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  1. Thanks guys. Appreciate the comments. Black paint is tricky. Both in models and in 1:1 it is the cheapest and easiest to spray. Meanwhile it Is hard to finish, because it shows every single tiny imperfection. Worst paint to have orange peel on ever.
  2. Beautiful! I believe I actually have one of these, but I believe the decals are gone.
  3. Thank you. I think the colors make it look more attractive than it actually is. Thank you. I have almost never seen any Koenig Specials kits built. I personally love them. I have to say that this particular one is probably the least attractive of the bunch.
  4. TV shows or not, everyone who is into Hot Rods knows who Chip Foose and Boyd Coddington are.
  5. Very nice. Super clean and pretty detailed without going overboard. The most classic of all Ferrari color combos. Great looking model.
  6. I remember the Mythos very well. I even had a picture with the car on my desk for years, from the Geneva Auto Salon. It looks alien today, imagine 30 years ago. Tamiya released it almost as soon as the real car came out and it was probably the very first Tamiya kit I have ever build. Or should we say, the very first Tamiya kit that I ruined. LOL. I have build the kit at least twice more since then. The real car is basically a rebodied Testarossa and as such it shares most of its parts with the Testarossa Kit from Tamiya. At the time no one knew this, but apparently Pininfarina made few of those cars and all of them were 100% operational The Sultan of Brunei had at least three of them. And at least two of them had roofs. There were at least two additional cars, which have slightly different details. The reason why I am saying all this, is because The Tamiya kit would be very accurate to at least one of those examples. It has some really cool features from the real car, like the panel infront of the windscreen, which raises up for the wiper to come out and both the front and rear active wings can be positioned extended or retracted. The interior is very plain. Or should I say clean. And it depicts the real one to the T. The kit will come with self adhesive metal transfers for the emblems, shift gate and mirror, which was revolutionary back when it got released. The cool thing about building this model is that unlike some other concept cars, this thing was 100% bone stock Testarossa underneath, so finding reference material to detail it should be easy-peasy. The only difference under the hood was the mufflers in the Mythos, which have nothing to detail. If you want to detail the kit, you may notice that there are a lot of pictures showing the interior having these four point seatbelts, coming out from behind what looks like cushions on the seats. As far as I know only one car had those. The Tamiya kit is molded with no "cushions", so if you want to add the belts you would need to scratch build them. Other than that the kit falls together just as expected from Tamiya. In that regard nothing has changed in the last 30 years. I have never build the Monogram Mythos. But what I know is that you are going to get inferior tires and wheels for sure, the rear hood will not have its sides open as it should and the seats will have the cushions with the belts molded in, which takes away from the quality of the mold and creates a nightmare if you want to add good detail or display the car without belts as some of the prototypes were. Also my main reason vor voting for the Tamiya kit is the metal transfers, which make a world of difference. There are quite few videos our days of the car at different events.
  7. I forgot the mock up picture.
  8. Well, this project is well on its way, but better later than never, right? It started almost by coincidence. I was looking for something else and then I found the box, which I had forgotten I have. Inside was the started body, with the front and rear bumpers glued to it and the headlight buckets also attached. It had some primer on and chassis (not much for it) started. These Fujimi kits are super simple. They a re curbside, which means there is no engine detail and nothing opens on the car. The interior is super simple and lacking in terms of detail. So I figured this could be a very quick and simple build to take a brake from some more involving projects. First I recraped all the body panels. I don't like using panel liner, so I always make all panel lines deeper before paint. In this case it was absolutely necessary, as Fujimi did not even mold any gaps for some of the hoods. I big pep peeve is when manufacturers design their models in a way forcing you to build it with ugly license plate holders. I mean, include them, offer them as an option and let me decide if I want to use them. I don't belie a single Ferrari 550 came from the factory with two big holes in its front bumper, so I filled them with some sprue. For some reason I am missing the rear view mirrors of the model. However I found some mirrors in my parts box, that are a pretty close match to the original ones, altho I have no idea what did they come from. I drilled them and added some brass pins to make mounting them easier and more secure. The seats in the model have a strange look to them. They are not necessarily wrong, but look like they are carved out of slab of granite or something. Just not very realistic. So I pirated the seats from one of the F430 kits that I discovered I had, when I found this one. I love the 550 Maranello and IMO it is one of the best looking cars of the firm ever. Its looks have aged very well, but what keeps it planted square in the '90s are its undersized and plain wheels. I have a set of timeless BBS LM wheels from a long gone Tamiya Porsche 911 GT2, which should bring some attitude to this Maranello. The interior door panels are completely wrong as they represent the ones from 575M, but even in that case they are very poorly detailed. So I'll be addressing these too.
