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GT 40 Question
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 1, 2004 3:55 PM
I would like to know if you know this model kit and what do you think about it? Is it a good one?

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Posted by Mark Melchiori on Monday, March 1, 2004 4:02 PM
That is actually the old IMC kit from the late '60's/early '70's. It was reissued by Testors in their "Those Famous Fords" series, along with the Mark 1, Mark IV, Lotus 38, Cougar II and '48 Ford coupe. The kit is VERY tricky to build, lots of little parts and opening features. The Fujimi Mark II looks better when built, in my opinion.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 1, 2004 4:35 PM
Thank you very much for your answer Mark Melchiori! Smile
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Posted by roadhawg on Monday, March 1, 2004 8:12 PM
yes, i think the headers alone put some people in the asylum.

I went to a "gentleman's club" because the sign said they had all the hottest models. I thought it was a hobby shop. Man, was I ever disappointed.

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 1, 2004 10:24 PM
Is that a full detail kit?? I want it, where can I get it?? I have the Fujimi kit if anyone wants a trade ( I have no idea how much the Memorial Collections kit is worth?)
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 1, 2004 10:26 PM
Hmmm would that be the Monogram kit too? if not is it better?
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 5:22 AM
The Union Memorial Collection kits usually sell for $35.00-55.00 depending how bad someone wants one. They are just repops of the IMC kits from the 60s and were produced during the mid 80s. The fit is not very good, especially around the body fitting to the chassis. The headers as mentioned before by Roadhawg are a nightmare. Take my advice stick with the Fujimi kits, unless you are a collector, an incredible builder or just a someone who enjoyed the 'Spanish Inquisiton'.
I am about to begin the Le Mans Miniatures Gulf Mirage from '67, after test fitting the body and a few other parts. The fit is pretty good, the resin is not the best but still it looks like a Mirage. I also have the Profil 24 Porsche 917 Gulf and Le Mans Miniatures '68-69 Gulf GT 40 kits that have engine, suspension and everything, it looks great, however I want to practice on curbsides before I do the full blow kits. Anyways back to my Chaparral 2E by Fisher. Rene'
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Posted by old coyote on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 3:38 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by chaparral 2F

Take my advice stick with the Fujimi kits, unless you are a collector, an incredible builder or just a someone who enjoyed the 'Spanish Inquisiton'.


Vey cute way of making your point Big SmileBig SmileBig Smile

I may have to grow old ....... but I refuse to grow up

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 6:24 PM
Thanks for your answers guys! It will to hard to build for me... Nevermind... I've a lot of think to build before to think about a GT-40.

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge!
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 7:03 PM
The exaust is a "basket of snakes" for certain!
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Posted by Gerard on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 10:17 PM
I have the Fujimi GT40 P1075 '69 Le Mans. Now I hear that Racing Resin has a transkit for it, by Acu-Stion. Haven't bought it yet. Can any one tell me if it is worth it?
Gerard> Currently building: 1/700 What-If Railgun Battlecruiser CG-X
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 4, 2004 6:41 AM
All of the IMC based GT40 kits (IMC, AMT, Testors, Union and God knows who else have used the tools and released them over the years) have some built in flaws. The kit was amazing when it was released in late 1964...no other company had packed the level of detail and "operating features" into a 1/25 plastic kit. The rub was that to get the "operating features" and "detail" some things had to be compromised, like fit, scale and ease of assembly.

The engines are underscale to allow them to be assembled into the engine bay, the windscreen does not fit the opening well, the side glass has shape issues and on and on...and yes, the "bundle of snakes" is really tough to put together!

