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Remodel of FUJIMI 1/24 scale Enthusiast model Series Lamborghini Countach LP400
Lamborghini Countach LP500 Prototype

Work Date : From Decmber, 2003 to March 2006

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Aerial and Quarter View, Multi View (6 Pics)
Open the All Doors and Engine Bay (8 Pics)
Interior, Bonnet Room, and Details (12 Pics)

About Lamborghini Countach LP500 Prototype

The first prototype of Countah that was named LP500 was first shown at the 1971 Geneva Car Show. The greatest characteristics were a edge shape body and pop up doors. It had a steel body, a steel plate chassis and very futuristic dashboard. This novel design surprised many people. This shape is an original design of Countach by Marcello Gandini, and there are many fans at now.

But, the mass production project was not being carried out smoothly. The lack of cooling of engine room was a serious problem. Therefore, air scoops and NACA inlets was installed on the body. The shape of the prototype was nearing a production Countach in this way.
Lamborghini faced a management crisis in those days of development project of Countach. Development of new 5 liters engine was called off, and it was forced to a change by 4 liters engine. In 1943, the first real LP400 #1120001(second prototype) was produced at last after many twists and turns. And LP500 was destroyed in the collision test. To our regret, the first prototype does not exist for such a reason.

There were great hardships of development to a shadow of the glory of Countach. This fact is not widely known.
How to build the 1/24 Lamborghini Countach LP500 Prototype
amazon.co.jpの該当ページへ行くThe plastic model kit of Lamborghini Countach LP500 doesn't exist. I built the 1/24 scale LP500 by remodeling Fujimi enthusiast model series Countach LP400 kit. This Countach LP500 model is order from a person same as 1/24 Countach LP400S.

The shape of LP500 resembles LP400. I thought this remodeling might be easy. But it was my conceit. I had to remodel or scratch build all parts except the window shield. Especially, the interior was a complete different design. Both cars seemed to be similar, but were totally different.
To complete this model, I spent for 2 years 3 months and enormous labor. Though I felt for the first time modeling work was absolutely hard, This experience improved my skill.
Step 1: Remodel of Body
Step 2: Remodel of Chassis and Engine
Step 3: Step 3: Bonnet Room and Dashboard
Step 4: Interior
Step 5: Detailing the Engine Bay
Step 6: Remodeling the Wheels and Accessories
Step 7: Adjustment the hinges etc.

Reference Books
These are the reference books of Countach LP500 which I used with this model work. (offered by my client)
■Lamborghini Countach: LP500, LP400, Countach & S;V12 mid-engine
Jean-Francois Marchet & Peter Coltrin
Osprey Publishing Ltd.
1981 / 136 pages / English
ISBN 0-85045-390-9
■The Lamborghinis: From 350GT To Jalpa Collectors Guide
Chris Harvey
Motor Racing Publications Ltd.
1982 / 172 pages / English
ISBN 0-900549-69-6
■Illustrated Lamborghini Buyer's Guide
Rob de la Rive Box
Motorbooks International
1983 / 60 pages / English
ISBN 0-87938-173-6
■Lamborghini Countach
Jean-Marc Borel
Motorbooks International
1985 / English, French, Italian
ISBN 2-903652-01-5
■Rivista Lamborghini Review #1 Limited Edition of 2000 copies
Stefano Pasini
1988 / 116 pages / English, Italian
ISSN 03947122
■Lamborghini Countach
Graham Robson
Haynes Publications
1986 / 64 pages / English
ISBN 0-85429-589-5
■Automobili Lamborghini: Catalogue raisonne, 1963-1998
Stefano Pasini
1998 / 271 pages / English, French, Italian
ISBN 88-7960-017-6
■Lamborghini: the Legend
David Hodges
1997 / 80 pages / English
ISBN 0-75252-073-3

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