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FROM THE April 2011 ISSUE

Fujimi Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

RELATED TOPICS: 1/24 | FUJIMI
Fujimi Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari
Fujimi Abarth 695 chassis
Fujimi Abarth 695
Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari
Fujimi No. 123844
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Red, black, gray
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $49.95
Pros: Subject, seats, emblems and stripes, body shape, most details.
Cons: Undersized wheels, tires, brakes, front ride height too tall, several missing/incorrect details

Fujimi’s effort to produce the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is a mixed bag. They have tooled up a trio of new trees, with a pair of excellent and accurate racing seats, new ventilated brake discs and larger calipers, and BBS wheels.

Unfortunately, the brakes and wheels are undersized (the wheels scale out to 15s); inexplicably Fujimi chose to (again) use inaccurate vintage Pirelli P7s from the standard 500 kit; and they’ve attempted to make the wheel diameter look a bit larger by making an enlarged outer lip, but this doesn’t fit very well onto the tire.

The 1:1 car has large, prominent Brembo brakes, but on the model these new brakes are barely visible.

Compared to the original 500, which I built about a year ago, the wheels/tires fit onto the suspension pieces better, the track is narrower (the standard 500 track is much-too-wide in front), but the front ride height is still too high.

The body features Abarth-specific front and rear fascias, side skirts, and rear spoiler. The body has molded-in-place side moldings and emblems that are not seen on the Abarth models. The “Scuderia” decals have a band of carrier film between them; it is best to cut the carrier film away for best appearance, because the surface finish is rather flat if you don’t apply clearcoat over them.

Aside from the side-molding issue, the body looks great, and the decals look good. I mixed up the stripe decal in the back; the pieces that go on the back of the rear spoiler and below the rear glass are placed on the decal sheet out of order.

The interior has the great seats, and though they are not called out in the instructions, there are red Abarth logo decals for the seatbacks and round Abarth logos for the seatback adjusters. Decals 18 are for the seatbacks, decals 17 are for the seatback adjusters. There is an Abarth-specific gauge decal, but the dashboard features both a brake and clutch, and there’s a manual gearshift knob, but the Tributo Ferrari is a paddle-shifted dual-clutch automatic.

The 1:1 car has the same style patterned-metal floor detail as a Ferrari Scuderia, but the floors are smooth on the model. The Ferrari Tributo center dash is carbon fiber, and Fujimi instructs the builder to paint this section in gunmetal.

The kit has the standard 500 steering wheel which isn’t quite as detailed and sporting as seen on the 1:1 car, but it does have some detailing decals for two of the three spokes and the center trim.

Glass fit is tight, and there are printed window masks included, but they are not precut. Get the glass in carefully, and it snaps in place without glue.

The chassis is fairly simple; there are separate front/rear suspension and brake pieces, and the exhaust is chrome- plated, although the only chrome on the 1:1 car is the exhaust tips. Steering is poseable, and the brake discs rotate inside the calipers.

This is a decent model that looks very nice when finished, but the US price for this imported kit puts it nearly in line with full-detail Tamiya kits, and this kit has a few too many compromises for that expense.

That said, the subject matter trumps some of the disappointing details. Hobby Design makes a photoetched detail set for the Abarth 500, including the patterned metal floor detail.

Warts and all, it’s still a neat-looking kit. Considering my love of Ferraris, it was a must-have kit for me. 

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