There is another RTR Maranello, the one done by Dapretto (LM 2003 GTS winner). Very beautiful resin model but not cheap and very hard to find.
Regarding kits, before the Prodrive and Rafanelli (Olive Garden) cars, Topslot made two other versions, the Italtechnica from the FIA GT series and another from the French Gt series. Those two kits are meant to be used with a Fly Venturi chassis.
The Italtechnica body is now also available by OCA and it is much cheaper than Topslot's one (which by now is very hard to find anyway).
We stock the Oca Ferrari Body kits at £15.00each or complete with running gear (Fly Venturi) at 35.00. We also now have decal sheets available to produce the following versions from LeMans 2003, XL Racing #99 or Care Racing Developement #72. For a full selection of OCA bodies and kits check out www.pendleslotracing.co.uk
Painting - if you want to invest in a air brush then any enamel paint thinned down will work well, otehrwise use decent aerosols e.g tamiya. The main thing to do is prepare the body well - get rid of any flashing and burrs, sand down (use 600+grit sand paper) imperfections and fill up holes. Wash it well and then prime it using a standard car primer - aerosol.
Read my article on GS about how I did the top slot version.
QUOTE Sean, does the OCA version of the 550 have the same light covers as the original release from Top Slot?
The Oca lens will be the same shape/size as the Topslot lens other than the resin has a 'cloudy' appearance, not a problem if the lenses are painted. Drop me a mail with your needs and i'll see what we can do.
QUOTE Read my article on GS about how I did the top slot version.
I used your link, took me to their opening page. clicked enter. can't find your review, just a couple current ones from tucker.
I bought the top slot, the instructions are in spanish. I would like english. I have been looking for a good photo of the prodrive, so i know where to put the decals. Also colors for the interior, inside the coach as well as the seats.
as you can guess, i would be very interested in your article. This will be the first kit i have built, painted from more or less scratch.
Automotive Paint works fine on resin bodies and dries alot faster that enamel. I do not use any thing else. If you don't have an air brush touch up cans are available and not much more expensive that enamel.
If you go the tuckers tips section you should see all the previous months columns are listed with the ferrari kit in the Sept 03 column under the review section - also incl at the end of this article is a translation of the instructions obtained from top slot.
This was my first one and hoepfully you can learn from the things I did wrong. One point that I've learnt since this article is that using an indian ink pen market for outlining the windows etc. is much easier and gives a better finish that trying to paint them.
I have found that fine point permanent marker works quite well for windscreen edges etc. But you do need to give loads of time to dry and when varnishing the car, you must apply lots of thin coats rather than one thick coat - cos the marker can bleed.
I used this method when recreating the 'Esso Tiger Strips' livery on my TopSlot Supra (and some help from Iceman's decals) - and if I do say so myself looks pretty good!
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