Featuring the Trumpeter Ford GT40 Mk II - 1/12 scale

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The model is based on the 1966 LeMans winning car (almost - more about that later), which finally, after some years of trying, ended Ferraris 6 year dominance of the classic race. The GT40 first appeared at LeMans in 1964 with 4.2 V8, basically the same engine that took Jim Clark to victory in the following years Indianapolis 500 but at LeMans it proved fragile.


In 1965 Ford returned with two 7-litre Mk2 and assorted GT40s all of which were out of the race by nightfall. Ford returned in 1966 with no expense spared. A total of eight 7-litre MkII’s were entered by Ford with five GT40’s in their wake. Ferrari responded with three P3’s but Fords strategy was simply to force such a pace the Ferraris would break under the extreme pressure. The big Fords would also break at this pace but as they did, another would come to replace it. All of the works Ferraris retired along with four of the Mk II Fords.


Ford through sheer weight of numbers and the most costly campaign to date had finally “crushed the red cars” The Mk II Fords took the first three places with one Ferrari finishing in eighth place.


The leading Ford on the last lap of the race driven by Ken Miles and Denny Hulme dropped back to attempt a stage-managed ‘dead heat’ as all three Fords crossed the line together. The race win was however awarded to the ‘second placed’ car as it had covered a few more metres having started lower down the grid. So the win went to Bruce McLaren and Cris Amon in the black No2 MkII and it is this car on which the Trumpeter kit is based.

The Kit

Trumpeter have made an excellent job an I believe it is right up there with Tamiyas best efforts, In many ways it is better. The mouldings are crisp and everything fits perfectly.

It comes with photo-etched parts, lots of smaller bagged items, wire, plumbing pipes etc Parts of the kit are pre painted, which is curious and there are perfectly reproduced bonnet fasteners (Tamiya would normally mould these into the bodywork.

The main criticism of this kit and you’ve read this before about the kit I expect, is the amount of chrome sprues. Five of the ten big sprues are chrome plated. Very high quality plating but totally unnecessary and it all has to be removed for painting. The only chromium-finished parts on the real car were the cam covers. Soak everything else in bleach and re colour in the normal way.

The kit, as I mentioned earlier is based on the LeMans winning car but not as it finished the race. It is based on the car as it is now which I believe to be a replica, if not it has been completely re-built and features parts that are wrong for the original 1966 race winner.

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