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It takes 450 hours to make a 1:8 scale replica of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce is custom-building 1:8 scale replicas of its SUV.

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The best things come in the smallest packages. Rolls-Royce is now offering a 1:8 scale replica of their Cullinan SUV, created with the same level of craftsmanship as the full-size version.

Rolls-Royce says that the replica is more than "a mere model". It has every detail reproduced "with absolute perfection" according to a release.

The company produces each of the miniatures by hand. They feature over 1,000 individual components and putting them together perfectly takes up to 450 hours. That's over half the time it takes to put together a full-size Cullinan.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan 1:8 Replica

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Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, "This scale replica brings a new dimension to Cullinan's Effortless, Everywhere philosophy. Our super-luxury SUV is now as perfectly at ease in the serene surroundings of its owner's residence as it is in the most challenging and hostile terrain on Earth." He continued, "It demonstrates, and reminds us as a company, that Inspiring Greatness applies at every scale. It is not just about the big things: we seek and achieve greatness in everything we do, down to the smallest item and minutest detail."

Each model is hand-painted using Rolls-Royce color-matched paint, then hand-polished to the marque's exacting specification; the coachline is applied using a fine brush. That's the same process the full-sized Cullinan follows. Buyers can choose from a selection of over 40,000 exterior colors or replicate the bespoke paint job that is on the Cullinan that is under their porte-cochère.

The replica has fully functioning exterior lights that are operated by a Cullinan-branded remote control. Under the SUV's bonnet is a replica of the ‎iconic twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V12 engine that powers the Cullinan.

Its interior is just as intricate as its exterior. There are coach doors that open to reveal illustrated tread plates. There is headrest embroidery, wood finishes, seat piping, and intricate stitching.

Owners get their model presented inside a display case that is nearly a meter in length. It's set on a gloss-black plinth. Rolls-Royce says that the Perspex window can be removed enabling the minutiae of the doors, luggage compartment and engine bay to be viewed in detail.

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This 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer was custom built for hip hop star Future.

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Future has gotten a new vintage car. The hip-hop star from Atlanta, Georgia has received delivery of a 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer that was fully customized by Ringbrothers.

Under the hood is a 6.2-liter LS3 engine that is paired with a 4L80-E transmission. The crate engine was standard in the fifth-generation Camaro SS and C6 Corvette and is now sold as an aftermarket part by Chevy. It delivers 430 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a heavy-duty offering from General Motors, the parent company of Chevrolet, that has been used in everything from the Suburban to a Bentley Continental.

1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 

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Ringbrothers, a shop in Spring Green, Wisconsin, gave the Blazer a custom BASF British Racing Green paint scheme after restoring the body of the Blazer with 3M products. It rides on gold 18-inch HRE wheels.

"We first started building Blazers a few years back, and they've really taken off in popularity since then," said Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring. "There is no assembly line at our shop, as each build is completed by hand, bespoke to the owner's request. There is no other Blazer in the world like this one."

Future's K5 Blazer also has a custom tan interior designed by Upholstery Unlimited and an exhaust provided by Flowmaster.

"We're humbled that people continue to come to us for special projects like this," said Ringbrothers co-owner Mike Ring. "We realize that our customers could get a new Ferrari or Lamborghini but choose us instead. It's an honor we don't take lightly, so we put our heart into each project. We're glad Future appreciates that."

In addition to K5 builds, Ringbrothers has released several K5-specific products, including a glove box door, hood hinges, and a dash gauge bezel. Future's Blazer features those parts, along with a custom carbon fiber hood and custom tailgate with integrated seating. The musician's Blazer also has a JL Audio sound system.

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The Ferrari Omologata comes from a strong family tree filled with performance and Italian beauty. It's a one-off model that takes its DNA from seven decades of Ferrari GT tradition. The model has been crafted by a European client.

It's taken two years to complete the model since the presentation of the initial sketches. It's a model that took its inspiration from a variety of sources: racing heritage, sci-fi, and modern architecture.

A Ferrari 812 Superfast is the underlying package of the car, but the designers kept just the windscreen and headlights from the body. They set forth to create a model with smooth volume and undulating reflections. The car's front end is tapered and faced by a flattened oval grille. At the back, the car takes a more muscular stance, has deeply set taillights, and is finished off with a prominent spoiler.

Ferrari Omologata

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Dressed in a triple layer of Ferrari's Rosso Magma paint and a racing livery the car combines track day prowess with daily drivability.

Inside, the car sports electric blue seats finished in a combination of leather and Jeans Aunde fabric with four-point racing harnesses. The rest of the interior is finished in black.

Unlike modern vehicles, the Omologata does not have a screen in the center of the vehicle, giving the model. a historic tinge. Metal parts on the dashboard and steering wheel are finished with the crackled paint effect associated with the great GT racers of the 1950s and 1960s as well as with Ferrari's engine cam covers. A hammered paint effect so often used in cars such as the 250 LM and 250 GTO finds its way on details such as the inner door handles and on the Ferrari F1 bridge.

The mid-engine car has a 6.5-liter V12 engine, harvested from the 812 Superfast. In that car is generates 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Ferrari isn't divulging the price of the Omologata.

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