Help I want to do a Ferrari
Posted 16 July 2006 - 07:43 AM
Posted 16 July 2006 - 08:08 AM
Second favorite of mine would be the Fujimi 550 Maranello; with a few caveats. They shared parts of the interior w/their 575, so the door panels aren't prototypical (there is a proper 550 dash). The seat engraving is pretty weak and rudimentary. Otherwise it's a great kit, and if you don't care about the interior design that much it will be just fine OOB. I had a lot of fun building mine, but I did upgrade the interior. Don't tell anyone, but I kitbashed the plastic bits (door panels/seats) from a Burago diecast 550 to upgrade it :wink: I also did the unthinkable and painted it a Nissan green :shock:
If you do go w/stock door panels, watch for the fit under the kit glass which might complicate final assembly. A bit of trimming may be necessary. My kitbashed parts were an easy and perfect fit.
I've built a Revell 612, it's really good but a bit ornery to work with in final assembly. I also did many custom tricks to mine because I wanted it to look more aggressive. I've seen Revell's 430 up close last weekend and it looks really good for the $$, and I've seen them built. I can't comment on the user-friendly aspect, but the few I've seen built looked good. Shortcomings are undersized wheels; lowering helps. I'm working on a Fujimi F430 Challenge, I have seen one built on another board and the builder was glowing at how good it was (especially for a 4-day OOB buildup); and it looks marvellous finished. It's definitely a step above their other F430's and their Maranellos.
I wasn't too happy w/Revell's 360. Ended up being a parts kit. It was cheap so that didn't matter. The body is pretty messy w/tons of prep work needed for a good finish. Seats seem 1/20 scale. Mirrors are too big and sit too tall. Yet good modeling techniques will yield a good finish so it's not at all hopeless. But after the Tamiya it's a stinkeroo.
Posted 16 July 2006 - 09:01 AM
Posted 16 July 2006 - 09:24 AM
Posted 16 July 2006 - 09:28 AM
Posted 16 July 2006 - 10:17 AM
With the issue of the windows and interior of the 550 what needs to be trimmed the windows or the door panels?
Probably just a sliver or two off the top edge of the door panel. You can do a dry-fit of the body/chassis/interior and side panels/glass to see how much interference you run into. I had no problems, but a couple of friends mentioned it being a minor issue. Other than that it's pretty much a shake 'n bake. I'll email Brian Venable to see if he remembers his fix for it.
Posted 16 July 2006 - 12:58 PM
Posted 22 July 2006 - 10:46 AM
I'm late to the party but I also vote for the 360. I built this Tamiya 360 coupe and it just fell together. It's a great kit to work with.
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Posted 23 July 2006 - 02:21 AM
Bob, at least I had the forthought to save your original critique and window fixes when you posted them to H/H. Thank goodness for that.
Posted 23 July 2006 - 02:39 AM