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This is the excellent 1/24 scale Hasegawa kit of the famous Ferrari Testa Rossa 250 pontoon fender as she appeared in the 1958 24 hours of Le Mans race. I spray-painted the body shell Tamiya Racing White, and polished her up with Micro Mesh abrasive 3200 grit before giving her a couple of coats of Tamiya Clear. Once the clear was dry, I polished again with Micro Mesh in increments up to 12000 grit, with a final rubbing using Novus #2, then #1. Next I applied the most excellent Cartograf decals that were included with the kit. The upholstery was spray-painted with Tamiya Dull Red. Seats were piped with Detail Master ignition wire bent to approximate shape, taped at increments, and then fixed to exact shape and clear-glued between the taped points. The ignition wire proved to be a perfect scale for the piping application! Seatbelts are made from masking tape spray-painted with Tamiya Gunmetal, with Studio 27 P/E hardware installed. (The texture of the masking tape and the paint color make for a convincing seat belt) Windscreen was trimmed with Bare Metal Foil. The power plant replication is a work of art by those craftsmen at Hasegawa! Engine block & timing cover were given a couple of coats of Alclad II spray-paint over gloss black, and the valve covers are Tamiya Italian Red with a satin clear top coat, and the Ferrari emblem and rib details were rubbed with a silver pencil. Throttle linkage is .005 guage wire from Studio 27, fuel line is clear/yellow rubber tubing from Model Factory Hiro. Ignition wire is from Detail Master, and the plug boots were cut from parts-box hollow rubber tubing. Headers were painted Tamiya NATO Black, and soft-polished with a Dremel tool. P/E hood & trunk pins are from Studio 27. The P/E wire wheels and real rubber tires are from Model Factory Hiro, and are the finest I’ve ever used, but sadly, are no longer available due to some license disagreement with Ferrari.
Turning to Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), Nismo began developing a prototype of the R390 GT1, named to follow in the tradition started in the 1960s with Nissan's R380. The first decision for Nismo and TWR was the choice of engine. The previous Skyline GT-R LMs had used the trusted RB26DETT Inline-6 motor, but the design was old for a racing car, employing an iron block which added weight, and had a high center of gravity. Nismo instead chose to resurrect an engine from the Nissan R89C, a racing car from the Group C era. Its engine, the VRH35Z, was a 3.5L V8 which used an aluminium block, as well as having a lower center of gravity and a better ability to be used as a stressed member over the RB26. Thus the engine was upgraded and designated VRH35L, and would produce approximately 641 hp (478 kW) at 6800 rpm. For road going versions, the engine was detuned to 550 HP. For 1998 the R390 was modified, most notably in the extension of its rear bodywork to create increased "luggage space" in order to satisfy the ACO, a new rear wing for racing models (production road cars had no wing), and the addition of a rear diffuser for improved downforce, after all three cars failed scrutineering at the 1997 event and had to be modified in order to be allowed to race. This subsequently led to overheating problems for the gearbox, and ultimately their failure during the race. Thus the "long tail" version was created, which boasted increased downforce thanks to the extended rear bodywork. This is the 1/24 Tamiya kit of the car, and I chose to replicate the car as it appears in Test Drive LeMans. The body shell is Tamiya Metallic Blue over a base color of Silver Leaf. Paint was polished up with 3200 thru 12000 grit MicroMesh abrasives, and given a final polish with Meguiar's Scratch-X. Mesh was added for vents and grills, and kit decals were used as well as a few sponsor decals from Studio 27. Lots added in the engine bay -- Thermostats were added to the radiators and exhaust system, as well as shielded cable, spark plug wires and fuel lines from Detail Master. Transmission fluid box and tail light wiring is from Model Factory Hiro. Exhausts were given a bit of burnt metal powder pigments of scalding blue and furnace orange. Driver electronics are fully wired from the comm. boxes, to temp gauges, to front lights. The front brake air ducts were scratch-built from parts-box leftovers.
My name is Bob, and I'm from Raleigh, NC. I'm a gulf war veteran and an avid modeler for about 25 years now. Main interest is motorsports. Straight line, Le Mans, F-1, JGTC, Rally, INDY and Sprint racing... I love it all, and I want each of my builds to reflect my crazy passion for motorsports and plastic modeling in general. I stray now & again to other subjects, and I do make time for a fun project after finishing up an intense build. I also restore old plastic models, but opening a new box of fresh styrene will always be my favorite thing! So....stop by and say hello!