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While I wait for the Pininfarina decals to arrive so I can definitively end Aurelias, I get myself into another project, I hope it will be much faster than the previous one. This time, another pair of now younger italian ladies: two Monza SP1. The Bburago is rather decent but there are a handful of details that could be improved, namely:

  • Add photoetched logos and letterings;
  • Paint the interior of the panels and engine compartment matt black;
  • Paint black the strips around the cockpit;
  • Add metal grilles at the front;
  • Add brake details;
  • Sand the tread of the tires;
  • Paint the bottom of the passenger compartment in a metallic tone;
  • Detail the interior (paint the pedals aluminum, open the ventilation outlets, apply clear coat to the gauge cluster, paint black the seat backs, etc.);
  • Replace the plastic belts with a fabric and photoetched belt harness (Tremonia);
  • Detail the engine (cut the bottom of the mold for greater depth, paint red the valve covers, add wiring and clamps, etc.);
  • Flock the luggage compartment;
  • Add shock absorbers to the boot lid;
  • And everything else that comes by!

This is what I started with:

Everything stripped down:

The engine and the carbon fibre "beauty" panels ann in the same mould:

The huge front grille hides a few (small) openings:

The smaller brake cooling vents:

The seats with the plastic seatbelt harness (clearly taken from Maisto's parts bin):

The all-black plastic cockpit:

I'll remove the seatbelt fixation points and touch up the "carbon fibre" at the back:

The car's luggage space is lined with an extremely thin carpet so I actually considered just spraying it with matt black but the owner of one of the cars prefered it was flocked throughout so... fluffy it is!


Even Ferrari uses fake exhaust tips...

I might as well touch-up the suspension arms too:

First thing I did after disassembly was to take out the ugly tampos with the Ferrari prancing horse and lettering:

The engines:

Here I cut out the bottom of the moulding surrounding the valve covers, so that it gains a bit more depth:

Here I carved the two air outlets which in the real car have meshes so... I added mesh too:

The brake discs are "carbonized" and added a bit of detail on the fixation plate and clamps. Also, blacked out the hollowed-out parts on the brake callipers, through which one should see the brake pads. The rear callipers are awful but I still haven't found a proper donor for those so, for the time being, I'll have to live with these:

Added a couple of layers of clear coat, so that the carbon fibre patters stands out a bit on the steering wheels:

Painted the centre part of the air inlets, so that when I add the mesh it has a bit more depth::

This is the part that bores me the most, masking the panels to paint them black on the inside. Took me 2 days (well, two evenings) to create these "mummies":

Sanded tyre thread (before and after):

Added a bit of colour to the cockpit "cocoon". I had a "stainless steel" rattle can lying around, which had the perfect hue I was looking for:

Engine valve covers painted red (Ferrari 514). Now it's time to add all the sensor cables and spark plug leads:

More news soon!

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Thank you everyone! A few more updates: just finished adding all the cables and wiring on the engines, they're pretty much ready to close. A detail on the ignition cables and camshaft sensors:

The intake plenums:


Albeit the real trunk space is lined with a very thin velour-type of cloth, the owner of the other SP1 also agreed it would look more "plush" if I flocked it with regular, thicker velvet. I then cut the pieces I previously templated with a bit of thin paper and shaped it just like the separate pieces the real car uses. This is how it turned up, I don't think it's too bad:

I will be adding dampers to the trunk lid so I carved the openings where they will pivot:

In the meantime, I got to work on one of the most noticeable parts of this work: the seat belt harness. Starting from a Tremonia photoetched belt set, I tried to replicate the belts as close to the original as I could, including the two Ferrari badges on the straps:

Splashed a bit of clear varnish over the screens on the dashboard (so that they look like actual screens), drilled the ventilation outlets on each side of the steering wheel and highlighted small bits of aluminium like the rev counter bezel, on the ventilation outlet and on the pedals:

After a bit of matt black paint, the inside of the bonnet and trunk lid are now ready, as some parts of the engine bay:

Photoetched chrome Ferrari prancing horse logo and letterings added on the back:

I used the original solid plastic brake intake grilles as templates to shape the new photoetched grilles:

The same with the radiator grille:

I recycled the parking and cruise control sensors from the original grille and glued them to the new photoetched radiator grille. After two coats of matt black, added a new photoetched chromed prancing horse:

Glued in place (which has to be done after screwing the panel in to place, since it's the fixation for the bonnet hinge). No turning back now!


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Almost done, did a bit of dry assembling to check out how it looks like now:

Inspired by @P A D, I had my first try with brass tubing to build the trunk lid dampers. Wasn't as easy as I thought, the thinner tube is thicker so way stronger than the wider tube, thus harder to cut. That actually put a couple of dents on my x-acto blade when I first tried to cut it. I then flattened the tip with a small hammer and drilled the hole for the pin that will hold it in place (I still have to build the small brackets that will fix them into place on the boot lid). I'm not too unhappy with this fist try:

More updates soon!

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Not my favourite Ferrari prototype João, but you are doing an excellent job as always.

If you carefully run the blade across the brass tube while rolling it to make a groove, you should be able to snap it cleanly. It doesn't need much pressure and should not damage the blade. Also you should be able to flatten the tube by squeezing in the pliers, which will give you more control over where the flat is. That said, they dampers do look good.

If the piston rod needs to be silver coloured, you could use nickel silver rod and save on having to paint it. Like brass, it can be annealed in a butane flame to soften it to flatten the end for making the pivot hole.


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Thanks for the tips, @P A D. I admit I was overly optimistic when I hacked the first tube with the blade, it was sturdier than I realized... As for flattening, the plyers did their job just fine with the wider tube... but not the thinner, id didn't even budge! That's why I decided to tapper it with a small hammer I had in hand and it worked just fine. Will try softening it in a flame next time, for sure! Regarding the colour of the rods, I will be keeping them as they are, since these actually fit rather cozy inside the wider ones and any paint I pray on them will either be too thick and the assembly won't slide properly or it might be thin enough but it'll scratch.
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