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“The final stage of your Lamborghini Miura build is to attach the front body and connect up the wiring. You’ll then fit the bottom floor panel and side skirts, add some final details around the model, then finish by applying the logo stickers to the rear body.”
This is the last stage of this build and they saved a lot of work for us, so this page will be longer than usual. Let’s get it done!
Materials: The Chassis and Engine Number Plate and Templates are vinyl and the Shims are metal, but the rest of these parts are plastic.
Attaching the Front Body
Retrieve your Front Body assembly from Stage 97 and place it upside down on a soft surface. Rotate the two Support Brackets up and make sure both Headlight LED cables are out of the way, as shown:
During this process, you may even want to tape the Headlight cables off to the sides and out of the way:
Retrieve your main Body assembly from Stage 98 and fit the Front Body down onto the front of the car, as shown:
Align your Front Body into the desired position, then use pieces of masking tape to hold it in place:
NOTE: To make this the last time we have to turn the model upside down, I have changed the order of a few of the following instructions.
Carefully turn the entire car over and place it on a soft surface. Fit the posts of the two Support Brackets into these matching holes of the Front Frame, as shown.
To get my Front Body to fit the way I wanted, the Support Brackets would not line up to the mounting points on the Front Frame:
On my model, I decided to adjust the spacing of how my Support Brackets were mounted to my Front Body. Therefore, I took four M3 washers and glued them together in sets of two. I then filed the edges down on each side of these stacks, as shown:
Then, I temporarily removed the Support Brackets from the Front Body and glued these washer stacks over the mounting holes inside the Front Body before re-installing the Support Brackets – one on each side as shown:
Secure the Support Brackets to the Front Frame with two (2) Type V screws.
With my slight modification, I was able to secure the Front Body to the Front Frame successfully, aligned as I wanted it:
I have heard other builders say that their Front Body was hitting their Tank Cap/Tank Tube Support or on the plastic Structure inside the Front Body. Neither of those conditions occurred with my build. It was simply a mounting alignment issue. My Front Body now fits perfectly with little gap, and it opens and closes as expected:
Connecting the Final Electrics
To help with the following electrical connections in this stage, here is a table describing them:
|PCB SOCKET #||FUNCTION||PLUG COLOR||PLUG DOT COLOR||SUPPLIED IN STAGE|
|5||Battery Compartment Switch||White||Red||97|
|9||Left Headlight LED||White||Orange||79|
|10||Right Headlight LED||White||Orange||79|
Locate the plug of the left Headlight LED and guide it through the left Front Suspension. Temporarily lift the nearby Radiator Pipe and pass the plug underneath, as shown:
Connect this Headlight LED to socket 9 of the Circuit Board:
Route the plug of the right Headlight LED in the same way and connect it to socket 10 of the Circuit Board:
Finishing the Bottom
Retrieve your Bottom Floor Panel from Stage 97 and place it on the underside of the car:
Connect the plug of the Battery Compartment with Switch to socket 5 of the Circuit Board, as shown:
Slide the rear edge of the Bottom Floor Panel under the Rear Frame, aligning the two screw holes as shown:
The forward end of this Bottom Floor Panel will fit down onto two matching posts:
Secure the rear of the Bottom Floor Panel into place with two (2) Type K screws:
Secure both sides of the Bottom Floor Panel into place with two (2) Type B screws, on one each side.
These Type B screws were supplied in Stage 97:
Secure the front of the Bottom Floor Panel into place with two (2) Type A screws.
These Type A screws were also supplied in Stage 97. If you would like to test the electronics at this time, scroll to the appropriate section at the bottom of this page:
Press the two pins of the Front Number Plate into the matching holes of the Front Number Plate Holder. Note the position of the two pins of the Plate Holder (circled below):
Press the two pins of the Front Number Plate Holder into the matching holes at this location on the Front Body, ensuring the lettering is facing forward as shown:
Adding the Side Skirts
Retrieve your Side Skirts from Stage 98. These are marked with ‘L’ and ‘R’ to identify which is which:
Each Side Skirt has six mounting points. The two center T-shaped tabs fit into matching slots under the door sills (red circles). The rear post (blue arrow) fits onto a pin of the rear frame. The small forward pin (arrow arrow) fits into a small hole under the front Bonnet. The lower two posts (orange arrows) fit onto matching pins of the Bottom Floor Panel:
Note the matching slots for the T-shaped tabs of the Side Skirt:
Firmly press the Left Side Skirt into place, aligning all six mounting points as shown.
If any of these mounting points seem tight, remove any excess paint from that point with a hobby knife:
Make sure the T-shaped tabs are fully seated into the sill of the Door. You may need to open the Door to do this:
In the same way, firmly press the Right Side Skirt into place on the other side, again aligning all six mounting points as shown:
Completing the Final Details
Turn your Miura model upright and open your front Bonnet. Peel the Chassis and Engine Number Plate from the backing paper and stick it onto this location on the right side of the engine bay, near the Fuel Pumps as shown:
Remove the Side Logo Template from the backing paper and pop out the two pieces exposing the shaped holes. Then, align this Template to this right-side section of the Central Bodywork and adhere it into place.
