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1967 Ford GT MKIV Le Mans Winner

I have been very fortunate to have visited the Henry Ford Museum twice and observe this iconic racer of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt.

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I started this Le Mans Miniatures 1/24 resin kit many years ago and it along with other Ford GT40s got stalled till now.  I think LMM did a super job with the design and shape of this model though it is only a curbside with no engine.

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The changes I made to the kit were to add a passenger seat, modify the carburetors, add tire valves and wheel weights and replace the front jack forks.  I also reduced the size of the side number lights which I felt were oversized and did not look right.  The tire lettering was too big for my comfort and was replaced.

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Looks fantastic Gary.  You are finishing some great models these days.  I wish I could get some more done but the chores never end.  I added a picture I just saw online that I had not seen before.

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Wow!  That is phenomenal.  I thought I was looking at a picture of the real car because you mentioned having seen it in the museum... I scrolled down looking for your model.  Nicely done!

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Very nice! It's good to see a Mk IV build as Mk I and MK II seem to get all the glory. I'd love to put a Mk IV on my own shelf. You've done a stellar job on this one. Excellent work.

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A very clean, realistic, beautiful build of a very historic race car that we very rarely see in a hand built scale model. If I’m not mistaken, isn’t this is the car that Dan G. climbed out of and started the champagne spraying tradition in the winner’s circle? I haven’t yet visited the HF museum to see the 1:1 but did get a chance to see it at a Gurney tribute weekend at Laguna Seca in 2010 (along with all of his beautiful eagles). 
Scalemates.com list a 1/24 injection molded kit of a Mk IV made by Nakamura back in the ‘70’s - has anyone ever seen this kit sold or built? I wish Fujimi would produce a Mk IV along with an early series Ford Mirage in 1/24. You can only build so many GT-40’s (or not!). Thanks for sharing!
 

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Thank you all for your gracious comments.  What you don't see are the problems I had with the old and thin decals so the end result is a combination of kit decals and Fred Cady decals.

Nakamura did in fact make a plastic kit of the MKIV though i have not seen one.   Renaissance also made a resin kit in 1/24th scale which I plan to build as the Sebring winner. 

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1 hour ago, Gramps46 said:

Thank you all for your gracious comments.  What you don't see are the problems I had with the old and thin decals so the end result is a combination of kit decals and Fred Cady decals.

Nakamura did in fact make a plastic kit of the MKIV though i have not seen one.   Renaissance also made a resin kit in 1/24th scale which I plan to build as the Sebring winner. 

Here is the Renaissance kit which is very nice and three pictures of the Nakamura kit on Ebay for $200.  These are about the only options other than the old MPC and IMC/Testors kits.

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2 hours ago, Gramps46 said:

Thank you all for your gracious comments.  What you don't see are the problems I had with the old and thin decals so the end result is a combination of kit decals and Fred Cady decals.

Nakamura did in fact make a plastic kit of the MKIV though i have not seen one.   Renaissance also made a resin kit in 1/24th scale which I plan to build as the Sebring winner. 

Excellent build and great photos, Gary - I too have this one in my stash and will keep your pics for building.

Concerning Nakamura, I had long time ago their '67 Lola T 70 Mk III which was a pain to look at - it was a bad caricature of a racer and I got rid of it as soon as I could. I have their Abarth 2000 prototipo pininfarina which also asks for a lot of cratchbuidling - if this is an indication of the Nakamura Mk IV, then buyers beware!

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Fantastic build that looks son convincingly real sitting in your "shop". I actually had the privilege of helping to push this car in place for a photo shoot of Dan Gurney driven cars at the Monterey Historics.

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Very nice MK IV. Looks like the real car. I do believe that LMM made the best MK IV. I wish they stll sold the Gurney/Foyt car. I would love to build one. I have one of the LMM GT-40 MK I kits, the full detail one. Directions are limited and there is a lot to the kit. I have looked it over a time or two but always close the box back up.

LMM are very nice people to deal with. Angèle goes all out to please.

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