The line forms to the left: Maisto unveils Ford GT model

9 May 2017 | 216 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds Wow. Just wow. Maisto's 1:18 rendering of Ford's incredible new Ford GT is to say the least, stunning. We are talking top drawer details, design that is painstakingly aacurate, and overall, a big surprise for hobbyists who might not have thought of Maisto when it comes to production of top-tier premium reproductions. In fact, that's the name of this new series of models for Maisto: Maisto Premium. And the company could not have picked a more appropriate car for the unveiling of the new series.   With the exception of perhaps Bugatti's Chiron, The Ford GT is now the dream car for car lovers everywhere. The newest Ford GT was conceived about two years ago as a celebration of Ford's historic sweep of the top finishing positions in the vaunted LeMans 24 hour race. The new GT was shown on auto show circuits everywhere about two years ago. The new 2017 Ford GT is a mid engine, rear wheel drive two passenger two door coup, powered  by a twin turbocharged and intercooled DOHC, 24 valve, V-6 that puts out 647 horsepower.  It is also equipped with a seven speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode. Top speed is 216 miles per hour, and it can hit sixty in a dazzling 2.9 seconds. Fast enough for you? The first thing you notice about Maisto's scale model is the oceans-deep blue hue. It is spot-on accurate in both color and depth, no doubt about it. The detail on this model is breathtakingly accurate. You can, for instance see the tiny "GT" emblem gracing the futuristic, jewel-like headlamps, and the same tiny GT emblem can be found in all its glory on the rear of the car. The model company also hit the bulls-eye on the intricate gull-wing doors, and they operate precisely like they do on the real car. Textures and trims are also dead-on accurate. The carbon filter pieces on the real car are completely identical to what is found on the model, even to the bases that the dual mirrors on the model. The white bolsters on the seats have a different texture than what is found on the seat base--again, very well-done. But the real stunner for me is the body design itself.  How on earth did Maisto manage to capture every single scoop, loop and designed-in open spaces on the flanks of the real Ford GT?  It is unbelievably complicated, and it is to Maisto's credit in replication that this was carried off so well. The dashboard is also well done, with every angle and curve being identical to what you will find on the real car.  The only niggle here is that the gauges are not shown on the car, but I suspect that may be accurate if the real car has gauges that only flash on brightly enough to be seen once you turn the ignition switch--until then, on many real Ford production cars, the background on the gauges go black. There also is no underbody detailing of the mechanics of the Ford GT on the model. But none of that takes away from the fact that the Maisto model of the Ford GT is a work of art.  It is a gorgeous rendition, and I expect it to fly off hobby shelves quickly and to become a valued collectors item before long. Better get it while you can!    

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