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  • Lindberg Ferrari 250 LM

    I picked this kit up at a swap meet in the greater Toronto area a few years ago. If I recall correctly, I think I paid $3 or $5.

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    First Impressions…
    Kit body is detailed to about a 3 out of 5. The plastic is fair quality ABS – not too soft. There are no headlight cutouts – they are moulded in with no clear light covers, no details on the rear end and no true vent holes in front of the rear wheel wells. The only clear part is the one-piece window insert. The tires (on the unified tire/wheel parts) look like they are from an off-road pickup truck. I’m not even sure I will be able to easily use the wheels for inserts. They are fairly standard wire wheel Ferrari type. I will probably try to do one and if that goes well then I will use the rest. Otherwise I just may have to order some better quality ones from DArts Hobbies.

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    I was able to generate some very nice looking inserts using the kit wheels. Initially, I cut away the excess using a multi-tool with a cutoff disc, then trimmed and evened out the remaining piece using a hobby knife. Then I used the kit axle to hold the wheel in the chuck of my multi-tool and carefully, slowly sanded the wheel down to insert size. Then I cut the hub off using a hobby razor saw, sanded the backs so they fit true in the wheels and then painted them using a Molotow chrome silver paint pen.

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    Body is clamshell style. I trimmed away some of the flashing, glued the body top and bottom together and, once cured, cut away the floor using a multi-tool tool with a cutoff disc.
    I assembled the chassis, testing for body fit to get the proper wheelbase. Cut a piece of previously scavenged plastic tube for the front single point mount. Cut a block from some high density material I have on hand for the rear two-point mount. Attached the front post to the chassis and checked for height, then cut post down. Drilled and screwed the rear mount to the chassis. Test fit to the body – all good. Mixed up some JB Weld epoxy, applied it to the post and block. Fit the chassis into the upturned body, then removed the chassis to add a couple dabs of epoxy so that there was sufficient. Refit the chassis into the body and taped in place once I had it aligned. Let sit overnight before doing anything more.

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    I sanded some of the seam lines. Wiped the body down with a cloth and a bit of IPA (no, not beer, isopropyl alcohol). Then I sprayed a few light coats of Tamiya TS-8 Italian Red. To paint the front dash board matt black I used the windshield to draw a template on some painters masking tape. Then I cut out the curve with a hobby knife, transferred the tape to the car and applied two light coats of Testors matt black enamel. Once this was dry I installed the “glass” with a couple small dabs of model glue.

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    Decals were ordered from Pattos Place in Australia. I went with the generic Ferrari 250 LMs which includes the #21 car that won Le Mans in 1965, which is my target livery. Decals went on with no issues. The white roundels are opaque enough such that only one decal is needed to get a very good finish.

    Once the decals were done I installed the driver and black foam “floor”. I wired up a 3D printed screw guide copy with some Ninco copper braid and we are all set for some test laps.

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    Last edited by PetesLightKits; February 12, 2021, 12:28 PM.

  • #2
    Hi Pete,.......Nice Job ...........the Lindberg 250LM is certainly not the best version of this car, but, as you have shown, with a bit of work. it can be made into a good looking car !!

    From a purely "original" point of view, I can understand using the kit wheels as inserts, but, a set of Dart/RSSlot "wire" inserts would certainly make a big difference.

    Chris Walker


    • PetesLightKits
      PetesLightKits commented
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      Thanks Chris. During my research I realised that Lindberg had decided to omit a lot of detail, probably to keep costs and complexity to a minimum. The biggest thing being the rear window. I thought about opening up the front "holes" but decided against that just because I wanted to get the car done, and I kind of like retaining the flaws and simpleness of the model. The most challenging part was creating the mask and painting the dash board area matt black. However, it went surprisingly well. The wheels/inserts turned out so well - using Molotow chrome paint for the first time - I felt I just couldn't not use them.
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  • #3
    Agreed, nice work. These Lindberg kits are inexpensive and pretty available. They make runner slot cars, and if you really want to open vents/scoops and scratch build rear panel details etc you can have a nice car with an inexpensive initial investment.

    I have a few of these, and I like yours!
    Come Race at The Trace!
    Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN


    • PetesLightKits
      PetesLightKits commented
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      Thanks Chappy. I love finding these at swap meets. Once we get back to racing I'll take this out for a few laps at my fellow slot car track owner's tracks. It's a small model and probably won't be competitive, but certainly will be a pleasure to "parade" lap around.
      Last edited by PetesLightKits; February 12, 2021, 01:15 PM.

  • #4
    Very nice build. I built one from the old MPC. 1/32 kit.


    • #5
      Nice job Pete!

      You certainly now have a silk purse from what could be certainly described as a sow's ear!

      Well done!



      • #6
        I love that. Excellent work.

        This is what I had in mind when I just made the jump into slots. I bought a pair of vintage A-Jet chassis to use with Aurora kits, but don't need to go that route with other things in mind.

        What chassis did you use?


        • PetesLightKits
          PetesLightKits commented
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          ausf, Thank you. The chassis rear section is a PCS32 inline and the front section is my own design 3D printed Better Chassis. I have a Better Chassis rear section that is sidewinder configuration but there wasn't enough room for that to work in this model.

        • chappyman66
          chappyman66 commented
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          The 3DP option gives you whatever chassis you like. Inline, AW, SW. But these cars are pretty narrow for anything but an inline if you want wider tires. I like me running mine with other narrow tire vintage cars.

      • #7
        Nice looking 250 LM, Pete!



        • #8
          Thanks again for the feedback. Next up is a project that has been in the works for a long time. From one of the last IMSA GTP-era races that I attended, the 1991 Joest Porsche 962C at Watkins Glen...

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          Stay tuned...



          • #9
            excellent looking car, one to be proud of for sure