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Hasegawa Lancia 037 Rally Grifone

Lancia 037 Rally Grifone
Hasegawa No. 20277
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $62.99
Pros: Good parts fit; good detail; excellent decals
Cons: Filler piece at rear of spoiler needed putty; seatbelt decals should be replaced
The 037 was developed by Lancia to compete in the World Rally Championship in the Group B division, and has the distinction of being the last rear-wheel-drive car to win the championship.

This is a reissue of the original kit from 2000, with a new set of decals for the Grifone team entry. It’s what I might call a curbside-plus; nothing opens, but there is a good amount of engine and suspension visible through the rear deck. 

All parts are cleanly molded in white, with no flash and minimal seam lines.  The new decal sheet is printed by Cartograf, and it is excellent.

Assembly of the interior starts with the floor pan, seats, shifter, extinguishers, and copilot foot rest. 

The seatbelts are provided as decals, which are OK but probably better replaced with aftermarket items. Decals are also supplied for the gauges and rally computer on the dash. A basic roll cage and separate side panels complete the assembly. 

A bit of weathering would really bring this to life; rally cars were almost never showroom-clean.

The twin-cam inline four-cylinder engine and transaxle is next. The block is made up of individual pieces for sides, front, and back. The cam cover has nicely-molded fin detail and Abarth badging.

There is a four-piece header on the exhaust side, and seven parts for the intake plenum and supercharging system. Overall detail looks quite good by itself, but because it is so visible, it could benefit from added wiring and plumbing. 

I deviated slightly from the instructions, choosing to leave the muffler and tailpipes off until after the engine and transaxle were installed in the chassis, to ensure that all the pipes matched up.

The chassis pan features nice detail, with the lower control arms molded in place front and rear.

The front suspension consists of upper control arms, shocks, and tie rod; the wheels are poseable. There is also a large front skid plate to protect the underside. 

At the rear I again deviated from the instructed sequence, building the basic framework of the chassis first and then adding the various suspension bits. Not sure if it was easier, but this way I could make sure that all four wheels rested evenly on the ground.

Hasegawa did a commendable job getting the look of the body just right.  It’s divided into two main parts: the cockpit/rear deck and front clip. 

Cleanup of mold lines is minimal, but there is a filler piece at the back of the spoiler that will need to be puttied and sanded. Just about all of the latches, handles, grilles, and such are separate bits, so no worries about body paint flooding them out or tedious masking. 

You will want to foil or Alclad the headlights; they are molded in plain white styrene.    

I was concerned about getting the large hood decal to conform around the blister without affecting the rest of the decal. I probably spent a good half-hour or so using setting solutions and a small heater to settle it down.

The rest of the decals went on without issue.

Everything went according to plan – something that rarely happens. The parts fit as they were supposed to; detail is good, and construction was generally easy. All in all, an enjoyable build.


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