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Ford GT40 Targa Florio, 1967

October 2003
Ford GT40 Targa Florio, 1967
Fujimi No. 12142
Model Type: 1/24 scale injection-molded plastic kit
Molded Colors: Black, clear, satin-plated, white
MSRP: $28.50
Pros: Well-proportioned body, many new parts
Cons: Translucent decals, lack of locating tabs
Ford GT40 Targa Florio, 1967
To many sports car racing enthusiasts, the 1960s was a golden age. The classic Ford vs. Ferrari battle will live on in racing history, starting when Ford tried to buy Ferrari. Enzo Ferarri's refusal to sell prompted Ford to try to beat Ferrari at its own game. Thus was born the Ford GT40.

The GT40 was based on the 1963 Lola GT, the rights to which were sold to Ford after a tough 1963 racing season. The GT40 Mk I had a small-block Ford engine, great handling, and a wind-cheating 40-inch height. When the Mk I needed more power, the big-blocked-powered Mk II was introduced and promptly won LeMans in 1966. In 1967, the big-block MK IV won LeMans again, prompting a rules change banning big-blocks. In 1968, the small-block MK I was brought back to LeMans and won, and Ford won again in 1969.

By 1967, enough GT40s had been produced for it to be considered a production sports car. In the hands of privateers, they were the car choice for many racers.

This kit subject is the car that Ford of France entered in the '67 Targa Florio race in Italy, where car #130 finished fifth and car #126 finished forty-ninth.

This Fujimi kit is based on its Mk II kits released in 1989. This means the kit is well-proportioned, well-molded, and relatively easy to assemble. There are many new pieces in the box, the most noteworthy being the Mk I engine cover that has two different rear panels, so both cars can be modeled accurately. Fujimi has also tooled new glass for each car.

The parts were molded very well, with minimal flash. The instruction sheet is great and offers new surprises. The only problem I had was with part B5, a rectangular piece that's supposed to attach to the car's rear framework. It had no real positive mounting location, so I left mine off.
Finishing the model is fairly easy. Most of the chassis and interior is black, but with some detail painting they look good, especially when all 200 or so rivets are painted. The instructions call for the body to be painted off-white, so I painted mine Ford Wimbledon White. I had little success finding photos of these cars as they raced, so my color choice may be wrong.

The most disappointing feature of this kit is the decals. They are beautifully printed by Cartograf, and they go on with no trouble. However, the number roundels are translucent, which lets the red-and-blue stripes show through. The roundels also seem too big, especially the one on the nose of the car.

The completed model looks very good; it captures the low lines of the real car to a T. I'd recommend this kit to any modeler of intermediate experience who would like to model this seldom-seen version on a special car.


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