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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:30 AM

Okay cool! Glad to hear that! 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:45 AM

The cowl will be painted in Semi Gloss Black, not gloss red.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 30, 2020 3:23 PM

Ouch, good job on the repairs. 

Will that show under the gloss red? Another reason I really hate building cars or anything else with a gloss coat of paint. 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, November 30, 2020 1:50 PM

The plastic in this kit is definitely brittle!  I broke the cowl for the Ferrari.  I decided to add a piece of .020 styrene about 2 inches long and glued the whole thing together.  I'll use my Dremel to grind the excess away when all has dried.  I added the broken pieces of the engine cover and glued those back on with plenty of glue.  A little sanding is required later when this has had a chance to dry.

Magnum PI will return...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, October 31, 2020 7:36 AM

Excellent Robert!  I had seen a Ferrari 308 on the internet the other day and it got me to thinking about my model sitting on the shelf under a ton of dust.  Between the dust and the broken wheel, I decided a rebuild was required.  To me, the 308 is one of the better looking Ferraris that I have ever seen.  

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, October 30, 2020 6:30 PM

You must have started a trend here Mike, I have never seen this kit on Ebay and now there are several on auction right now.  My long hunt is finally over, finally snagged one!   Yes

Robert

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 8:19 AM

FJSigma

 Mr Mike

Thanks Glandring!  I have always liked the styling of the Ferrari 308.  I like it much more than any of the new Ferraris on the market now.  I need to figure out how to go about repairing the mis-shapened seats and converting the single exhaust to a dual exhaust car like the actual machine.

FJSigma, I am aware of the differences of the Miami Vice Daytona Spyder and that it was a kitcar based on the Corvette.  A Testarossa stunt car was made from a '71 De Tomaso Pantera after the first version was considered unsatisfactory.  It was based on a de-bodied Corvette.  

 

 

 

 

Mr Mike: Mi question was pointig to if anybody could recreate the Magnum P.I. Ferrari by buying a standard Ferrary 308 GTS kit and painting it with specific colors, or if this kit does have a specific parts combination that makes it special.

By the way, I was following your work from the SAM forum... 

Anybody can create a Magnum PI Ferrari just as long as the Ferrari is the correct year.  There was nothing really special about Magnum's Ferrari 308 GTSi.  Revell used a current Ferrari 308 model kit off the shelf and created box art to match the Magnum PI TV show.  The kit itself was probably an older kit, hence the single exhaust pipe out the back. 

And, yes.  I remember you from the Scale Auto forum!  

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Posted by FJSigma on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:28 PM

Mr Mike

Thanks Glandring!  I have always liked the styling of the Ferrari 308.  I like it much more than any of the new Ferraris on the market now.  I need to figure out how to go about repairing the mis-shapened seats and converting the single exhaust to a dual exhaust car like the actual machine.

FJSigma, I am aware of the differences of the Miami Vice Daytona Spyder and that it was a kitcar based on the Corvette.  A Testarossa stunt car was made from a '71 De Tomaso Pantera after the first version was considered unsatisfactory.  It was based on a de-bodied Corvette.  

 

 

Mr Mike: Mi question was pointig to if anybody could recreate the Magnum P.I. Ferrari by buying a standard Ferrary 308 GTS kit and painting it with specific colors, or if this kit does have a specific parts combination that makes it special.

By the way, I was following your work from the SAM forum...

 

 

Going slooooow from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:06 PM

Thanks Charger74 and Robert!

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, October 26, 2020 9:41 PM

That is impressive!

Robert

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Posted by Charger74 on Sunday, October 25, 2020 8:39 PM

Looking good so far

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, October 25, 2020 7:57 PM

Thanks lew and Ted!

The chassis is now fairly complete.  I'm still thinking about the exhaust tips since this 308 came with a single exhaust pipe and I want duals like the Magnum 308.  I got the interior rebuilt and the rear cover installed.

More Magnum to come...

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Posted by Ted4321 on Saturday, October 24, 2020 8:08 PM

Don't mind me. I'm just going to hover here. Looking good! 

 

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Posted by lewbud on Saturday, October 24, 2020 6:21 PM

Looking good Mr. Mike!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, October 24, 2020 11:47 AM

I went and checked on the body and parts that I am stripping with Easy-Off Oven Cleaner.  Not bad.  Pretty much ready for a bath and some scrubbing in the kitchen sink.  The chassis is up on 4 wheels after I made a new rear axle using some 1/16th inch styrene rod.

More Magnum to come...

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, October 23, 2020 7:56 AM

Thanks Glandring!  I have always liked the styling of the Ferrari 308.  I like it much more than any of the new Ferraris on the market now.  I need to figure out how to go about repairing the mis-shapened seats and converting the single exhaust to a dual exhaust car like the actual machine.