You can match the bottom edge of the Template to the bottom edge of the yellow Body to help align this correctly:
Remove one of the Double-Sided Adhesive for Script from the backing paper and apply it to the back of the Bertone Script, as shown.
Two Adhesives are supplied, one is a spare. Use tweezers as needed. The instructions would have us attach this directly to the car, but I did my process a bit differently.
If you look closely, you can see the pins have been cut from these two logo parts as they are the same parts as the left side. I am not sure why the logos on this side of the car are not installed in the same way. Perhaps the Central Bodywork was manufactured without holes on this side:
Peel the white backing paper from the Adhesives, exposing the sticky material and, using the Template as a guide, adhere the Bertone Script and Bertone Logo to the Body ensuring they are both the right way up as shown:
Carefully peel the Side Logo Template from the Body, taking care not to disturb the Logo and Script details.
This Template can be discarded after use:
Remove the two Rear Logo Templates from the backing paper, pop out the three pieces exposing the shaped holes, then temporarily adhere them to the Rear Body as shown.
Use the shapes of the Tail Lights and the lower edge of the Boot to align these into position correctly:
Retrieve your Logo Transfer Sheet from Stage 01. Cut the ‘Lamborghini’ lettering from the rest of the sheet:
Carefully remove the ‘Lamborghini’ from the Sheet and adhere it to the Rear Body using the matching opening of the left Rear Logo Template.
The clear film of these stickers can be used to handle the logos during installation. Use the left side of the opening to match the left-right position of the ‘L’ and the bottom edge to keep it level, as shown:
In the same way, peel the ‘Miura’ and ‘S’ from the remaining Sheet and adhere them to the Rear Body using the upper opening of the right Template, as shown.
Again, uses the sides of the upper opening to center the ‘Miura’. Take care that the right-side ‘loop’ of this logo is not stuck to the Template. Use the top and bottom angles of the lower opening to align the ‘S’:
Firmly press all of these three logos into place, then carefully peel the clear film from each of them leaving the intact logo behind.
Take your time with this step to make sure the logos stay attached to the Rear Body, pushing the logo back down if needed:
Remove the Templates from both sides, making sure the logo details are not disturbed.
These Templates can be discarded after removal:
Here are the logos both placed on our Rear Body:
Updating the Door Latches
Open one of your Miura Doors. Remove a Double-Sided Adhesive for Door Stop Shim from the backing paper and adhere it into the center of the door latch, as shown:
Peel the white backing paper from the Double-Sided Adhesive, exposing the adhesive. Then, stick a Door Shim to the adhesive as shown:
Repeat this process to install the second Door Shim to the other side of the car in the same location.
I believe these Shims are designed to better engage the electrical switch inside each Door:
Mounting the Washers, Windshield, and Wipers
Firmly press the longer pins of the two Washer Nozzles into the matching holes at these locations on the Front Body, as shown.
I definitely needed to use plastic-tipped tweezers here to prevent damaging the chrome finish:
Retrieve your Windshield assembly and Double-Sided Adhesive (Windscreen Trim) from the previous stage. As with the previous Windshield adhesives, these are numbered. Note that the #1 Adhesive is slightly angled.
There are two of each Adhesive, one is a spare:
Place the Windshield on your work surface with the mounting pins facing up. Peel each Adhesive from the backing paper and apply them around the inside edge of the Windshield in the respective marked locations, as shown.
To keep from applying any undue pressure to the delicate Windshield/Trim assembly, I chose to fit these Adhesives to the inside edge of the windshield opening on the Central Bodywork instead, as shown:
Once all the Adhesives are placed, remove the white backing paper from each piece leaving the sticky material behind.
Then, press the mounting pins of the Windshield Trim into the matching holes around the Windshield opening until flush. The Adhesives will help hold the Windshield in place:
As before, to prevent fingerprints, I recommend using vinyl gloves when handling clear plastic parts like this Windshield:
Press the pin of each Windscreen Wiper into the larger holes next the Washer Nozzles. These Wipers are in bags marked ‘L’ and ‘R’ to identify which is which.
Take care when installing these to prevent scratching the Windshield. They should just barely touch the Windshield once installed:
Testing/Operating The Electronics
Once three (3) AAA batteries are installed in the Battery Compartment, the sliding power Switch underneath is in the ON position, and the Ignition Key (from Stage 46) is installed, these are the functions of your 1:8 scale Lamborghini Miura:
|Ignition Key||Main Power/Engine Sound|
|Indicator Lever (Back Towards Steering Wheel)||Headlights/Tail Lights|
|Indicator Lever (In Towards Steering Column)||Horn Sound|
|Accelerator Pedal||Engine Revving Sound|
|Brake Pedal||Brake Lights|
We made it to the end! That had to be the longest issue of the entire build. But what a build it was! I am more than impressed with the details, colors and design of this Miura partwork. I truly enjoyed this journey and know that this model will enjoy a prominent location in my display bookcase!