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Italeri Lamborghini Miura P400

Lamborghini Miura P400
Italeri No. 3686
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Yellow, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $31.99
Pros: Decals include gauges and badging
Cons: Worn tooling affects parts quality; some simplified parts from original motorized version
This model appears to be an early Miura – 1966 or 1967, judging from the lights in the grille – and does not match the later version shown on the box art.

The body is molded in yellow. The majority of the kit is molded in black (65 pieces). There is a clear shot for the windows and lights, but no chrome parts. Side windows are provided as thin diecut parts. Tires are rubberlike facsimiles of Pirelli P7s.

The decal sheet includes gauges and exterior badging. The badges are molded in sharply, but I removed them because they are smaller than the decals.

The rear clamshell is molded to the main body. The flash is manageable, but there are issues with the parting lines – especially around the side window frames – that require significant cleanup.

All of the parting lines are on the heavy side, and the molded-in trim is a bit soft. I rescribed the trim and panel lines before I removed the parting lines.

Sink marks need to be removed in the trunk and front fenders.

The centerline hood detent had a defect in it that affected uniformity of depth and trueness. A blemish intersects the louvers on the roof.

I cleaned up the bottom hood line detent with a square jeweler’s file, then shored up the sides (where it was too wide) with super glue. It has a similar density as the plastic, so filing is easier.

I painted the body Tamiya TS-16 Yellow from the can, and let it dry while I built the rest of the kit.

The front suspension has poseable steering; however, the tie rod was under such a load that it snapped a couple of days after installation. I suggest filing down the V-block to lessen the tension. Installing the tie rod with the detents down will help, too.

Wheels are a focal point for me – especially on this car. One of the triangular holes in a rear wheel needed to be drilled out and filed to shape. Most of the cleanup consisted of trimming the flash from the larger holes with a knife, and there is a wall- thickness issue that needs to be paid attention to for uniformity.

I tried to mask the inconsistencies with a dry coat of primer before spraying them silver, followed with a light wash of Smoke.

The tires look misshapen, but when mounted on the rims they are made true by the draft of the rims. There remains a line in the sidewalls that looks like they might split down the road.

Because of the age of the molds, there is a fair amount of prep required, but the interior parts fit together adequately. I used Testor’s Dark Tan for color. 

The front bulkhead makes what would be the legroom almost nonexistent. The rear firewall needs to be sanded on the sides and top; otherwise the body will not fit to the chassis, and it will be wider than the rear body section.

I removed about .025" from the three sides and still needed to use a significant amount of super glue and accelerator to get it mounted to the chassis.

The engine is a façade, with parts for four Weber carburetors and a pair of air cleaners. Not an issue if considered a curbside.

The windshield fits well, and I chose not to install the side windows; however, they test-fitted fine.

The black window frames were hand- brushed with Tamiya XF-1.

The rear body fits poorly if not cemented to the main body and chassis, and the wheels look anemic and detract from the overall package.


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