Status: New built
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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:
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