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1971 Ferrari 512M (Modificato)___________________________________________________________

Well, I finally completed a project which I have been wanting to do for quite some time now. A while back, I came across the Hot Wheels version of the Ferrari 512M and it instantly became one of my favorite cars. I knew I had to build it in Lego…Much time passed between then and when I finally made it. This was spurred in part by Biczzz’s stellar Alfa Romeo Tipo 33. It inspired me to challenge myself to build this car.
It took me about three weeks of design grid work and building in MLcad until I achieved the completed version. It was certainly a complex build; my most challenging one to date. There were many obstacles to overcome, but I feel that the end result does the original car justice. I tried to build the car as authentically as possible to the 1:1 version in order to maximize realism. Some of my solutions were also inspired by the aforementioned Alfa, so thanks are in order to Biczzz.

The car is built to about 1/18 scale and contains approximately 650+ pieces. It was originally intended to be blue like the Hot Wheels car, (which is actually modeled after the Sebring winner in 1972), but due to a lack of parts in that color scheme, I decided to make it in classic Ferrari red with white which was popular with these cars. As a side note, the wing is accurate in that 512M’s sometimes ran a massive rear wing, a medium wind, or the winglets. There is a full interior, suspension and brake detail, and of course, the beautiful 5.0 liter 12 cylinder engine with exhaust running towards the rear of the car. That exhaust was probably the most time consuming, but I feel that the end result does the real car justice and is definitely one the car’s highlights…both
real and Lego!

History_______________________________________________________________________________

I will give a brief history of the Ferrari 512, but if you want a fully detailed history with beautiful photography, then please visit: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2008/05/21/days-of-ferrari-2008-day-17-1971-ferrari-512m/

The 512 series began in 1970 with the 512S version. Ferrari only produced 25 versions in order to homologate it for racing in Group 5 to get around Group 6 engine restrictions. Basically, Ferrari built 25 race cars installed horns, lights, and spare tires to make them legal for public roads, but this was a “road” car that could actually go 235mph!

The car was built with a tubular space frame chassis and stressed aluminum skin cockpit. Ferrari then applied, for the first time in their history, fiberglass panels to form the rest of the body. Soon after, the 512S was modified into an open-top configuration. To allow this, Ferrari simply said that these were “Spyder” versions of the car.

After the 1970 Le Mans, the 512M’s came into being. The M stood for Modificato, (Modified), because the body work was revised, the Spyder was no longer available, and the engine now produced 620hp at 9,000rpm.
The 512M raced successfully in that it won the 12 hours of Sebring, the 1000K in South Africa, and brutally outpacing the Porsche 917s in the process…In fact, in South Africa, the car won by 2laps!

Conclusion____________________________________________________________________________

In the end, it was a most enjoyable build and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did making it. Please feel free to comment or ask questions.
Thank you for looking!






























































































Comments

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  October 25, 2013
Absolutely fantastic!
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  April 25, 2012
Fantastic!
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  April 25, 2012
This is fantastic work on an incredible car! Some great techniques used to achieve all the details!
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  April 25, 2012
Cool shaping, very close to the original! Great job, especially the rear end with engine and chassis! :-))
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  April 22, 2012
I made this car too! Would you chack it out?http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/320111 Yours is very pretty too. 5/5 :-)
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  May 14, 2011
Very good!I like it, actually!!!:-))
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  February 24, 2011
Wow!!! I also have this Hot Wheels car but it's red. My only suggestion is to make the engine cover open on hinges.
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  January 27, 2011
Very nice. Really accurate made. Love the details on the engine. You have put a lot time in it.
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  November 10, 2010
Wow! I have this Hotwheels car too, and you've done a great job creating the shape of this model. Great work with the engine too; the details all over are great!
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  April 15, 2010
Awesome ride. That's a nice spoiler.
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  November 11, 2009
Details are truly perfect. mighty good constructioning. I love the engine part with the air vents! dangerous vehicle all in all :D
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Arc Commander Spike
  October 30, 2009
By god, I dont care how many laps it won by! Ferrari is just way too flashy and nothing does it for me like a Porsche 917 Longtail.
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  October 30, 2009
What a beautiful engine! i think that way beats my engines...
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  October 28, 2009
Beautiful. This is a piece of art. Very sleek. Your MOCs desrve way more comments.
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  October 14, 2009
Reply to Jens: Oh... I actually do try to build this car too. When I do my research on the F512M, I found that I'm getting 2 results. One is the real F512M that I had built, and one is this race car. So, after I finished the F512, I started to figure out this car as well, so that I can obtain a combo of 512M creation. But I failed to complete it due to the shape of the headlight. So, I try the other creation by that existing frame, which later become another failure -- The Enzo. [A lot of failure huh?]
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  October 13, 2009
Kin, I don't get it. We are talking about two quite different cars that have the same name. This one is a 1970'ies race car, yours is the ultimate Testarossa streetcar from 1994 (Testarossa 1984 - 1991, 512TR (for TestaRossa) 1991 - 1994 and finally 512M (for Modificata) 1994 - 1996)), which is the last regular Ferrari with a mid-rear mounted V-12. Ciao, Jens
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  October 13, 2009
Nice one! I had try to figure this thing out in my mind before, but seems like you done it better than me! Check out my 512M as well buddy! http://mocpages.com/moc.php/113584
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  October 13, 2009
Awesome car, beautiful job on those exhaust headers, best i've seen!
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  October 12, 2009
100000/5 that is so so so so so good, i have that hot wheels cars and it is also one of my favorite cars. great job love the engine, if they made a lego kit of that i would pay $80 or more!!!!!
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  October 12, 2009
Wow, extremely cool! This ferrari is maybe the most dynamic-looking of all. Great job!
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  October 12, 2009
This isn't LEGO... It's a piece of art! A very beautiful car with details all over. The 512M or S is on my list of "Ferraris-I'd-like-to-build". Opening doors would be fine, but how? The engine with all the exhaust pipes...just WOW! A 10/5 MOC for sure. Ciao, Jens
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  October 12, 2009
Very nice and sleek design, I specially like the work you did around the rear section, the whole car looks so realistic, I like it. Keep it up >>> peace.. Firas
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  October 12, 2009
Absolutly excellent MOC!
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  October 12, 2009
Surely your most complex MOC, and one of the best ! A wonderful and very accurate shape. The choice of car is original and enjoyable. Awesome !
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  October 11, 2009
This is great. i LOVE the Engine design as well.
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  October 11, 2009
Wow! First to visit and comment Perfect re-creation of the 512. Everything about this car is perfect- I love how detailed the engine bay is! Everything is perfect about the car! Great job on the exhaust/headers detail. I also own the Hotwheels version of this car. Great build- I think you just made it into my favorite builders list! Great work! Keep building! -Anthony
 
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