The 250 GTO was produced by Ferrari from 1962 to 1964 for entry into the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car category. GTO stands for “Gran Turismo Omologato”, Italian for “Grand Touring Homologated.” The numerical part of its name denotes the displacement in cubic centimeters of each cylinder of the engine, Chief engineer Giotto Bizzarrini installed the 3.0 L V12 engine from the 250 Testa Rossa into the chassis from the 250 GT SWB and worked with designer Sergio Scaglietti to develop the body. After Bizzarrini and most other Ferrari engineers were fired in a dispute with Enzo Ferrari, development was given to new engineer Mauro Forghieri, who worked with Scaglietti to continue development of the body, including wind tunnel and track testing. Unlike most Ferraris, it was not designed by a specific individual or design house. 36 cars were made in 1962 and 1963. In 1964 a ‘Series II’ was introduced, which had a slightly different look. Three such cars were made, and four older ‘Series I’ were given a ‘Series II’ body. It brought the total of GTOs produced to 39. When new, the GTO cost $18,000 in the United States, and buyers had to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari and his dealer for North America, Luigi Chinetti. In 2004, Sports Car International placed the 250 GTO eighth on a list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s, and nominated it the top sports car of all time. Similarly, Motor Trend Classic placed the 250 GTO first on a list of the “Greatest Ferraris of all time”.
For the modeler: This review is based on the Revell of Germany version of the Ferrari 250 GTO in 1/24 scale. This is kit # 07077 and Revell rates this build as a Skill Level 5 for Very Challenging. The box is dated 2013 and I find no Copyrights on the parts themselves. Research does show at least one other box art for this kit from 2007 and the contents are the exact same with different decals so this is a Re-Release (REPOP) kit. The kit contains 202 parts molded in White, Black, Metal Gray, Chrome and Clear with Rubber tires and Metal springs. The instructions are very clear and well laid out, being a European model it is in multiple languages. The decals are crisp and high quality. You get 3 Race car versions or Stock decals. The parts are free of most flash but the injection mounts are overly thick on many of the parts and will require extra work to remove. The motor is a 12 cylinder well detailed part. Build up is straight forward and the finished look is nice. Being a race car the interior is sparse but so was the real car. Not much about it, not even door panels. The body looks to be accurate and the lines are replicated nicely giving the correct look. Even though they nice in their own right he tires are very deeply molded and look out-of-place on this car. The rims are a multiple piece unit and are considered one of the highlights of the kit. A quick search online shows a few different upscale detail kits for this car. The kit itself is still available at online hobby stores. Contest builders can go nuts detailing this one for First Place! Overall size is roughly: Length: 7” Width: 2-3/4” Height: 2-1/2”.
Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; using floor polish to make spectacular window glass; making custom plates for your model; detailing the engine bay; dashboard detailing; paint mixing specs for authentic colors; realistic seat belts; authentic interior color scheme; door/hood hinge installation; headlight nacelle colors and detailing; window surround detailing; making realistic tires; engine construction and detailing; removing copyright scripts; suspension construction and detailing; making realistic tires; how to use Bare Metal Foil for trim; using setting solution for decal application; mold seam and ejector pin identification and repair; detailing the instrument panel; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this 19 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.
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