Testors/Fujimi Ferrrari Dino 246GT-April 28, 2012 Final Update!

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This time I'll be doing this classic and historic car that Enzo did to honor his only and late son, and the only one didn't wear the Ferrari badge. The kit I'll be using is a Fujimi Kit that Testors re-boxed in the late 80's with 200+ parts. As an interesting addition, I 'll be using also the awesome detailing kit from Model Factory Hiro with around 125+ more parts. As always, Hiro standars bring us a quality multimedia kit with lots of parts in white metal, vacuuformed glass, turned parts, an exquisite photo-etch set, etc. To add for a little push, parts from Hobby Design and Top Studio will also in this build....So, let's start...

Here's the great Model Factory Hiro Super Detaling kit with lots and lots of parts.

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close view:

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Some more aftermarket help:

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I'll be starting with the nice casted white metal valve covers. The one at the left had already received the dremel's wire brush treatment:

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The other parts will do the combo for the clinder heads:

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Something its has been already polished and glued:

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Now is the turn for the transmission...5 parts will do the completed part:

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All the components of the engine..cilinder heads, transmission, engine block, distributor, weber carburators.

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The exhaust headers also made of with metal, the ones at the right were already polished, the ones in the left still waiting:

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Some more parts like the air cleaner, oil filter, engine mounts, starter, rear axles are already cleaned and mounted for painting. Here we can see all the parts together:

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Some parts already painted with some different kinds of metalizers paints:

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As an interesting add-on, the rust dust on the thinner can will also be added to the party..nothing looks more real like the real thing:

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Finally everything painted and glued together:

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This is something will enhance the engine but, will give me a little of hard time of work. For the spark plugs boots I will place a .6mm stainless steel tube inside another .9mm one. The stainless steel tubing is so hard that any knive or cutter can do the job. I used a diamond dust disc with my Dremel and it could be done...

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After some hours, the tubing is cutted off and ready. At the top we can see the spark boot sample and at its right the boot I will use fot the distributor caps.

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All the parts together and ready to be painted:

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Here more components for the suspension, exhaust system, chassis, gas tanks, etc.

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Everything inside the dehydrator already painted:

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The engine over the chassis...remember what I told you about the real look or real rust dust?...

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More of the chassis parts and some plumbing were added:

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This is it..for now.

Simón P. Rivera Torres

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Good looking so far! I love this kit, so I'll be following your build.

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Simon........engine is GREAT!!!!!........ coming along nicely.

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WOW, that's great detailing on that engine, and this build is wonderful. Please keep it going. Thank you.

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Fantastic engine detailing! Hate to see what all that cost, but it'll be incredible when completed!

Tim

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After some days working on the model, here are some updated pictures...

Here we can see different shots of the engine now with some hoses and the bands:

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For the front compartment, I added some plumbing for the brake master cylinder and scratchbuilt the battery connectors out of plastic...

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Here I started to take advantage of the great Model Factory Hiro detailing kit, I started shaving the radio buttons and placing the radio photo-etch face. I save the buttons and glued them over. Some of the switches algo gone to replaced latter with the photo etches ones:

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How it looks after being completed:

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The turn signal, hi-low beam and wiper selectors also suffered a transformation. I shaved the knobs and used pins as the rod:

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Completed:

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I used the white metal steering wheel plus the photo etch wheel center for the combo. The base of the steering wheel its the plastic part:

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For the seats head rest, I also shaved the plastic rod and again used a pin for the metal part:

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Some tape was wraped over the emargency lever in order to get a more real leather look:

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A good amount of parts ready to be painted:

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Dash already painted plus the steering wheel assembly. I used a product named Dr Toffano Synthaglass Vetero Syntetico that I got from Italy Ebay. This product is used to make plastic glass and gives you a cleaner glass look than white glue or other products around in my opinion. The only problem was that I had to wait wo months to arrive here to Puerto Rico!:

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The interior tub after completed:

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Both chassis and interior tub meet for the first time:

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This is it, for now!

Simón P. Rivera Torres

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Awesome job Simon!!

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I don't think I've ever seen anyone put this kind of effort into The Dino! So far this is one fabulous build!!!

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This time I'll be doing this classic and historic car that Enzo did to honor his only and late son,

That is actually incorrect, his other son still even works in Ferrari management.

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Great job Simon. Good to see you still building!

B)

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Great work and quite inspirational. Do you think Hiro's set would work on the Dino GTS as well?

joe.

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Yes, you are correct, Piero was the other, actually a half brother of Dino.

That is actually incorrect, his other son still even works in Ferrari management.

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Well, I read that this kit is designed to be used with the "early" Dino, wich I think is the 246GT. The later type could be the GTS, which is the Fujimi cabrio. As I see until now, they basically the same, just the diference beetwen the coupe and the cabrio version.

Simón P. Rivera Torres

Great work and quite inspirational. Do you think Hiro's set would work on the Dino GTS as well?

joe.

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Well, I read that this kit is designed to be used with the "early" Dino, wich I think is the 246GT. The later type could be the GTS, which is the Fujimi cabrio. As I see until now, they basically the same, just the diference beetwen the coupe and the cabrio version.

Simón P. Rivera Torres

Correct, they GTB came in early and latter and the GTS only in GTS. But the set can be used for all three, just some parts need to be or discarted. but most is the same.

@Simon; Nice work so far, what color are you going to use?

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Love your work!

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Thanks Erik for you support information...I will paint it Yellow.

Simón P.Rivera Torres

Correct, they GTB came in early and latter and the GTS only in GTS. But the set can be used for all three, just some parts need to be or discarted. but most is the same.

@Simon; Nice work so far, what color are you going to use?

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Erik, are you shure about this?...I don't find in the internet anything on the Dino "GTB"', I found Ferrari 365GTB, 208GTB, and 308GTB, but, no Dino 246GTB. Let us know.

Simón P. Rivera Torres

Correct, they GTB came in early and latter and the GTS only in GTS. But the set can be used for all three, just some parts need to be or discarted. but most is the same.

@Simon; Nice work so far, what color are you going to use?

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I'm sorry, I had the B in my head, but ofcourse it is the GT and GTS, thanks for noticing haha.

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