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Old 12-02-2017, 09:04 AM   #1
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IVECO Turbostar refurbish

well, back on my trucks. I really didnt want to build another one for this year (made 2, never before..lol) , but i was cleaning my showcase when i noted my little old fellow, a model I build nearly in another life. Probably around 1992 or so on, and was a model that alwayss gave me big prizes in competitions, surely for its rare dust dirt and rusty appeal, so uncommon on civil trucks, even more back in time.

Model was this, original kit 782







the idea to refurbish it in some way was because i damaged it with a too strong spotlight back in time. This end in some melting part on the roof. Not so many noted it, but I did, and as you wellknow modeller eye ends always over there.


and then I start to think at how to cover or correct this bad mistake, maybe a used sheet, or something covering it.....but in reality thats a very high part on the vehicle and any kind of truck moving naturally celans it. My usual little nice leafs arent enough for such, unless I use the 1:1 oak leaf...but no. SO why not place in its roof one of that so common air spoilers those trucks nearly always used to improve aerodynamics between tractors and trailers?

Italeri also provided it in the box...point is..find NOW spare parts of a model I did in 1992...and thats not so easy at all....
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: IVECO Turbostar refurbish

well of course I didnt find my parts, and then discover also in this firts issue italeri....mistaken the shape of turbostar upper wing, but I misteriously find a spare upper wing, coming from the second edition of this truck they did forward later in the 90s, the turbostar 2



with more improved parts as the different front rim with air vents,and a lot of details more than my original box. Point is as you can see from pictures, here the aero kit is much bigger and also has a side skirt parts, as well as a different front lower bumper air intakes and details...

So the question now was quite big...should i really go SO much forward? my initial idea was only to place a red wing on its roof and maybe update the weathering effect with my hnds of 2017 and after 2 trucks of experience (skill in the argument matters here..). I still like a lot this fellow ....






so many many days of mubmle mumble mumble thinking....then, lets do it !
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Re: IVECO Turbostar refurbish

Dismantle a model you liked, and also others liked a lot is never easy.
My decision come after the consideration those old italeri models are very often discontinued and limited editions. Differently from cars is very hard to find theme as bargains online, and their box dimensions make them not cheap to post. Add tho this the 90% of the buyers of those boxes are kit collectors and the remaining 10% is usually ULTRA skilled modellers, specialized in those quite boring assembly. In Italy the turbostar was also the super truck every kid dream about. We had so many on the roads back in time to make it feel fiat was not so far away in production from scania or volvo. Today meet one on the road is very rare, mostly due to pollution limitations, and it makes you nearly smile compare this "super" truck to what are modern real super trucks...

I personally like much more older trucks, the stuff from 50s, 60s and 70s. Hardly 80s have an appeal, surely 90s truck dont have any for me for the massive presence of that fugly plastics that use to fade after some years and /or wrinkle under the hard mediterranean sun, despite owners do miracles to keep theme fresh and clean. I personally hated as much as I can Fiat 90s car and overall production for this reason. asap I could I bought vehicles from other company and quality of the plastic wes indeed better. Icluding the cheapest Ford around. I simply couldnt stand it...

The same for the paints. Fiat started some "micalized" colors as well as some tones of silver that look ugly from the beginning of the production. I still hate all of this, but thanks god nature and the road made its natural selection. TBH I recently been in a local big Iveco truck garage and the modern ones looks much different in quality perception than those older trucks.

Little by little then I separate all the parts of my model. It helped a lot the cristalize of the old glue so was nearly always enough to force a little to feel that CRAKK that means yes, u separate it but maybe u still didnt break the plastic. Thanks god in 1992 Italeri STILL worked with good quality plastic polimhere, different than today puke used in (their) model kits.

here the sprues I mentioned before with the improved turbostar 2 parts I got




So, refurbishing all....why not step into something older and real metal that I like so much?? I was already planning to do a nice Fiat 691T, double steering wheels, the cabing could be converted as I did starting from magirus deutz into fiat 697...great idea !!

BUT...no.
Checking better all those parts I noted the turbostar was seriously too different from the previous 190 serie, despite italeri made it converting their own previous Fiat cowboy 190 box.
Here the roof is specific, as well as doos, lower bumper, rear hatch,dashboard...overall details. No way to make it as a fiat H cabin...also cause I already have spares from another magirus meant for the nice 691T project (but not now really...).
This MUST be ONLY ...another turbostar...

And then lets do it..it must absolutely be the most 90ish I could, concentrating as much as I can on that details I wrote before I hated so much..silver paint, plastics looking crap from the day you buy it, a lot of fake details able to make this look more moder than it was ...so lets do it THAT way

as this nice model maybe, here made very nicely and clean.....


