You might have received your model of the newly-released CMC Ferrari 250 GTO already. What you see upfront is, of course, a precision model car hand-built from more than 1880 parts. You may be lost in words at the sight of its gracefully soft-curved body lines. But there are also details that will remain hidden and yet constitute a no less valuable part of this collector’s item. We would like to bring some of these details to your awareness.
The gracefully streamlined configuration of the replica, for instance, is not shaped by die casting at one go. In many cases, the replication of a curved body part takes more than one casting or a straightforward process of sheet-metal work. Typically it calls for the adoption of multiple steps by more than one means. Here are some photos that illustrate the prolonged process.
As is shown, the need to discharge a solidified metal casting from the die properly dictates, a curved body part often cannot be cast in its entirety. Instead, it is imperative to dissect such a body part into smaller manageable pieces, produce each piece individually (with zinc alloy or sheet metal), and put them together seamlessly.
There are, of course, a number of ways to join parts together, including the use of glue, welding, or screws and nails. Since our finished products are expected to withstand the rough impact of transportation and possible drop-falls, we opt for the use of screws and nails. This choice is most labor-intensive. Where two pieces are brought to join each other, there is a seam, which needs to be filled with spackling, carefully polished, and leveled with the surface to perfection. The same laborious process applies to screw and nail heads that butt out. The butt-outs are to be filed, spackled, polished and leveled to leave no traces once the surface is painted.
Is the use of screws and nails to conjoin parts as reliable as expected? Will it withstand the impact of bumpy transportation and drop-falls? We put this technique to repeated testing before determining its optimum use for manufacturing. If all the efforts we made do serve to provide you with a replica that you find to be true of the original vehicle and are happy to possess, then our goal is achieved. Indeed, the pursuit of intricate detailing is the making of value for a precision replica.