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Fujimi 1/24 scale Ferrari 330 P4
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Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2018 - 09:58 AM UTC
Time to start a new build. Nothing heavy or overly complicated. So I thought it was a perfect time to build the Fujimi 1/24 scale 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 that did battle with the mighty GT40 Fords. The kit isn't really a factory 330 P4, but rather the NART customer car, and therefore a 330 P415. The kit itself is a semi curbside with no suspension, no engine, but just enough to fools one eye.



My goals are for a killer pre-race finish. Work has started with the front wheels, and a little of the interior, but not enough for any real update. And speaking of updates, there won't be that many on this build.

Going to be mostly OOB. Gravity paints with the correct shade for the 1967 330s, and IndyCal decals.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 10:39 PM UTC
Well, here I am again Joel!

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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 11:52 PM UTC
Interesting! I have that same kit waiting to be started - I was planning to Do a yellow version of it, the Belgian Ecurie Francorchamps livery, but I may need different wheels and other stuff....
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 01:14 AM UTC
You got me following Joel, my kit of this car is sailing by slow boat from Japan together with a 246GT Dino.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 02:23 AM UTC

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Well, here I am again Joel!




Russell,
So glad you'll be along for the ride. this build will be short ride by time, but certainty a relaxing and enjoyable build

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 02:39 AM UTC

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Interesting! I have that same kit waiting to be started - I was planning to Do a yellow version of it, the Belgian Ecurie Francorchamps livery, but I may need different wheels and other stuff....




Hans,
I'm by no means a Ferrari expert, far from it, I'm more of a Ford man for endurance racing 1960s style. One thing I did notice is that there is 3 different type of wheels associated with the 330s for 1967 give or take a year or so. The most common wheel is the Gold 5 spoke stare wheel with Aluminum knock offs. Here's a picture of one of the Yellow cars after restoration, so the wheels are MOST LIKELY right. One thing that is wrong is the mirrors over the front wheels.




Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 02:46 AM UTC

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You got me following Joel, my kit of this car is sailing by slow boat from Japan together with a 246GT Dino.



Luciano
Welcome my friend. I've found out from 1st hand experience that the trip from Japan to California and out of customs takes about 3 wks, so I'd imagine you need to tack on another good 10 days or so as your package needs to get across the pond.

Joel

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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 02:55 AM UTC
Hi Joel - thanks for your input. I have seen one on light blue alloy rims, too........Probably impossible to get hold of now, in 1:1 as well as in 1:24! Pretty car, whatever the wheels!
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 04:15 AM UTC

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Hi Joel - thanks for your input. I have seen one on light blue alloy rims, too........Probably impossible to get hold of now, in 1:1 as well as in 1:24! Pretty car, whatever the wheels!




Hans,
I guess that once you buy a Ferrari ex-team car, you can shoe it anyway you want to. All depends on just how many wheel sets you have available for endurance racing as they have to all match.

I'm a purist by nature, so a Yellow 330 P4 just looks really odd to me.


Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 05:30 AM UTC

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Hi Joel - thanks for your input. I have seen one on light blue alloy rims, too........Probably impossible to get hold of now, in 1:1 as well as in 1:24! Pretty car, whatever the wheels!




Hans,
I guess that once you buy a Ferrari ex-team car, you can shoe it anyway you want to. All depends on just how many wheel sets you have available for endurance racing as they have to all match.

I'm a purist by nature, so a Yellow 330 P4 just looks really odd to me.


Joel



Got to agree here a 330 in yellow does look odd, I'm all for other Ferrari's in yellow as Yellow is there correct colour the red being the national racing colour for Italy, just as white is for the US, Green for the UK and silver for Germany.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 06:44 AM UTC
Yellow is Belgium's racing colour, used by the Ecurie Francorchamps for many years, Also seen on Daytonas and BB's. I believe it was also used on F1's
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 08:36 AM UTC
You've really turned into a full-time car modeller ! Good choice of subject, Ferrari have always been top-notch when it comes to design.



Magnus
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 08:42 AM UTC

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Yellow is Belgium's racing colour, used by the Ecurie Francorchamps for many years, Also seen on Daytonas and BB's. I believe it was also used on F1's




Hans,
I was always under the impression that the team colors stayed the same.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 08:45 AM UTC

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You've really turned into a full-time car modeller ! Good choice of subject, Ferrari have always been top-notch when it comes to design.



Magnus



Magnus,
For now I certainly have. But I do plan on one special Aircraft build per year no matter what. I'm going to start to thin out my aircraft stash of at least the doubles and a few triples I have.

