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289 FIA Cobra (64 Targ Florio) MFH

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Time to start a new project. This is the Model Factory Hiro kit of the FIA Cobra. The kit has a resin body and interior with all the remaining parts in white metal or photo etch. I used a magnetic tumbler to clean and the flash off of the parts . After a quick wash they come out like you see in the photos. The whole kit took about 45 mins to do. It beats sanding !!! Every mounting hole on the kit needs to be drilled open. It's good to have a few pinvises around to put different size bits in them. The main part of the chassis is assembled and ready for paint. The motor has been painted and is drying. I'm looking for help with how to post update photos as I go along. 

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I sort of like Cobra"s so I will look in on you !

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Looks like a beautiful kit. I built a model of this car a few years ago in 1/25 scale using Academy body converted back to 289. Looking forward to seeing more.

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This looks like an amazing model and will be watching to see one go together

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Looks like a great kit! The magnetic tumbler is a great tip, cleaning white metal parts can get quite tedious

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I'm a Cobra fan as well and completed an FIA conversion of the Sunny/Academy/Minicraft kit a while back.  I'll be following.

Post your progress as a "Reply" to this tread as you proceed.   Look at some of the other WIP threads on the forum and you'll get the idea.

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9 minutes ago, afx said:

I'm a Cobra fan as well and completed an FIA conversion of the Sunny/Academy/Minicraft kit a while back.  I'll be following.

Post your progress as a "Reply" to this tread as you proceed.   Look at some of the other WIP threads on the forum and you'll get the idea.

Thanks for the help. I will check those out. I would love to see the pics of FIA conversion.

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Here is the WIP thread:

 Not MFH caliber but happy with how it turned out.

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That looks really good ... Thanks for sharing the thread.. I got the frame painted and the engine started today. Will post pictures tomorrow .

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Thanks Tim.  Haven't built a MFH kit but have seen a few in person, they are impressive.  I have a bunch of Cobra reference material.  If you have any questions I'm happy to help find the answer.

JC 

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14 hours ago, afx said:

Thanks Tim.  Haven't built a MFH kit but have seen a few in person, they are impressive.  I have a bunch of Cobra reference material.  If you have any questions I'm happy to help find the answer.

JC 

I have built a few of them. This one is really delicate. I have fixed the rear of the chassis at least three times now. The white metal is really thin. If you have any suspension detail photos that would help. Many thanks in advance . 

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Have some time tonight to get a bit more of the motor done. Had to file each side of the bottom of the carbs to get them to sit flat. Every hole in this kit needs to be drilled open. I was able to get the main frame painted in semi gloss black. The motor mounts are the parts in the clips. 

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10 hours ago, afx said:

MFH set the standard.

Is the engine on par with Brad's castings?

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4 hours ago, vamach1 said:

Is the engine on par with Brad's castings?

It may be a notch above but at 3-times the cost of the HRM kit the MFH should be better.  I hate to nit pick someone else build thread and if it bothers you Tim please let me know and I will delete the post.  However the MFH cylinder head based on the exhaust ports looks more like a 427 than a 289.  I doubt it will be noticeable on the finished build with the headers and spark plug wires in place and is certainly no reflection on you Tim and your building skills. 

289:

 Image result for ford 289 heads

427:

Image result for ford 427 heads

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All comments are welcome. Mfh does make a 427 kit. I bought the kit for 200 about 2 years ago. It could have a bit more detail. I just hate drilling all the holes. You have to test fit everything.

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Its definitely worth the annoyance, though!...looking fantastic!!

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Found these on amazon. 15.00 . Well worth it. They have a bigger shank. Works fantastic in the Tamiya pinvise. There labeled CNC engraving bits

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Thanks for the heads up on those bits. I put some in my Amazon cart ^_^

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5 hours ago, Mr. Metallic said:

Thanks for the heads up on those bits. I put some in my Amazon cart ^_^

There well worth the money. I have used them in a Dermel as well.

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