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From the day I received my Aston Martin DB4 GT with the beautiful Zagato bodywork (built by Yat Ming), I thought "this one deserves better". So I've put a hand in this project that should be relatively simple. The changes to undergo are:

- Replace taliilights and side indicators with translucent and realistic elements from Légende Miniatures;
- Detail and colour the engine correctly;
- Carpet the interior;
- Detail the dashboard and improve the steering wheel;
- Paint matt black theinterior of the passenger compartment;
- Detail exhaust line and chassis;
- Lower suspensions on all 4 corners;
- Replace the original wheels with a set of photoetched wire BBRs;
- Scratchbuild the brake calipers and add new discs;
- Add number plates (which will be an imbroglio...);
- Anything else that pops up!

This is the bugger's original state:

















And this is (more or less) what I intend to reproduce:











Work has begun, here I coloured the door lining pins and window winder handle:



Exhaust manifold joint:



The differential casing painted gun metal for added realism:



A coloured heart and soul. It's time to add wiring, ignition cables, fuel pipes and other details:







The Cinderella shoes are waiting:



Here I painted the interior headlining matt black:



Those ugly all-chrome side indicators at the front were replaced by more realistic Légende Miniatures clear lenses:



The same at the rear:



A few touches to the steering wheel:



More news to come soon!
 

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Nice project. I've always thought that this model could do with some upgrading.
 

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The heart is ready, I think it's a little bit better:







Small detail of the rubber bushes where the bonnet sits and the wiper fluid bottle:



And carpetting has begun. Like the original model, it'll consist on a series o separate elements, taking advantage of the mould marks and making each carpet to measure with adhesive velvet:





With the seats in place:





A small touch-up to the gearshit and handbrake levers:



Rear trunk rack:



I also replaced the pedals or some Tremonia photoetched, which I placed on the floor instead of "hanging". And I even carved the openings on the carpet where the pedals would travel:





A wheel test fit, in order to check i the lowering o the suspensions is spot on. Looks that way:



Used some galvanized washers as disc brakes. Size looks OK too:





Added a few detail to the undercarriage, such as the heat protection or the exhaust. The rest (as brake and fuel lines) I'll add when I close the car up:

 

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Some more work done on the DB4 GTZ: on the undercarriage I added a few more details like the fuel line from the tank till the engine:





The rear suspensions now have coilovers, made from copper wire:



Scratchbuilt some window glasses and frames, which I made from aluminium tape. They're not perfect but not too shabby IMO:



Rear brake discs from metalic washers are now in place, I scrathbuilt the brake callipers from the remainings of the BBR wire wheels. They're just drying out and soon will be painted silver to give the final touch:



Printed some licence plates for extra realism:





None of the 19 DB4 GT Zagatos (of which only 8 are LHD) is exactly like the Road Signature so, I decided to go for the closest of them all:



It'll be over soon. Keep watchin!!
 

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It's pretty much done. The "Cinderella shoes" are in place:





The brake discs visible beneath:







More details on the undercarriage. I had to build a larger heat shield for the exhaust, now it's more accurate:



The brake lines are connected and I added a fuel filter on the fuel pipeline at the exit of the tank:





I'll soon add photos of "before and after" on the finished projects.
 

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This was the "to do" list:

- Replace taliilights and side indicators with translucent and realistic elements from Légende Miniatures;
- Detail and colour the engine correctly;
- Carpet the interior;
- Detail the dashboard and improve the steering wheel;
- Paint matt black theinterior of the passenger compartment;
- Detail exhaust line and chassis;
- Lower suspensions on all 4 corners;
- Replace the original wheels with a set of photoetched wire BBRs;
- Scratchbuild the brake calipers and add new discs;
- Add number plates

And this is its finished state:















































































































 

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Fantastic work! Looks great!
 

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Way way better now!! Well done!


I think the exhaust lets it down a little, a metal one on there would look great!
 
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