Kitbashing the Tamiya Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA

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by Michael Schneider © 2009 Modeler Site

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Looking through my photos of a Porsche-Alfa-Meeting in Hockenheim in 2004 I found an Alfa Giulia with wide fenders. It was then when I pulled the Tamiya Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA* off the self to take a closer look at it. The kit is great and includes an engine, but I wanted a body with wider fenders. Of course, it is possible to widen the fenders with sheet and putty, but I would not need to do so since there was another Alfa from Gunze Sangyo* on my shelf, not so accurate to my eyes, even without an engine, but comprising wide fenders.

So the idea was born, to build the Tamiya kit with Gunze fenders and give the model the look of an older car, which its owner used now and then on a race track.



I started the model with the body modifications. After some measuring, I cut out the four fenders from the Gunze body with the Proxxon and a round saw. Each of these four fenders was held to the Tamiya body before gluing, so that the wide wheel wells would later be in the same position as the Tamiya wheel wells, then everything was marked and sawed out again with the Proxxon saw. After little sanding, the Gunze fenders fit to the Tamiya body. Using super glue the four fenders became part of a new body. In front of the front fenders, I glued some sheet to the body. The edges were smoothed with sandpaper and the remaining gaps were filled with putty.

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