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1/12 FORD GT40 Mk.II w/Full Interior
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Product Link on the Meng Website
Meng has had this kit in the forthcoming pile for a while, and it looks like, from the information we received today - that it may give the Trumpeter kit of the same subject a proper run for this money - the famous Ford GT40 Mk.II from the 1966 Le Mans 24h driven by Ken Miles. A very popular subject (and a movie star to boot), this model has piqued interest with a lot of people who aren't even car modellers.

The newest features from the kit (updated 14/11/20)
The latest information on this kit shows us the full deal in full colour, with all of the features of the kit illustrated in the pictures below...

All of the underneath exposed, front hood off, doors open and rear engine bay opened up...
The front hood space, showing the spare tyre and the straps used to secure them in place
These straps are made of a very fine cloth that looks pretty good in 1/12th scale scale
These straps are also used for the seat harness of the driver with metal buckles...
The rear of the GT40 showing the large metal mesh engine covers at the back of the car...
Twin exhausts popping! A very sexy be-hind on this car indeed...
The chromed-metal parts included for the door handles are shown here...
An illustration of the engine compartment opened and closed to illustrate the range of movement.
The same with the doors...
The whole thing in a expanded view - not bad at all, we are looking forward to seeing this in more detail...
Previous news on this kit: (updated 09/11/20)
Previous parts of the model have shown the colour moulded parts of the kit in their full glory. The large size of this kit is beginning to become apparent as we look at all of the bits that reside under the body shell.
The whole thing under the body panels showing you all of the parts included and the intricate nature of the detailed assembly is here...
The details of the front suspension are improved by the metal springs and vinyl sleeves. A little painting will get an excellent mechanical look.
This is the more complex rear suspension. This large scale model has the advantage of having so many details which layer upon layer like the real thing adding depth and interest underneath as well as the outer shell.
The steering wheel is linked to the front wheels.
Electroplated parts and decals on the centre console and instrument panel are outstanding
The photo-etched parts are easy to install and the result is excellent.
The two front seats are designed with digital sculpting to have realistic texture.
Water and oil hoses of the engine are represented by the more realistic vinyl parts.
Ford V8 engine with a displacement of 7L. Full of presence, you can imagine the sound from this in real life?
The large exhaust stacks of the 7L Ford engine dominate the rear engine bay, some of you may want to paint these to add your own heat marks to the largest feature to be seen under here...
Previous news of this kit:
The body shell is here, along with the doors and wheels for the car. It looks like the lower floor pan of the car, the front section and the rear engine cover are the three main parts of the kit. No exposed attachment points on the wheels there where the sprue is joined to them and doors that as expected, will open and close are just some of the features of this kit.
Some parts of the sprue, with distributor cap needing only wires, the big radiator to keep this nbeast cool and some of the suspension parts of the kit can be seen here...
This kit has pre-chromed parts thatsome will like, some will make their own chrome. Rocker covers, engine part cover, wheel parts, even the rear-view mirror is chromed ready to drop in. Hopefully the attachment points are hidden on the kit.
The aluminium and chromed wheels and tyres are on display int he photo below, you can see the "Goodyear" trye decals below that, as well as decals for the  instrument panel or dash as you like to call it.
The decal sheet of this kit. cars #1 & #2 from the team are here so some variation for modellers (or those that want to show two cars 😁. The famous cars of Ken Miles/Denny Hulme or the No.2 car of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon are depicted here. 
Ken Miles in his GT40 Mk.II at the 1966 Lemans 24 Hour race. This just happens to be one of the markings included in this kit...
...Also now included in the kit boxing is the rather schmick looking black car from the same race - the No.2 car of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon 
The air grilles of the kit are supplied in photo-etched metal, so these can replicate the correct thinness of the body metal or even damaged if you like - the harness buckles for the spare tyre are also supplied in metal parts here. Notice that none of these parts are connected to anything around them, stuck in place by the sticky back that protects them, so there is no sanding or snipping to remove them.

