GB 60 red years: F40 LM 1:16

Martin S
08-18-2007, 06:09 AM
For the grup build I have started this Fujimi 1:16 Enthustiast Kit of the "F40 Competizione 1989" like Fujimi likes to call it.
I'm not sure what this kit really wants to represent since it is a bit schizofrenic. Under the body it is a regular F40. The intercoolers are too small, the front subframe and A-arms are different etc. Easiest way for fujimi I guess.. The body is not really exacly true to the F40 LM:s I have reference photos of. Especially the duct in the front hood is a bit different and it lacks a NACA duct. I have concluded that it represents the first Michelotto built prototype of the LM.
I will try to make it as true to the real LM:s as possible.

I have absolutley no illusions of finishing until the deadline just so you know :wink:
So here we go:
The body is prety nicely molded. Unfortunatley the front hood is attached to the monocoque:

A lot of parts to glue together:

So to start the detailing I cut of the front clip of the body. This is not hinged on the real car, just attached the front by a few fasteners.

Martin S
08-18-2007, 06:22 AM
The lower part of the windshield frame needed to be reconstructed and attached to the rest of the body. I decided to try to recreate the original "tub" or "wiper tray" or whatever it is called as close as possible. First i made a masking tape template and cut out this part:

This was the glued to the window frame and the door sills:

Then the really difficult stuff began. I have no idea how I managed to cut the shape of this part to fit the windowframe but I got it spot on and also managed to glue it in place as well..

It was then trimmed down to fit under the hood.

That's all for now.
Next update I will start with the front subframe.

08-18-2007, 07:01 AM
Great start!!! I knew this kit was great from some friends, and seems you know very well what you're doing Martin! I'll follow this tightly with great interesting!

08-18-2007, 08:24 AM
I have no doubt that this is going to be a great thread to follow :thumbsup:

What's this?!?! No customized backdrop for your photos?!? :D

08-18-2007, 12:46 PM
I have no doubt that this is going to be a great thread to follow :thumbsup:

What's this?!?! No customized backdrop for your photos?!? :D

Yep!!! I don't want follow this one until you set up a custom backdrop LOL!!!

08-18-2007, 02:22 PM
Definately, another fun one to watch.

I have the street version of this kit for someday when I'm feeling brave. But you've certainly done well with the 959, so I'm looking forward to watching you bring this one along too.

Nice idea and nice work on the wiper tray.

Martin S
08-19-2007, 11:00 AM
Thanks guys !
The custom backdrop will have to wait for my printer to work again :banghead:
Hope you can stand the current background for a few more updates..

The front of the chassis is the part that differs most from a std. F40.
Since this kit is more or less a F40 with different body I decided to scratch build the whole front end.

This is what I started with:

And this is what I want to achieve:

I started with cutting out the thick subframe and started to reconstruct a new one:

Looks a little better doesn't it:

Next update I will finish the subframe and tackle the radiator which is completley different from the std. F40. (you can actually see it in the last pic..)

08-19-2007, 12:26 PM
Nice work!

08-19-2007, 01:29 PM
I just love it when you do your "plastic magic" :D :thumbsup:

08-19-2007, 04:43 PM
Wow! This work looks superb so far! I'm following closely!

08-20-2007, 01:40 AM
I waited for this thread for 10 years, i love this car, love this kit, now I will love the end result also.

Martin S
08-20-2007, 02:48 AM
Only 10 years? :)
Well it is a pretty rare kit I guess.
I think I got the last kit from HLJ when I ordered it 1/2 year ago.
Very nice kit overall, especially the engine looks good, but it needs a little work in some areas as you can see. As a Fujimi 1/16 tradition the doors have rediculously bad fitment for example.

Martin S
08-21-2007, 03:41 PM
To make the new radiator I started with three pieces of styrene that will be the base and end pieces.

I then glued on a sheet of mosquito mesh that I found. The pattern is a little bit to big, so I glued on another
sheet just a little bit out of phase with the forst one to create a finer mesh pattern with a bit of depth.

This was done on both sides.

Then I cut out some side pieces and inlet and outlet pipes to the radiator.

To finish it I rounded of the edges and attached some some brackets and locating pins.

This is how the locating pins attach the bottom of the radiator to the subframe by some brackets,
just like It's done on the original. The pins will of course be cut to the right length.

The front subframe is now finished an can be attached to the rest of the chassi:


Not too far from the reference pic in the last update I think.

08-21-2007, 04:06 PM
Martin your job are insane :D . You're quite good with plastic.

BUT I expected at least 16 cylinders from your beast :D

08-21-2007, 04:41 PM
Fantastic Plastic :)

08-22-2007, 01:00 AM

that is great !!!

Fantastic scratchbuilding !!

