Monogram 1/24 scale IMSA Ford Mustang GTP

Jesper,
Thanks so much for stopping by and liking how the engine compartment is turning out. It’s greatly appreciated.
joel

Joseph,
Dead on assessment for sure. I’ve never gotten around to building another 956 or a 962c but they won’t be Tamiya detailed kits but rather the curbside Hasegawa kits as I want the engine cover on this time.

joel

Well, I’ve finally found the time to finish the driver’s compartment. Just way to many medical and family issues lurking in nearly every corner to hijack me away from the bench. Fortunately, most issues especially my personal health is now on the right but very expensive course. Getting old and then older truly sucks.
the driver’s cockpit’s 1st issue and it’s a major one is that Monogram has the instrument panel on the left side as well as the seat, which is usually correct for USA race cars, but in this case the IP and wheel (plus the seat of course) is on the right side.

so I had to flip the IP, wheel, and seat. None of which was particularly difficult to accomplish. The instrument bezels were painted in the came carbon fiber color as the rest of the dash and interior rather then the more traditional chrome as it’s function was to hold the plexi lens in place without creating a glare effect when the sun streamed into the pit. The seatbelts are actually Indy Cal decals that I thought were a dark Blue, but as you can see they’re more of a Purple. But being buried in the Pit, no one is going to really see them once the body is put on. The shift lever was molded with the shift linkage and was grossly out of scale and the knob wasn’t round, so I cut it off, and went with the very old technique of stretching sprue. The knob was just the sprue being dipped into white glue over and over again after the previous coat had dried enough for the next. The following day the knob was dipped a few times once again but this time in Enamel Gloss Black paint. The final result is a round gloss black knob. Now for me that’s pretty amazing. Added the 3 pedals and the fire extinguisher bottles painted in Testors Gloss Red.

I did manage to add two electrical wires to what I believe is the alternator located over the rear diff. I couldn’t find a single picture to verify this as accurate or not, so I left it as is.
joel

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Great job on switching sides with the steering wheel and IP Joel. Good to hear about your health issues taking a turn for the better. Hate to hear about the expense that goes along with that but that seems to be “usual and customary” these days. lol.
Good to see you back at the bench bud.

Joseph,
Thanks buddy so much for stopping by, it’s always greatly appreciated.

joel

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Always alot of fun to look in on your builds Joel. Looking forward to more pal.

Very neat L-to-R swap there Joel, looks great! Interesting that the alternator should be way back there, maybe just an “available space” decision.

Great to see you back at the bench, and especially good to hear that the health is improving.

Cheers, D

D,
Thanks for stopping by, and your thumbs up for what I’ve accomplished to date on the Mustang GTP car. As always it’s greatly appreciated.

I guessed the same as you as there just wasn’t any room on the engine for the alternator, which is strange in itself. But up until I ran across this application, I’ve never heard of one being put in the back by the rear end.

joel

Looks seriously good Joel.

Happy birthday :birthday:

Jesper,
Thanks so much for stopping by, it’s always greatly appreciated. And of course for the B’day wishes. Turning 75 still feels like I’m 74.
joel

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LOL!! If we could only turn back the hands of time!!

Hope you had a great Birthday Joel.

Joseph,
always glad when you stop by and check out my current build.

As for a great birthday, it was one of the better ones, and I’ve got 75 of them to choose from.

joel