Model Cars Masthead

1/24th Ford GT40 MK II

This is the excellent Fujimi kit that allowed to build either the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans winner (black with silver stripes #2) or the second placed baby blue with white stripes #1. The only downside was that it came without an engine, and although the one-piece body didn't offer opening doors either, the inside detail was quite complete.

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I decided to open the driver-side door and the engine cover. There was no problem with the inside of the door as the kit came with that detail. Hinging the door required a bit more work because it had to be in place before the rest of the cabin/front nose was installed on the chassis. The engine came from a 427 Cobra Monogram kit. It provided a good base, being the right size. The gear box had to be cut off and the engine block had to be mated to the gear box that came with the kit. The intake manifold and carburetors were retained. So were the valve covers, but they required to have their top angle filed flat in order to clear the engine cover inside skin (which was scratch made). Then came the grunt of the work: exhaust system, suspension, oil coolers, coolant expansion bottle, fuel pumps and all related pipes and hoses, spark plug wires and other electrical wiring, brake lines,... all of that was scratch-made.

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The exhaust pipes are mad of soldering lead, the suspension elements of aluminum tubing and brass rod.

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The oil cooler cores were cut off radiator cores from some other kit, their frames are made of styrene.

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The braided line couplings are aluminum tubing, colored with makers.

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The kit came with a few photo-etched parts, including the rear grill, belt buckles, the front hood safety latches with their retaining wires, and a small piece of mesh for the rear deck central air intake.

The end result was good enough to win not only its category award at the 1990 IPMS San Jose Chapter, but the best of show award too. Unfortunately the car has suffered a bit during my move from Northern California to Southern California. Scars can be seen on close-up views.

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