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Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24 completed May 2012.

Background:

If the 1980s were summarised in a car or two, it's be the Ferrari Testarossa and the Delorean. Whether it's Miami Vice or Sega's Outrun, the Testarossa is there. It's not Ferrari's best, and it's kind of weird and ugly from certain angles, but it's in my top 6 Ferraris. (The others being the 328 GTS, the F40, the F50, the Enzo and the 599.

Pros:

Usual Tamiya 1980s-level high quality. Mostly perfect fitment, great moulding and detail. Has a complete engine. Nice aluminium-look wheels ad good tyres.

Cons:

I wish Tamiya had included the option for two " normal" door mirrors as some real-life Testarossa's had. This one mirror is very fiddly, easy to break off and not that easy to mount. The pop-up headlights can not easily be opped-up once close and the body is on the chassis. The windscreen widers are straight and do not easily conform to the curvature of the windscreen. The engnie cover does'nt sit 100% right into its place on my version, it's a little warped. Some of the mould lines are hard to remove, espceially over the rear three quarters.

Verdict:

Good considering the time it came from. Kits have moved on since this, espcially Tamiya's current outut quality, and it's lacking in things like P/E.

Build notes:


This one is built entirely out-of-the-box with no extra detailing. It was tricky to assemble the finished body onto the finished chassis, but it got there in the end. The Testarossa is an awkward car to photograph, the wide rear makes it look like broken perspective half the time. I decided to make the pop-up light innards black instead of the correct red, as the red looked a bit toy-like.


Kit bought on Ebay, sometime in early 2012.

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24

Tamiya Ferrari Testarossa 1/24

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