Newcomer Arturo Alvarado is making his presence felt on the lowrider model circuit with his skilled model building that’s evident in an array of fine rides. Though new to the competition game, Arturo has actually been building models for a few years now. One of his nicest rides is this ’87 Buick Regal, which took Arturo an entire year to complete. Take a peek at the Regal and you’ll know why it took him so long.

Arturo’s first move on the Regal was to cut out the doors and “suicide” them (reverse the hinges). He repeated this feat on the hood and trunk. With those major modifications out of the way, Arturo went ahead and added a moonroof to give the Buick a more custom look. Before painting, Arturo gave the car a good prep job, since this is vital for the paint to stick to the plastic body.

It was now time for Arturo to lay some paint onto the bare naked model. Using his handy air gun filled with various shades of pink, he began to paint the ride, leaving graphics and tape shades from end to end. Although the Buick looked pretty in pink, Arturo thought that it still looked a little too plain, so he went ahead and added some fine-line pinstriping and a cool mural underneath the trunk to complete the look that he was going for. The custom paint scheme looked good on the Buick and all it needed was a custom interior to go with it.

For this, Arturo got out his handy scratch pad and drew one out. Once finding what he wanted, Arturo hand-built a center console and upholstered it in two different shades of fuzzy fur (pink and purple). The next step was to do up the two front swivel seats with a biscuit look, an idea that Arturo ran with throughout the interior (including the trunk). It looked good, but not good enough for Arturo, so he went ahead and added some mirrors to the interior to tie it all together.

As the custom car looked and felt “lowriderish,” Arturo only had to do a few more things to make it show worthy. The next step was to decorate the engine bay. Using all of his detailing knowledge, Arturo made the engine so realistic that you might think that you could get in the car and drive away (provided you were shrunk down to 1/24-scale). As he approached the home stretch, Arturo thought that it would be good to add some bare metal foil to his ride and more detail to the undercarriage. Having a few select pieces chrome plated and adding a set of custom rims made his Regal look even more real.

Arturo’s model car was now done and ready to hit the model show circuit. Like we said, this ride took a year to complete and you can tell why once you take a good look at it. Being new to the game isn’t always cool, but when you’re new and you put fear into the competition, now that’s cool. Arturo plans to build some more show-stopping rides in the future, so watch out.