1956 BARDAHL Ferrari EXPERIMENTAL

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In 1955, Nino Farina, World Champion for Alfa Romeo in 1950, had decided to retire - but he wanted to drive a Ferrari powered car in the Indianapolis 500.

In 1956, with financial backing from Bardahl and considerable help from Ferrari he showed up in a Kurtis 500D chassis powered by a modified Ferrari 121LM engine, a 4412cc 6 cylinder DOHC pwerplant with 3 Weber 50 DCOA carburators.

Needless to say the car was not fast enough to qualify for the race, but is sure is pretty...

With the "Racecars of the 50's" Sub-Theme at this years NNL West I decided to build a model of this racer

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I used Bud Thon's article in the May/June 1991 issue of the out-of-production "Motor Racing Replica News" magazine as a guide to build a model of this car

Here are a few photos of the model followed by the steps and products I used in building it:

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to be continued in later posts...

Edited by curt raitz

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Here we go...

Started with the 1/24th Monogram Kurtis Kraft Racer, 6 cylinder engine from the Monogram Maseratti 3500GT, decals from IndyCals, wheels and tires from Replicas & Miniatures of Maryland.

Kinda looked like this...

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Extended the nose by 5/32" using miliput

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Maseratti 3500GT engine with Webers from parts box

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Resin cast the valve covers from Fujimi Daytona kit

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engine ready to go
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Body ready for primer
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More to come...

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Very nice job on a very nice car.

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All parts primed, ready for some Tamiya TS-8 Italian Red

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All painted up...used TriMart photo-etch hinges for bonnet

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Wheels and tires on the chassis, had to open the center of the tires to get the wheels to fit, Firestone decals are from IndyCals, Exhaust built using solder and aluminum tubing

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just have to throw the decals on, attach nose and bonnet and away we go...

that's all folks...thanx for lookin'

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As always - A great subject and a great build job! I always dig your stuff, Kurt!

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Curt, this is another one of your spectacular builds, and one to be especially proud of. It's good to see this sort of unique subject matter presented to our forum.

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superb model, Curt !!!

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Great conversion of a classic kit. My sincere compliments on your choice of subject and the way you built it.

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I like that you always come up with something different , and it is always done well . I hope all your builds will be compiled in a book someday.

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Nice build. Indy cars sure have changed over the years.

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That is a thing of beauty.....

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Absolutely stunning !!!!

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Fantastic craftsmanship. Well done, thanks for sharing.

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Spectacular !

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great work

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Very impressive!

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Wow very nice build

Lots of detail.... nice

Polish it and it would be Gorgeous

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really nice!

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Wow that is a near build.. really nice. great detail.

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Beautiful work on an unusual subject. Nice job, Curt!

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Fantastic build Curt.

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Outstanding.

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Another outstanding build Curt.

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Just beautiful

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Very nice Kurtis-Ferrari. I never thought of using the Maser engine and 365 Ferrari cam covers! Great solution.

Rossa156

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