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Rick Schad
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Alfa 8C Monza 1/12 Scale Post Race

August 16, 2020 · in Automotive · · 29 · 3.7K

Hi friends. Here is my latest build, the Itaileri scale Alfa Romeo 8C This is a fiddly kit to say the least, I really don't understand the use of tiny screws and bolts on a plastic kit but what do I know lol. This is definitely an older kit judging by the molds although they do throw in some photo etched which adds a little to update it. I always enjoy the weathering of race cars, so I cut loose on this one to give it a true post race look.

Spent about 70 hours on this one. Scratch built the floorpan, scratch built the seat and tattered covering, created metal bezels for the dash, wrapped the steering wheel, and hand stenciled the numbers.

I hope you enjoy!

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29 responses

  1. Love the grime! This is way before carbon fibre and plastics on a racer.

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    Very smart and as for the screws they could at least pack a few spare instead of too few to complete the kit as in my case Very annoying on a premium priced kit. I got some from ebay always quicker than waiting on spares department. But like i said a great looking car and a very nice build.

    • Thanks Anthony, you know my pain! All and all it was still a fun build. The instructions were confusing as well especially the non existent paint reference lol!

  3. Rick...AWEsome build. And your level of realism is out-of-sight. Special. All good. One more word...INCREDIBLE.

  4. Gotta agree! That's a fantastic looking build, and worth the time input. I love the weathering, in particular the worn off paint, the steering wheel wrap, and the patched up seat. Also, just love the detail on the kit, eg the linkages and levers. Thanks for building and sharing! 🙂

    • Thanks Andrew! I love weathering, I won’t build a kit unless I can make it dirty ?

      • Hello Rick,I’m working on my Alfa at this moment! How do you make this dirty look? It really looks marvellous,I also did the steering wheel(not as good looking as yours,but It’ll do?),thanks for reply

  5. Great weathering and detail work.

  6. The level of realism in the detailing is just superb. This is one of the best race car models I've ever seen. I love it!

  7. This is a wonderful build, Rick @rickschad, of an obviously very difficult kit.
    I loved watching at all those small details that you took after in such excellency: the engine details, the chassis with all those subcomponents, the steering wheel, the seat...the list can go on and on. Everything is meticulously built and painted. Together with the fantastic weathering, it looks "real".
    Congratulations, my friend!

  8. Thank you Spiros! Weathering is the fun part and I went all out on this one 🙂

  9. Great build Rick! I love the weathered look on race cars. There are too many shiny pre-race F1 cars these days that look the same after the race as they did before it. You did an exceptional job!

  10. Thanks Dion! I try to capture the feeling of the race as much as the physical car, its the weathering that tells the story!

  11. Great result on a difficult kit

  12. I Love this build! Never mind that it looks real enough to push the starter and hop on the track. The details are so good. Just perfect all the way around. Can’t say enough about the details and paint. Awesome work.

  13. This is my 1st response to a build here. I had the opportunity to buy this kit, but because it was already open, I turned it down, for fear of missing parts. After seeing the tremendous amount of work you put into it, I think I'll like the challenge next time. Great photo's to share with us the amount of detail you put into it as well. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Marvelous build! I love the worn effect on the paint; looks so realistic. Would be happy to see how you did it. I also really like the wrap around the exhaust and steering wheel. Plus the beautiful leather effect on the seat... or maybe this is a real piece of leather.
    I am usually not fond of building car models, but looking at the one you made I might be tempted to try one day.

  15. What a great compliment! The seat is actually covered in soft metal to look like leather, the exhaust is thin twine and burned to remove the fibers. I only build cars with patina, I find “showroom” looking cars to be boring.
    I love building anything as long as it’s interesting!

  16. Man, what a model! 😃 Rick, I somehow missed this one first time around, but please let me say that it is just fantastic! Is that hot oil I smell? 😁 You sir, are a true model maker, while many are content to merely assemble them! I have the old Monogram Bugatti Type 35 in 1/24 and would love to have a go at a race-worn model like your beauty here. I will definitely "bookmark" this one for future reference @rickschad. 🏆

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