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Old 09-06-2009, 10:42 AM   #1
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ESCI Ferrari 250 SWB

This something I've had on the go for a very, very long time but recently, I've managed to force myself to pretty much try and finish everything I[ve got started.

Let's get down to it...
Now I wouldn't say that this is a bad kit.
It has a nice engine, nice chassis/suspension details. It has a few missing elements but so do most others and a little scratch building won't kill you.
The thing is, the body is awful.
Mine (as well as about three others that I have) came with a horribly warped body. Not horrible in the sense that it was severe but horrible because it was a twist in three directions. Even after several dunks in next to boiling water, I couldn't get all the twist out of it.

This was when I first gave up on it.
Up until I started on the body, I had enjoyed playing with the chassis part.

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Here you can see on of the major flaws of the kit; incorrect windscreen trim.
This was done before I discovered the joys of Milliput White otherwise I would've filled it all it and rescribed it correctly.



The rear is near enough correct except for the rear wing arches and where they meet the door mirrors. Again, Milliput would've been great to fix this but alas, I had since sold all of my ESCI kits.





Front end doesn't look half bad except for the slightly mis-shaped grill.



Side profile isn't bad either but you can see where the curves aren't quite 100%



The not all bad chassis.
This was done and set before I started my GTO detailing otherwise I would've scratched similar parts for it as well.



And finally, the most convincing shot that hides the errors-ish (but doesn't hide my laziness)
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:02 AM   #2
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Re: ESCI Ferrari 250 SWB

Good job on a poor kit (IMO).
I'm glad to see one of these finished though.

Had 2 of these kits and just looking at those tractor tires made me sell them both cause investing on a set of MFH wheels is as expensive as buying the Italeri kit.
And as you said the body shape is off too.
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:07 AM   #3
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Re: ESCI Ferrari 250 SWB

Yup.
I came across a load of these in a local store closure and before I got hold of a few Italeri kits. I thought I'd give it a go, y'know, see how bad it could really be.
As I said, the chassis is actually quite good as is the engine but that body and the wheels really kills it.
In my opinion, not worth what they go for on Ebay (not that I'm complaining..)
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:28 AM   #4
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Re: ESCI Ferrari 250 SWB

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In my opinion, not worth what they go for on Ebay (not that I'm complaining..)
Neither do I, as I sold both kits on eBay!
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:13 AM   #5
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Re: ESCI Ferrari 250 SWB

They say you can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear but you've given it a pretty good try and come up with an excellent result from a questionable kit.

Well done - it's a credit to you.
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Re: ESCI Ferrari 250 SWB

Nice job on a less-than-stellar kit. A better set of wheels/tires would go a long way towards improvement.

Glad I lucked into a pair of Italeri 250 SWB's at shows in the past year for incredibly good prices
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Re: ESCI Ferrari 250 SWB

This kit is not bad for its age, but like you said, the body is simply awful. It is so wrong in so many ways! It doesn't even look like an SWB from some angles.
Having said that, I think you did a terrific job on building it, and it looks great.
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