Yes and no. The front is lifted "naturally" and, by that, I mean that, believe it or not, that Cortina is a fully-operational 1/32-scale SLOT CAR and what's holding the front up is the guide that fits into the slot! To make the car level, I put the rear wheels up onto some tiny rubber squeegees sitting nearby, which just happened to look like tiny ramps.
This was a flyer included with the package given to every registered LOG attendee. My first thought was.... MY GOD, I could get an exact duplicate of my long-gone Europa! (It's in Denmark now...) My second thought was, MY GOD, I only paid $5700 for my Europa TC in 1980. How can this be $2495?? The, I saw that this is a 1:8 model!
The only 1:8 model I can ever recall seeing was one brought to an Atlanta LOG by Lotus Cars UK, asking us what we thought of a proposed design. It wasn't even a full 1:8 model; they had it cut in half, lengthwise. and mounted it to a mirror. That way, it was easy to transport, but could show you what the whole car would look like. If I recall correctly, it was probably a version of the M250, another Lotus stillborn, upmarket car. They asked us what features we thought would be important. The one suggestion somebody made was HID headlights, and the Lotus guys said they had nixed that because of the weight and space of the bits needed for those. This would have been sometime after 2007, because I had my Elise there.
Aside from not having the ~$2500 needed for this, I'm not sure where I'd put a 1:8 model - my garage space is already full, and I don't have a big enough bookshelf.
The original was the closest match that I could find to my actual F-Pace and that was going to be that: sitting on a shelf, close but no cigar. But when the body shop that did my F-Pace repairs (from when a deer was kind enough to dent every single driver's side body panel) mentioned that they had extra paint, the project was born and sprung into life.
I had never before taken apart a diecast model; but considering that these particular ones were $10, including shipping, and readily available, I decided to wing it.
Rotary tool time for some of the parts:
And now it was time to strip off the old paint. Used stripper that I had sitting around that I originally bought for stripping away the paint on the garage door trim:
With no paint, rather detailed for a $10 model. And looks kinda assembly-line/terminator-ish at that:
I put the body into a box and shipped it off to the shop. And, when it came back, it looked great! Again, not just an exact color match but paint from the same batch used to spray my actual F-Pace!
Of course, couldn't just stop with the body. Went to Michaels and picked up some Testers paint for the interior and wheels. Found a close match for the seats and center compartment cover:
Used a silver metallic for the wheels:
Complete but with no doors in this shot. Wanted to see the interior:
Comparison. I might try to make some tiny, red decals for the wheels centers; but I'm not about to risk destroying the body paint trying to match the chrome trim. I like it!