Bonus Photos! Tamiya 1:12 Ferrari 288 GTO

Oct 20, 2011 2 Comments by

When space becomes the final frontier – which it always does at deadline time – we have to pick the photos we’ll be using in print. It’s never easy, and it always means that a bunch of snaps get left on our virtual cutting room floor.

That’s a shame, because the photos are already-processed, nicely shot (if we do say so ourselves) detail images, and we hate to see them go to waste, just because they never made it to the pages of DCX.

So, every so often, we’ll be posting some of those unseen photos for you all to check out. This time around, our cameras were on Tamiya’s excellent “semi-assembled” 1:12 Ferrari 288 GTO – a model that our own Marshall Buck reviewed in the Winter 2012 issue of Die Cast X  (on sale now). With every bit of the model flawlessly finished, and most of the add-on assemblies like the seats and deck lid snicking onto the car via clever, high-powered magnets, Marshall liked what he saw – and so did we.  The big Ferrari is a well-engineered work of art that comes out of its box fully painted, and offers hands-on enjoyment (and a little exploration) for the collector before it goes on display.

Read all about it in the latest issue of Die Cast X - but in the meantime, enjoy the photos!

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.

2 Responses to “Bonus Photos! Tamiya 1:12 Ferrari 288 GTO”

  1. david taylor says:

    how do you polish model cars, with no swirls

    • Joe Kelly Jr. says:

      Hello, David –

      It depends on the finish we’re working on. If the paint is mildly scratched, before we go for the final shine, we’ll use a good quality cleaner and GENTLY work out the scratches. Be careful around the tops of fenders or any sharp edges on the car, or you can work right through the paint. Meguiar’s number 7 “Show Car Glaze” is good for that, and it isn’t too aggressive – but watch out for any tamped-on decorations, or decals and trim bits. Use a soft rag that isn’t too big – you don’t want to snag anything. Follow up with Meguiar’s number 26 “Hi-Tech Yellow Wax” for a shine. Clean any wax out of door seams, etc., with a pointed cotton swab or a napkin twisted to a point.

      For a final gloss, we use a product called “Die Cast Delight”, offered through Use a microfiber cloth, and SPRAY THE CLOTH, not the car, before buffing. The stuff works on windows, paint, chrome – everything. We’d advise avoiding any flat black areas with it, but if you do hit those, just work more of the DCD into the area for an even matte finish.

      Enjoy! Post some pictures on our Facebook page when you’re done.

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