Building the Marsh Wolf Dallara Villeneuve kit

A terrific kit of a unique race car

Marsh Wolf Dallara Villeneuve kit 1977 MosportBuilding the Marsh Wolf Dallara kit was a pleasure. I’ve long wanted to build a replica of the unique single-seat Can-Am car. Provence Moulage and JPS have released the kit in the past but both are out of production. The Marsh kit is better than either in any case. It accurately portrays the car as Gilles Villeneuve drove it at Mosport in 1977.

Let’s get the most important part out of the way. The color.

There is plenty of reference material available on the internet for this car. It confirmed my suspicion that the color is a very, very dark blue. Almost black, but not quite. I used Tamiya TS-55 rattle can paint for an almost spot-on match. Four separate photoetched fender louvers were formed to the curve of both front and rear fenders. The separate louvers made painting and installing them super easy and the louvers and wheel inserts were painted TS-21. The gold matched the Walter Wolf decals on the side of the car perfectly.

The build

Marsh Wolf Dallara Villeneuve kit 1977 MosportMarsh Models are well known for their easy to build kits. This one is no different. It offered a photoetched insert for the cockpit which duplicates an aluminum monocoque very well. The lounge chair seat and dash/rollhoop fit perfectly, as did the Formula Models branded seat belt set. Simplifying detail painting were the photoetched radiator inserts front and rear.  These just got a thin acrylic black wash over them for added depth.

Machined fuel injection trumpets are accurately staggered atop the “engine block”. The roll bar is simply polished white metal. Straight pins were cut to length for the forward roll bar braces. The tank between the trumpets and the seat was painted a medium blue to simulate blue anodizing. The cap was left as polished metal.

I used Bare Metal matte aluminum foil instead of silver decals or paint for the monocoque and wings. It was a much better match for the stainless endplates on both wings and a far more realistic aluminum.

Small details and decals

My research before building the Marsh Wolf Dallara kit turned up a few details that were added to the build. There should be two braces between the rear wing uprights so I painted some straight pins flat black and replaced the single one supplied with the kit.

Not apparent on first or even the fourth view is a tiny indentation on the cockpit right side just behind the fuel filler on the lower cockpit side. That’s where the electrical shut-off switch would go. A tiny red Renaissance detail part was installed here.

The kit tires seemed a bit too chunky compared to photos but I was able to find front and rear tires in my spare parts box that were lower profile. This allowed the model to have the large spacing between the fenders and the tires that the photos clearly showed.

Indycals supplied some nice silver Dzus fasteners. A Microsport decal sheet yielded a Mosport decal for the nose and a proper tech sticker for the cockpit.

Decal warning: soak the decals really well. The kit decals stick in place REAL well as soon as they touch the body. Work quickly and have water at the ready in order to make repositioning the decals much easier.

A problem was the supplied dash guage decals that are too big. A Tameo decal sheet supplied replacements and all was good. Britax decals were added to the seat belts although Willans would have been correct. Seat belt decals are always too long to fit on the upper belts and are a common mistake that almost every kit manufacturer makes on their decal sheet. I found a pair of Britax decals in my spare decal selection.

Gilles vs. Jacques

Marsh Wolf Dallara Villeneuve kit 1977 Mosport 1 43Both Gilles Villenueve and Uncle Jacques drove in the single-seat Can-Am. A previously built Meri Frisbee that Jacques drove is the prefect foil for the Marsh Dallara-Wolf that Gilles piloted. Sadly they did not run against each other as they competed a few years apart.

You can see the clear difference in the aero treatments. Of course the Dallara was a bespoke build based on nothing else while the Frisbee on the right is obviously based on the F5000 Lola T332 chassis that nearly everyone else in Can-Am 2 utilized for their cars.

Conclusion

You’ll love building the Marsh Wolf Dallara kit. It went together well and looks great with other single seat Can-Am cars.

The kit and factory-built examples are available from Grand Prix models in both early and late season form. While the Meri Frisbee has been out of production for quite some time now, the Marsh Frisbee kits and factory-builts are currently available.

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