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Old 01-31-2023, 02:23 AM
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One of my all time favorite british sport cars has always been the Aston Martin DB4 GT "Zagato". The Aston Martin DB4 GT was presented in 1959, but soon it was obvious that the Ferrari 250GT were more competitive on the track. Aston Martin asked the Italian body maker Zagato to optimize the DB4 GT and in 1960, the Aston Martin DB4 "Zagato" was presented. The car was much more lighter than a Standard DB4 GT and had also improved aerodynamics. There were in total approx. 20 "Zagatos" produced. But this wasn't the end of the evolution. 3 of the 20 "Zagatos" were build in 1962 as semi-works cars under the internal code "MP209" and were again lighter, faster and got a further improved body with a longer, lower nose and a higher tail.

The most famous of these was a car with the registration "2VEV" which was driven by legends such as e.g. Jim Clark.
Here some impressions of the original "2VEV" which I'll try to copy in scale 1/10th:


So far, I've started to make the mold for vacuum forming. Up to now, it roughly shaped and the next steps will be coating with filler, sanding etc.




Sanding into shape with a belt sander



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Interesting. Wish I have the talent to do this. Would make a cab back body for a 6.4
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Started to add some filler over the weekend:




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After some filler and sanding and filler and sanding, the mold has got now a coat with zinc spray before the final "polish" with fine sandpaper.


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Grooves for the doors...


The mold for the Aston Martin DB4 GT is made out of 3 pieces: Front, Tail and Roof. This allows me to take the mold out of the body after vacuum forming. The mold separates where the original car also had "gaps, e.g. along the trunk, but also the front part of the doors.


Almost ready for vacuum forming:


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The first body has been formed to test if the mold works:



Need to put some paint on it to see if it really look like the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato :-)
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That looks absolutely fantastic! I've been looking for an Aston Martin body for my 1/10 drift car. I have an Aston in real life and always wanted an RC one too. Admittedly I have a Vantage, not a DB4 Zagato, although my dad did have a DB6 back in the day.
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Thanks!
I've started to vacuum some accessories like the instrument panel, the headlights etc.
The painting of the body is work in progress, I'll post some pictures in the next days.


The clear body on the Tamiya M-06 chassis


Mold for the instrument panel


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Wow! Nice work.
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Finally painted :-)
Jim Clark's Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato in the livery of the 1962 Paris 1000km race:




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Just stunning! Great job.
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That is absolutely amazing work!
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Amazing work, much respect
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Some videos of the project:

Making the mold:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfOmvEuLiX4

Vacuum forming:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKdffADFFGo

Vacuum forming the accessories and final body with paint:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQw7nK9zNTE

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