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Ferrari 250 GTO Spyder


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On 4/5/2021 at 12:17 AM, Funkychiken said:

Stunning build Kurt, sparkles in the pics. 

Thank you!

This morning there was an overcast, and more important, no wind!  Set up the California Pit Stop diorama on the hood of the pickup, and took some glamor shots.  For now I'm posting this edited version, which has the GTO as just one of four Ferraris on a run.  Will post color photos focusing on the GTO later.

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1 hour ago, doubleyoung2003 said:

Excellent!!

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Now it's official, glamor shots for fun, calling it a Ferrari club run.  Decades ago I built the Daytona, first time for using photo-etch, wet-sanding the paint but didn't polish or wax, the Testors cement has melted the headlight covers, so that's why it's in back.  The California was built for the diorama.  The Italeri: Ferrari 275 N.A.R.T. - Thomas Crown Affair was built last year.  I was waiting for an overcast day with no wind.

And I haven't been working on a model for about a month, wanted to show off something. 🙄

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On 3/14/2021 at 7:08 PM, 89AKurt said:

Unofficial reveal, of the Italeri (Testors) Ferrari 250 GTO Spyder.   WIP:  Italeri/Testors Ferrari 250 GTO Spyder  The factory never built a Spyder of the famous GTO, two cars were coach built on average Ferrari chassis (is there such a thing?).  I saw the convertible twice, once in my town when the Copperstate Rally parked downtown, and at a Monterrey Historics.  This is not an exact replica, added some features such as the roll bar.

 

Nice job recreating what is an extremely hard shape to copy.

 

A few facts about the two Spyders, They were built in a small town in Wisconsin. The builder got the idea to build them after cutting the roof off of a Burago 1:18th die cast. My dad actually painted both of them, would have been sometime in the early ‘90s.
 

The yellow one you have pictures of was actually built on a long wheelbase 250 chassis. Notice the three fender vents and the extra length between rear wheel opening and door. Also it took a few tries to get the tail correct on the yellow one. (I still have one of the tail panels in the attic of my shop.)
 

The red one that Frank Beard of ZZ Top had was done on the correct short wheelbase chassis.

Dad was always partial to the SWB and I’ve always liked the LWB better.

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1 hour ago, bignate said:

Nice job recreating what is an extremely hard shape to copy.

A few facts about the two Spyders, They were built in a small town in Wisconsin. The builder got the idea to build them after cutting the roof off of a Burago 1:18th die cast. My dad actually painted both of them, would have been sometime in the early ‘90s.

The yellow one you have pictures of was actually built on a long wheelbase 250 chassis. Notice the three fender vents and the extra length between rear wheel opening and door. Also it took a few tries to get the tail correct on the yellow one. (I still have one of the tail panels in the attic of my shop.)

The red one that Frank Beard of ZZ Top had was done on the correct short wheelbase chassis.

Dad was always partial to the SWB and I’ve always liked the LWB better.

Hello, I see you are new here, WELCOME!

There aren't many photos of the yellow car online.  Explains why this Ferrari 250 Spotted in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, you know that place?

I added the third vent, didn't notice the wheelbase difference.  While working on it, noticed the windshield frame was nothing like the GTO.  The spoiler was tricky, I had to keep the inside arch of the tail, to avoid more work.  The SWB vs LWB sounds like Chevy pickup short bed vs long bed, where they are cutting down the long ones.  I have a 250 SWB kit with missing parts that will become a resto-rod someday.

Thanks for the comment, cool that you have intimate knowledge about this car.

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10 minutes ago, 89AKurt said:

Hello, I see you are new here, WELCOME!

There aren't many photos of the yellow car online.  Explains why this Ferrari 250 Spotted in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, you know that place?

I added the third vent, didn't notice the wheelbase difference.  While working on it, noticed the windshield frame was nothing like the GTO.  The spoiler was tricky, I had to keep the inside arch of the tail, to avoid more work.  The SWB vs LWB sounds like Chevy pickup short bed vs long bed, where they are cutting down the long ones.  I have a 250 SWB kit with missing parts that will become a resto-rod someday.

Thanks for the comment, cool that you have intimate knowledge about this car.

Long time lurker here... I just saw the pictures and it brought back some great memories. 
 

Yes I’ve been to Elkhart Lake many many times... it’s home of Road America. I’m sure it was there for the Vintage Race weekend.
 

IIRC Mark took insparation from the 275 NART Spyder for the windshield frame. 
 

The 250GT road cars were built on a longer wheelbase (8” I believe, but don’t quote me.) The yellow one was built on that wheelbase. The race 250GT’s had the short wheelbase. For Frank Beard’s car the frame was shortened and the rear kick-up was completely replaced with an exact copy of a 250GTO.

Mark also built several 250GTO Coupe replicas, also several 289 and 427 Shelby Cobra replicas.

Nate

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