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I did some small tweaks to the Bburago 360:
  • added side windows
  • painted several details in the interior and engine bay
  • glued paper baffles inside the car where you could see though, making the car look more solid
  • blacked out some of the bodycolor in the greenhouse

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So I actually changed very little, but the difference is huge. The original Bburago 360 is good, much better than the Hotwheels! The body is good, and the interior and engine are well detailed. The lack of side windows really let it down though, especially since the 360 is such a simple car, with such clean lines. Having no side windows really broke up the lines of the car. And I fixed that! Very easy fix, well worth it!


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Looks really good! Lack of side windows is a MASSIVE pet peeve of mine, and I've been wanting to mod some of my older budget models to fix this. Nothing I used worked correctly.

What did you use for the windows?
 

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Well done - I would also be interested if you like to shed a light on how you did it…
 

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Really well done! thanks for sharing.
But I disagree that the Bburago is "much better than the Hotwheels".

I used to have the Hotwheels foundation one and now I have the Elite one.
The Bburago lacks the brake calipers and the tires are too wide (because Bburago back then used 1 size fits all tires).
In fact, I think the Hotwheels one is better in almost every aspect except maybe the stance.
 

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the addition of side windows gives the car a much more complete look. It definitely looks heaps better than before. I think the 360 and 550 Manarello were two of the last original Bburago Ferrari releases no? And there were small improvements over the earlier Bburago Ferraris. One thing I dislike about them is the way the side mirrors are attached to the doors.
 

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I did some small tweaks to the Bburago 360:
  • added side windows
  • painted several details in the interior and engine bay
  • glued paper baffles inside the car where you could see though, making the car look more solid
  • blacked out some of the bodycolor in the greenhouse
Nicely done mod! It looks like it came out of the factory withh side windows, and that engine bay is so much better than the original!

I had to quote that pic, I think that's a great shot and it shows the model so well with everything opened! And that's a very glossy paint, very nice!
 

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Great work! The addition of side windows really transforms a model. yes, one could say you simply parked the car with the windows down, but somehow it doesn't have the same feel and effect.
 

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Hi, it looks so much better, lack of side windows the one thing that bothers me most with some older model cars, thankfully today most of the brands have them.
How did you make those? I´d would really appreciate a good tutorial because the window curvature is really hard to make.
Thanks!
 

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These are the best handcrafted fixed windows I have ever seen. Tell us how you did it.
 

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Thx for all the comments guys! I thought that such a subtle mod would catch hardly any attention. I guess I was wrong about that.

These are the best handcrafted fixed windows I have ever seen. Tell us how you did it.
Thank you for the kind comment! Allright, I will try to explain. It is really simple actually. In most models the inner door panel can be pulled away from the die cast outer door panel. You can then insert a transparent plastic sheet between, and hold it in place by squeezing the inner and outer door panels back together. The transparent plastic sheet will look like a window if it has the right curvature and contour. For side windows I use old plastic packaging: plastic boxes, which is for cars with flat side windows, and plastic bottles, which is for cars with curved side windows. I am currently using a smooth 1 litre water bottle with the 'fonte essenziale' brand on it. For some cars the curvature of this bottle is a little too high, but for the 360 it was perfect!
I cut the window to size as follows: I first cut an oversized patch from the bottle, then I insert it between the inner and outer doorpanel and squeeze it in to see how it fits. I then take it out to cut the front and rear edge to match the inclination and position of the B pillar and the mirror-flag. This may take a few tries, being careful never to cut off too much. Once the length of the window is ok, I trace the upper contour with a sharpie while the window is inserted in the model. Then I take it out to cut the upper contour, slightly oversized at first, and I make it fit by patiently trimming it down to size. When the contour is good, I finish the window seal by tracing around the edges of the window with the sharpie once more. I actually did this a bit too thick on this model. It takes a lot of restraint and patience to do it right!

And a final mod I did in this model (the first time I ever did it) was to glue a piece of headphone wire on the inside of the roof and a-pillar to seal the gap between the roof and the window. This helps a lot too. I find that any kind of unwanted see through in a model ruins the realism, and eliminating all the little gaps improves a model a lot.

The next time I do this mod I will take pictures of every step. It will be a while though before I can do it. I still have to post the mods I did to my Maisto 240Z, and I am generally way too busy for my hobbies!

 

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Really done! thanks for sharing.
But I disagree that the Bburago is "much better than the Hotwheels".

I used to have the Hotwheels foundation one and now I have the Elite one.
The Bburago lacks the brake calipers and the tires are too wide (because Bburago back then used 1 size fit all tires).
In fact, I think the Hotwheels one is better in almost every aspect except maybe the stance.
Thank you for the comment!

I knew I was starting an discussion when I said the Bburago was better. :D I have both the Hotwheels (foundation) and the Bburago, and I find the Bburago captures the overall shape of the car better. I agree with you that the wheels and brakes of the Hotwheels are better. I hate those chromy Bburago wheels! They are a bit harder to fix than the windows though. And probably most detailling on the hotwheels elite is better than on the Bburago. For me the overall shape is most important though.
 

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the addition of side windows gives the car a much more complete look. It definitely looks heaps better than before. I think the 360 and 550 Manarello were two of the last original Bburago Ferrari releases no? And there were small improvements over the earlier Bburago Ferraris. One thing I dislike about them is the way the side mirrors are attached to the doors.
I remember having the Bburago catalogue from that year. It had the 550, the 360 and the f50, but also the Corvette C5, the Maserati 3200gt, and the Ford f150. And after that Ferrari's became Hotwheels I believe.
 

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Nicely done mod! It looks like it came out of the factory withh side windows, and that engine bay is so much better than the original!

I had to quote that pic, I think that's a great shot and it shows the model so well with everything opened! And that's a very glossy paint, very nice!
Thank you! Most work on the engine bay was blacking out everything that needed to be black. Tedious work, but it pays of! And the paint is original. I bought this model second hand, probably many years after it had been produced, and it was still absolutely spotless. Lucky me!
 

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Wow this is brilliant and ingenious! I used flat clear plastic sheet to attempt simulating windows but find that bending them into the slight surve shape required to sit flush with the car is near impossible (unless some kind of heating involved) I actually never thought of the plastic bottle lol. Definitely something to consider now. I was clueless for a moment why you would have earphones pic on now it makes perfect sense. That would serves as the rubber seal you find on the real cars around the windows. Very nice!
 

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Very nice work. Big improvement over the original Bburago model.

If I may suggest a couple of things you can add ?

Remove the tabs from the headlight covers, fill the holes where the tabs were and polish the covers. Glue a piece of plastic rod - shaped in a drill chuck - in the holes that represent the blinkers on each side of the body. Replace the plastic grills with fine mesh or the Tremonia PE set.
 
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