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  • 1981 Maserati Quattroporte III

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    I started with this "Rocky III" movie tie-in toy that old-board regular "Sak" gifted me. It is a nice casting for something of its price point and age, but could use some attention to bring its fine details and accurate body design/scale out to their fullest.

    The wheels have been swapped out for Ertl "Dick Tracy" series items, surprisingly suitable for this application given the conservative design of OEM alloy wheels on the real thing.

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    The lights and grille are painted (just awaiting the black detail wash), there is even a gold trident logo in the grille center, and the bumpers have been painted/textured to look prototypically accurate.

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    Interior has been black-washed and Dullcoted, with accurate black and "woodgrain" details added where necessary.

    I have since put the body in paint stripper, will be taking it home to sand out some rough areas/edges and paint-prep it, and the paint scheme will be a 2-stage DupliColor automotive primer & paint job closely matching factory Dark Smoky Quartz Metallic.

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    That looks like another great resto mod project, I don't even remember this casting, so looking forward to see what you do.

    You mentioned Sak from the old SG board. It's been sooooooo long since I last communicated with him. I miss his contributioms.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ivantt View Post
      That looks like another great resto mod project, I don't even remember this casting, so looking forward to see what you do.

      You mentioned Sak from the old SG board. It's been sooooooo long since I last communicated with him. I miss his contributioms.
      Thanks! Sak can mostly be found on Facebook these days. (I know a lot of SG/DG members don't use social media, but I'm putting that out there anyway)

      Here's this project in bare metal. I'm going to be spraying this with primer soon, will have pics of the fresh primer later on.
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      • #4
        That old ERTL Maserati has turned out very nice with your great transforming touches and highlights!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pjedsel View Post
          That old ERTL Maserati has turned out very nice with your great transforming touches and highlights!
          Thanks!

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          • #6
            Nicer casting than I expected!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ivantt View Post
              Nicer casting than I expected!
              It is very nice

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                Fresh primer, awaiting paint.

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                  Photo quality sucks, but here is my finished paint job (just needs buffing and finish details)

                  I chose Light Smoky Quartz Metallic for this one.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Skwerl View Post
                        Thanks!

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                        • #13
                          I normally wouldn't think of using a color like the one you chose, but you sure did well in your choice. I think it looks great on the casting

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ivantt View Post
                            I normally wouldn't think of using a color like the one you chose, but you sure did well in your choice. I think it looks great on the casting
                            Thanks! Most Maserati colors in the DeTomaso ownership era (this car was heavily based on the DeTomaso Deauville, which was a copy of the Jaguar XJ6 Series 1 suspension/chassis) were sedate metallics or metallic earth tones. I might paint the Playart XKE I'm working on this color as well (close match to factory "Opalescent Golden Sand")

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                            • #15
                              Wow...

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