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Alpha Models Ferrari 812 Superfast

Kit No.: AM02-0008
Scale: 1/24
Mfr.: Alpha Models,
Price: $150
Comments: Resin (cream and clear); photo-etched metal; metal transfers; decals
Pros: Popular subject; immaculately molded resin; fine details   
Cons: Fiddly brake calipers
Introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the 812 Superfast replaced Ferrari’s F12. The 812 continues the tradition of front-engine GTs featuring a 6.5-liter V12 producing 789 horsepower and advanced aerodynamics to decrease drag while increasing downforce.

With a top speed of 211 mph, it lives up to its name.

Alpha Models’ Superfast multimedia kit is a beauty, just like the real car! The major components are exquisitely cast in cream-colored resin, and the rest of the details are handled by five photo-etched (PE) metal frets, metal transfers, and a small decal sheet.

The instructions are a bit simplified with a couple of exploded-view drawings to give you a rough idea of what goes where accompanied by a few reference photos. Being a curbside model, the parts count isn’t terribly high, and construction is straightforward.

Resin kits always require cleanup. But the 812 must be one of the cleanest castings I’ve ever seen. The biggest job was removing the pour stubs; flash was almost nonexistent and not a single pinhole to fill.

Before you build the interior, search the internet for reference photos; there seem to be endless trim options available. (I like to use eBay Motors to find detail shots.)

The interior starts with a basic tub, separate door panels, and door pull handles. Seat bottoms are different for driver and passenger, and there are even pieces for the seat-belt receptacles. The PE frets supply pedals, footrests, luggage straps, and floor mats. Even the air conditioning vents for the dash are individual pieces. The only fault I found was the lack of a Cavallino decal for the steering wheel.

A resin core faced with PE metal make the brake discs and fit together easily enough. On the other hand, the superbly detailed calipers take more work. The mounting lugs are supposed to fit into slots in the stub axles, but the slots aren’t deep enough. I cut the lugs flush to the sides of the stub axles. You’ll need to enlarge the center holes just slightly for the wheel shaft to fit. And make sure to get the wheels correct, because they are different for the left and right sides.

Along with the advanced aerodynamics, ducts and channels control the airflow through and around the body; each one of these gets a fine mesh screen — some quite small. Thankfully, every one fit perfectly in its intended location. 

The windows are precut and preprinted with black borders eliminating the normally tedious task of trimming vacuum-formed parts.

This was my first Alpha Models kit, and I must say I’m quite impressed. Resin kits usually have some challenges during the build, but the Ferrari 812 Superfast was practically trouble free. The boutique price may cause sticker shock, but those who take the plunge won’t be disappointed.


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