Ferrari's prototypes have always been the class of the field. And with those V12s singing it was just music to my ears. I saw and heard them run in the late 60s at Daytona and Sebring.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 10:07 PM UTC
another great subject Joel.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 01:16 AM UTC

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another great subject Joel.



Jesper,
A Icon for sure. Now I just how to do it justice.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 02:51 AM UTC
You are on a masterpiece binge, Joel!

Great car and a good enough kit in the right hands! I'm anticipating some delight!

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 07:50 AM UTC

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You are on a masterpiece binge, Joel!

Great car and a good enough kit in the right hands! I'm anticipating some delight!

Cheers!
Gabriel



Gabriel,
thanks for the vote of confidence. It's not a huge part count kit, but an oldie for sure. I'm almost ready for my 1st update with the completion of the cockpit. Just a few more work sessions to go.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 05:45 AM UTC


... bought already my ticket for the race track, expecting not less than another masterpiece while on the way I will follow your build...

Th mas
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 05:54 AM UTC
I am going to watch this with interest. Always loved the looks of the P330
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 06:32 AM UTC

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... bought already my ticket for the race track, expecting not less than another masterpiece while on the way I will follow your build...

Th mas



Thomas,
Glad to have you along for the ride, but another masterpiece is a tall issue, as I don't think that either build so far comes anywhere near to that. But I'm trying.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 06:35 AM UTC

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I am going to watch this with interest. Always loved the looks of the P330



Darrell,
Welcome my friend. I'm really surprised at the number of Ferrari guys. I'm a Ford man myself. Fujimi's GT40 & GT40 MkII are both due at my door Tomorrow. Decals for both arrived on Monday, and the Gravity paints yesterday. So of course my next build will be another open wheel F1 car.

Joel
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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 08:26 AM UTC
Well, finally I have enough done for a 1sty update. Rather then starting with the bodywork & prep for painting, I decided to follow the instructions and start at the beginning , and so the cockpit was where I started the 330 build.

Fujimi's did an excellent job designing the cockpit, so it looks complete, is fairly easy to construct, and doesn't have any build issues.

With that being said, the chassis pan was primed with Tamiya Gloss Black, then followed with Alcad Flat Aluminum. The dash was just painted Tamiya Flat Black. The two seats which are molded as a bench needed some research to decide on the actual colors as they varied all over the place. I went with red leather seats with the side panels and center consul in black. I sealed the seats with Glosscoat, then a wash with Tamiya Black panel wash, as the Red usually gets quite dirty and grimy. Once dry, I sealed all the leather in a 50/50 mix of Gloss & Dullcoat, since the leather would still have a sheen to it.

Next up was the instruments on the dash. I carefully trimmed the bezels with Chrome Silver, then punched out each instrument separately with my UMM-USA punch set as I didn't want all that excess flash to deal with. When dry, I gave each a heavy coating of Micro Krystal Kleer. The Speedometer received it's gloss coat via Tamiya X-22 as I felt it was easier to work with in that oblong space. Then when everything dried, I glued up that sub assembly and installed it.

the rear cockpit bulkhead was painted with Tamiya gloss Red and when dry glued in place.

Finally, I used Fujimi's 4 point seatbelt and Harness assembly with PE latches. A little research as to the proper color was once again proving nearly impossible to pin point as most of the pictures I have are restorations. Belt colors vary from Black to Red to Blue. So I went with the default Fujimi Black.

The side panels to the pit where primed Tamiya gloss Black, the finished with Alcad Flat aluminum.





Next up I painted the pan Tamiya Nato Black as it has a much nicer scale effect to it. Then the lower suspension arms were painted polished steel. The bottom of engine pan was also painted Alcad flat Aluminum, while the bottom of the gearbox was painted with a 50/50 mixture of Testors Gold & Silver enamels.



Up next is to seal it, then a slight bit of weathering and dry brushing.

I test fitted the cockpit to the chassis, and the fit was dead on perfect.





Joel
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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:28 AM UTC
Joel -

Following this one for sure - I see it is up to your usual high standards of workmanship . Hope you have some red paint left over in case there is another Ferrari in your future -

Keep 'em coming - Richard
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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:34 PM UTC

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Joel -

Following this one for sure - I see it is up to your usual high standards of workmanship . Hope you have some red paint left over in case there is another Ferrari in your future -

Keep 'em coming - Richard



Richard,
So glad you're along for the ride. Not so sure about my high standards of workmanship, but I'm trying. That's for sure.

I also fixed the wrong post on the lotus Type 72E. Can't believe I did that.

So when are you going to start your bike build? I'm really looking forward to that one.

Joel