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Well, I finally finished this kit. I started this build in April and finished it in the last week of June. A lot of things got in the way of finishing this kit sooner. One of which was my poor judgement of trying tp remove the paint from the driver's door by soaking the door in lacquer thinner. The result was a red blob of dissolved plastic. Tamiya provided a replacement door at no cost to me. 

I have worked on many 1/24 scale cars. I can say that this kit was the most challenging to build. It has over 150 parts (that's a lot of parts for a 1/24 scale model. I also purchased a couple of Tamiya Detail-Up parts upgrades including PE parts and carbon fiber decals. The body was painted in Tamiya rattle can Italian Red and Gloss Black.

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The engine is visible through a clear plastic window in the engine hood.

 

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The engine hood is operable, thus providing a nice view of the detailed engine bay. Carbon fiber decals dress-up the engine compartment.

 

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The doors operable and provide a nice view of the detailed cockpit.

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The kit includes soft rubber tires and nice looking wheels.

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This is not a small "sport's car". It's larger than a Camero.

 

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Your Ferrari looks really nice. I recently finished the La Ferrari which I think is very similar to yours and it was probably the most challenging kit I have ever built. I made the mistake of adding one of those big detail sets without enough experience. I could never get the doors to work right and ended up gluing them closed and made a mess of it to boot. You should feel proud of your fine looking model.

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Thanks for the kind words. Yes, it is not an easy build. Lots and lots of parts. However, Tamiya did a good job on engineering the model. All the parts fit properly.

AlbertD,

The Ferrari FXXK is based on the La Ferrari. That's too bad regarding the door issue on your model.  The hinge system is pretty funky. The door hinges on the FXXK work pretty good. 

 The big difference between the two cars is that the La Ferrari is street legal and the FXXK is not street legal. In fact, the FXXK is not allowed  to run in any sanctioned race event either! Worse yet, you cannot take the car home after paying $2.8 million dollars for the car. The car is kept and maintained by Ferrari in a Ferrari garage. You can drive the car in a 'Ferrari Track Day Event". For example, your FXXK will be shipped to Road Atlanta and you can drive the car around the race track with other Ferrari cars. After the event, your FXXK is shipped back to a Ferrari garage. The car is the perfect rich person's toy. 

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27 minutes ago, JohnnyK said:

Thanks for the kind words. Yes, it is not an easy build. Lots and lots of parts. However, Tamiya did a good job on engineering the model. All the parts fit properly.

AlbertD,

The Ferrari FXXK is based on the La Ferrari. That's too bad regarding the door issue on your model.  The hinge system is pretty funky. The door hinges on the FXXK work pretty good. 

 The big difference between the two cars is that the La Ferrari is street legal and the FXXK is not street legal. In fact, the FXXK is not allowed  to run in any sanctioned race event either! Worse yet, you cannot take the car home after paying $2.8 million dollars for the car. The car is kept and maintained by Ferrari in a Ferrari garage. You can drive the car in a 'Ferrari Track Day Event". For example, your FXXK will be shipped to Road Atlanta and you can drive the car around the race track with other Ferrari cars. After the event, your FXXK is shipped back to a Ferrari garage. The car is the perfect rich person's toy. 

I guess I'll be getting the La Ferrari then. At 2.8 million I want to be able to take it through the McDonald's drive through.

I was so disappointed in the way my La Ferrari came out that I picked up a second one to give it another go once I have more experience. As I build more kits I'm learning to slow down and take my time. The results are better and it's more fun too.

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The La Ferrari kit looks very similar to the FXXK. I would guess that the door hinges are the same. The hinges do not operate properly until the front fenders are installed.

These kits are real "slow go" kits. There are a lot of subassemblies that need to be assembled with care. Just take your time. I am sure that your new kit will turn out just fine.

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I went downstairs and looked at the 1/25 scale Camaro. Scale wise, it looks too small compared to the FXXK. The majority of Revell car models are 1/25 scale. I think that the only Revell car model that I built and is 1/24 scale is a 1937 Ford coupe. 

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