Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

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I unearthed my old Bburago 348 today, and it’s a little rough because I had it displayed out of the box for many years. It’s dirty and the decals don’t look so sharp any more, they’re not individual pieces, but whole panels in one. Not sure if I just want to disassemble and just clean it, or strip the decals off entirely and make it more of a hot street version. What say you?

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UPDATE: So thanks to lots of great input I now have a direction. Thanks to you guys, I think I have a way to both honor my collecting history (such as it is) and give this model new life. Philipilihp mentioned making it into a properly used racer as I had done with my Bburago GTO as a kid, very tempting because despite its flaws in 1:1 the 348 is a fine looking machine in competition form. 13 brought up respecting that collecting history, a sentiment I absolutely agree with, which is why I can’t bring myself to customize or touch up my childhood 1/64s or other 1/18s. Then runnersp (formerly t_s) brought up a great modification kit out of Italy that will turn this into another 348 that ran Le Mans in 1994. Finally Jobjoris pointed out that Ecurie Francorchamps in fact ran a heavily modified 348 in the early 90's, which this car is a half-assed replica of. The racing number is correct, and nothing else. Then I realized that I had in fact already removed some decals from the car years (more like decades) ago, those of yellow stripe over the top which had peeled and discolored badly, so really the process has already begun. My idea is this: Using all of those sentiments, I’ll turn this into the real Ecurie Francorchamps car that it’s supposed to be, using the mod kit for the ‘94 Le Mans Totip car, which should provide better wheels and a correct wing. We’ll see how it goes! I took it apart on my lunch break for cleaning and to see what I’m getting into, and I’m looking forward to this. Honorable mention to Uly for his inspirational post on the Corvani Zondvette and Ferrvette StingFFray!

Here goes nothing...
Here goes nothing...
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A Ferrari kart, anyone?

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This is the real deal:

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