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1/12 Ferrari F40 GTE Evo2 kit re-build


Jeremy Jon
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I call this the "Ugly Duck" build, because of the donor kit we'll be using, the infamous Monogram F40 kit!
This kit, like many others, has been sitting in the back of the closet, due to the horrible body, so never intended to be built as is, so instead I decided to use this opportunity to use as a donor, and with some work of my own, make as basis for an affordable transkit, and have a decent looking large scale F40 GTE Evo2 on my shelf! smile.gif

To that end, this will be a "best" possible build, not a super detailed build, given some compromise of the donor used & for reproduction, rather than being an all out scratch build, but I also have planned 2 stages:
Stage 1, body/glass/wheels/tires
Stage 2, chassis/interior/engine/brakes

The basic chassis & suspension of the Monogram kit are half decent, the interior shell usable, and measurements are fairly accurate, but when it came to the body, it's as if they just didn't care about being accurate?! dunno.gif
You can see right away how much material has to be removed and altered, and why I call this a "duck", as the nose was 1cm to wide? headshake2.gif
I was originally hoping to re-use the glass, but once into the build it became obvious that new ones will have to be vacuformed!

So, first installments, Enjoy! smile.gif

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Thanks Mike! Now I need to be a finished building machine! LOL :D

For this specific model of the Ferarri F40, there are no others making the GTE Evo in 1/12 scale - that I'm aware of - there is the MFHiro 1/24 scale kit - for a couple hundred $ - but I have a version on the workbench in that scale, along with a 288 Evo also! ;)

There are the 1/12 scale Kyosho diecast street F40 cars - for several hundred dollars - and the Protar street F40 cars also - which go on ebay for around $100-150

Like many I had this monogram kit for years - in the back of closet - because it was cheap, mine was $25! ...but due to it's hideous body, was not up to par for building

This build kit is aimed to be used either as a trans-kit, using the monogram chassis, or as combined both kits for making one whole car from, for less than one Kyosho kit! :)

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G'day Jeremy, I had the same thought as you as to the body on this kit not being the best, but the rest was reasonable. Also at the back of my cupboard (sorry closet) I had the (body only) busted remains of a 1/12 '57 Chev Belair, so I did the only logical thing and made a "F457 Belari". I think it's turning out ok so far.

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Jeremy, I will be interested to see how you do the OZ wheels for the transkit. I want to go to them for my Protar 1/12 F40 build (since no one wants to trade for it.) :unsure: Was thinking of going this route (racecar) with it when I re-open it seeing the body proportions/tire size on it are very close to 1:1 just needs proper details.

I really like the direction you are going with your build! Great work as always my friend!

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Thanks Ken!

I'll post up some more pics after further work, as for wheels & tires (race spec) are being digitally designed & 3D printed yet, once the final changes have been made ...I'm about 85-90% happy with it, just needs some further work to finalize

Here's what they look like at the moment

IMO you should keep that Protar kit stock, they are pretty decent in body shape, and getting more $ to find, especially compared to a Kyosho kit for example, just my $0.02 :)

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Thanks for the feedback.

LOVE the Enkei's! How much do the 3d printed wheels go for? The kit wheels do not fit the kit's Pirelli tires quite right (too narrow, too small in diameter, and two piece.) Also the molding of the F40 wheels is somewhat poor and with all the detail in them you cannot sand and clean them up.

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You mean these wheels? I haven't actually finished them yet, they need some more changes yet, before being printed for test fitment, but they are also made specifically to fit the donor kits hub system, they would have to be modified for how ever the Protar hub setup is

They will be getting cast as part of this trans-kit, but I'm not that far along with the project yet :)

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