Peterpools Posted February 28, 2022 Share Posted February 28, 2022 Ford GT40 Gulf Wyer 1966 Le Mans Second Place Car Driven by: Miles and Hulme Meng 1/24 It’s been a good while since I’ve done any building with the on-going house renovation plus some issues with my medical condition, so I thought I would try to grab some bench time, unwind and build something so very different for me: a 1/24th scale race car. I haven’t attempted a car build of any type for decades and now seemed the perfect time plus help get the old juices flowing again. The project: the 1/24 Meng Ford GT40 Gulf Wyer 1966 Le Mans Team, where the Team won first, second and third places. I decided to build the second place car driven by Miles and Hulme in their distinct Blue and Orange Gulf colors. I’ll go as far as I can but I’m sure the on-going renovation construction will halt the build as there will be way too much dust in the air to do any painting beyond priming. The kit: Molding is sharp, almost no flash and a decent amount of nicely molded parts. Part fit is OK and I’ve only used small amounts of Mr Surfacer 500 where needed based on what I think will be seen when the GT40 is finished The instructions could be clearer on part location and orientation as most part are not keyed and it’s easy to make a mistake figuring out how the part should fit. Meng color call outs are for: AK and Acryion paints, neither of which I use, so some homework was needed. Some of the colors didn’t seem correct and especially to a guy who knows so very little but learning. Thank goodness for my brother who is a walking encyclopedia and so far has received more than a fair number of telephone calls and emails on a daily basis. Exterior paints are going to be from Gravity (Spain) lacquer paints as well as Tamiya Lacquers. The one color that had me hung up is the dark blue, which seems to be all over the place as I search for information. The closest match was either Tamiya LP-41 Mica Blue and LP-45 Racing Blue – I’ll need to do a bit of testing as to which one is the closest. One HUGE difference between military modeling and auto racing modeling is the cars are very specific per Owner/Team, modified and tweaked from race to race, so how the car appeared at one race might not be correct for a different race or even to another Team car for that same race. Nope, I’m not going to be anywhere that accurate as my goal is to just finish, no AM at all and go for the best finish I’m capable of; not even planning on wiring up the engine for my first time out of the gate. So here we go. I ordered my paints and am carefully following the instructions, cleaning up all the parts, lots of test fitting and deciding what parts will be added prior to priming and what parts after painting each major assembly. My initial impression is the fit is good and nicely detailed. I’ve pretty much decided right now, the front portion of the body will be closed and the rear portion left movable so the GT40 engine and suspension can be displayed or left closed up depending how she looks after crossing the line. Right now, most of the parts are just being test fitted and taped in place, with the business end looking rather busy. The cockpit is nicely detailed but much will not be seen once of the main body shell is in place. So I'm off to the races. Thanks for checking in: Few parts are actually glued in place. Most are either just press fit or taped to see how they fit. Not bad at all. 8 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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