Record 1/43 Ferrari 365P2
Around $25.00 on the second hand market
Scott Van Aken
Resin with metal parts
The Ferrari P series were
sports prototype racing cars produced in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Enzo Ferrari resisted the move even with
Cooper dominating F1,
Ferrari began producing
mid-engined racing cars in 1960 with the
Formula Two 156, which would be turned into the
Formula One-winner of 1961.
Sports car racers followed in 1963. Although these cars
shared their numerical designations (based on engine displacement) with road
models, they were almost entirely dissimilar. The first Ferrari mid-engine
in a road car did not arrive until the 1967
Dino, and it was 1971 before a Ferrari 12-cylinder engine was placed
behind a road-going driver in the
365 GT4 BB.
The first of the P series was the 250P. This evolved into
the 275P and 330P which basically had larger engines, but with the same open
body style. The 250LM was built as a closed car in hopes of being eligible
for the GT series, but insufficient cars were built to meet that
specification. The 250LM did provide Ferrari's last win at LeMans in 1964.
With some changes in chassis and body, the 275P2 and
330P2 with the final car in the series for customers being the 365P2. After
that, other cars had quite different body styles.
car kits are all superbly cast and while the company is no longer in
business, their kits can still be found without too much effort. Of
course, there is a problem when buying kits that are 15-20 years old
or so and this one has issues that were unknown when I first got the
kit a year or so back. This was one of several that I picked up for
about $25 each (which is cheap by modern standards).
But first the kit. The resin bits are the upper body and the lower
chassis plate which also includes a nicelyl done interior. Four
resin wheel inserts are provided and there is a plastic steering
wheel. The two fender fuel fillers are in cast metal. There are four
cast rubber/vinyl tires, one of which has a lot of flash. There are
two metal axles and body screws along with four turned aluminum
wheels. A photo etch windscreen wiper is provided and the windscreen
is in vacuformed plastic. Mine is a bit yellowed, but that happens
with age. There are supposed to be two clear resin headlights and
two clear resin turn signal covers. Not only has the resin yellowed
considerably, but half the bits were missing. Not good as
duplicating those will be difficult.
While I think these kits should have instructions and a decal sheet,
none was supplied with mine. Since it is a racing car, this one
should be one of a bewildering number of shades of Ferrari Red with
only roundels and numbers as well as the Ferrari logo on the rear of
the front fenders and forward hood.
While I am bummed out by the missing 'clear' bits and the lack
of decals and instructions (which means I can't enter it in the
club's OOB competition), the only part that will be difficult is
the lights. I've asked about this on the forum and have gotten a
lot of good ideas, none of which are as easy as simply gluing in
the ready to go clear items! Though not as well known as some of
the other Ferrari sports racers, it is an important part of
Ferrari's racing history and deserves to be in any 1/43 racing
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