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Revell 1:24 Ford GT Le-Mans

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Revell have a history of some very good race car kits in there 1:24 range, they have now produced a copy of the 2017 Le-Mans Ford GT. Ford re-released the GT road car a few years ago now to replicate the original GT40, but with modern luxury, and power. The GT was always a performance car so the cross over to the track is an obvious one. Revell have produced a road version as part of there ‘easy Click’ range and Mike has reviewed one previously. . This Le-Mans version is not part of the easy click range and is a fully detailed model kit and is officially licenced by Ford. The body is in 3 parts, (shell, rear section, and floor) with 7 sprues in white and some clear parts with some rubber racing slick tyres in the normal Revell end opening box.

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The parts are very crisp with no flash or mold lines and the detail is very nice. The rear section fits well on the shell and incorporates the roof. The way this is cast makes me think more versions of the GT will be produced in the future. The chassis is flat as expected on an aerodynamic race car and the  access panels are engraved on the parts.

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Construction begins in the cockpit, a single bucket seat is fixed to a well detailed tub, sometime detail painting the switches and controls will be rewarded as the interior will be visible through the windows when the car is completed. The harness for the driver is on the decal sheet to be placed on the seat. The engine is next on the build with the block and transmission in 2 halves, with heads, intake and pulleys added with the exhaust headers. All the paint codes are called out referencing to the Revell paint range. The engine is added to the lower chassis plate along with the interior tub completed earlier. The extensive roll cage come next, either side of the engine and interior this includes the front and rear inner chassis leg detail, with the fire wall and cross brace sandwiched between behind the driver’s seat. The dashboard spans the interior at the front and copies the real race part nicely with the flat top and bottom steering wheel with multiple controls and a screen on the top of the dash. As a mid-engine car under the front isn’t an engine, but the air intakes and radiators to keep it cool on the long race and the ducting is a single part so no awkward seams to fill and sand down the tubes. The suspension is multilink with upper and lower A arms front and back, the hub with nice brake disk details are added, with the final piped and inter coolers completing the chassis and interior. The wheels are nicely done and the multi spoke design popular with race cars, with this design being strong and very light. The tires are racing slicks with Michelin decals for the side walls, the front is narrower than the rear so check before sticking the wheels in place! The body needs painting white, with blue and the instructions show where to split the colours between the red, white and blue. The two sections come together before the glazing is added.

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The windows come packaged in separate bags, and have the black areas pre-painted onto them with the clear sprue only holding the front headlights and light covers, the rear lights come in red clear ready to add to the back

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the decal sheet is comprehensive and as expected well printed. There is lots of detail and small decals with all the sponsor logos and required safety decals for the car. You have a choice of 4 different cars to model on the sheet with the differences in decal placement covered in the instructions

A nice addition to the Revell race car range in 1:24, having seen the car after the race it would look fantastic done and weathered in post-race condition!

 

 

Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit

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Thanks for the review. I had heard somewhere that this release differs from the previous one slightly as they removed the passenger seat to accommodate some electronics. Is this correct?

 

I'm still trying to acquire the kit but it is virtually impossible here in the States. I did manage to get some AM decals for the two special liveries that Ford ranger during the Daytona 24 Hour race earlier this year however.

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I'm waiting for someone to work out how to light up under the sail panels  - each car had its ident colour illuminated at night.

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12 hours ago, whiskey said:

Thanks for the review. I had heard somewhere that this release differs from the previous one slightly as they removed the passenger seat to accommodate some electronics. Is this correct?

 

I'm still trying to acquire the kit but it is virtually impossible here in the States. I did manage to get some AM decals for the two special liveries that Ford ranger during the Daytona 24 Hour race earlier this year however.

Zach,

What do you mean by previous release? This is the first race version that Revell have done although Profil 24 have done the 2016 version. There’s a nice build in RfI although the builder did have questions and reservations before he started:

Here’s the result:

 

Nick

 

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