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  1. Hi mates, I start to build this fantastic car driven by Ken Miles and Denis Hulme at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 A quick look inside the box: by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr First steps ... by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr
  2. I wanted to include the 1965 Daytona Continental winner GT103 in my GT40 collection. I modified a LS kit to more closely represent the first GT40 race winner by changing the headlight buckets and replacing the rear body panel.
  3. 1964 Ford GT40 GT104 #12 at Le Mans This is another oldie now ready for the shelf. Started many years ago before the resin casters released theirs. Used a Fujimi GT40 kit and a 1/24 Cox injection molded slot body. I used the front section and the rear section of the Cox body grafted onto the Fujimi chassis and center section to give me a 1964 version. The beautiful correct outside laced wheels and tires are from Passion for Racers. Decals are by Fred Cady. Pretty routine but it did take a bit of tweaking to get everything to fit and an adjustment to the wheelbase. Here it is compared to the IMC '64 GT40.
  4. WIX 1966 Ford GT40MKII XGT-1 Transformation This is a makeover of the diecast WIX GT40 into the 1966 XGT-1 #8 as raced at Le Mans in 1966 by Whitmore and Gardner. XGT-1 was ordered, with Ford sponsorship, from Abbey Panels for Alan Mann as a lightweight chassis and shipped to Shelby American for completion as a 427 MKII, then shipped back to Mann for race preparation for the Ford effort at Le Mans in 1966. XGT-1 was entered and supported in the race by Holman-Moody. The WIX 1/24 diecast model was sponsored by WIX to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ford win at Le Mans. The model was designed by Icons Global and produced in China with the anniversary markings. What is rare is it is the only 1/24 GT40 diecast known to me (except the Majorettes and modern Welly Ford GTs) and is frequently available for about the price of a new model kit. The objective was to convert the model to look like XGT-1 at Le Mans because of the color match. The first step was to remove the tampo printed markings using non-acetone finger nail polish remover (ref. Snake, Madhorseman, et al) which does not harm the paint. Indycals offers the correct decals for the #8 including the tiny Alan Mann markings on the sills. (some of you old timers might recognize the engine stand) XGT-1 is currently in the Simeone collection near Philadelphia. I was able to find detail pictures of when it was shown opened up outside at the collection. Of special note is the chassis is dark blue, typical of many GT40s from Abbey Panels. The way the model was designed there are many screws holding parts together and some are hidden under parts which are glued in place. The wheels, though pretty accurate, needed attention and were painted to resemble a magnesium color with just a tinge of gold. The knock offs were painted in raw aluminum. Wheel weight tape and valve stems were added. The tires are very difficult to remove from the rims and the raised areas on the outside of the wheels were ground down to make reassembly easier. The rear end needed some attention with paint added to the rear sub frame. The engine compartment is quite detailed but the chrome need to be toned down. The interior could use some detail painting touch up and the addition seat belts. The truly odd thing about the interior of the model is the mounting of rear view mirrors on the inside of the doors. These were removed as was the roll cage which only appeared in the 1967 MKIIBs. One word of caution is the doors are very stiff to open. Detail touch up painting was applied under the front “bonnet”. Unusual are the seat stickers for the grommet. The passenger seat belt and harness is questionable. The engine, blue, aluminum intake and front cover, orange plug wires. The oil sump alum, exhaust pipes, plumbing and wires. Missing front pulleys and water pump.
  5. 1966 Ford GT40MKII Sebring Winner At Sebring in 1966 Dan Gurney was leading the race till the last lap when he ran out of gas and attempted to push his car to the finish line. Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby in the #1 Ford GT40 MK II passed Gurney and was declared the winner. The winning car was a unique GT40 having been made in 1965 with an aluminum chassis and out fitted by Bruce McLaren as a CanAM car, X-1, and ran that way in 1965. For the 1966 season it was decided to refit X-1 as a GT40MKII spyder and given chassis number GT110. After the race it was found the aluminum chassis was cracking in several places and was not fit to race again. GT110 was stripped of any useful parts and set aside. Then US Customs showed up and declared Shelby either had to pay the import taxes or destroy the car. Since the chassis was in such poor shape Shel had the chassis cut up and buried in a construction site nearby . This model is a Creative Miniatures Associates transkit on a Fujimi chassis and interior. It has finally been completed after a long slumber in the stash. This picture could never have been taken in real life as both cars are the same chassis, just a year apart.
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