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Matt Bacon

Ferrari 330P4, Fujimi,1/24

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Probably the best-looking sports prototype ever (though I might need to build a Gulf GT40 to sit next to it, to be fair). I was going to post up a full step by step build, but it's really not that complicated... maybe the Heller kit with the full engine would be a different story. Anyway, a few WIP shots:

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Black, Tamiya flat aluminium, and Tamiya Titanium gold.

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Interior. The previous owner of this kit had snaffled some of the seatbelt hardware, so I have some not-strictly-prototypical Eduard Sabelt harnesses on the way...

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Dash with decals: my very sharp new compass cutter was a godsend in trimming the HUGE carrier film so they'd sit in the bezels properly.

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This is why I love the Zero Paints basecoat plus 2K Diamond Clear system so much. Straight out of the paint booth...

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Some Humbrol 33 Matt black and Molotow Chrome for the lights.

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Wheels with (mostly) gold by Fujimi. Still got to do the tyre decals (the backwards kind I learned about on the FXX-K...)

It's a very neat kit that goes together remarkably easily, and (did I mention...?) will look awesome when done...

best,

M.

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I disagree: I think the 330 P4 was THE best looking racecar of the period, maybe ever. Dig those sensual curves.

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19 hours ago, Lizard Racing said:

I disagree: I think the 330 P4 was THE best looking racecar of the period, maybe ever. Dig those sensual curves.

Ditto! We should put together a top 10 list of the most beautiful road race cars of the 60's and 70's. I'd start with the Ferrari, add in the Pantera  that ran at Le Mans and the Trans Am Javelin....anyone else?

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I'm game... (though it depends on what we mean by "the period"...)

1. Ferrari 330 P4

2. Ford GT40

3. Cooper Jaguar T38

4. Maserati 250S

5. Lola T70 Coupe

6. Alfa Romeo T33

7. Aston Martin DB3S

8. Jaguar D-Type

9. Ferrari 250TR

10. Jaguar E-type Lightweight...

best,

M.

Edited by Matt Bacon

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Beautiful car, fine work on her so far. Very nice indeed.  

I'd have to add the Aston DB4 GT Zagato, and the Jag XJ13 to my own list (which is, of course, a little conditional on how loosely you interpret "race car").:D

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Thanks, guys... steady progress today:

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The only issue so far has been that I couldn't get the dash console to fit around the central brace between the seats, so I just cut the bottom and the last switch off. Not sure what I did wrong, but evidently something wasn't right...

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Time to start building the back end now, I reckon...

best,

M.

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Here's my 10 off the top of my head in no particular order:

Ferrari 61 Tri LM

Ferrari 330 P4

Lotus 25

McLaren M6

Eagle F5000

Lola T333

Lola T70Jaguar E-Type Liteweight

Chaparral 2C

Chaparral 2K Indy

Birdcage Maserati

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Looking good!    I agree it is one of the most beautiful cars ever made.  I have that kit slated to be painted Ecurie Belge yellow.

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Very nice job!  This is a kit on my someday list.  Feel lucky I got the HRM resin engine for it (still waiting on the Porsche 917 engine).

Definitely top of my list too.  The 917 is on the list, add some Lotus and Jaguars.

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Thanks, all! So, the back end... what of it there is... is built:

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You do wonder if somewhere out there is an "Enthusiast Model" version of the kit with full engine, body frame and suspension, because what I've got here looks a lot like the non-EM version of the Dino 246, which I also have the full detail version of. The absence of engine is kinda noticeable (but won't show when it's finished, I'm pretty sure).

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This what you get. The silver lumps in the red circles are the tops of the wheel carriers, which are attached to... nothing. The lower end fixes to the lower suspension arms, and that's all that's supporting the rear axle. The rear springs (in the green circles) are moulded as part of the M-shaped piece which also includes the exhaust 3:1 junctions, but they don't attach to anything at the bottom, just resting against the front end of the lower suspension arm. There's a spare wheel to mount above the transmission housing, which will hide even more...

