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MFH 1/12 - Maserati 250F

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This is my latest project completed over the Christmas period. It is the Model Factory Hiro 1/12th. kit of the Maserati 250F driven by J.M.Fangio which won the 1957 Monaco Grand Prix, Chassis Number: 2528.

 

First, some photos taken during construction of the model.

 

46326674471_28d798ca08_b.jpgIMG_0697 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

46405385451_3104bde980_b.jpgIMG_0007 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

46276473232_429df9a818_b.jpgIMG_0003 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

46276477782_b450891e0c_b.jpgIMG_0014 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

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44510146230_ef9160299d_b.jpgIMG_0026 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

45603358714_0df1b53e40_b.jpgIMG_0030 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

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It takes exceptional skills and perseverance to build any MFH kit, but they all can go straight to a museum on completion.

As this one surely will - superb !

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Next comes photos of the completed model. The body paint is Zero Paints Maserati Red from Hiroboy and the metal finish varies from polishing the white metal to various metallic paints but generally from the AK Extreme Metal range.

Some additional pipework has been added to the model and the only modification I made to the kit was to replace the etched steel fuel tank retaining strap. It was far too stiff to follow the contours of the tank and was intended to be retained  by a small spigot each end glued in to a hole in the chassis bracket below the tank. I replaced this with a strip of brass 0.25mm x 3mm, annealed before bending to shape with a 12BA cheesehead bolt soldered to each end. The bolts were then passed through the chassis brackets and retained with a washer and nut. Not only did this method look more realistic but also performed the practical function of holding the fuel tank in place.

 

45414197735_c153f094fd_b.jpgIMG_0041 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

32454898768_3f6b854157_b.jpgIMG_0044 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

32454902818_da0bc9447b_b.jpgIMG_0049 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

32454899468_f62514a1e0_b.jpgIMG_0046 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

45469372725_ac68f0a5ba_b.jpgIMG_0061 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

46326741771_3623763b34_b.jpgIMG_0053 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

45469372325_8aacb93fae_b.jpgIMG_0059 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

32509663668_4896c4329a_b.jpgIMG_0065 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

44564756160_b2af65e0f3_b.jpgIMG_0054 by shipbuilder2012, on Flickr

 

I hope you enjoy the photographs.

 

Chris

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That is just totally beautiful! Don't know what else to say really.

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Absolutely stunning 😮

There were some beautiful cars around in this era, and this is a great representation of one of them

 

Ian

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Wow! now that is just stunningly realistic! Nothing else can really make any difference to that statement IMO!

Thanks for showing - you must be really pleased with that one!

ATB
Rick

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Just fantastic! Absolutely beautiful work!

 

Keith

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Chris, that’s absolutely spectacular, and as close to the real thing as you can get. I got to know of the 250F for the first time when I had a close look at Nick Mason’s real car at the NEC a couple of years ago and was blown away by how good it looked. Yours has the same impact!

Jon

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Thank you all for your kind comments about my model. In my opinion the Maserati 250F is the most beautiful Formula 1 car ever built. I was 10 years old when Fangio won at Monaco and when I saw photos of the car in magazines that year it created such an impression that I still remember it to this day. As soon as I knew that Model Factory Hiro were producing a 1/12th. scale kit my order was in. Constructing the model was greatly aided by constant reference to Ian Wagstaff's book - "Maserati 250F - The Autobiography of 2528".

 

Chris 

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A thing of beauty you are building there, sir!😍

 

That is some amazing detail in the kit!🤩

 

Thank you for sharing.👍

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Simply blown away by this model - excellent

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I don't think that trying to pass off a real Maserati as a model is in the spirit of Britmodeller but it is beautiful none the less ;)

Edited by dadofthree

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Amazing detail, and as others have said, you cannot believe that isn’t the real thing. Fantastic.

 

inspires me to make a start on a 1/24 MFH Ferrari 330 P4 which I’ve just acquired.

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RRÂÂÂÂHH!!!

What a Beastly Beauty!!

I’d love to have one in the stash and on the bench!

 

Beautiful build!

Bravo!

 

Pascal:pilot:

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A fantastic Ferrari

I have had two 1/12 mfh kits and sold them on, don't get me wrong they are fantastic kits, just at that price I didn't think I had the skills to complete them to a standard I would be happy with.

Just shows what can be achieved if you have those skills

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I once got to see Chris Amon demonstrate the Southwards Museum 250F. That was probably about 1991, at RNZAF Ohakea. Saw that car again yesterday on display at the Southwards museum.

 

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What an incredible build, well done that man!! 🤩

 

 

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