Hello Magnum, Ferrari and Speed Champions fans,
the targa topped 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole (pictures 2 and 4) was made famous by the television series Magnum, p.i. in which the series’ lead, Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) drove the car around Oahu for eight seasons while on his investigations, from 1980 to 1988. Several 308 GTS cars were used, a new one for each season, most being auctioned off after filming and all with the license plate ROBIN 1. The berlinetta version of this model is called Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole (pictures 1 and 3). The design inspiration of this model came from a Ferrari 308 Matchbox which I received as a child.
They are a studless builds in the new, 8 studs wide Speed Champions style. I wanted to create a sleek models which are as accurate as possible in this small scale. Only two stickers are used per model: the rectangular Ferrari logo, and the vehicle registration plate, to keep the flexibility of the used parts in further builds.
My intent was to keep the width-length-height ratio of the real car and this size makes it possible. The models contain lots of details: for example the emblematic air vents on the hood (black on GTS and red on GTB), the front bumper with the turn signal lights, the tilted front grill, the rear three quarter window with black cover, the turn signal lights on the front side, the black stripe on the sides, the side-view mirrors, the tiltable seats etc.. Maybe the most challenging one was the iconic rear side with the vehicle registration plate, here there is a half stud offset. I tried to fill every unecessary gaps and therefore some tricky build techniques are used.
The model has space for two minifigures. I suggest to use small hairs. Without the seats and the two interior tan tiles minifigures with bigger hairs can be used too if they are leaned back. The instructions and parts list files do not contain the minifigures shown on the pictures. (The Magnum minifigure has a custom torso, similar ones are available in some webshops. Its other body parts are standard ones.)
The parts lists of the two versions are very similar, but there are some differencies for example: the windscreen, the dashboard, the top of the seats etc. . There are two neckware brackets in the parts list and only the original, thinner version (part number: 42446) is acceptable. If it is not available, then some simplification is possible with “grill tile” elements, but for the most accurate model I suggest to follow the instructions.
I hope you enjoy the build and the car. Many thanks for your support!
_TLG_ (Laszlo Torma), Jan, 2021
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Purchasing instructions for these models (GTS and GTB) you will get the following files for each cars:
– High-resolution, professionally designed PDF Instructions file with a detailed parts list (showing quantity, color, Item No. and images of the parts)
– Detailed parts list in CSV (showing details without images)
– Parts list in XML for Bricklink
– Sticker designs in png format
NOTE: Instructions and parts list files do not contain any minifigures.