape has really become a good ally for painting and decal templates.




All of the carbon is on here. I gave it a flat clear lacquer finish courtesy of the Testors Model Master line. I think this finish is different and looks pretty realistic.

I cut off the front battery tray to make it easier to decal and easier to paint the master cylinder. (painted with Alclad of course). Before I cut the tray off, I drilled pilot holes in the tray and through the body where styrene rod will later ensure proper alignment. You can see those holes in the picture below. This master cylinder will be wired later as well.




The tray is on and the battery is wired. I am not sure if this how the wires go (and I do not care) as I want it to look good to me. Who the heck knows how a real FXX is wired anyway....


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Posted by andybmw7272 on Friday, March 28, 2008 6:48 PM
Thanks guys, I have to say, it is these forums and you guys that I have learned and borrowed your ideas.


Here is the engine mounted and the exhaust painted with a lot of different shades of Alclad. When the NNLs were here in November, I made a giant list of all paints that Alclad makes and got any color I did not already have from Kevin and StradaSports. Their transparent colors (yellow/amber for this exhaust) are nice to use.

You can see a hole in the exhaust for (what I think is) the O2 sensor.. The actual O2 sensor for this model is going to be RBMotion spark plugs. They look pretty much like O2 sensors to me!




The metal look on the wheel hub area is a combo of Metalizer and Alclad. You cannot go wrong with those two for a metal look.

The Tamiya wash gives some nice depth on the engine.




The brake rotors are on here. I have to say, these kicked my butt bug time. I have some reservations about the fit and they way I put them together. I am fearing all will not line up in the end.... You can see they are a little out of line. In anticipation of problems, I am saving the wheels until last as they will be the ones who are modified to make a final fit.

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Posted by vwdave92 on Friday, March 28, 2008 5:16 PM
OHHHHH!!!! Based on the bike... I can't wait to see this!!!!

Can we get some hints on the 722 as well???

Dave

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Posted by imr.dirtcars on Friday, March 28, 2008 5:02 PM
Fantastic work.. I don't think that motor could look any more beautiful :)

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 28, 2008 3:09 PM
Inspiration to start my FXX. Keep up the good work!
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Posted by andybmw7272 on Friday, March 28, 2008 2:38 PM
I used many pictures and DaveyRacer Model Cars article as reference for this build.

There is a ton of carbon fiber in this car. I think it is almost completely made of carbon fiber! Here I am making some templates for the KA Models decals.




Here it is done and covered with a 2 part auto clear from Transtar sprayed through my new Iwata brush.




I am using the Tamiya photo etch set as well as the Crazy Modeler detail set. You can see the pedals here.

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Ferrari FXX Solar Direct WIP
Posted by andybmw7272 on Friday, March 28, 2008 2:22 PM
Some of you have seen the Ferrari FXX bike I did on these forums. Well, when I was at the LHS looking for Ferrari parts for the bike, I picked up the Tamiya FXX. I needed the decal for the front and this was an awesome excuse to get the kit!

I cannot do a build in a normal way, (I have a Metallica tribute McLaren 722 SLR in the works for November NNL in Atlanta), so I am building this as the Solar Direct FXX with the Dexter transkit. The transkit is actually just decals and two resin mirrors.



The engine will be almost completely wired. Enough to add some details and I may make up some of my own wires to make it look the way I want it to look.

I used Model Factory Hiro heat shield sticker for the valve covers, The engine is a combination of Model Master Metalizer and Alclad. A light wash was made from Tamiya flat black thinned a lot with their X20 thinner.



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