I had got an extra 1/32 Carrera Sunoco 917/30 for it's chassis, and had this extra body shell to "play" with. Since the first thing I noticed of all of the Carrera 917/30's were the horrendous helmets used on these cars (and most of the other Carrera open sports cars). They looked more like a stormtrooper helmet from Star Wars rather than a proper open-faced Bell Star helmet from the early 1970's. This gave me motivation to completely change the helmet (I bought new 1/32 driver's figures and reshaped the helmets before cutting off the heads), reworked the interior, and general modified and corrected everything I found "off' on the car (well, body shell). I had wanted to try a new idea I'd never seen anyone attempt before by replicating a driver's face in the helmet photographically, rather than trying to paint it by hand. I was very happy with my first attempt, and it is really eerie having "Mark" peer back at you from his helmet. I made a visor for it that would open and close, created new artwork and had custom decals printed to replicate the helmet Mark wore at Riverside, and did a lot of other things on the car to make it look right in my eye , hopefully you might agree (refer to Photo #1 below for a comparison to the stock Carrera body). This is what I enjoy most about modelling, trying out new ideas, and pushing myself to make every model better than the last (after close to 50 years now of off-and-on model building, hopefully I'm doing something right by now....LOL). I welcome any comments and suggestions you might have.
Here's the original interior and my version of it. I can't understand how Carrera could make an up-side-down steering wheel, but they did. It probably wouldn't a big thing to most people, but I had to fix it by flipping it over, and fabricating a new top section for it. This photo also show Mark's suit in a correct color, with seatbelts added. I also like the way the new "face" looks in this photo, starring you right in the eye. Cool IMHO.
I also didn't like the way the legs on the original interiors made them look like they were attaching almost to the driver's shoulders, so I repainted things to hopefully give a better visual illusion.
Edited by Cam2InfoNeeded, 22 January 2012 - 00:22.