Ferrari California (open top)
Revell Germany No. 07276
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Red, gray
Pros: Crisply molded body and hood; nice hood-hinge mechanism; good wheels and tires
Cons: Challenging final assembly; red parts need primer and sealer
Revell Germany’s latest exotic is a full-detail kit of the Ferrari California in its open-top version. Consisting of 111 parts, it’s the nicest kit I have assembled from them to date.
The body and hood are crisply molded, and proportions are exactly like the 1:1 car. The only complaint I have is it is molded in red plastic. If you choose to paint the model red, this will not be a problem. However, I decided to paint the car in a very popular color meant specifically for this car: Azurro California Metallic. Careful priming and sealing was required to prevent any bleed-through from the plastic.
The wheels and tires are the best I have seen from Revell Germany. Not only are they the correct size, the tires are a soft rubber that rivals some of the better Japanese kits. Brake rotors are drilled with a detailed caliper molded on each rotor. They are sandwiched between the front and rear wheel halves.
The chassis consists of a flat pan molded in gray, with a diffuser on the rear like the 1:1 car. Nicely molded-in detail on the pan includes bolt and rivet detail, along with ridges and valleys. The wheel wells are molded separately from the chassis pan.
The front and rear suspension is a little basic, with undersized shocks. The instructions call for the suspension to be assembled to each wheel well, then each assembly is glued to its corner on the chassis pan. The steering is poseable. Despite its simple layout, the suspension and wheel wells assemble very well.
The 4.3-liter V-8 is well represented. It is a full engine, even though nothing can be seen of it from the belly pan. The block and all other parts are molded in gray, and go together well. The top intake and valve covers are a semigloss bright red, so they need to be primed white prior to being painted red. Decals are provided (Printed by Cartograf) for all Ferrari engine scripts.
The seats assemble in halves, as well as the dash. I used a light almond color to complement the body. The completed interior glues in place perfectly.
The hood hinge mechanism is nice. Assembled properly, the hood will stay up on its own! The only drawback I encountered is the hood would not sit perfectly flush on the driver’s side. I tried to bend and tweak it, but was
afraid I would break it.
Final assembly proved to be the most challenging part of this kit; I had to carefully trim a little plastic off the back of the rear wheel wells to get the body over them. After they are cleared, the body snaps in place with only a slight gap in the front; that was coaxed together with some super glue and accelerator. The wheels and tires slipped over their location points easily.
The exterior body details can be tackled after the body and chassis are mated. The front grille is chrome-plated, but the slats need to be painted semigloss black.
The exhaust pipes are plated in chrome, with flat mounting plates molded to them. These need to be painted semigloss black. In place, they are quite convincing. The windshield drops in place and sits level, which really finishes off the model
Revell of Germany has a real winner on its hands. The final result is a beautiful replica of the 1:1 car. The stance of the car is a little bit high for my taste, but it does compare closely to the 1:1 car.
With the addition of seat belts, and extended engine detailing, this car would be perfection!