Previous information on this kit from Meng:

MENG announced the plan of releasing model kits of the legendary Ford GT40 officially licensed by Ford Motor Company in 2019. Since then, Meng has received countless feedback from modellers and auto racing enthusiasts from all over the world. After the study and tests by the MENG team for almost one year, the first Ford GT40 product will be available soon.
This first product, RS-002 Ford GT40 Mk.II ’66, is a 1/12 scale model kit prepared for modellers. It has all the features of a classic plastic assembly model kit.
Besides the large size of the car which offers great visual impact, you will get more from this RS-002 model kit. Our design team hopes to present more details and more realistic experience in this large scale model.
This MENG RS-002 Ford GT40 Mk.II ’66 features not only an impressive size but also unparalleled fine details. More exciting news will be revealed later.

Build Review Pt.II: Meng's 12th scale Ford GT 40 Mk.II 1966 Le Mans

Part two of Gary Wickham's build guide for Meng's 12th scale Ford GT 40 Mk.II 1966 Le Mans is with us. Today he further details the interior and improves on the already very nice kit with a host of extra details and custom enhancements. See how he makes it look so good (and so easy) in part II of his story...

Build Review Pt.II: Ford GT 40 Mk.II 1966 Le Mans
From Meng
Kit No #CS-004
1/12th scale
Previous parts of this build:

Today: Build Guide Pt.II: Meng's 12th scale Ford GT 40 Mk.II 1966 Le Mans

The new movie Ford v Ferrari, starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, dramatizes the true story behind one of the most famous car races of all time: the 1966 edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the film’s title suggests, the endurance race was essentially a battle between the American and Italian automakers, and their cars: the Ford GT40 Mark II and Ferrari 330 P3.
Now I'll be the first to admit that I'm not normally a car modeller, however this story really interested and inspired me. I naturally wondered if a model of the Ford GT40 Mk.II was available and came across the new offering from Meng, in 1/12 scale no less. My normal aircraft scales of 1/48 and 1/32 are tiny compared to 1/12 but I was motivated and keen to try something a little different. So come along with me on a journey of discovery as I see how many of my aircraft modeling skills will be of use in the world of car modelling :)

My very first step on any new modelling project is to hit the books (or in this case the internet). Luckily it turns out the Ford GT40 is pretty well documented and the very car that Ken Miles and Denny Hulme (No. 1) drove in 1966 is preserved in a museum today. As a way of helping any of you who may also be wanting to build a GT40 I've compiled a short list of the most useful (and interesting) videos and photos I found in my search:
Each of these links provides useful glimpses of different parts of the GT40 and it is these that I have used during my build.
I'm not sure why but I tended to jump all over the place with this build rather than just follow the kit assembly sequence. I think this was mainly because I on unfamiliar turf and wanted to understand how best to approach the build before committing to glue or paint. Dry fitting is the way I approach this "discovery" phase on my aircraft models so I figured that would be a good place to start. It was here that I started to realise one important engineering decision that Meng had made with this model. It is designed to be assembled completely glue free. This is designed to be achieved by the use of friction fit and screws where needed. I've come to realise since that this is a common technique used for these larger scale car models and is even employed by the likes of Tamiya.

