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#1 OFFLINE   KB34

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 08:26 AM

I'm pretty new to this whole model thing and wasn't around when GMP made a lot of models so my only source of information is you guys. Over the last couple months I've bought 3 GMP Ferrari's (312PB, 330 P4, and 512M) and every one of them has had parts off the model when I opened them. Nothing actually damaged or broken that I can tell. The 312PB and 512M were from what I can tell unopened. The 330 P4 front hood doesn't stay on (I don't want to force it).

Is this "normal" for GMP models?

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 09:17 AM

yes they're usually very fragile, the 330s are known for paint rash and ill fitting panels. The 312 is very good
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Posted 03 December 2020 - 09:23 AM

I would say yes, that seems to be pretty normal. I also have those three models and all of them are quite difficult to handle without something breaking or falling off. My 512M seems to be a bit better in that respect, as it is a much newer model as well.
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Posted 14 January 2021 - 11:09 AM

Sorry to hear that you're suffering those issues, KB34. I join the chorus here in confirming the ill-fitting panels of the 330 P4/412P models. And the 312PB is the best of the lot with no obvious flaws I can see.

If you are a stickler for accuracy, for some reason most of the Masterpiece Collection models by GMP/Acme have excessive ride heights, leading to collectors shaving the shocks or other suspension bits to lower the bodies. If you look at them from the side, most are visibly bit bulkier and stubbier than the 1:1 cars they represent. They don't have the sleekness the Italian racers are famed for if you compare them to photos of the real cars.

But the details and working features makes up for some of the shortcomings for many - you are still fortunate to start off with relatively high quality models like these. Welcome to the hobby!
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Posted 16 February 2021 - 03:24 PM

Hi guys, does any GMP 330/412 have zinc pest issue? Or only paint rash? Thanks!
Paint rash I can accept, but zinc pest is beyond repair.


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Posted 16 February 2021 - 06:09 PM

I've only seen paint rash.
I do know though that the rear engine cover hinges are quite weak. I've seen broken hinges before.

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Posted 16 February 2021 - 09:43 PM

View PostCraig, on 16 February 2021 - 06:09 PM, said:

I've only seen paint rash.
I do know though that the rear engine cover hinges are quite weak. I've seen broken hinges before.

Thanks Craig. So I just need to carefully put the engine lid on the model in a closed stance and not display it in an engine lid tilted stance, then it should be alright I guess.

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Posted 17 February 2021 - 03:22 PM

I think it will be ok if you were to display it with the rear open. I guess that the damaged ones I've seen are when people pick the model up by the rear lid. There are some strange folk out there! :dunno:

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