FJSigma, I am aware of the differences of the Miami Vice Daytona Spyder and that it was a kitcar based on the Corvette.  A Testarossa stunt car was made from a '71 De Tomaso Pantera after the first version was considered unsatisfactory.  It was based on a de-bodied Corvette.  

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by FJSigma on Friday, October 23, 2020 7:48 AM

I really like Movies and TV Shows cars and I remember watching Magnum P.I. as a kid and dreaming about driving a Ferrari like this one... I enjoy following your builds since SAM, Mr. Mike.

 

Do you know if this kit differs from a standard Ferrari 308 kit? Some time ago I read about the Miami Vice Ferrari 365 kit that had some differences with a standard one to reflect the actual TV Show car that was a Corvette based kit car, for instance.

 

 

 

Going slooooow from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, October 22, 2020 7:22 PM

Magnum was one of my favorite shows!  I have been long searching for this kit, I will be following along closely.

Robert

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 22, 2020 7:10 PM

Ouch! I don't like anyone else touching my models- it always ends with something broken even if they don't intend it.

One of the guys in our club builds amazing detailed ship models. He had them displayed on a wall in his hobby room. One day his wife went to hang a photo in the next room. She started driving the nail, wham, wham, wham, CRASH!!! She went to look and saw that from her banging on the other side of the wall all of his ships had been jarred off the wall and smashed into the floor. Thankfully they're still happily married as far as I know... Indifferent

Nice work there on the engine and the dash!

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Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, October 22, 2020 1:49 PM

The 1:1 Ferrari 308 GTSi is a really beautiful car. I'll be interested as to how your kit turns out.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:11 AM

DRUMS01

Mike, good luck in the restoration. I had this kit in the mate 80's and it was completed to show / competition standards... that was until my wife accidently knocked it off a shelf which launched it into more parts than I could count. It seems yours has faired better. 

Did you also purchase TC's chopper kit or the model of Higgins with the dogs? No,... I didn't either.

The 308 in its time was not really a bad kit at all, looking good so far. Are you going to display it under some palm trees when done? (just kidding). 

Ben 

It sounds like your Ferrari didn't fair well.  My wife once thought she would surprise me by dusting all my models with a duster and Endust!  The swirl marks from the Endust were horrendous!  She also knocked off many side mirrors and attennas.  This is the only piece from Magnum PI that I have.  I wasn't interested in TC's helicopter or any other piece of Magnum's memoribilia.  I once drove a Ferrari 328 GTSi (basically the same car with a larger engine) and what a ride that was!

I got the engine wired with Radio Shack blue wrapping wire.  I got the front suspension fixed with a new wheel pin and I detail painted the dash.

More Magnum to come...

 

   

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:03 AM

You Know:

       The more I think about what you said I have to ask Three questions. One -Where do you work and, Two-what type of Glue? Three - Has the model ever sat in sunlight for any length of time?

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00 AM

Oho!

         T.C.s Chopper. A " Little Bird" Got two. One as presented and one painted and detailed in the livery of my now defunct Dragonstar Intl!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:58 AM

Right On !

       The ONLY Magnum was Tom Selleck. And the car is Bitchin too!

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:06 AM

Oh that's awesome!!! Love it!!! I'm watching the series right now. 

Someone commented that they had to modify the seat to lower it because Selleck was so tall. It's funny if you watch closely you'll notice that the top of Selleck's head stuck out an inch/ couple of cms above the windscreen. 

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Posted by jeffpez on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:33 AM

I'm enjoying following this. The kit has been on my list to obtain for years but I've never done it. A long time ago I knew a guy who had a very used 308 but I never got a ride it. Thanks for sharing

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:21 AM

I find the 308 to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing of the Ferraris.  Simple, clean lines, good proportions, and very 1980s.  I love the “torpedo tubes”.

I didn’t watch the show though.  Embarrassed  Except for a brief glimpse while channel surfing.  Magnum was chasing this dude through the back of the old theater in Kaimuki where I live, and they came out in Waikiki!  That’s like over 2 miles away!  I thought to myself “Wow, Magnum runs really fast!”

Okay cue the music.

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, October 19, 2020 11:30 PM

Mike, good luck in the restoration. I had this kit in the mate 80's and it was completed to show / competition standards... that was until my wife accidently knocked it off a shelf which launched it into more parts than I could count. It seems yours has faired better. 

Did you also purchase TC's chopper kit or the model of Higgins with the dogs? No,... I didn't either.

The 308 in its time was not really a bad kit at all, looking good so far. Are you going to display it under some palm trees when done? (just kidding). 

Ben

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, October 18, 2020 8:23 PM

Greg

 

 
keavdog
Does it come with Tom?

 

If it did, imagine the lines......

Mike, I've been wondering how you folks get the models apart on these redux projects. I guess you just answered my question!!!! Surprise

 

The idea has always been to build them without turning them into a gluebomb!  Use just enough glue and sometimes don't scrape the plating or the paint off.

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