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Italeri Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

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  • Member since
    September, 2017
Italeri Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole
Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:58 PM

After finishing my SU-85 dio for the Russian Armor GB I wanted a change of pace from armor so I decided to build my first car. The kit I decided on was Italeri's 1:24 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole. As I have not built a car before any tips or tricks you have would be welcome.

   

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    December, 2014
Posted by SteveFL on Friday, August 17, 2018 11:46 AM

Nice choice.  Classic exotic/super car.  I would definitely sand the tires, especially the treads for a realistic look.  If you want to showcase the interior, consider flocking the floorboard with white glue and black flocking.  Seatbelts can be made of 1/4" ribbons used for gift wrapping.  To assist with interior contrast, paint the seats with semi-gloss black and then a flat lighter black for the dashboard, ie., Tamiya Nato black. To simulate the black rubber seal around the windshied, a black Sharpie works great.  Just make sure to lay masking tape close to the edges.  Consider doing some light weathering on the bottom to show some driving.  I like brown and rust colored pastel chalk rubbed on with a foam brush or Qtip. Drill out the exhaust tips and paint inside flat black. For the tail lights and turn signals, paint the clear parts with Tamiya clear red and clear orange.  If the rims are too "chromey", I like to tone them down by spraying a coat of Tamiya Smoke; this gives it a more realistic sheen or a nickel finish.  Finally if you are going to showcase the monster V12, I would do some wiring of the cylinders. There are lots of reference photos on line you can use.  Otherwise, the engine is pretty well concealed with the bonnet closed.  Hope these help...Steve

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    September, 2017
Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Friday, August 17, 2018 12:05 PM

Good ideas, I do have some questions. Where would I get the flocking, and what would I use to wire the engine? I have some .38 mm piano wire, but it seams too spingy, does it need to be anealed?

   

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, August 17, 2018 2:58 PM

Hello!

Piano wire is good for stuff like antennae - things that need to be springy and resist breaking. For stuff like wirinh harnesses, hydraulic lines and so on your best choice is soldering wire - nice soft and pliable. It might be hard to find stuff thin enough for some purposes. Then your go-to material is copper wire - found almost anywhere. Multi-strand wire, headphones, speakers, motors, transformers - they can be a source of LOTs of fine copper wire. Take a look around.

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    September, 2017
Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Friday, August 17, 2018 5:50 PM

Thank you, I have some old transformer coils lying arround that I could get the copper from.

   

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    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Friday, August 17, 2018 11:00 PM

Very cool.  I would like to watch this one come together. Please update us as you progress.

 

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    September, 2017
Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Thursday, August 30, 2018 7:00 PM

I have built the stock engine and have begun to detail it.

   

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    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Friday, August 31, 2018 12:33 AM

Looking good...

 

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 11:00 AM

This is For You !

   When I wire cars I do this . As you know wiring in cars is many sizes that you can see .What I do is get regular house and electronic wires , ( they're building a lot of new houses by me ) and neighbors give me defunct elecronics for salvage .

   This way I have about twelve different sizes of wire at any one time . No , don't ask the guages . Suffice it to say it ranges from 1/25 radiator hose size to 1/25 single wires for under hood work . In the case of engine wiring I do this . Take the tiniest wire you have and remove about an inch of insulation . This  ,cut in equal bits makes the boots on the plugs .

   Now you can run your wire from the next size up  , Be careful and you'll be rewarded with a kick - butt wiring job . T.B.   P.S. You see , different sized ship models , require external detail that cannot be done in plastic . So I use wire !

  • Member since
    September, 2017
Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 12:20 PM

Thank you. I will try this, but as my camera is LOA for a month I am taking a break from working on my projects for this site.

   

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