All in all, this is a flawed kit, BUT it did raise the bar for kits to come and either turned a generation of modelers on to "super detail" kits or caused them to take up stamp collecting!Big Smile

And the Monogram re-release of the old Aurora GT40 is a great collectable, good for collecting, not building! It has more sacle and accuracy issues than the IMC kit ever thought of!Shock

RickMy 2 cents
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 4, 2004 8:23 AM
Rick,
I agree with you, I also am attempting to build the Aurora/Revell/Mongram GT 40. Everytime I put on 1 side of the suspension the other side pops up. It reminds of the old Popeye cartoons when he is walking down the street with his arms going up and down. However, I do not believe anyone else has done a GT 40 from 64, even though this kit has both the '64 season and '65 season look to it. Rene'
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 4, 2004 8:58 AM
Hmmm, I have the Monogram kit and, well yeah UGLY.
I also have the Fujimi kit and was thinking of using the motor etc in the Fujimi kit, what would all you GT40 experts say to that?? Am I just kidding myself?? Should I go see the nice men with the white coats again.........
I want to do a full detail kit................................ but cant afford to spend a bazillion spendoolies on a resin kit
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 5, 2004 6:25 AM
Docwatson..

The Mono kit has the same issue as the IMC, the engine is "undersize"...I would sugest using a 289 block/head assembly from one of the Monogram 65/66 Mustang/Shelby kits. It is 1/24 and pretty close to the correct size. You would need to do up a Weber carb intake and scratch the "bundle of snakes" but not impossible with some kitbashing. The transaxle will depend upon what vintage GT40 you are doing, i.e. early with a Coletti box or a later car with a ZF.

Or just buy one of the transkits for the Fujimi kit...Big Smile

And the first version of the IMC GT40 was the early 64 LeMans style, the early nose with stacked lamps and the rear dexck with the spoiler lip after the LeMans trails accidents.

RickApprove
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 5, 2004 12:53 PM
Hey thanks Mark IV, Im almost caving into the transkit, but I hate aftermarket parts.........
No skill involved
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 5, 2004 6:11 PM
Come on over the dark side, docwatson1938, the aftermarket offers parts that will challenge your skills more than you will ever imagine! Think of it this way, just because it did not come in the same box with the model does not mean you can just drop it in place! I used a Thunder Valley Minatures GT350R kit and wound up not using some of the conversion parts, modifying some, and scratchbuilding the rest. If it were not for the aftermarket we would still be using thread for plug wires, silver paint (instead of Bare Metal) on trim and building model cars that look like model cars instead of model cars that look like real cars!
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  • From: France
Posted by mangodart on Saturday, March 13, 2004 4:11 PM
Hi Hemidrix, have you seen this kit for sale on the "french ebay" ??? I was thinking using a 427 from Mono AC Cobra to put on the Fujimi kit but where to find an accurate gear box to fit with ???

P.S. : ça fait plaisir de voir un compatriote sur un site US
(what a surprise to see a "fellow country man" on a US site, modeling has no frontier!!)
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 14, 2004 7:55 PM
......"bouef" means eggs, "fromage" means cheese, it's like thoseFrench have a different word for everything!!!!! (Steve Martin)!!!!!!!Big Smile

Some day there will be a GREAT GT40 kit that will just jump outta the box and build itself![:0]

Till then, it will take time and skill!Big Smile

Look on my work bench, lotsa kits, not much progress...Sad

Rick...Whistling
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 12:38 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by mangodart

Hi Hemidrix, have you seen this kit for sale on the "french ebay" ??? I was thinking using a 427 from Mono AC Cobra to put on the Fujimi kit but where to find an accurate gear box to fit with ???

P.S. : ça fait plaisir de voir un compatriote sur un site US
(what a surprise to see a "fellow country man" on a US site, modeling has no frontier!!)


Yeah, that was on the french ebay. Revell Monogram sells a 427ci Ford engine kit. Maybe it can be usefulQuestion I've got it but I didn't used it at this time...
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 18, 2004 10:06 AM
Galaxy65, I scratch build a lot of my kits. I prefer to say I built that than to say yeah it’s from this kit..........
But I do start from a kit for most models! Go figure!
Just started on a scratch built 1/16 Cobra Daytona Coupe, making a brass chassis at the moment, I will carve the body in wood and vac form it in pieces. This will go with my 1/24 scale DAP MK21 Beaufighter project.

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