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1962 ferrari 250 GTO barn find

THIS 1962 FERRARI 250 GTO had been sitting in my inventory for several months eyeing me. It was really quite disturbing. Then I realized I've never weathered a Ferrari GTO so I figured it was trying to tell me something. Creepy huh? Seeing as it was a Bburago model as well (my favorite manufacturer) it seemed time to get the project started. I had been experimenting with a custom oil based algae mix from several oil paints that I had thinned down. Getting the right hue was a challenge, but this is the first car with hints of algae growth using the new mix. It's also the first model that I've used a crackling effect on. I'm able to make the paint "crack" by applying turpentine to the model before airbrushing the first top coat, then hitting it with a blast of heat from a heat gun. I'll be using that on many of the future models for sure. It's a neat effect! Seeing as I enjoyed this project so much I'm definitely going to be tackling several more Ferrari models in the coming weeks. The HotWheel Elite Ferraris will be added to the portfolio here in no time at all!

Details were limited to the below to add just enough character. 

Details include:  

  • Faded hints of its cream white paint give clues as to its magnificent factory origins. 
  • There are seven enamel colors used, each with up to ten different shades to produce the realistic effects you see on this model. The rust and algae streaks were precariously placed with multiple different applications of masking to provide just the right amount of rot you would expect to see on a prototypical vehicle that's been sitting in a junkyard for 50 years.
  • A battered rough sawn oak board holds up the For Sale sign leaning against the side. You'll also find an "AbSOLUTeLY NO Credit" sign on the same board. You can't help but admire the attempt at proper capitalization.
  • The front and rear windows were removed and shattered glass can be found in place of it as well as shards of shattered glass all over the hood and trunk. Take note of the scaled grass growing out of the front air scoop area for that added barnyard touch!
  • The front tires show severe weathering with significant loss of tread. The rear tires have been reduced to nothing but slicks and are both flat. You can see where the rubber has pulled away from the rims. Someone had a little too much fun with this car before storing it!.
  • The engine block is coated with gummy oil as is the undercarriage. You can almost breathe in and smell that engine grime! A touch of hay also coats the engine compartment.
  • Two more pieces of heavily weathered oak boards hold up the hood in super fashion.
  • A heavy, rusty chain rests on the car and may be placed in a variety of locations to hi-light its barn origin.
  • One of my favorite accents; painstakingly precision-cut maple leaves, authentic in scale, are found scattered all over the model. Cut from real leaves, with roughly half dyed red and yellow for an autumn feel, these leaves feature natural "veins" and texture for a true-to-life appearance. 
  • Strands of hay cover the vehicle all over to add that fine extra accent.
  • Vintage signage from a vast library of vintage material was used to create a 1962 New York license plate found on the driver's seat and one in the "cardboard box" which also contains several magazines. The signage relates directly to the year of manufacturing of the model; 1962. Here you have an Exxon sign, a road sign tucked behind the driver's seat and of course the vintage Dunlop sign that matches the Dunlop tires on the car.
  • The magazines you see here are placed into a handmade cardboard box, as mentioned above, and are authentic publications printed to scale including micro print on the inside of thin photo paper to produce multiple pages. Included here you'll find a September, 1962 Screenland with Elizabeth Taylor as well as a January, 1962 Modern Screen with Jacqueline Kennedy. You'll also find a twisted rope and a hand made rusty mallet in the box as well. On the front seat is a a July, 1962 CinĂ© with gorgeous Barbara Valentin in all of her glory. Ooo la la!!

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