Dean Milano, best known for his excellent plastic model car building, added some details to the Maisto 1:24 Jaguar XK8. At the front he used Bare Metal Foil on the grille divider, fog lamps and on the headlight reflectors under the clear lens. On the sides he painted the marker lights in realistic amber and red colors and added some black to the wheel center caps that make the “leaping cat” emblem more visible. The rear shows a custom-made license plate label, white painted back-up lights and Bare Metal Foil on the exhaust pipe tips. Inside, Dean painted the brown on the steering wheel and gear shift and used Bare Metal Foil and black paint on the rear view mirror.
Dean’s detail work shows that with paint and foil available from your local hobby shop (plus some computer skills to make a license plate label) you can add more realism to your Maisto models. Be sure to take a look at Dean’s model car museum website at www.toys-n-cars.com — he’s got a lot of fun stuff there.
Unfortunately, Maisto discontinued this XK8 from the line a few years ago but it should still be available on the secondary market. The item number was 31936.