I interviewed for you Gennaro, one of Colle21‘s first customers, since his debut he has grown fond of my company and my products.
Today, after almost 8 years of activity, a true friendship was born between Colle21 and Master Gennaro Zappa.
a real Italien, precisely from the South
(the specific because he is proud of it, like me).
Today 56-year-old father and young grandfather of a beautiful granddaughter named Tessa Rose.
Always passionate about the world of racing “car and motorcycle” engines.
This passion led him to move to Modena, where he has lived for a few years, to be closer to the most important engines in the world “Ferrari and Ducati”.
Gennaro, how did you approach the world of model-making?
The passion is from an early age, I had more or less “10 years” since they gave me my first Kit, when I opened the box I immediately understood that it would be my passion.
I still remember my first kit was a “FIAT 690 tanker truck”
I am passionate about engines in the modeling world.
In all these years the passion has always increased and I look for perfection,
documenting myself with books and photos taken by myself in museums, salons and various circuits.
I always look for the detail to try to make my models more realistic.
In these years I have assembled more than 50 kits and every time I open the box before mounting it I have the same emotion as when I was a kid.
Yes Danilo ,I consumed liters of Colle21
But Gennaro , all these articles on the biggest international magazines : Model Time ??
Yes, I don’t know why, but exposing my models, photographing all the various passages step by step and publishing them on the various social networks, the magazines became interested in me.
Gennaro, looking at the results you get, it seems the least that your models occupy the front pages of the biggest magazines in the world.
Gennaro,one of your many works of art is: LA FERRARI 126 C2 TURBO, do you want talk of it ??
The Ferrari 126 C2 turbo, is the single-seater with which Ferraricompeted in the 1982F1 world championship. This car with a very pleasant design can be considered as the maximum expression of wing-cars, the single-seater that has reached the technical peak of the idea born in the late 70s Colin Chapman, that of transforming the side bells of racing cars into veritable inverted wing profiles and sealing them laterally with strips that grazed the asphalt, in those years commonly called “miniskirts”.
The Ferrari with the 126 C2 turbowas able to concentrate all the aerodynamic and frame concepts to the best, and to marry them with the 1500 cc V6 turboengine designed, one of the most powerful of the lot Eng. Forghieri just to be housed in the wing car, making the concept more extreme.
unlike my previous work in all the kits, I have always added detail-up parts series and accessories from different companies, with the intention of enriching the model with further details, in order to make it as real and faithful as possible to the original.
In this kit, everything you need to make the model as faithful as possible is already contained in the box, as the quality of the parts and the richness of the details of a kit M.F.His amazing, there is also to add that the manufacturer processes the kit so that the breakdown of the pieces is almost equal to that of the real machine, this undoubtedly contributes to making the model even more faithful to the original.
Once the box was opened it was immediately clear that I found myself in front of a completely different kit from the traditional ones, and so I decided to pay more attention to the preliminary procedures and then get to the final result keeping in mind all the steps that I would have then brought to the finished model.
The first stepwas to carry out a thorough examination of all the pieces of the box, and then prepare them following the assembly diagram.
Once this is done, the pieces must be machined and unlike the plastic kits, the holes are only marked and must be made of the right diameter, immediately after I have made some sanding to eliminate the bibs that form during drilling and those already present to the operations of molding.
A real dry assembly of almost the entire model is carried out to check that everything fits perfectly and eventually identify the areas or pieces on which to work.
For gluing I used Cyanoacrylate Glue:
As for the color of the model, in reality the pieces to be painted were not many, considering that the F1 of the time had so much metal in sight and that the kit of the MFH has many parts in white metal on which I have mostly washed, brushed and dirtyed, depending on the function of the pieces.
The body shell and the bodywork after a careful analysis carried out by dry assembly to verify the correctness of the various joints, were treated with some small adjustments of stucco (Putty tamiya), in some areas where I thought it appropriate, to then give a hand of XF-27 Black Green, at the bottom of the car, check for any imperfections in the sanding and then apply the final color layer.
The so-called “miniskirts” composed of an external bulkhead and a movable strap inside it, received, starting from the external bulkheads, a hand of TS29and a final of TS6, while the strips I painted them using the XF-52.
That catches the eye the most is the frame made by the manufacturer entirely in metal, to which only polishing with abrasive paste (Compound Tamiya Fine) was enough.
The engine and gearbox were treated with a light coat (Fine Superface Primer White), giving a base of TS17 and then applying the final color made with a mix of Titanium gold X-31and Flat Aluminum XF-16 in a percentage of 3 to 1.
Once the color was dried, I carried out some targeted washes to highlight all the details with very diluted Smoke X-19, and finally I fixed everything with a transparent matt bricolage.
Particular attention required the work on the turbine-exhausts group, the latter painted with TS42 and subsequently opaque with the opaque lens, while the discharges that due to the high temperatures assumed various shades of color were treated with a base color TS30 while to realize the various burns caused by the flames I found the Tamiya Weathering Master D set useful, to then give a very light wash with X19 and finally a semi-glossy transparent.
All radiators and intercoolers were primed with Superface Primer White and then treated with TS17, followed by several washes with very diluted X19 to try to highlight the various details as much as possible. For the suspension system I used the TS29, for the front arms, while for the rear ones that are of different material, I thought of using the TS17for the upper one, then washing them, while for the lower TS29.
To the bodywork after a careful sanding ,first with a slightly more abrasive paper until arriving
for a 2000 passed with water, I gave the Tamiya Superface Primer Pink fine bottom and then painted it with the TS8, finally before applying the decals I polished with the various compounds of Tamiya.
Thanks Gennaro for telling us all these details and secrets.
Thank you for letting us enter your world and let us experience the excitement of a 10 year old boy.
I hope you will make us relive these emotions in a next assembly box ……. always using,
See you soon