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Build up of Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
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Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale - 1° parte
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English version     -     17.04.2022

This build guide was written by Robin Witt, UK based Scale Model Builder (see Robin’s Scale Models on Facebook). I hope my build of this kit will provide some help and inspiration for you to go on and build your own masterpiece. Most of all though, enjoy your build.





While waiting for my Kit to arrive from China, I researched the Ferrari 488 Pista and selected the car I wanted to base my build on. I also checked my paint stock and ordered the main paints I would need. My Alpha Model kit arrived very securely packaged and the build project commenced.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
These are the contents of box. The quality is excellent. You have everything here to build a fantastic scale model.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
First thing to consider when using resin materials is health and safety. You should wear an appropriate mask when sanding, using a file or drilling resin parts as fine resin particles can be dangerous if breathed in. Also, wash all resin parts in soapy water or use an anti-silicone degreaser before priming and painting.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Preparation work on the resin included sanding out some imperfections on the body shell and using scribers to open out the panel lines (make them a bit deeper).
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
First job on the bodywork was to prime (I used a white lacquer based primer) and then gave it an overall white basecoat. This gave me a perfect base for the Rosso Fluorescent F1 red paint I was using for the main body colour, and also the brilliant white colour that I needed for the tri-colour stripe.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
I then used the measurements from the silver and black tri-colour stripe decal supplied by Alpha Model with the Pista kit to help mask for painting my specific tri-colour stripe. The 3mm masking line front to back on the car (including the front spoiler) gave me the centre line to work to.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Using the sizing from the tri-stripe decal, I then masked up and painted the blue centre stripe.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
More careful masking and painting gave me the perfect finish I was looking for. This is the main body colour and tri-colour stripe prior to 2K clearcoat. Additionally, before clearcoat, I needed to add all of the carbon work depicted in the reference photographs.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Before priming or painting I used my reference photographs and created masks of all the carbon areas on the bodywork. These masks would be used later in the build project to create the high definition carbon decal shapes that I required to represent the carbon areas. These pictures show half of the masks needed.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
This set of photographs shows the work involved in creating carbon templates and decaling the rear lower air diffuser.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
This set of photographs will remind you of the look I was after and shows the bodywork with all painting and carbon decal complete. Next up, the bodywork will be treated to a 2K clearcoat treatment followed by wet sanding and polishing.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
The Alpha Model kit gives you a couple of really nice etch sheets to build up realistic brake discs. I’ve added further realism by airbrushing the brake surfaces with Carbon Ceramic Grey paint.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
The Alpha Model kit gives you a couple of really nice etch sheets to build up realistic brake discs. I’ve added further realism by airbrushing the brake surfaces with Carbon Ceramic Grey paint.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
The Alpha Model kit gives you a couple of really nice etch sheets to build up realistic brake discs. I’ve added further realism by airbrushing the brake surfaces with Carbon Ceramic Grey paint.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
The resin pieces provided for the brake disc pad mechanism is really nice too. I painted these Brembo Yellow and added clearcoat. Here you can see the pad and disc assembly together. They really do look good.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
The resin pieces provided for the brake disc pad mechanism is really nice too. I painted these Brembo Yellow and added clearcoat. Here you can see the pad and disc assembly together. They really do look good.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
I decided to add a bit extra detail by drilling and adding turned metal tyre air valves and wheel hex nuts. The wheel rims were painted black and given a couple of coats of clear lacquer. The resin printing, using flexible resin, of the tyres and tyre tread is fantastic.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Finally you can see my wheels against the inset photograph from my reference Pista. Let’s say I was delighted with the outcome.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
I wanted to add racing harnesses rather than normal seat belts. Having found suitable reference within a Ferrari 488 Pista on a www search I set about achieving the finish I was after. The resin seats are the ones that come with the kit. I used aftermarket harness material and decals. I didn’t take WIP pictures however the picture below shows the steps I took on another build to achieve the finish on the seat fronts. The back of the seats have been finished with Carbon decal and clear lacquered. Overall this finish represents the 1:1 reference perfectly.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
For the engine compartment, initially I painted all of the are that may been seen from above in a metallic aluminium. I then detailed the individual engine block components, including using carbon decal on various parts per reference material. You can see the final results below. I was real happy with the end result.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Moving back to the interior of the car, I used my reference pictures of the actual car I am representing in this project and carbon decalled, masked and painted through many stages to get to this… perfect to the reference.
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
The steering wheel got a lot of attention too, with carbon decal and lots of masking at various stages in order to represent the various finishes on the wheel itself. This included using 0.4mm masking tape to airbrush the colours of the Italian flag!

 

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