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Ford GT40 Mk.II - Le Mans 1966 - Meng 1/24


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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

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A quick look inside the box:

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

First steps ...

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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I have bought one but not started it yet.  From other posts the general consensus is the Fujumi body is more accurate but of course those kits do not have an engine.  Others have mentioned the MENG engine looks toyish compared to other Ford engines molded over the last 50 plus years.  If you build it out of the box it is a vast improvement over the original IMC kits.  What you have done so far looks very good.  It will be interesting to see who will be the first to experiment with replacing part or all of the engine with one of the aftermarket ones.

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I have to say this about the engine. It's not the worst Ford FE engine ever modeled in scale. For a new model, it is disappointing. It's like someone described the engine to a forensic sketch artist and this is what came out. Put's me in mind of the old Palmer/Premier models.

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So as I understand this, Rodolfo..... the Meng version of the Ford GT40 kit has an engine, which the Fujimi version does not, but the Fujimi kit has a more accurate body...... is that correct ?  Well done with your build, which looks great !

David

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For this kit I used Gravity Colors for the first time
This is the result after applying a coat of Gravity Colors Light Surface Primer
 

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Fitting test after I painted the body with the Gravity Ford Hawaiian Blue
 

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  • 3 weeks later...

This build is very well done. I was on the fence over this kit because I already have the Fujimi and Harold Bradford engine set. But your build is making me think of selling those off and getting this instead.  Don't get me wrong, the HB transkit is very nice, but I really think i just want something quick and fairly painless to get on the shelf This Meng kit seems to be decently detailed and well engineered, and your clean build technique is really taking it to the next level.

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Well Rodolfo, that is a really nice build of the Ford GT40....... When it comes to weathering, I am always too scared to try any weathering experiments on a model that I am happy with. I understand how weathering could make a brilliant model even more brilliant, but I cannot take the risk of messing up all my good work !

David

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I'm a big fan of weathering. I prefer a used look..to sometimes a downright abused look..it all depends..do you want a museum look..or a raced and put away dirty look.  This weekend at the Greenwich concourse I saw a perfect Mercedes gullwing...and next to it an unrestored one with chipped and cracked paint, beat up interior..it was a racecar. I liked it better..Hell I would drive that one while being terrified to drive the museum one. Up to you. Military models always look better with lots of weathering, cars and bikes too.

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