As some of you may know, I belong to a great Facebook modeling group. It was started by Ralph Sarc for airplane lovers and now has grown to a nice size, over 700 people and the models range from planes to tanks to cars to sci-fi to what ever the heck you want. Bottom line is the group is full of awesome guys and everyone gets along. https://www.facebook.com/groups/thebasementairforce/
I have done a few group builds. I have not always finished as they are 3 month builds. For most people 3 months is plenty, not for me. LOL I entered my first one a few years ago which was a Vietnam era aircraft build. Built my first 1/48 jet and colored it natural metal. Many first for me. I won that competition, but there were MANY good models made by good modelers.
I then joined a bomber build, didn't get to finish, that was the SU-2 model I have posted on my blog. Finished it some time soon there after. Also entered in a tank, never even started it! The last one I finished was the Sci-Fi build. I entered my A-Wing Star Wars model from Bandaii. I thought I was going to take it! I did a great job, very detailed oriented and probably the better finished model, BUT was beaten by a nicely made Batmobile. It's a member vote system and the members picked Batman over some unnamed A-Wing Pilot! I shoulda made the X-Wing and Luke!!! LOL I don't care losing to good guys who do a good job and the modelers in this FB group are awesome. .
This time, I have ventured into cars. I LOVE cars but have not made any. Well, I did make a Vette back in 1989. Used rattle cans. For a kid, it was a nice job. But now I am going up against some very good car modelers. The competition is stiff. I chose the Ferrari 330 P4. I found the Fujimi kit but I found out soon enough I should have picked the Ford GT40 instead! The Fujimi kit is full of mistakes with some parts and also the decals. I wanted to model the 2nd place winner of the 24 hrs of Daytona in 1966. I am fascinated by the Ford/ Ferrari rivalry. This race Ferrari beat Ford in the US by winning 1st, 2nd and 3d place! Here is an Iconic photo of the finish.
So as I was doing my research I found that the #26 car that came in the kit is wrong. The car, whould be the #24 car! Also, the side view mirrors are incorrect. I will try my best to fix these mistakes but I do not now if that is possible. One of my fellow Basement Airforce members and competitor in this build offered to assist me with making me the graphics for the correct #24. This is what I mean by great guys! I owe Mike H a beer!
Anyway, now that I have set up the story, on to the modelling. The kit wasn't bad at all. Details were pretty good. I decided to give it a really good effort, not just a quick OoTB build.
Fujimi Kit. Notice wrong #26 on box art. Really dumb mistake on their part. Shoulda been #24. There were 3 cars. 2 330 P4s, one an open topped car, #24 being the one here on the box art. Also an older P3 that had subtle differences.
Sanding off mold lines. Hard to see on the white. I was too lazy to use the Sharpie trick.
Etched metal installs
Put the insignia too high.
Chrome parts. I hate chrome parts.
Purple pond makes fast work of chrome. Less than 10 mins. I kept it in for a few hours just to be safe.
Nice and clean, NO chrome.
To be continued...