Starting off the build of this model is the engine, comprised of two engine block halves and bottom oil pan, along with a front face where the pulleys will eventually mount. Once glued and set I was able to paint this all-aluminum. From there I painted the heads, intake manifold, and belts/pullies in respective colors before attaching those. I used Tamiya panel liner black to help bring out some of the details, but the molding was so soft it wasn't noticeable.
With the engine done it was time to put it somewhere, and that required building up the chassis of the model, starting with the bottom plate and axle hubs with the rotors and brake calipers. Everything was painted black before adding a steel color to the rotors and a red to accentuate the calipers. With that completed, I was able to apply what I'm assuming are Brembo decals to the calipers.
The engine then got glued down to this floor plate before turning to the interior.
The main part of the interior is one big piece with a lot of molded-on detail that received a coat of semi-gloss black before even beginning to add parts. The first piece to get added is the firewall also painted in semi-gloss as most of the next will be. I painted the pedals and added a decal before adding that to the assembly as well.
Once that was done I was able to glue this onto the chassis bottom. From there building out the remaining part of the interior involved the seat, which I spent the time with a pin vise drilling out all the cooling holes that are present on the real seat, as well as building up the simple dashboard. The kit included a decal for the steering wheel but left the dashboard flat black otherwise so I opted to add a bit of color with some of the dials brought out in silver and red.
When it came to the wheels I deviated from the instructions, mostly because they include metal axles for the front and rear of the model, and the front sticks right into the middle of the engine bay and looks bad so I opted to leave it out and glue the wheels directly to the rotors, it's not as secure but looks much better. The rear however I did use the axle.
The rims get painted gloss black, and a couple of decals are added to each before I then applied a super gloss clear coat to them.
I sanded the rubber pieces themselves to rough up the texture before applying the Michelin decals to the sidewalls.
To start off building the exterior of this model I decided to start with the hood as it would give me a chance to try out the paint and such to see if I was going to be happy with them. I used a black inside to the hood and then painted the outer surface Hataka signal yellow, a color I feel is a very good match to the real car. Once the paint had set for a few days I put down the decals, thick and not that great but they will do the car justice, in the end, no matter what. Once those had set I went to town with a clear coat, Testors Wet Look to be specific.
I also went ahead and painted the glass piece before applying decals as well. I didn't realize it at first but the glass piece gets painted black for the rear window and back side windows and would definitely explain the lack of detail in the back of the car.
With the hood and the glass taken care of, I was able to turn my attention to the body of the car and gave it numerous coats of the signal yellow and allowed it to dry for a few days before I went back and applied the black striping along the bottom of the sides and front. I masked the sides off along the ridge in the door panel, just taking a guess at it because the instructions didn't really make it clear if that was the intention, and it turned out later to be correct.
One thing the instructions didn't call out at all and I only realized it when I was working on decals was that the vents forward of the doors needed to be painted black as well, along with the lower valance on the rear of the car, so I went back to those and corrected that.
With the painting all done I gave the entire body a generous clear coat from Tamiya before turning to decals.
Decaling this model turned out to be a wonderful time. Could you sense the sarcasm there? No, actually it wasn't too bad minus a couple of the decals that just had odd curves and angles to form to, more specifically, they were the ones just forward of the door, around the vents that got missed earlier, with many coats of Mr. Mark Setter though they settled down well and I was able to scribe out the door lines before a few more applications to call them good. The rest of the decals around the model were pretty easy to do, although there is a pair of yellow 'Pirelli' decals that went just forward of the rear wheels that weren't printed very well and thus just disappeared into the black paint. No big deal though as they clearly didn't have to license so they said «Brailli» instead.
There were some dots included placing over what I'm guessing are hold-down pins and rather than use them I opted to just touch black paint to them, easier to form to the surface. The decals had a lot of registration issues but I don't think in the final model it will be noticeable, it was usually a shift of the grey by a tiny bit but once those areas were settled into the recessed panel lines were basically invisible, although the decals were thick which is a drawback.
One of the final pieces needing painted and assembled before fitting the body to the chassis was the headlights. There is an inner piece that got painted a reflective silver (Molotov) with a glass cover, the fit of them wasn't great but they did sit into the enclosure in the end. Getting them to stick to the body was a bit of a challenge but a bit of CA glue convinced there where they stayed.
The final piece was the wing on the rear, first I painted the tips red, the rest black, and then applied the decals to the upper and lower surfaces. The supports for the wing weren't really well defined in their location and lots of glue was needed to get them to stay, but they eventually did and it mounted up just fine.