The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Piranha

The Man from UNCLE Piranha
The Man from UNCLE Piranha side The Man from UNCLE Piranha interior The Man from UNCLE Piranha rear

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Cool Fact
In an episode of NCIS, Special Agent Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) is asked what Chief Medical Examiner "Ducky" Mallard (played by David McCallum) looked like when he was younger. The response was "Illya Kuryakin," McCallum's character in The Man from U.N.C.L.E..


I had almost missed my chance to get one of these kits, but fortunately managed to get an order in *just* before the final cutoff. It was well worth the wait, however, as the Piranha is a very cool little car and one that I definitely wanted to add to my TV/movie car collection.

I had briefly considered doing this as a full-detail custom, much like my 1979 Batmobile, but decided that I'd enjoy it more as a simple buildup. The only things that I ended up replacing were the fold-down dash panel (made from an aluminum tea can) and the steering wheel, modified from a parts box item.

Everything else looked great right out of the box, and only required minimal cleanup. The main body was painted Model Master Silver Blue Metallic, the tires, seats, and chassis were painted Krylon Satin Black, and the wheels were painted with Alclad Chrome. The dashboard was base coated with a medium brown, then oil paints were used to create the woodgrain effect. Bare Metal Foil was used on most of the trim components, while silver, green, gray, amber, and red were used to detail the spy gadgets. I also added a straight pin shift lever, "U.N.C.L.E." license plate, and a rear view mirror (as seen in a few episodes).


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