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Lamborghini Diablo

This is exactly how I bought the Lamborghini Diablo I'm gonna be working on

First thing to do was to remove the old spray which I’ve done using paint remover seen behind the Diablo

Once all the paint was off I decided to lower the body onto the original wheels. Since Maisto uses springs on both front and rear of the Diablo, I lowered it by cutting a portion off those springs

Then it was time for the bodykit which consists of a front spoiler and side-skirts. For the spoiler I took some ideas from the Murcielago R-GT front, whilst regarding the side skirts I’ve built them taking ideas from sketches I made following various Lamborghini skirts. These were built using an automotive body filler which I’ve applied after making a mold from plastic sheets which is still visible in blue

I also filled the fuel filler cap from the rear panel and smoothed it. This will be re-located later on

Next was the rear bumper. First idea was to keep the standard rear bumper as it was, however with the new bodykit in place, this looked too small. So I decided to go for a Gallardo-style one, which I had to scratch-build on the old one. First thing was to cut the original bumper in half and only keep the part where this screws with the body

Then I began constructing a new one from thick plastic sheets, taking ideas from a print I made of an original Gallardo rear bumper. Once all plastic sheets were cut into shape, I assembled them in place onto the piece of the original bumper I kept using plastic cement

Once happy with the shape I filled the plastic with body filler. I also filled the gap between the two tail lights, where a plastic grill was originally mounted. Once these completely dried I sanded them using a 180-grit paper to get the shape wanted, then smoothed out using a 320-grit paper

Then it was time to make a spoiler to make the Diablo’s rear-end complete. My favourite one was that of the Diablo GTR, so taking ideas from its design I scratch-built a new one from the same plastic sheets and cardboard. Once happy with the shape I painted the supports in gloss black and covered the spoiler itself using a carbon fiber decal

Happy with the body’s new look, it was time to focus on the interior. The original one from Maisto was pretty boring, almost everything in a light brown colour and looking very plasticky too

So I ordered two packets of flocking material, one dark grey and one blue and fully carpeted the interior. This gave the interior a pretty realistic look and very similar to the real beast. Finally I added carbon fiber to the centre arm rest

Next was the engine. Again, the original one lacked many details

So taking ideas from the Diablo SV engine, I detailed mine as much as possible using various Humbrol paints. I also replaced the original plastic spark plugs leads with small red electrical wires to make it more realistic. Finally I added some decals on the air intake boxes and exhaust cover

With the engine ready, I began detailing the plain looking original undercarriage

Again, I’ve done this using various Humbrol paints where I painted the tubular lines in silver and gold, suspension arms in grey and suspensions in red

Next on the list were the rims where to make them more realistic I first painted them in chrome, then painted the black centres and after drying I added the chrome centre cap, circles and split-rim bolds. Then, since this Diablo didn’t have any disc brakes, I got a spare set I had and fitted them behind the rims, visible through each rim’s five circles design

With the undercarriage done, it was now time to start preparing the body for spray. Last thing I did before spraying the undercoat was smoothing down the ugly wiper arm in front of the windscreen. So, back to the spray job, I first applied two layers of Plasti-Kote white primer

Once primer dried, I levelled it out using a wet 1200-grit paper and then applied the first layer of the colour I chose: a dark metallic grey. Then I again levelled this out and lightly polished it to get a slight shine. Once dry, I applied the clear-coat and let dry for over 24 hours

I then wet-sanded the clear-coat using a 2000-grit paper and polished it using a polishing compound until I got the desired shine. Finally, I applied a Turtle-brand wax to get an even deeper shine. Below picture shows the body during the polishing process. The hood shows the clear-coat exactly after the 2000-grit wet-sanding, whilst the roof shows the shine acquired after polishing with the T-cut compound

Only things remaining now are the final details which include the window trim. I’ve done this by first masking the trim, then cut along the trim line and removed the part of the tape onto the trim. Then, I applied the flat-black paint. Other details I did here are the rear lights which I detailed by adding the flat-black surrounding and also cut a stainless-steel grill to fit into the new rear bumper’s vents. Once happy with the shape, I painted this in flat-black too, to match with the lights and trim. Another thing I did was the addition of four stainless-steel exhausts inside the lower rear bumper’s vents

Before final assembly, I decided to add some more detail inside the car. So I painted the roof from inside and under the hood in flat-black and also painted the engine cover hood in silver/chrome to resemble a heat-reflective material, making it look more realistic whilst looking at the engine

And finally, here is the Lamborghini Diablo fully assembled and ready to be displayed next to the other custom model cars I have built

(small note: all the Lamborghini pictures have signatures since these shots were used on a model car forum where briffak is my username)

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