January 21, 2013

458 ITALIA | from "Foundation" to "Elite"

The 458 ITALIA was officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September 2009. 
Hot Wheels 1/18th base model
Its innovative aerodynamics and the shape made it instantly a “desired” one. The tuners get it and pimped it up but not in an exaggerate manner, but just the necessary for having in our rear view mirror a real beast.
The scale models producers doesn’t wait long and they make it at all known scales. In big scale HotWheels produces the most affordable model at 1/18th scale. Ther are some finishing variants on three detailing levels: Foundation, Elite and Super-Elite. I had the chance to “grab” one Foundation for less then 17€, 2nd hand, surely.
I decided to turn it in an Elite. 
So, the modifications I made, principally are:
·         black roof paint & California blue body
·         flocking in interior
·         seat belt in light blue fabric
·         details of the dashboard and steering wheel (aluminum & black leather finish)
·         wiring and piping in engine compartment
·         detailed brakes (ceramic painted brke discs, calipers and hub)
·         smoked tail lights
·         flocking front luggage compartment
·         detailed front lights
·         lowered suspension
·         badgeless
·         black engine bay hood
There are a lot of others little details I will not enumerate but which has their touch at the general look of the car.

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