Model: (Click to see more) 58187: Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
Status: New built
Date: 28-Apr-2008
Comments: 23
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The Alfa GTA is a beautiful car. To be honest, I wasn't particularly familiar with it until Tamiya did their 1/10 version
in 1997. It was undoubtedly a beautiful rendering of the 1:1 counterpart, and even more impressive to me was the fact that the Tamiya accomplished this in Lexan.

Being a run-of-the-mill auto aficionado, I can't say why the old GTAs never jumped out at me before, but after seeing the M-02 kit, I started noticing them at 1:1 car shows more often. Over the years I accumulated a lot of photo references knowing that I would eventually get around to building one. I never did land an original M-02 chassied kit, but I did manage to build a chassis from parts, and located an original spare-parts body kit.


Below is one of the reference photos I took a couple years ago at a vintage car race -- After much deliberation I decided it was a paint scheme I felt safe attempting. It didn't come out perfect, as I did have a bit of paint bleed, but I'm happy with the result. Sort of a tribute to Italy :)


Other non-stock details include the wheel and tire combo. The wheels are the Kawada version of the OEM wheels. Not exactly the same design, but I like the matte chrome effect. The tires are some random Chinese made slicks that I found (I forgot what brand) and I thought they fit well with the theme. They are a bit meatier then the stock radials, so I feel like it gives it a bit more overall scale appearance. The scale muffler/exhaust tip is from ABC hobbies.

My only gripe is that I really wish Tamiya went the distance and gave us some real headlight lenses. After poorly applying the kit-supplied lens decals, I decided I didn't like the result and went with the 'race tape' look instead. It looks OK, and fits well with my 'weekend racer' theme, but man would this car look nice properly lit! Hmmm... Maybe some 037 headlights parts?
















The Original Reference Photo For Comparison: Family Photo

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Comments

Mud-Plugger

28-Apr-2008

Lovely job you've done there.

pagedm_f350

28-Apr-2008

Very nice, the tyres are cool, great job

f1fascination

28-Apr-2008

Looks perfect, well done!

_miga_

28-Apr-2008

great car!!!!!

highflyer

28-Apr-2008

WOW, I love it! Every detail is superb and the paint scheme screams ITALIA.. Did I say I love it... TOP WORK OCD!!!

OCD

28-Apr-2008

Thanks fellas - This is one of my all-time Tamiya favorites, so I really wanted to have fun with it and go for something other than box stock.

dr.roberts

28-Apr-2008

federx

28-Apr-2008

proprio bella

Origineelreclamebord

28-Apr-2008

Get two spotlights and put them on those square mount-like pieces on the body... In that way it will look even more like the original. Nice work already though

OCD

28-Apr-2008

Heh heh - I had considered the same thing - Just can't seem to find the appropriate spot lights. Any suggestions?

CASE1

28-Apr-2008

Very nice car! I agree that Tamiya did a great job on the body (and also agree on the headlights...) But you've done a great job on the paintjob! I happened to get this body NIB also and have been looking for some reference pics. Your livery pic is in the bulls eye and the overall look is very good. I love it!

Vin87

28-Apr-2008

Best Alfa on TC! Nice work, about the headlights, Tamiya made some for the Lancia 037 but they are a bit to big for this car I think, maybe you could try some 1/24 head lights from a static kit...

SMOKE-DOG

28-Apr-2008

Nice work! A+

Moondoggie

28-Apr-2008

Wow! That looks amazing!

7.2inchdriver

28-Apr-2008

i am always trying to fool people with my pictures, well this one fooled me!! didnt realize it was a kit til i saw the last pic next to the 155. great job. i am not fooled easily.

technical.burP

28-Apr-2008

Simply beautiful. You are a real Tamiya Gourmet! Excellent work on the car's body and impressing pictures.

ruffryder

28-Apr-2008

That looks stunning!

Mrfbehn4th

28-Apr-2008

Is there a reason for not haveing A 'esc' in your kit beutiful car by the way

OCD

28-Apr-2008

It's an original M02 chassis, so it's outfitted with the original kit supplied MSC.

Wyoming

28-Apr-2008

Beautiful car Steve, lovely pictures too. I've only seen one real one of these in my life, a rusty old white one in Cheyenne, probably wouldn't have noticed it if it hadn't been for Tamiya

m.affi

2-May-2008

wow love this paintjob

cheif

2-May-2008

loving the alfas it look real nice photos

rally fan

11-May-2009

Very cool paint job. Very nice racing GT. Looks very real.


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