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    1. Kit: Italeri, by (Active Member) Carlo is offline
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      Good day.
      Like to share the build of a cute beach car, the Fiat 500 "Jolly" built from 1957 to 1965 by the coachbuilder Ghia at Torino. The car was nicknamed "Spiaggina", something like "small beach one" and was populare among wealthy people, such as Aristotle Onassis, Hollywood actors and so on.
      The starting point for my build was the kit from Italeri of the Fiat 500 F.
      More to follow.

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    I faced first the most difficult item: the wicker seats. One of the most peculiar and cute features of the car, useful when you wear a wet swuimsuit. I was unsure and didn't know of i was able to recreate such complicated seats. I was adamant that the seats, being one of the most important acessories, had to be spot on.
    From a theorical point of view, the build was simplex: a frame made out of brass wire, then some sewing thread suitably coiled around the frame.
    The first try looked quite nice, but some fellows pointed out that It was too simple. I cut too many corners


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    I understood that a proper wicker had to be made with wires properly intertwined, so the wires were laid in horizontal and vertical way. After various trials, one kind of thread was rejected as too thick and out of scale, another one too furry and unpleasant to look at. The finale choice was the thread used by boat modelers, in 0.75 mm and 0.50 mm thickness.
    At the end, the first seat was made and remade six times. The last one was satisfying , and i decided to proceed with the body.


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    The Italeri kit Is for a normal Fiat 500 with saloon body. I made some search and measurements from various web pictures, i marked the body with tape, then i started with the saw. There Is no turning back now.

    For unknown reasons, my pictures are coming out rotated by 90 degrees. Someone will kindly suggest how to redress the problem ?


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    Interesting small car; don't remember if some came in Switzerland, maybe in Ascona or Locarno, but I doubt...
    Your interpretation for the seats is interesting and is in line with the character from the original seats!
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    I faced another problema. These small cars were equipped with white wall tires, whereas the tires of the kit are normal tires.
    The obvious solution was to mask the tires and spray some White. Regretfully i was unable to make a good round masking Fiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia , so i was forced to use a white Uniposca felt pen and i painted the walls free hand. I was rather nervous, but the result was Better than expected. And with some clear coat Fiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia It improved.


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    Work in progress Fiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia . Body in primer Fiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia .


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    My little car have some interesting features. One of the most striking are the chromed bars around the body. I do believe that the coachbuilder needed to strenghten the body of the car. If you take out the roof, the body will flex too much. So the bars had a mechanical purpose and at the sane time a strong visual appeal. I realized the bars with 3 mm plasticard rods.Fiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220820_205854-jpgFiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220820_205901-jpg


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    The 500 received some Coral Red Paint.Fiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220826_105522-jpg


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    Here we are. The work Is completed. My 500 Is shown together with a Vespa 150 GS. By the way, the Vespa Is a simple die cast that i improved with Better Paint, luggage racks and some details.Fiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220827_175541-jpgFiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220827_175502-jpgFiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220827_175535-jpgFiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220827_175525-jpgFiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220827_175541-jpgFiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220827_175502-jpgFiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220827_175535-jpgFiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220827_175525-jpg


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    Congratulations! You have definitely shown the character of the car! Very nice.
    -craftsmanship is a lifelong project of
    self-construction and self determination
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    A very nice conversion.
    It takes a lot of courage and confidence to hack into an expensive kit and convert it.
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    I see one of those miniature travel trailers in that cut off roof piece.
    Scorpio - Builds models the way the prototype should have been built.
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    Thanks for your approvato.
    Like to end showing some pictures of my model in giÓ Natural environment, the tourist Port of Marina di Ravenna.
    Best regards to everybody.Fiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220829_110904-jpgFiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220829_113457-jpgFiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220829_112124-jpgFiat 500 "Jolly" Ghia-img_20220829_113109-jpg


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