Fujimi Ferrari F355 Berlinetta (yellow)
Posted 25 March 2008 - 04:43 AM
The interior is a bucket and the door panels have no detail whatsoever. This won't be much of a problem for me as I'm going to keep the interior black, but for those wanting to use leather or lighter colors the lack of detail will be obvious. It's disappointing, but not surprising, that Fujimi didn't make any changes to the kit from the first release. If you can locate a Maisto discast kit of the 355 Spyder you can snag the door panels from that for this model if you want the additional detail.
All that being said, the body looks nice and with some minor tweaks the kit should build up well. I also purchased the Accu-Station photoetch set with the kit and the pieces look beautiful.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 07:52 AM
Things to be aware of on all of them: Do away (fill) w/the engraved molding on the body above the side glass. It's not supposed to be there, and ends at the rear quarter glass. So many build the model and paint it, it's offset and looks horrible. Just look at a photo of the real car and simplify that area.
Spend time molding in the side scoops and rescribing the front door cut. I cut the engine cover off the model entirely, then removed the blanked-in cooling louvers (by Dremel/sanding), and did some rescribing of the cut line area. I then reattached it and then molded in the separate part of the rear spoiler. It's a royal PITA. Fujimi fixed this area on the Spyder, it's engine cover area/rear spoiler is much better.
Maisto makes F355's, good source for door panels.
The F355 Challenge car has pathetically undersized wheels/tires. If the model only looked as nice as the boxart.
Posted 29 March 2008 - 12:07 PM
The side scoops are, as suggested, a real pain but time must be spend blending them in.
I cut the cooling slots on the rear deck, without cutting out the deck but did rescribe the deck lines. I added PE metal mesh beneath the slots (MCG#2258) which pretty much eliminated my concern that you would see that there was no engine below.
The interior needs the most work. I scratchbuilt new inner doors, extended the footwells slightly, separated the headrests from the seats, scratchbuilt new drivers gauge clusters, scribed the airbag outline onto the passenger side dash plus did other little enhancements. The steering wheel is also wrong, being from the 348, and I replaced it with one from the Lindberg '97 Sebring. After some modifications it's much closer in appearance to the airbag equipped one in the 355.
For an accurate 355 find some references before you start your work. Forza Magazine has had some good articles on the 355 but even checking out the web should provide cars for sale that will have useful photos.
Good luck on your build, the 355 is probably my favorite Ferrari.