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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.

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Thank you Eric - Hasegawa made an excellent kit there - I found that one on eBay. Try one yourself, you'll see what I mean!

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Excellent work!

 

My Dad briefly owned this Testa Rossa in 1962. Sold it for $5000, thought he was making a killing!

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