  9. Very nice. Just FYI, to this day fender badges are optional on Ferraris. For a hefty additional price of course. I am not sure for Euro cars, but on a US spec car it would cost about an extra $6500 for the fender shields. In the not too distant past, side mirrors were dealer installed options on Ferraris.
  10. Thank you Alan. It is a really easy kit and mine is not far from stock. Just the seats, which was easy. I don't know why you had problems with the decals. Mine worked like a charm.
  11. Thank you Jeroen. Yes, you're right. Putting the last finishing touches no a model is always the best feeling of modeling.
  12. I had to take a little break from my Pagani build for two reasons. First of all it did not stop raining for few days and so I don't lose my mind. So I could not stay idle and had to work on something else and I looked in my case with finished models, where they share space with some rojects in various stages of finish, awaiting their turn. Most are Hot Rods, but since I'm in the exotic mood, this little Porsche caught my eye It has been 95% finished for the longest time, but it needed its mirrors, door handles - one of which I knew I broke in half, it's windshield wipers, exhaust tips and license plate. That last item is a necessety, because it looks mighty awful without it. The problem is that this model was almost finished over three years ago, before my move from Colorado and I had no idea where all those parts were. So, I spent the better half of two days going through boxes and looking in weird places to see what I find. Miraculously I found the micro pieces of the broken door handle and the good one, both painted in matching yellow, together with the mirrors and wipers. The craziest ting was that I found the decal sheet in some completely irrelevant box, which made a huge difference for the dash and added the windshield banner. The interior mirror came from the parts box. The e-brake and the shifter were found too in their plain white plastic. The license plate came from the parts box also and the exhaust tips which are probably forever lost, I cut from aluminum tubing. To sum it up: It's a Fujimi Koenig Specials Porsche 911 Turbo Paint is PPG original Lamborghini tri-coat, called Giallo Horus. The seats came from a Fujimi Koenig Specials Testarossa Spider, which got accidentally destroyed for the most part, so it donated some of its organs. The belts are artist's tape, which was painted gloss black. I would normally not do gloss on belts, but I needed contrast with the flat black. When the interior is enclosed it looks perfect. The license plate and it's decal is I believe from Revell's Audi R8. So, except for the seats, it's basically a box stock build. I hope you like it.
  13. This model is really great, but it represents a great controversy about the car it depicts and about the questionable ethics of some of Chip Foose's actions. Builders like him reach a peak, where their legendary status starts to get to their heads and then egos take over rational. Chip Foose seems to be no exception. Altho he is undeniably an extremely talented person who has definitely left a huge mark on the custom auto industry, he lays claim to some cars as his and collects dividends, when actually they are not his to claim. This car is one of these cars, which was build by the late Boyd Coddington. At the time Chip Foose was an up and coming designer employed by Boyd who sketched this Caddy for Boyd under his direction. He learned pretty much everything he knows about custom car building from Boyd and the reality is that, if he didn't work for Boyd, he may have ended up designing family sedans for Chrysler or Toyota. So, after Boyd's passing, to repaint the car, give it a new set of wheels and call it all his own and then be the sole receiver of the Revell contract is kinda low in my book. Anywhoooooo....... The model is built 100% box stock, save for some bare metal foil. The paint is PPG automotive Jaguar racing green metallic topped off with 2K clear. The chassis was painted with Pactra RC paint. Interior is a two tone SEM paint.
  14. Thanks Thank you Tony. Thank you, Neddy. The paintjob took a little elbow grease, but was not that bad. I would definitely not call this truck a "mild custom" job. I mean the real thing, not the model. On the real truck every possible dimension and panel was modified. The roof has been chopped, the hood pie cut and reshaped, the cowl reshaped. Wheel base altered, fender openings moved and reshaped etc. The whole chassis is new. I mean, there is not a single panel you can use on a stock truck. But in typical Foose style it is executed in a seamless way, where the subtle changes are unnoticeable but have an impact. Thank you.
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