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Ferrari 312B2 - Buenos Aires & Kyalami 1972

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It's been a while since my last update but I finally completed another build, or rather two builds!

Two versions of the same car, namely the early 1972 Ferrari 312B2 that competed in the Argentinian and South African Grand Prix of that season. Not 100% scratch builds this time as I used the Policar white kits but still a lot of adjustments and additions needed to create realistic representations of these cars.

Ferrari entered three cars in both races for Ickx, Regazzoni and Andretti. I chose the highest finishers being Jacky Ickx who finished 3rd in Buenos Aires and Mario Andretti finishing 4th in Kyalami. The Kyalami car stands out most as it had the 'untypical for Ferrari' wide nose and this was the only meeting were they actually raced it. It was tried on more occasions (Spain, Belgium) but only in practice, not in the race so the drivers were obviously not convinced.

The 312B2 certainly lost some of its elegance compared to the original 312B from 1970, but I think they are still cool looking cars, very seventies! The B2 only had two wins (Zandvoort 1971 and Nürburgring 1972) during its lifespan but that doesn't tell the complete story as it recorded seven pole positions and seven fastest laps so the speed was certainly there. Unfortunately reliability was not that good so the Ferraris often retired while in the leading group. Another 'what if' for Ferrari...

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For both cars I did the following changes compared to the white kit:

  • changed the rear wheels to wider alloy wheels (the Policars are really too narrow for these cars)
  • sanded down the inserts substantially so they fall deeper in the rim for a more recessed look
  • added lower suspension arms at the rear and rearrenged the battery and stuff around the gearbox
  • created the typical air scoops for the rear radiators
  • the mirrors have supports that stand further outwards compared to the mirrors in the kit (not perfect but it works for me and they are sturdy)
  • changed the drivers helmets to helmets from SRC

Specifically for the Argentina car:

  • cut off a part of the nose. The Argentina version has a shorter nose with a larger 'mouth', probably to improve cooling
  • changed the side panels of the rear wing. They were more pointier shaped in Buenos Aires.
  • added a tube that goes from the top of the rear wing to the gearbox, probably some sort of 'breather pipe'.

I had a good part of the decals covered by what I had from various suppliers but the race numbers, most noticeably the Argentina style YPF numbers and a few others I had to make myself. Another typical detail of the Argentina car is the absence of the Scuderia badges on the cars. Someone must have forgotten them!

As always this took me a lot longer than I originally anticipated but that happens when you start to add detail.

Anyway, I'm happy with the end result. Here's an overview of the building process and some atmospheric action shots.

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Thanks for watching.
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Both models are very nice. I am not sure but is the widernose version part of the white kit? Or is a separate body?
 

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The cars are magnificent!

And thanks for sharing the interesting photos of your work in progress. It's always so entertaining to see the building process.

Matt
 

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Both models are very nice. I am not sure but is the widernose version part of the white kit? Or is a separate body?
Grunz, the wide nose is a separate spare part which is interchangeable with the regular nose. There are also two rear wing options and different rear suspension arms so you can build alternative versions of the B2.
 

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Discussion Starter · #153 · (Edited)
Gilles Villeneuve’s ‘other’ company car, the 308 GTS.



When Gilles Villeneuve signed a new contract to participate in the 1978 Formula 1 season for Ferrari, he received this 308 personally from Enzo. Manufactured in 1977 as the second 308 GTS ever built, the car was originally used for developmental purposes and afterwards was refurbished, subsequently being used by the factory for the official 308 GTS brochure. Retained by the factory, the car was formally registered in Modena (MO 439235) and given to Gilles Villeneuve for his personal use.



Legend has it Gilles drove this very car from his home in Monte Carlo to the factory in Maranello in a scant two and a half hours. The 270-mile journey usually takes nearly twice that, meaning that Villeneuve must have averaged a speed of nearly 112 miles per hour (180 km/h) – and not on wide open expressways, either! Unbelievable perhaps, but if anyone could do it, Gilles could.
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I thought it would be nice to have this legendary car on my slot track so I decided to convert a Scalextric 308 GTB rally car to Gilles’s GTS. It’s not a real scratch build but it needed some work to make it look good. I used an Immense Miniatures figure head so the driver actually looks like Gilles.

It’s by far not perfect or 100% accurate but it comes close and looks great when driving around my track.









Gilles arriving at work. ;)



Thanks for watching!

René
 

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Discussion Starter · #154 ·
Upgrade Ferrari 312B3

Not a new build (I made this car some 5 years ago) but a few adjustments to improve the overall look. I was never really happy with the front suspension and the front wheels so I decided to give those another try.

Front wheels were easy this time by using the Policar B2 wheels. As I did with the B2 builds, I sanded down the inserts and wheel rims to have a more recessed look. For the front suspension and cooling ducts, I used parts of a Scalextric 312T2 suspension and painted it silver. Looks much better now.

I also changed the rears by SRC wheels with Ortmann tyres. Better performance and the stance of the car is also better now.

Here are a few photos of the B3 in action.













Bye bye...



Cheers,
René
 

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Salut René,

Magnific work ! As usual ...
Considering the astonishing quality of your work, may I suggest you to repaint Niki's helmet, using fluorescent red instead of the same brilliant red of the car body ?
Afterall, you are always looking for the best !
Congratulations again !
Cheers !
André Acekr.
 

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Salut René,

Magnific work ! As usual ...
Considering the astonishing quality of your work, may I suggest you to repaint Niki's helmet, using fluorescent red instead of the same brilliant red of the car body ?
Afterall, you are always looking for the best !
Congratulations again !
Cheers !
André Acekr.
I’m not sure that Lauda wore that fluorescent red helmet, at least not judging by the pics around the web…
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Salut René,

Magnific work ! As usual ...
Considering the astonishing quality of your work, may I suggest you to repaint Niki's helmet, using fluorescent red instead of the same brilliant red of the car body ?
Afterall, you are always looking for the best !
Congratulations again !
Cheers !
André Acekr.
Salut André and thank you for the compliment!

As for the helmet, GDSLOT is right that Niki's helmet was plain red in 1974.
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The more fluorescent red was introduced in 1975.
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Cheers,
René
 
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