Starfighter’s latest release is their sixth Ford GT decal sheet and features the four Ford GT-40 Mk. II factory entries from the 1966 12 Hours of Sebring. The sheet’s instructions state that the decals will fit on any 1/24 or 1/25 scale plastic or resin Ford GT Mk. II kit, and include PPG catalog number color callouts, plus some individual information to model each of the four cars.
I opted to use the Revell (ex-Fujimi) kit of the #98 GT-40 whose features included the “Gurney bubble” in the right door upper panel which allowed the 6’4” Gurney headroom in the car. Without a little plastic surgery to remove the bubble, that limited my choice of decals to the #2 Shelby American car or the #4 Holman-Moody one. I opted for #4.
All four Ford GT entries were painted in standard Ford factory colors….red, blue, white, and this one, painted Sauterne Gold (PPG43433), and all had black anti-glare noses. I used Tamiya X-31 Titanium Gold to approximate the Sauterne Gold.
Each of the car numbers to be applied to the deck lid has a separate pie-shaped section used to cover the air scoop on that side. I applied the decal to the deck lid first, then when dry, glued the scoop in place and applied the filler section decal over it. That section fit precisely, settled into place with MicroSol and even covered the mounting flange for the scoop itself. A little touch up to the black circle was all it needed.
Car #4 had air extractors behind each front wheel opening. The instructions note that decals are provided for them if the builder doesn’t want to cut holes in the model itself, but they didn’t appear on the sheet. I made my own with some black decal trim film.
I found a photo of the #4 car showing the sponsor decals on the sheet as applied to the machine so I finished my model likewise. I didn’t want to tape over the headlight and running light lens covers, so my model’s probably inaccurate in that sense. If readers see other mistakes in the car’s configuration, I’ll accept the blame for them.
If choosing to model the #4 car, I recommend applying the air extractor and Prototype “P” decals first, before applying the number decals to the doors. Space gets minimized there when using those plus the Autolite decals over the wheel openings.
All the decals were opaque, right on register, and conformed to all the body curves and lines well; they responded great to setting and solvent solutions.
I highly recommended this sheet, with its informative instructions and excellent quality decals. I appreciate the opportunity given me by IPMS/USA to review this sheet and enjoyed the brief trip it provided me from my normal world of aircraft to that of cars. A big thanks to Starfighter Decals and owner Mark Tutton for providing terrific decals for subjects perhaps not previously available.
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