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The X-Clinic: Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Passo Corto - closer to CMC

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Some time ago I saw a comparison here in DCX between the CMC and Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Passo Corto. As soon as I bought my HWE, I had to correct some... less good details. The HWE is quite decent and does not look bad next to its upper class congener, thus with a bit of work it would be brought pretty close to the CMC. This is the list of modifications I made:

- Swap the original wheels by a ptotoetched BBR metal set and sand the rolling surface of the new tires;
- Lower the suspensions on both axles to give it a more correct ground clearance;
- Brake detailing (including brake lines on all 4 wheels and copper pipes on the 4 callipers;
- Retouch the engine (particularly the fuel lines and connect the coils to the distributors);
- Carpet the passenger compartment;
- Replace the plastic steering wheel by a photoetched unit with wooden handle by AutoMobilia;
- Detail doors and dashboard including key lock in the glove compartment and key in the ignition;
- Add seat belts;
- Paint flat black the inside of the A-pillars;
- Detail the undercarriage including exhaust lines and adding brake and fuel lines, the latter with respective return and electric pump;
- Paint the semi-axles and drive shaft in the correct flat black, as well as the rear suspension leaf springs;
- Add shock absorbers on the front suspension and longitudinal bars on the rear axle with their respective fixation bolts;
- Paint red the radiator protection plate;
- Replace one of the fog lights that was missing on the model (thank you Modelissimo...);
- Swap the spare wheel by a photoetched one from a 410 SA and include a tool bag.

This is how the model was before (just a random photo taken from the internet):

This is how it turned out (when I took the photos I still haven't put the new spare wheel on):

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Excellent work.
You have inspired me to do the same swap with the wheels.
How difficult was it to remove the originals?
I know the BBR wheels are easy to work with because of the design.
I will also follow your advice and images to upgrade mine.
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How difficult was it to remove the originals?
I know the BBR wheels are easy to work with because of the design.
As easy as it gets. These were plastic so the front wheels are attached by a screw each and the rear come off justby yanking them off the metal axis.
Thanks for the info.
I just remembered I have three of the models (two racers and one road) so it will add some expense for me!

I'm going to do it anyway.....
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Amazing job man! Just perfect! How difficult was to get a set of those wheels? Where did you get them? For years I am trying to change thise wheels from my 250gt also!
The last sets I bought came from Italy, CarModel.com. They're like 30€ a set and you should be careful picking the correct refference because there are sets with all 4 wheels of the same size and sets with different width tyres, adequate for the 250 GTO. The set with the 4 equal tyres is the P02 but I've once bought those stamped P01.
OK. They seem to go into and out of stock on a regular basis. :>(
I'll buy some more when they have them.
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