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Sadly, the tyre decals haven't stood the test of time, so I have some (new) aftermarket alternatives on the way...

best,

M.

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Hi,

W0W this is looking very very very beautiful.

One of my favorite cars of all time, combined with the 350CanAm and the 212E Montagna which all look very similar.

Oh I forgot, the 312P was a stunner as well, Fisher has a 2 versions of it.

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Luv the shading on the seats and gearbox Matt! Keep on keeping on...

Regards

Brian Kroon

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23 hours ago, Matt Bacon said:

You do wonder if somewhere out there is an "Enthusiast Model" version of the kit with full engine

Hi,

HRM has a really nice engine kit for this bad boy.

Not to pile on more work for yourself, but it may be worth having a looksie.

https://public.fotki.com/steelers43/historic-racing-min/hrmp4engineblt1.html

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Edited by aurfalien

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The guy certainly does beautiful work! I think that if you were going to go this route, the extra $15 to buy the set with all the rear suspension and accurate body parts as well as the engine would be well worth it:

https://www.modelbuilderswh.com/collections/engine-kits/products/ferrari-330-p4-engine-and-detail-kit-1-24th-scale

Otherwise there's a tonne of scratch building to do around that masterpiece of an engine...

best,

M.

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Great build Matt.  The HRM set includes the suspension parts.  The photo above only shows the built up engine. 

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I always thought the P4 was the best looking Ferrari ever . :wub:

Nice job on the build .

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4 hours ago, afx said:

Great build Matt.  The HRM set includes the suspension parts.  The photo above only shows the built up engine. 

Hi,

Yes, as per its description;

Historic Racing Miniatures. Complete V-12 engine along with cockpit bulkhead, rear suspension, driveline, brake hoses /intakes, fuel tanks and pumps & more.  Use with Fujimi 330 P4 kits. 1/24th scale.

Matt, I'd love to see you get and install it into your already wonderful project.

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HRM also does the engine alone:

https://www.modelbuilderswh.com/collections/engine-kits/products/ferrari-330-p4-engine-kit-1-24th-scale

That's kinda my point: I don't know why anyone would buy just the engine and have to do all the rest of the stuff scratchbuilt, when for $60 instead of $45 you get everything you need.

Sadly, at this stage I'm not going to stall the project, pay twice as much for resin as I did for the kit, and make life much more complicated for myself (this was supposed to be an easy "slammer" built in a couple of weeks to chill out after the complexity of the FXX-K, after all ;-P)

best,

M.

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Hi,

My god man, this is your version of an easy slammer?  To me it would be monuMental!

You are in the upper echelon as most members here are.

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STUNNING!!!!.....the lack of supports/parts is unbeleiveable!!!....makes me think the guy who engineered that kit did a runner at lunch break!!.....I really love the tyres in these, and the GT-40 kits!!!

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Thanks, guys. @Brian, you're too kind ;-P

The chassis and body are pretty much done now:

chassis-finished-2.jpg

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The tire decals are from BVH, a German company. They do a sheet of multicoloured  Firestone, Goodyear and Dunlop logos. They are regular waterslide decals, so to keep them on, I applied them onto a patch of Microscale Liquid Decal film pained onto the tire (I figured that it would still be a bit flexible once dry), and then matt artists' varnish over the top once they'd set nicely.

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Then I put the two together, and discovered...

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That you can see the raw plastic of the inner walls through the "shoulder scoops", so out the chassis came again, and some near-as-dammit-the-same-colour gloss red was applied...

Meanwhile, finishing touches to the body are done:

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Final assembly and decals tomorrow, I reckon...

best,

M.

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..and the inside's inside the outside:

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Sills don't quite fit onto the inner bulkheads, but fit nicely along the horizontal seam line...

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best,

M.

 

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