October 10, 2016

Tie | fighter

Tie fighter... Long story short! Everybody saw it once in a life time… at least. And if you’re telling me “No”, than google it and you’ll everything about in just several milliseconds.
What I want to talk about now is this Revell kit. The main issue in my opinion is the scale. We are told that we (will) buy a 1/11o scale kit. That’s what we know when we are in the shop. After unboxing we see that our tiny 1:11o scale kit is huge! But in reality, it is not at all 11oth scale!
Some documentation, measuring and calculating brings me to the conclusion that the kit is around 1:72 scale most than 1:11o. There are no space and time to explain all my logical chain till this conclution. A win would be if you make the same exercise and if we will compare the conclusions.
But, till then, look at my Tie. Enjoy the ride

And several photos without any post processing. But due to the light intensity and the black environement we have the sensation of  BW frames.

August 07, 2016

Alfetta GT | sporty slammed

Alfa Romeo Alfetta (Tipo 116) is a three volume sedan and a Fastback Coupe produced by the Italian maker between 1972 and 1987. The car is popular due to the powerful engines who equipped it (from 1.4l till 2.6V8 engine).
Alfa Romeo introduces with this model a new drivetrain layout. It is called Transaxle. This means that we have the clutch, the transmission and the differential in the rear of the vehicle. The main technical advantage of this is that the car has a very good weight balance.
The shape designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro flows from the front grille to the rear end developing big transparent surfaces and very thin pillars. This is a characteristic of the ‘80s. The rear quarter window is splitted at the middle by introducing a pillar which allows to the front segment of the window to roll down as the front door window. This solution is somehow unique.
For my model, just after I bought it, I saw red in front of my eyes. Alfa Romeo = red! So I disassembled the model and begun the process of painting. After this, I chose the rims: some steelies to bring the car in its time and to bring some sporty look. Sporty look, so, several decals are welcomed! Said and done! After all, for a more real look I opted to use bare metal foil for the windows trims instead of the silver paint.
Enjoy the ride. I hope you like it

July 15, 2016

VIPER | Old School DieCast

Bburago !
I can tell it was the beginning of my collector life. As for many of us! From the beginning (early 1997 I remember my first 1/18th die cast model Alpine A110 KIT) I wasn’t pleased with what Bburago guys gives us. So this was the beginning of what later I’ll call “scale tuning”. At the time it was about some interior repainting, stance and some exterior kits. I remember also my first hard modified diecast, one Maserati 3200 Gt also made by Bburago.
But overall, one of my all-time favorite model remains the reproduction of Dodge Viper, first generation, @1/18. Bburago provides us for a reasonable price what we get today for more than exaggerate amount of money. I mean the engine is separate and fully removable, the longitudinal transmission and the gear box, the same. Rear train, detailed and close to reality. The interior deserve some detailing but as I said, overall, at this price we cannot find something similar on the market.
I go crazy when I see the embossed plastic which everybody calls “engine” compared with what is really en engine in late 90’s. Please take a look at a Viper 1/18 from 2000 made by Bburago.
But till you grab one for looking at, I’ll tease you by showing mine. You have to take in account that the interior is improved as well as the rims.
Enjoy the ride