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Tamiya Ferrari F50

October 2007
Ferrari F50
Tamiya No. 24296
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: Red, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $45.00
Pros: Body is excellent; metal transfers add a nice touch
Cons: Decals were brittle; carbon-fiber color inaccurate; painting guide outdated

The F50 kit was originally released in 1995. The only thing that has changed since then is the box art, which now shows a photo of the parts layout.

The parts are molded cleanly, with the mold lines being just a tad bigger than they were in the original. No big thing; a little scuffing with some sandpaper and they are gone. The kit gives the builder the option of building the roadster or hardtop versions of the real thing,

The kit's most-outstanding feature is the body; it captures the look and feel of the car quite well.

The engine cover fit well in my kit, but the roll bar shroud could have used a little more massaging to fit better.
All of the scoops and ducts are molded open, with the grille mesh being represented by molded clear parts that do not look bad when finished.

I painted my model with Testor's Model Master Lacquer GM Honduras Maroon, just to be a little different than the usual red, black, or yellow Ferrari.

The engine is a well detailed, yet simplified, representation of the F50's F1-derived V-12. Not to worry, because in true Tamiya fashion, the simplified parts are the ones that cannot be seen on the finished model.

The wheels, tires, brakes and suspensions follow this same theory; what can be seen is done well. The metal transfers for the Ferrari logos and shift gate add a special touch to the model.

Although there are plenty of good things to say about this kit, there are a couple of "nits" that I have with it:

First are the decals. My examples were terrible! Tamiya has included a lot of carbon fiber on the sheet, but to me, it looks to be the wrong color (too brown). The decals were also quite brittle, and did not follow the compound curves that some of them were to follow, not even with setting solution.

Secondly, the painting guide in the instruction sheet should have been updated to reflect the current colors available from Tamiya, instead of the color-mixing formulas that are from the mid-1990s.

All in all, this is a wonderful kit that, with some aftermarket decals, can be made into a very nice replica of the F50. I spent about 30 hours on mine, but that was mainly on the paint.


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