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Old 06-13-2007, 04:57 PM   #1
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WIP Revell Ferrari 308 GTB

This has been for a long time a favourite of mine.
It is the first in the line of 2 seater V8s and as things tend be as they get developed, the most pure in terms of design and has a simplicity that the following evloution don't have. It is only fitting that I begin my Ferrari builds with this one.

Unfortunately I started with the old revell Magnum GTS kit.
The general shape of the body isn't bad but as said by someone else, it looks a bit squashed. I can't say for sure if it is because the roofline is too low or if the sides (doorrs) are too deep.
In anycase, I always thought that if i removed the excessive window trim, it'd look better.



and the real one


looking at both of them you can still see the squashed appearance.

I think i'm, going to have to shave more off the door to increse the window opening but I also see that there should be more curavture to the rear of the front wings below the a-pillar that might not be fix-able.
This is why:

some minor surgery. Bonnet donated from a spare 288GTO kit because
i) I wanted open vents and the plastic was too brittle to shave 30 odd little openings into
ii) I liked the look of 308s with vents on the bonnet as well.

Result:



As, this body might not be fix-able and I am already looking into getting a revell monogram re-issue 308GTB kit for the body that our friend Oli is using in which case, I'd need to graft that bonnet again...

In the mean time, I've started making the chassis more presentable.



That's it for now.
Not much to look at as I've got quite a lot to do both in terms of work and in terms of model building.

Hopefully, more later.

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Old 06-13-2007, 06:24 PM   #2
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Re: WIP Ferrari 308 GTB

Nice read!

Thanks for taking the time for posting and doing some explanation. I hope everything will come out in the end in a great way. One thing I didn't quite get...why is the body broken. I mean, if by fixable you mean, getting it to look "just right", i think you should reconsider.
Having seen the revell kit (mono), I was pretty pleased. But in term of overall accuracy, i think the truth lies somewhere between this kit and yours.
The one I have seems to be slightly 'cartoonified' a la Tamiya-way. By this I mean the curve of the hood has been accentuated, the overall shape looks more 'fun' then the real car looks, in my opinion, of course. I don't really know how to say this but I think it's about how I would put it.

Otherwise, a good way to get a good result (would take up a lot of time maybe), is to put some putty-mixed with superglue, thus making for quick work... on the front of the A-pillars, raising that part about 1 mm. after that I would just start with a coarse 100 grit ( I know that's what a lumberjack would use, but it's what I usually start with when doing bodymods) and shave off the stuff at the back, making a bulge in the middle. Then take some less big, but still heavy 400 grit
and make it look nice and rounded, maybe shave some plastic off also then. 800 grit, and there you go, you fixed your model?

And maybe add a MM of styrene in the wheelarches would do a lot of good to the overall appearance.



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Old 09-15-2007, 08:55 PM   #3
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Re: WIP Revell Ferrari 308 GTB

been a long time since I started these and this is not much of an update but the body is pretty much "fixed" now. I've carved out all of the oversized window trim as that was the main culprit in making the car seem squashed. Interior door panels have also been shaped to fit the new openings.


You can't see it here but I've also re-trimmed the door openings.
That'll be more evident when it gets painted.

Got a lot of things going on at the same time but I've been continuing with these slowly, bit by bit.
THe next update will be more worthwhile.
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Old 09-16-2007, 03:50 AM   #4
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Re: WIP Revell Ferrari 308 GTB

Yes! you did it!

The car looks quite well proportionated. I guess it all was laying in the oversize window trim.
I m looking forward seeing it more progressed, and a question, what kind of rear view mirrors do you use for this? I don't have qv mirrors, so i am still looking for some.

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Old 09-16-2007, 08:41 AM   #5
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Re: WIP Revell Ferrari 308 GTB

I'll just be using the stock wing mirrors from the Revell GTS kit.
I can't off the top of my head think of any kit mirror that looks like the QV mirrors. Closest I can think of would be to modify the mirrors from the revell esprit kit. I'll keep and eye out the next I'm, going through my kits (very soon) and see if anything matches.
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Old 09-16-2007, 12:22 PM   #6
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Re: WIP Revell Ferrari 308 GTB

Very nice work so far.The body proportions look good now you have sorted it out.I used to love the 308GTS that 'Magnum' drove in the tv series,really clean and simple lines.Will you be painting it red?
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:52 AM   #7
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Re: WIP Revell Ferrari 308 GTB

After a long hiatus, finally an update.

Engine has been detailed as much as I could from whatever photos I could find. This being a very old Revell kit, the kit is not that accurate and as a result, somethings didn't quite fit as they should and photos could not be followed 100%.
Still not finished as there are still a few odds and ends that need to be made up from my trusty styrene rod and wire combo.





Cabin is pretty much done.
Not much extra here except a simply seatbelt reel and buckle and shaved steering wheel. The kit steering column didn't have any of the controls on it so bits of wire with blobs of glue (painted black) were fitted as per photos showed.




Body has gotten its final coat of paint now that I have a supply of TS-08 again.
Still have the window trims and the glass work itself to redo so more later.
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Re: WIP Revell Ferrari 308 GTB

Welcome back after a long break!

so far so good bro, can't spot any irregularities yet...good work!

thankx for pointing out the revell funny body shape, will definitely take note of that when i start building 308s...

for those who wanna make a direct comparision of the older 308 bodies,
i can provide a gunze, revell & maybe a marui 308 (if i can find it in my stash) bodies for straight comparison!

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Re: WIP Revell Ferrari 308 GTB

Always nice to see an old thread brought back to life.
I think the interior/engine looks great.
It's always difficult to decide when to stop correcting the kits flaws, and actually get it finished. I always tend to get into the details and never finishes anything..
But I think this will look great when finished.
Now we want to se the painted body
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Re: WIP Revell Ferrari 308 GTB

And another quickie.
Put on final coat of paint on two more bodies today.



The finish isn't prefect so sanding is going to be neccessary before polishing.
For the first time, the putty seem underneath hasn't reared its head through the paint.






As you can see, all "inner" window trim has been removed so these will have to be dealt with when I come to fabricate new glass work.
The Trim around the window opening is very thin strips of styrene cemented in place and sanded to tidy up edges.

That's is for now.
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Re: WIP Revell Ferrari 308 GTB

Good progress there. I've got one of this in my stash. I might use your builds as a guidance when I started building mine.
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