Our love for the Audi R8 runs deep, so we’ll admit that seeing this wrecked 1:8 scale model hurts a bit. However, everything works out in the end as the naturally aspirated supercar gets a new lease on life following an in-depth restoration. In case you haven’t figured out by now, we’re dealing with a first-generation model of the V8 S Tronic variety that somehow ended up in this terrible condition, but not for long.
The video attached below goes through the intricate process of bringing the scale model back to its original form. The 15-minute clip shows all the many steps necessary to revive the pint-sized R8, kicking off with stripping it down to its bare bones and giving it a thorough cleaning. The panels are all sandblasted to obtain a smooth finish before being painted in red and thrown into the oven.
Assembling back again is a pretty straightforward process, as long as you can get hold of the missing pieces. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice the scale model lacked the right door as well as both side mirrors. It can be relatively easy to find replacements on sites like eBay or Alibaba, but it all depends on the scale model as finding the missing parts for certain products could become a hassle. This particular 1:8 Audi R8 scale model appears to be on the lower end of the price range judging by the quality of the parts.
The video shared on YouTube by New Car Restoration follows three more complex restoration projects as the previous three cars were all sliced in half – Subaru Impreza WRX STI, BMW X5, and a Bentley Mulsanne. All of them now look as good as new, and we’ll surely be keeping our eyes on the channel for more of these oddly soothing videos.
You can see all of the videos at the link HERE.