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Revell-Monogram Enzo Ferrari

February 2004
RELATED TOPICS: SPORTS CAR | TAMIYA | PLASTIC
Kit no. 85-2192
Model Type: 1/24 scale injection-molded plastic kit
Molded colors: White, clear, and clear red
MSRP:$16.05
Pros: Ease of assembly, mesh for body vents
Cons:One screen template wrong
Reviewer: Mark Melchiori
In the June 2003 issue of Scale Auto, I reviewed Tamiya's kit of the Enzo Ferrari supercar. I stated that the kit was not for beginners - mainly because of the kit's complexity and the $45 price tag. Revell has come to bat with its version of the Enzo, and it does not disappoint. It is less complex than the Tamiya kit and is less than half the price!

The Revell kit has more than 145 parts that are cleanly molded in white, clear, and clear red plastic. A small tree of excellent chrome-plated parts is also included, as well as four very nice Bridgestone Potenza tires. A sheet of mesh screen and a small-but-comprehensive decal sheet round out what you will see when you open the box.

As with the real Enzo, the star of this kit is the body. It captures the lines of the car very well, from the F1 inspired nose to the ground-effect tunnels at the rear.

The body is molded without the separate doors and nose section of the Tamiya kit. This eliminates the frustration of getting all of those panels to fit together. The engine cover and rear spoiler molded separately, and they fit perfectly.

Templates are provided for the mesh that is to be installed in the Enzo's various body openings. However, the template provided in step no. 2 is incorrect; this piece will need some additional fitting, but it's not a major concern.

The kit's 12-cylinder engine is well done. There are fine engravings throughout. The multipiece exhaust system looks difficult to assemble, but it fits together perfectly. The separate chromed-and-drilled tips are a nice touch. Decals are provided for the engraved logos on the engine, giving the builder a choice of dry-brushing them or using the decals.

My Enzo's chassis and suspension systems were also well done. Every suspension piece fit together correctly, resulting in the proper stance. Attention must be paid to the brakes, though. Revell has engineered them to be trapped between the wheel halves, allowing the wheels to spin, while the brakes stay still, making for realistic assembly. The kit's wheels are chrome plated, while not correct for a 1:1 Enzo, I think they look better this way. A coat of Testor's Dullcote or Aluminum Metalizer will make them more prototypical.

My only nit about the model is the size of the seats. They look to be too big, compared to the 1:1 seats, however, they fit well in the model. Other than that, the interior is just as nice as the rest of the kit. The gauges are represented by decals, with the option of red or yellow faces, depending on exterior color. Revell has molded the side windows open, making the interior easy to see. Speaking of windows, the kit glass is nice and clear, plus it fits well. The vents on the rear window are made with the mesh, but extreme care must be taken to keep the adhesive from showing. I used small amounts of clear acrylic paint for this.

I spent about half the amount of time on the Revell Enzo than I did on Tamiya's, and, I must say, when parked side by side, it is difficult for the casual observer to tell them apart. Revell did their homework on this one, giving the modeler an excellent kit and a good value. Any modeler of intermediate experience will have no problems building this kit.

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