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Re: IVECO Turbostar refurbish

IF you ever want to build one italeri turbostar there is some issue that must be absolutely fixed as soon as possible. The main one in my opinion is about the front bumper.Italeri made the miracle to make it deadly out of shape, too long and with much sharper side angles than the real guy.

it should be THIS way..


and we got this from the box..


and it is really strange why this happened cause italeri anyway made a good job with the same part meant for the 190 / Magirus


Basically there is a huge work of sanding to make it much more bubbely and round in the edges, but to do this you will surely hole the plastics, so I filled the inner part with cyiano glue and sprue debrits, to have the material to sand on...


At the same time I also will fit the newest (of course wrinkled) plastic parts on bumper and rebuild the inner part of the radiator grille, that in my previous build I cutted away to open the cabin and show the engine............................................ ............ because I still didnt know Italeri made mistake also there.
The 2 turbos provided are in the mistaken position for a 190-48.....they must be 2, but position in real vehicle is different. Add to this I really dont like today people with big fingers arriving to touch my models, so as usual here, the cabin will be fixed over the (once again) mistaken engine part.



as you can see here, there is no details for the inner side wing parts..


while of course the real vehicle has them,...
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Re: IVECO Turbostar refurbish

what I observed from pictures is to mantain the typical specific appeal of the turbostar, you always need to mantain all its details. nearly all had upper windshield sun protection spoiler, as well as the many many little details only he had. Will try to keep as close as possible to original
The same for its decals. I got some red ones, dunno the origin, it is surely an italeri decal but forces me to work with a color cabin quite clear, and not darker as I would prefer..
Will go for an ugly silver color...so base must be a dark grey, and will also modify the exhaust to make something aggressive as on american trucks. All love that 2 big tubes coming up in the sky...



heat protections drilled hole by hole....long work









then i recreated all the cable system to regulate the side wings





so then it is time already for silver paint and new decals in position. refer to original picture is very very important in this passage. Overall look start to convince me, specially on that lower bumper so mistaken before









then will be the time to focus on interiors details. In this newer edition of this model i will keep the driver door closed. what will be seen will be frpm big trasparent parts and from open side windows...
Italeri made also here quite a mistake. In their intentions there is a little correction part to update previous 190 seats into the more modern and comfortable turbostar serie (there is up to 30 yrs of difference between them..) but they are anyway too low. so I check in my spare box and found two seats from an old fujimi bmw, looking similar to this turbostar ones.
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Re: IVECO Turbostar refurbish

here is possible to see the first shorter spoiler provided by italeri and its mistaken shape,sad for this guy that finish a pretty nice model:


instead now is time to fix the interiors. As for my 697truck I try keep some life in it, so some "recreative" magazines and posters, some cigarettes, a newspaper...







also here i see it could be messy backdate a turbostar kit into something previous cause also dashboard and other interior parts are too different from 190 series tractors....
Cabin is now completed at most.









it is still missing the upper metal frame for the interiors of the upper wing. too easy to break it while moving this huge part, as well as side mirrors and such kinda details. Also side mirrors are typical of 1984 turbostar.







and then...the real fun can begin. I love to work over the steel chassis and its mechanical parts. I painted in a draker red all the mainframe parts. It helps a lot to have any sort pf previousheavy paint under, woking as a primer. The dark tones are all made with oil paint very thinnered and filtered



and remember: a very easy way to improve a lot the appeal of italeri truck wheels is just to shorter the inner hub of the wheel. For no reason they made it too long, and is quite messy to cut it properly without damaging the side bolts. At the end anyway the look will be this, and I personally like theme a lot more than standard ones.



lights done with alclad silver just lightly airbrushed over the edges of the parts.





all electric wires are made with melted black sprue









moisture of oil black semigloss and black chalks for the grease in this area.

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Re: IVECO Turbostar refurbish

little more pics of the updated model. I will not complete it 100% cause will make it fly with me to italy where I have more room for those big fellas than here in my micro laboratory in sweden. Really satisfied with the final look of the guy. Still have to decide if place or not a frame for rear exhaust in the american truck style. maybe not, being all the part protected by air from the bodywork...we will see..

























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Re: IVECO Turbostar refurbish

Fantastic work! Your weathering skills are very good.
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Thanks a lot Mojo.
Sometimes I think there is really few interest in those subjects, but I also know many like them, even more when well used
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last details to my Iveco.
Now completed with some special effects as usual.

















Soon more pics in completed section.
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