As I was examining each major part of the model and comparing it to reference material I realised that there were several areas where some extra effort in detailing would be beneficial. I mean 1/12 scale really lends itself to super-detailing. It was in these spots that my build began. First up was the interior of the rear shell. The fastener detail here was quite pronounced on the real car.
To replicate the fasteners in 1/12 scale I punched out several 0.8mm discs from a sheet of 0.5mm black Evergreen plastic. I specifically used black so I could see my work more easily against the white kit plastic. This allowed me to visually check alignment and placement. There is no rocket science used here but I think you will agree worth the effort.
The Meng kit allows for each of the main body panels to be easily removable much like the real GT40. Even though the engine is in the back there is still a lot of interesting things going on in the front of the car. Using video walkarounds I was able to take screengrabs from different angles to give me a better sense of what things could be improved on the kit parts and what was fine to leave as is. One thing I did learn from my reading was that no two of these race cars was exactly the same, even though they all started life on a Ford production line. This means I've probably used a bit of poetic license in what parts I chose to tweak and what I didn't.
More fasteners were added to the kit chassis parts and some small surgery undertaken to better represent what I was seeing in the photos. These days I am a bit more careful to clearly mark with pencil which parts need to be cut away and which need to stay as is. A razor saw, sharp knife and rigid sanding stick were used to carefully remove the plastic and clean up as needed. One benefit I was starting to appreciate of working in 1/12 scale is that everything is so big and hence easy to work with.
A dry test fit of the main forward components including the radiator and more of the main chassis resulted in everything clicking into place. Large components are designed by Meng to be secured by screws of various lengths around the model which will allow everything to be painted first and then cleanly combined without glue messing this up.
Of course the more I looked the more small things I found that could benefit from simple enhancements. One example was the interior air ducts which were provided as plain holes in the firewall by Meng. To give some realistic depth I inserted some hollow tube on the inside and also applied some fasteners around the outside to dress this area up a bit.
While continuing my focus on the front I did some reading about the engine cooling system used by the GT40 Mk.II. This revealed a feature I had never heard of before, a "dry sump". You see the engine sump itself holds no oil. Rather an external tank, which is installed in the front compartment (away from the engine), holds the oil and uses high pressure braided hoses running the length of the car to carry the oil from the tank to the oil radiators (in the back) and then onto the engine itself for lubrication.
An illustration of the system for easier understanding...
Meng has done a nice job of molding the oil reservoir and provides various sizes of vinyl (flexible) tubing to replicate the high pressure hoses. I did not feel these looked at all convincing for areas where the real car had metal braided hoses as found on the oil tank and around the engine. I dug through my spares drawer and to my pleasant surprise found several bags of model car accessories I had collected many years previous when building some 1/20 Tamiya F1 kits. Amongst this stuff I found scale some braided hose which looked to be about the right size for what I needed here. 
Many of the connectors provided in the kit also looked a bit simplified for my taste and so I ordered a pack Top Studio connectors in assorted sizes so I could do some testing.
While thinking about braided hose I also looked into where else on the model I may need to ultimately swap out the vinyl kit hose parts. As you would imagine the engine and transmission is a maze of hoses. As yet I've not tackled this but in anticipation have ordered a few packs of the Tamiya 2.0mm and 2.6mm braided hose. Stay tuned ...
The real thing to show the model's accuracy
Another simple tweak was to add some cables to the battery (which sits in the passenger side footwell). I scratch-built the terminals and used electrical heat shrink in red and black for the cabling (which just run down the side of the passenger seat).
Like most racing cars, the brakes and the challenge of cooling them involves some considerable amount of design effort. As seen here, Ford's solution involved the use of flexible ducting hose to direct air directly onto the brake discs.
Meng thoughtfully provides flexible ducting hose to allow the modeller to reproduce the look of the real car. Unfortunately, unlike the real car, the hose provided by Meng has no rigidity to stop it from kinking, which is exactly what it does when fitted to the model parts. I scratched my head about how to fix this for some time, trying a number of solutions. In the end I put the kit part aside and made my own from some old TV coaxial cable wrapped in copper wire to simulate the ribbing.
