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Italeri Stratos Safari Rally

August 2006
Stratos Safari Rally
Italeri No. 3693
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $46.00
Pros: Excellent body molding; good clear parts; top-notch decals
Cons: Curbside kit, so not much engine detail; decals are time-comsuming to apply
The Lancia Stratos was developed in the early 1970s, and was destined for fame and fortune on the road-rally circuit. With a compact body style and high horsepower straight from the Ferrari Dino, it was obvious that this vehicle was going to turn heads.

This model is based on the Safari Rally version.

Italeri did an excellent job on the body moldings for this kit: crisp and clear, with little flash. The body parts, interior, chassis, tires, and clear parts are laid out in seperate bags for easy identification. The clear parts (windshield and headlights/running lights) are some of the clearest parts that I have seen in any kit.

The chassis is a simplified slab with nicely detailed front posable steering and independent rear suspension. The tires are nicely molded soft rubber offroad- rally-style, with no sidewall detail.
This is a curbside kit, so there is no engine detail to talk about. The rear body is a tilt-style piece that would expose the mid-engine design. There is limited reference to an engine, molded into the upper part of the chassis, that can be enhanced with some paint detail.

The interior is a platform style with seperate side panels that attach to the inside of the body. There is a separate dash with simplified gauge detail (no gauge decals) and a steering wheel. There is a racing harness decal for both seats.

The exterior has all of the typical accessories for off-road rally racing: roof- mounted spare tire, brush guard, and additional driving lights.

The most challenging aspect of the model is the decals; schedule plenty of time for adding the decals to this kit. Paint the body white, and every other color aspect of the body is included on the decal sheet.

The decals are definitely top-notch, and they do go on very nicely with some manipulation in ceratain areas such as the hood louvers. You'll need ample amounts of setting solution to assist the decals to snuggle into some of the body's crevices and contours. I enjoy applying decals, so this process was not much of a chore to

This was a fun model to build; the kit has few shortcomings. It was definitely a step outside my normal model-building choices. I would love to build this as a full-detail kit!


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