Post by billj on Dec 12, 2019 18:23:44 GMT -5
First I would like to thank Calvin and Michael for making some conversion parts and decals to allow us to build some significant GT40's.
The excellent Fujimi kits of the Ford GT40's seem to have skyrocketed in price since the release of the Ford vs. Ferrari movie. Too bad Fujimi didn't put out a new release of any of the kits.
Anyway, I wanted to clear up some information about the 1:1 cars and the nice Fujimi kits. Obviously there is a MKI and a MKII. each are there own design, similar in shape and basics but the MKII was built specifically to run the big block Ford FE engines and the MKI was built for and ran the Ford small blocks. Historic Racing Miniatures makes a nice conversion kit that provides a small block and associated parts to upgrade the Gulf Ford GT40 kits. The 68 and 69 cars ran the Gurney-Westlake heads. The 64-66 MKI cars ran a standard Ford HiPo head.
There are actually 2 different MKII cars, the first generation car as run in 1966 and the second generation car which only ran in 1967, along with some Gen1 cars. The 2nd generation car was a lighter chassis, built from the ground up and changing numerous things from the Gen1 car. A few noticeable differences are less air scooping and ventilation in the rear compartment. Under hood changes made better air flow possible and eliminated the need for the snorkel scoops and such. The Gen 2 cars ran dual Holley carbs, early testing showed they needed more horsepower to compete with the new Ferrari 330 P4, so a dual 4 barrel setup was added. One other notable change on the Gen 2 cars was a full coverage roll cage that was not in the Gen 1 cars. The easiest way to tell the difference between the 67 Gen 1 and Gen 2 cars were the rear fender flares on the Gen 2 cars. Some called the Gen 2 cars the MKIIB, which makes sense.
I wanted to explain why some kits were different and why some parts are required to replicate a particular car, which may of may not be inside the kit box. Happy modeling