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Tamiya Subaru WRX Monte Carlo 2005

February 2006
Subaru WRX Monte Carlo '05
Tamiya No. 24821
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: Blue, black, silver, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $45.00
Pros: Parts fit; one-piece rear wing; no flash or sink marks
Cons: Translucent decals

The Subaru Impreza has been one of the mainstays of the World Rally Championship. The Subaru WRC team has used them to win numerous rallies and championships.

The Impreza has also been a mainstay of Tamiya's WRC kits. This kit represents the car that the Subaru team ran in the 2005 Rally of Monte Carlo. It is basically the 2004 car with a few updates.

The quality of the molded parts is first-rate. Try as I might, I could not find a sink mark, and flash is nonexistent. Even the mold lines are miniscule.

The body parts are molded in a blue that is close to the 1:1 car's color, but painting with Tamiya TS-50 Mica Blue is a must. The shape of the body, plus the placement of things like antennas, mirrors and the like, matches photos that I found on the Subaru Web site.

The star of the kit is the rear wing, which is molded in one piece. It never ceases to amaze me how Tamiya can mold such complex shapes into a single piece of styrene.

The chassis is done well too. Being a curbside model, there is no complete engine; however, the bottom half of the Impreza's flat-four is engraved well on the chassis. Full-detail depictions of the front and rear suspensions add a nice amount of detail that really stands out when detail-painted.

The 1:1 Impreza has skid plates that protect the suspension from the rigors of racing; Tamiya includes these on the clear parts tree. The builder has the option of installing them and leaving them clear, painting them, or leaving them off completely. I painted and installed mine, but they hide most of the suspension details.

The kit includes nice rubber tarmac tires that mount on wheels that are painted gold at the Tamiya factory. My model's wheels seemed too much paint on them, leaving them with bubbles on the spokes. I recommend stripping and repainting them.

The top of the chassis is the base of the interior. In typical Tamiya fashion, it is beautiful. Compared to the photos I found, it is complete and well-detailed. The roll cage looks a little spindly, but is builds into a strong unit. The fire bottles and the dash feature decals to add a little bit more to the whole assembly.

The decals were a mixed bag. They are printed well, and are complete. The smaller ones go on without a hitch, but the larger ones gave me some grief. The big yellow "swooshes" for the sides were somewhat translucent, and they were fragile. I tore them in a few places that made it hard to get them to look nice. Take your time with the kit decals, or find an aftermarket set.

There were no hitches in the assembly process. It fit together as a Tamiya kit should, and just plain looks right. A moderately experienced modeler should have no trouble assembling this kit.


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