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1/24th Fujimi Ferrari 250 GTO


CrateCruncher
04-28-2012, 10:02 AM
This kit has been out for 2 or 3 years now and yet when I search the internet I can't find much buid activity. Has anyone built the thing and have an opinion. Does anyone have a link to a descent WIP? Thx.

lovegt40
04-28-2012, 10:25 AM
sė, I did, but never posted pics here.
Imho is the best plastic model of the 250 GTO around, and I've build nearly all.Just miss the MFH cause too expensive.
Becomes stunning with brass borrani wheels.I used the ones from Mg Model plus.

F1Tommy
04-28-2012, 10:50 AM
I also think this is the best plastic model of the 250GTO. I also think it has the best body of any 1/24th 250 GTO kit on the market although the rear end looks slightly off as the kit was based off a very good GTO replica. Hobby Design makes a nice transkit for it also. Main drawback are the AVON tires and limited engine detail. It should have Dunlop Racing tires.

Tom Tanner/Scale Designs/Ferrari Expo 2013-Chicago March 2013

CrateCruncher
04-28-2012, 11:20 AM
sė, I did, but never posted pics here.
Imho is the best plastic model of the 250 GTO around, and I've build nearly all.Just miss the MFH cause too expensive.
Becomes stunning with brass borrani wheels.I used the ones from Mg Model plus.

Do you have any pics available? Were there any fit problems? The old Gunze clear parts are rubbish IMO, as are the metal headlight bezels. How are the clear parts? Did you use aftermarket photoetch? If so, who's and how did it fit? I can't believe after so much time there is so little build info available. I thought this site would be inundated with Fujimi GTO WIP's when this thing was introduced but I can't find jack! :eek7:

ICMF
04-28-2012, 01:05 PM
I thought Gunze's was based on a crashed/restored example, and Fujimi's based on a 'real' GTO?

I've got one and have done some fiddling with it, but no major construction. Basically, I got bored with my current projects a couple of months ago and did some body prep, chassis clean up and engine assembly on a bunch of Enthusiast kits (plus Hasegawa's 250TR). Honestly? I was a little disappointed. It's a lot more simplified and less detailed than the Enthusiast kits from the late 80's. Not just fewer parts (which isn't a bad thing), but the way the parts are tooled just seems a little more... toy-like. Shapes seemed simplified, not as many fine details, and connection points were clunky in a lot of places. Not that it's a bad kit - far from - but next to Fujimi's 512BB and Hasegawa's 250TR, it was noticeably outclassed.

That being said, the fit seems fine, which is a definite step up from a lot of enthusiast kits. And I were looking for another GTO model, it would still be my go-to kit, since it IS still way better than the injected competition, and so much cheaper than the multimedia kits.

lovegt40
04-28-2012, 01:26 PM
didnt took pics cause I made it when it was brand new and sold immediately as finished model.Fitting of the parts was very good (always be careful on fujimi, u know..).

The metal wheels are a nice improvement, even if they cost as the entire kit (payed in italy nearly 40 euros).

before this one, the nicest body (with a lot of minor mistakes) was the italeri one.Build some models using italeri body and all the under parts coming from protar.

Also Mg made a full resin kit,and they also sell apart the engine,but prices increases a lot too.Today they sella good selection of decal sheets providing nearly all versions in one bag.A must to have.

the best today remains anyway Fujimi box.
In pics Mg Model plus gto

http://multiply.com/mu/alsoldatino/image/1:soldatino/photos/37/600x600/10/DSCF0011.jpg?et=YNuxRwK8%2B6NsrzoyZ7lLyg&nmid=177857715

http://multiply.com/mu/alsoldatino/image/1:soldatino/photos/37/600x600/9/DSCF0010.jpg?et=939KZTHNdeVm5Ahm%2BrB4ow&nmid=177857715

hirofkd
04-28-2012, 11:53 PM
This is not mine, but here is a WIP I found online (from bottom to top)
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/bakatareken72/folder/846354.html?m=lc&p=2
And up to the finished model.
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/bakatareken72/folder/846354.html?m=lc&p=1

I haven't built mine yet, but Fujimi kit appears to have the fewest issues compared to Italeri, Gunze and Protar. As you can see in the first link, interior and chassis are fully detailed. But there are no details on the gear box and on the side of the oil pan, both of which will be unnoticeable once the model is finished (unless you look at the model from the bottom).
Another major let-down is the Avon tires, which lacks the plump appearance of the period-correct Dunlop.

Here's a parts comparison by yet another JP modeler.
http://modelcarshirobom.syanari.com/029-250gto/250gto-comparison.html

When the kit came out, I thought the nose looked a little too pointy, but after comparing with less distorted photos, the kit body looks accurate. Even if you aren't happy with the shortcomings, I think Fujimi kit is the best option to start with.

viperofoz
04-29-2012, 02:46 AM
I still haven't finished mine yet.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/obscurepizza/Ferrari%20250%20GTO/GTOfront.jpg


You can find a combined WIP thread with my250GTO and 250TR here :http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=917827

Regards, Dan

CrateCruncher
04-29-2012, 10:13 AM
Thanks for the helpful guidance and links everyone. I guess there is more out on the web than my searches turned up. That part comparison Hiro linked is AMAZING! Check it out. I've put it in my favorites to go back and look at some of the other kit comparisons when I have more time. Thank you HIRO! It must be nice to be able to read Japanese. There are so many things I have no access to in this hobby being only able to speak english.

I've been building ww1 aircraft recently and it's given me a chance to see how the other side (aircraft modelers) do things. The contrast is startling. When a new kit comes out there are at least 2 or 3 websites with in-box assessments with sprue shots and accuracy/quality comparisons. Over time there is usually a build thread for even the most obscure kits too. I've gotten spoiled!


Viperfoz, I was following your thread when it was being updated but you didn't mention anything about the model or what you thought of it. Since I have a chance to ask now, "What do you think of it?".

250 Testa Rossa
04-30-2012, 02:09 AM
I went out and bought mine a few months ago. I'm not opening it until I get the new decal sheet for it from Vintage Racing Miniatures decals.

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