Building the Ferrari

After the project started, I was busy working in the FAB lab, and I didn’t update any blogs, but now, the car is finally finished! The process was a lot harder than I thought, I faced lots of problems that needed solving.

 

The major problem with the painting process was dust. ISB didn’t have a dust free painting room provided, and the FAB lab was full of dust created by the large machines. During the first few sprays with the car, the car kept getting fish eyes, and I didn’t know why. I tried to sand it out and paint a second layer to cover it. But dust particles just keep on coming.

 

After practicing multiple times, I came out with a plan on covering the car with a box to prevent dust. I heard about Mr. Stenning talking about his friend, who owned a car paint shop. They would spray water onto the ground before painting, it would prevent dust from flying around and ruining the car paint. I learnt from that and added wet paper towels underneath the car. Even though it still didn’t provide a dust free environment, it was a lot better than before.

I also had to master both the paint spraying can and the spraying pen. I’d always prefer the spraying pen, but only the spray can came with the golden color I needed. A spraying can would apply a lot more paint per spray comparing to the spraying pen, and the alternation between these tools created a weird feeling. I had to relearn each tool when changing… Because these two tools have different spraying methods, the pen was more precise.

 

The finale wasn’t as good as I expected it to turn out. Not only with the paint work, but also with the color.

First of all, there were still bumps on the car body, but my “teacher” for this project said it was acceptable for a newbie, and I’ll gain more experience later. No one would ever master a thing in one try. Everything requires practice and experience.

 

Second of all, the color was a little bit darker than I expected. I expected it to be a light red, but it came out really dark.

The final product was fine for me, I put into a lot of effort, and I didn’t expect a master product in the first place. I’d say it’s successful, at least I successfully took apart, repainted, and reassembled a car model.

My next product, a ferrari 488?

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Color for my Ferrari!

I bought a candy red Lamborghini Aventador 720-4 50th anniversary edition car model on the 2018 car model show held in Beijing. The color is really similar to the metallic red I’m working on, and the final color would be expected to look like this!

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Passionate Project-Painting

I’ve been spending the last few classes practicing my painting skills with plastic spoons. It’s made out of the similar material as my car model, and the curves on it could simulate the situations when I’m spraying the actual model (spraying a curved surface isn’t as easy as spraying a flat surface). I’ve started to learn how to mediate the paint and the paint primer. In order to  spray it through the paint gun.

The project worked fine, but there were still expectations. For example,  the primer didn’t have the same mix ratio as the paint, and I made the primer too thin, and it didn’t give a good finish.

As we could see, it’s drippy, the primer is too wet, and it’s streaming around the spoon.

 

The spraying paint can I used for the golden layer also didn’t work as expected: the paint inside is also too wet, causing the paint to stream as I spray. I solved it by researching, and I discovered a method: spray very less paint each time, and spray multiple layers.

the method worked, with a thin layer of paint, it wouldn’t drip.

Color didn’t seem to cover the paint for the first time, but after multiple sprays, the color was applied perfectly.

 

For the next class, I would start to work on the actual car!

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Passionate Project Interview

I interviewed two friends, and gained suggestions. The first interview occurred along time ago when I started conceiving the goal. He was a professional car model builder who had lots of experience, and he suggest me to start with the 430 model kit I’m working right now, my original plan was to make a Laferrari out of a resin kit instead of the 430. But he said that resin is hard to paint, and newbies like me shouldn’t work on it. He gave me paint suggestions and taught me techniques on building.

(this is the car that I dreamed of building, it’s a ferrari FXXK EVO based on the laferrari, the racing version)

I bought this model from BBR Deluxe, a highly exclusive Italian car model maker that produces this model in limited edition, I might bring it to school and display it with my final product.

The second person I interviewed was a car model collector like myself. I mainly discussed about the color decisions with him. At first, I wanted to do the car Bianco Fuji, like the FXXK EVO I originally wanted to build (pic above), be he said that since my stock 430 display car was already white, I should choose another color to work on. And we decided to go with Rosso Fuoco, a metalic red color that’s really beautiful, he also suggested me to put a layer of gold before I apply the red paint, because it could make the red brighter and increase the metallic feeling of the car, and make it more beautiful.

