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The Ford GT Matech is the second kit, #141002, produced by the brand new plastic model manufacturer Simil'R, based out of France. It’s an injection molded kit with stunning decals printed by Cartograf which are also provided to represent the various carbon carbon/Kevlar, and Kevlar weaves. The kit also supplies a photoetched fret. The instructions in English and French are very similar in style and layout to any kit from Tamiya or Hasegawa.
The body comes in 20 parts to match the real car. Prior to starting with the construction and to ensure a correct fit, I dry fitted the parts with masking tape. Then, flashes were removed and parts sanded with #1200.
I wanted to build my GT with removable body panels in order to leave the engine and chassis visible and can appreciate all their details.
I decided not to follow the assembly order in the instructions and invite you to see my way in images.
In order to make the assembly easier, it’s better to start with step 11 and glue the parts E11 and E12. Next, and in step 18, I glued the air intakes of the engine cowling, parts F22 and F23 and then the parts B10 and B11.
Then, I suggest in step 20 to assemble and glue B13 and B14 that are parts of the rear bumper.
Watching attentively the good fit of the body parts, I realized there was a gap between them, especially over the hood, the doors were not at the same level and the fit between doors and ends of the front fenders could be improved.
If you decide to leave the body panels removable, as it was proposed by the manufacturer, no modification will be needed since paint coats would make any future removal of panels more difficult if there would be little space between them.
I just placed the doors at the same level of the ends of the fenders, sanding them until getting the desired result.
I also decided that the hood would be divided into two parts, the main and its central panel with the distinctive cooling-air outlets just like its ancestor, the GT40.
All the hood parts were assembled on the chassis to ensure a proper fit and then CA glued. The central panel with the air outlets was left aside for the moment.
Once the hood was glued, was placed again on the chassis to rectify the joint with the doors using polyester putty.
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