V.I.P. Jaguar XK8

     
 
Vallery Irons' Jaguar XK8 from the TV series VIP
VIP Jaguar XK8 Interior VIP Jaguar VIP VAL license plate

 

I had originally bought this model to turn into the Misfile Jaguar, but after I found out that a proper coupe existed this became an extra car in my collection. I had no particular ideas for it, but remembered seeing a very similar Jaguar in 1/64 a few years ago as part of Johnny Lightning's V.I.P. series of cars from the TV show. A quick trip over to Hollywood-Diecast.com confirmed this, and a stop by Hulu let me know what had to be done for this model to match the show car (it appears in both the opening and closing credits of the first two seasons).

The only thing that really needed to be changed was the interior color: Maisto cast it in black (since the part was also the top of the engine this made sense), but Vallery's car had a tan interior. The car was disassembled, cleaned, and repainted to match various photos of 1:1 Jaguars I found online. I also added mirror glass, put Bare Metal Foil behind the headlights, painted the marker lights, and added a set of "VIP VAL" license plates.

 

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