The major downside of my solution is that the wheels can no longer turn (as the new ducting is fixed and won't flex). The upside is that for a static model like this I don't feel that it really matters.
After trying and failing to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its GT40 race cars in 1964 and 1965, Ford decided it needed a more powerful weapon for the 1966 event: enter the famous 427-cubic-inch big-block race engine, which replaced the highly stressed 289. This engine made as much as 485 horsepower, depending on how it was tuned. Comparing the Meng engine and transmission to photos I found that not much of any significance needs to be corrected.
Small details such as replacing some of the molded-on transmission bolt heads with larger punched hex ones and adding some plastic card to cover up visible gaps etc are easily done and help to spruce things up.
Next stop on my tour of the GT40 was the rear suspension. With the body of the car removed the engine and suspension are front and center and any thing that is not quite right in this spot will be immediately noticeable.
Meng have done a respectable job of reproducing all the major suspension components. The one thing however that screamed at me when I finished assembly was the 1:1 scale Phillips head screws holding it all together. These really detracted from the overall effect and a solution to deal with them had to be found. These really detracted from the overall effect and a solution to deal with them had to be found.
My first approach was to convert the Phillips screw heads into hex bolt heads. For this I cut out some hexagons from 0.1mm plastic card and these were super glued to the top of each screw head. Using this hexagon shape as a template I then secured the screw shaft in a vice and filed down the shape of the round screw till it matched the six sides of the hexagon. This actually worked out pretty well, yes it was time consuming and labour intensive but these are the things we sometimes do for our hobby. I was fairly satisfied that this would be how I dealt with the screw heads, even if it was not perfect, it was better than doing nothing (Yes, I did look into sourcing actual scale hex bolts as well).
As it turned out, a few days later I was speaking to some actual car modellers about my challenge and they had some other suggestions on how I might deal with the Phillips head problem. One idea, which I found to be very suitable for most of the suspension screws, was to simply recess them into the plastic parts where possible. This solution was both easier than my hex head conversion and resulted in the part looking much closer to how Ford handled this on the real car. A true win - win.
In addition to the main suspension parts (with their screw heads) many of the ancillary parts, such as the anti-sway bars, have some form of fastener to hold them together whilst still allowing movement. These are not candidates for the head recess method, nor are they held together by metal screws in the kit.
For these smaller rods, which are not load bearing, Meng has settled for a super simple press fit solution (as shown in the right side photo). I purchased some generic plastic Nuts and Bolts from Meng (which was a coincidence) and mounted these on some thin brass wire. I cut away the kit nipple and drilled a hole in the end of the shaft into which the new nut head slides. This allows me to insert them (and secure with glue) once I am ready for final assembly.
On many of the larger (thicker) plastic parts Meng has taken the option to mold them with cutouts, presumably to avoid sinkholes and problems with the injection molding process. In the case of the rear suspension mounting bracket the top of this will be visible on the finished model and so I used some epoxy putty (Apoxie Sculpt) to fill this rather deep cavity. Using sculpting putty is a good option for jobs like this as it can be smoothed before it dries with wet fingers and when dry sanded off and even drilled.
At this point I was running out of things I wanted to fix or enhance on the main chassis so I loaded up the airbrush with some grey primer. 
Stay tuned for my next installment where I get into the further interior detailing & painting stage.
Gary Wickham

Many thanks to Meng for providing me with this review kit. You can see more about Meng's kits on their website...
You can see more of Gary's Work on his ScaleSpot.com Website & his Facebook page.
Appendix: Instructions

*프라모델 및 프라모델관련 Detail-Up 엑세사리는 조립과 도색이 필요한 제품들로서 만 14세 이상의 소비자를 대상으로 판매합니다.
*택배사는 로젠택배 또는 우체국택배를 사용하여 배송하며.주문금액이 20만원 이상일 경우 무료배송이며,20만원 미만일 경우 배송비가 3500원 추가 됩니다.
*결제가 완료된 주문은 2-7일 이내 배송됩니다.
*예약상품과 같이 주문한 제품들은 예약상품 입하후 함께 배송됩니다.
*제품의 교환과 환불은 제품 수령일로 부터 7일 이내에 가능합니다.
*밀봉된 제품의 개봉 또는 조립중인 제품은 반품이 불가능합니다.
*소비자의 변심에 의한 교환 또는 반품인 경우 왕복 택배비는 고객이 부담합니다.
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