08-22-2007, 03:23 AM
Ambitious project, I am very interested to see what you can do. The scratch building so far looks great

Martin S
09-09-2007, 08:51 AM
The kit brake discs looked decent, but there were no ventilation channels so I decided to make new ones.
The calipers are also rediculous for such a big scale kit. They are not visible from the outside !
This means that when you look through the spokes of the wheel there will only be a brake disc, no caliper.
But more on the calipers later. Now on to the front discs:

First I made 4 discs out of styrene by just rough-shaping by a knife, then drilled a hole through all four discs.
Then I bolted them together with an M2 bolt and nut which I put in a drill machine and sanded them circular.
Then I marked the ventilation holes (pic 1).
I drilled a pilot hole and inserted a small pin to keep all four discs exactly positioned (pic2).
And then there was a whole lot of drilling.. but the nice thing is you get 4 identical discs.
This also means any mistake is aslo visible on all four ;)
In pic 4 you can se the intermediate piece, the ventilation channels, of the discs.

The finished result, also with a center piece:

09-10-2007, 04:14 AM
WOW! Your scratchbuilding skills are amazing! You are one of many with hands of a surgeon for custom model work! Keep us updated!

09-10-2007, 01:24 PM
i was in ore reading through the scratch build radiator and front struts but those disc brakes are amazing nice work :eek2::eek2:

09-11-2007, 01:31 AM

Martin S
11-25-2007, 07:48 AM
Long time, no update!
But this weekend I found some motivation to carry on with the LM...
Last update covered the discs. The kit calipers were useless, so I had to cast some new ones.
The kit rear calipers are actually pretty decent, but they are only the inner half of the caliper, and are also cast together with the parking brake caliper.

So I decided to cast a few pieces of the useful half of the caliper.
I used modeling clay as a mould and cast the calipers in plaster. Poor mans resin ;o)
But works really well, dires fast and is very easy to work with afterwards.
The first tries looks a little rough but they are very easy to sand to a nice finish.

The caliper halves were cut out to fit around the disc:

The rim interfered with tha caliper so I had to sand the rim on the inside.

Next problem was that the disc was way to far on the inside of the rim.
This I had to correct by drilling out the disc so that the center part of the rim actually goes thhrough the disc:

Then a distance ring was made to be able to attach the disc to the front hub:

The finished result:

11-25-2007, 07:55 AM
Wow, nice scratchbuilding! Great job on the brakes. Looking forward to updates.

11-25-2007, 01:43 PM
Killer work, Martin!

I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve for this build :)

03-13-2008, 11:27 AM
I love this kind of work, I am fan of modifications. Congratulations! Fantastic.:smokin: :iceslolan

03-13-2008, 12:37 PM
Impressive scratch-building. Your technique is something worth a copy when in need. Keep it up!


03-14-2008, 03:58 AM
Damn, nicely done! Plaster eh? Who would have thought...

Martin S
05-28-2008, 11:48 AM
I'm still working on the F40, although the progress is a bit slow.
Right now I'm working on the engine.In the F40 the engine is quite visible when you open the engine bay so I wanted to make it quite detailed.
Fujimi has made a beautiful engine as always in their 1/16 models.

Added some fuel pressure regulators and a fuel rail:

The intake manifold:

Most work of all was spent on the turbos.
Fujimi has made a big mistake in the turbo instalation on this kit. The exhausts go from the manifold into what looks like the compressor part of the turbo. The exhausts then exit the same turbine radially and continue into the intercooler ! (upper left pic) Ooops.. :screwy:
What is supposed to look like the exhaust turbine has no inlet at all, but just an outlet axially to the exhaust system (upper right pic)...

This had to be corrected:

The final installation position:

The wastegate Y-pipe was detailed with a spring-loaded expansion joint:

And how the powerplant sits in the chassi:

05-28-2008, 04:03 PM
Excellent progress, the engine looks great!

05-28-2008, 04:10 PM
Great job martin also on the engine, one of my preferred powerplant, you'll feel a lot of fun detailing it.

05-29-2008, 12:06 PM
were shocked by your work.

05-29-2008, 03:08 PM
Excellent!!!! Keep them coming!!!

-- william

05-30-2008, 02:15 AM
Can't believe that I missed this thread until Page 3!

Superb work Martin; your scratch-building skills are wonderful.


Martin S
06-05-2008, 03:12 PM
Update time.
I am still working on the Turbo setup.
I realized I had to modify the Wastegate. It has a very visible place in the engine compartment and the Fujimi kit has the stock F40 wastegate:

Which doesn't look anything like the F40 LM wich is much bigger and polished:

I began with cutting some pieces of aluminum tubing, and made the flanges from styrene sheet:

And the result after some Alclad II chrome. I will fix the angle later:

06-06-2008, 03:39 AM
Great attention to detail, Martin. The wastegate looks like a perfect match and the Alclad finish is perfect.

06-06-2008, 05:16 AM
Very nice!

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