 

(Here’s an example of the color on a regular FXXK)

 

 

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Passionate Project Day 2

All materials have arrived, and I’ve finished up the basic race car modification build.

There have been some changes in plan. I discovered that the white 430 car body wouldn’t fit to the racing chassis, and I had to do the build base on the race-car instead. The interior, engine, have been successfully built. I also did some modifications to the chassis: I added a special piece to improve the aero dynamics under the car.

 

I also started to dismantle the car body of the race-car, preparing for the repaint after spring break. But as I worked, I found out that the pieces were glued onto the body… and it made the dismantle process very hard. I even had to destroy some of the parts in order to dismantle the body work.

This would make the restoring process of the car really hard….

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Ferrari F430 race-car building procedure

Car building:
Engine Assembly-Ferrari Naturally Aspirated V8

Interior Assembly: Racing seats, race car dashboard, roll cage

Chassis assembly: Install the engine, Install interior, Install racing wheels, Install racing suspension

 

Exterior Modify:

  1. Disassemble lights, air vents, windows…
  2. Use paint remover and remove the paint job
  3. Install racing aero package
  4. Repaint the car in Rosso Fuoco
  5. Add racing details (stripes, carbon fiber)

Final Assembly:

Intall the car body with the chassis

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Passionate Project Change in Plan

After discussing with some professionals, I discovered that the kit I’m planning on building is too hard for me right now. So I’m changing the project car.

The original plan was to make a Laferrari resin kit in blue. Now I’m planning on making a Ferrari 430 scuderia race car. It’ll be too late for me to learn 3D-printing and print parts, so I’d have to recycle parts from another model. And I hope the final product would turnout like this.

 

I’m starting with 3 car models, a 430 challenge race car, a maserati granturismo gt3 racecar, and a 430 scuderia.

I’m going to dismantle parts from the 2 race cars and fit the racing parts to the scuderia and create a new car. Because parts are from different cars, the colors aren’t going to be matching, so after the modification build, I’m going to repaint the entire car in Rosso Fuoco.

 

Here’re the cars I’m going to be working on.

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3 Reasons why Fergus and Danny have a special relationship.

In the story Payback written by Andy McNab, Danny lived in Spain with his grandfather Fergus, an ex-SAS soldier, hiding from killers around the world. But they were on the run again, and they headed back to UK, determined to put a stop to the nightmare!

1.Fergus was Danny’s grandfather.

These two men had kinship relationships. Fergus cared about Danny through out the entire trip, even though they didn’t have good relationships at first. Danny was unhappy about leaving the UK, his home, and leaving his girlfriend Elena. He refused to follow Fergus’s orders.

 

2.Fergus taught Danny skills.

As a former SAS solder, Fergus had lots of knowledge about survival. And he taught Danny everything he knew, apart from his old memories, which often pissed Danny off. He taught Danny about dismantling explosives “ERV”, and Danny started to learn lessons from him.

 

3.They were “friends”

At first, Danny and Fergus had bad relationships, but as they faced more and more danger together, they started to become friends. Fergus often told Danny about his past experience, and they worked like professional SAS teammates.

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Passionate Project

The plans for the project have been set up already, and the official project could start after the materials have arrived!

Building Procedure:

  1. Check all materials
  2. Start with body shell building
  3. Interior building
  4. 3D print modification material (wheels, assembly parts)
  5. Paint body shell
  6. Paint accessory parts (wheels, seats, interior, engine, head lights, etc.)
  7. Final assembly

 

Passionate Project Purchase Plan:

Resin Laferrari Kit – 650rmb

Metallic paint primer – 35rmb

Model polish paste – 100rmb

Paint – 93rmb(black, interior red, blue, grey)

Model Tooling – 70rmb

Polishing cloth – 10rmb

Glue – 25rmb

5000 wet dry sandpaper – 5.5rmb

gloss oil-70rmb

Spray Paint gun-178rmb

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Passionate Project-2018~

The plan for my passionate project this year is to build my very own model car. As a model car collector, I have lots of cars, but none of them were built by my self. But it’s about to change!

For the project, I chose my favorite car of all times, the Laferrari. I’m going to start with a kit, and add some modifications to it. the car is going to have more detail, and a new pair of wheels. The color is going to be “Monte Carllo Blue”

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