Build up of Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale
Full detail kit
Full detail kit
Alpha Model Ferrari 488 Pista 1/24 scale - 2° parte
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Versione inglese | 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.
Here is the result, the steering wheel set into the main dashboard.
Couple of pictures with the dashboard assembly in place. Note however that the dashboard was placed on the interior assembly for the purposes of this photograph. The dashboard assembly is actually glued in place on the main bodyshell.
Once the bodywork paint had cured I clear coated the body work assemblies with GX100 to protect the paintwork and give a real nice smooth finish for applying the many custom shaped carbon fibre decals. I then left the bodywork for a week to give sufficient time from the carbon decals to fully dry. After that I used a 2K clearcoat across all the bodywork assemblies to give that perfect finish and shine. I then set this aside for, I reckon, three weeks to fully cure before spending a good part of two days wet sanding and polishing to achieve the showroom finish that I wanted.
Here you can see the side view with the carbon finishing. I have also used black panel line fluid to enhance the panel lines. The dashboard assembly is also in place here. Hopefully you will also have noticed those prancing horse Ferrari badges.
Thought that I would take a final picture of the bodywork and interior before assembling. Note that, in the areas of the interior of the bodyshell that might be seen once the interior was in, I painted them the interior colour before fixing in the interior and engine assembly.
The brake assemblies together.
Brake assemblies positioned on the car body.
Finally, we’re on all four wheels and looking absolutely superb.
Okay, this is definitely the worst view of the model, however I thought I should show you the underside with the underside panel mounted and the five securing screws added. To enhance the look, I painted the screws with an acrylic black. Bonus with this photo is that you can see the underside of the carbon fibre rear floor diffuser.
Next I added the black mesh covers. The etch parts included in the kit are very nice. You get blanking plates too on the etch sheet. I opted not to use these as I had carbon decalled the various areas and I wanted this to be seen under the mesh covers.
I had never used acetate windows or vacuum formed clear parts. This was all going to be new to me. I have to say though that, having now completed the car, I am very impressed with both. Just take your time. Note that both types of clear glass have protective covering on both sides which helps ensure no scratches and reduces the chance of finger prints on your glass.
A view of the vac formed headlight covers. I found it best to create a template using masking tape, applying the template to the vacuum formed parts and carefully cutting with Tamiya Decal scissors before a final sand.
This picture has the windows all in place… just the headlight covers and wipers missing here.
Patience is definitely required when working with the wiper etch pieces. Just take your time and be prepared to walk away from your desk for a while. The end result is good… it’s worth a bit of modelling stress.
The end result with the etch wipers, ready for assembly on the car.
Finally, the headlight covers and windscreen wiper are attached. The model is complete and I am real happy. I hope this builders guide has helped you. I look forward to working with Alpha Model and building more of their delightful models. I really have enjoyed this build project. I’ll leave you with a selection on final complete photos from the photo booth.
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