Apex Replicas have done the 2017 Preston Hire VF Commodore of Lee Holdsworth in 1:18 scale, but the car was never modelled in 1:43. However, Biante has done a diecast VF in 43rd, and the decals were available aftermarket from Patto’s Place…
I believe Patto’s decals are made to suit vac-formed slot car bodies. As such, they’re rather compromised, however they at least allow a range of models to be created of cars not manufactured commercially. Patto re-scales the size up and down to suit 1:64, 1:43, 1:32, 1:24, 1:18, 1:12 and even 1:10, so if you’ve got a donor model, the scale is not really an issue.
For this project, I ordered the decals with the yellow body colour deleted. The decals are not designed to specifically fit Biante’s casting so I felt there would be far bigger issues trying to ‘wrap’ the entire car compared to just spraying the model yellow.
I usually paint with Tamiya products and these days typically use TS spray cans for body colour, decanted to run through my airbrush. However the colour range does not match what other brands have, so I decided to experiment with Vallejo’s acrylics on this project as they had a closer match yellow than what Tamiya’s TS range could offer.
The finished model is far from perfect, but I’m happy to have it in my collection as a representation of this race car in this scale.
Order the decals with the yellow body colour deleted
If you have the equipment and the skills, mask spray as much of the black as you can BEFORE doing any decal work
A permanent marker or Sharpie pen can be easier than a paint brush for filling in the black window edges, decal touch-ups etc
If you use Vallejo paint, decal softener reacts with it – so go easy!