Where I grew up in South Africa the name Ferrari was always associated with fast cars. So, as a kid I used to stare at and drool over the posters and photo’s in magazines of these red thorough bred stallions.
As time went by the F40 appeared and then I sat up and took note. That was the ultimate car for me, way better than the Opel GT that I so wanted while still at school. From then on all the next generations of Ferrari’s were just not up there. The 550 looked OK and then followed the stuff that I just could not stand! The girlie F360 followed by her equally giggly F430 friend!
Then, suddenly the 458 Italia appeared in its GT3 form and I just had to have one as a slot car! The red one’s from the AF Corse outfit really kept me mesmerized and later the other colours kept me interested. The Carrera 458 just did not look the part and to race it against the NSR GT’s would be impossible. For a while the PRS chassis looked like an option, but our club did not allow cars with a metal chassis.
Black Arrow provided the answer with their Italia GT3, but as we have seen on the forums, they were just not to be found. At my favourite slotcar dealer were two kits, yes they come in kit form only, but at that price the NSR BMW GT3 looked the better option, but, hey, that’s not a Ferrari 458.
At this very same dealer I found the chassis and a white body kit of the Blackarrow Italia GT3 and with this I am going to do this scratchbuild project.
This is the chassis. The motor is a Scaleauto Hurrican 25K, the pinion and crown are NSR anglewinder offerings, the wheels and axles come from the Slot.it collection and the braids are provided by PN Slot.