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1/24th Ford GT40 MK I

Union Plastic Models released a kit of the Ford GT40 MK II based on the MPC kit of the original Ford GT 40. Unfortunately, the only parts that had changed were the front hood and the engine cover. The two main flaws of the original kit were still there: bad fit, notably doors, front hood and engine cover, and wrong windshield shape, which meant a wrong roof front profile and a wrong front hood opening. Later, Monogram released a version of the Gulf GT 40 MK I by just changing the engine cover of the MK II kit. All the flaws were still there of course, but since that was before the Fujimi kit arrived, there was no other MK I available.

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The main challenge to make this car look more like the real one was to enlarge the wheel wells and to replace the wheels accordingly. A lot of glued-on styrene sheet and putty work later, this is how the exterior looked. The side windows' vents were cut out and replaced with clear styrene counterparts, glued in the open position. The rear deck aluminum vent was added later. All the sponsor decals were home-designed and printed on thin paper, then glued with Micro Clear glue.

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The tires were "turned" pieces of thick neoprene rubber and mounted on after-market wheels, which might look close but have 8 spokes instead of six on the real thing. The exhaust system was all redone with soldering lead, plumbing and electrical added.

The side view shows the poor fit of the doors and hoods.

Despite all the numerous flaws of the kit, this model made first place in the 1/24th scale Civilian Vehicle category at the 1988 IPMS San Jose Chapter annual contest.

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