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Italeri Giulietta Spider 1600

August 2005
Giulietta Spider 1600
Italeri No. 3691
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Clear, red, black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $26.00
Pros: No flash, nice chrome
Cons: Body mold lines, no engine, windshield and frame should be separate
So you want to build a plastic model of an Italian sports car from the early 1960s - one that's not a Ferrari?
This kit is for you, because despite what it says on the box, this is an Alfa Romeo. If I recall correctly, this kit was originally done by Protar, but it has been reissued by Italeri and imported by Testor's.

The kit's 74 parts are cleanly molded in red, black and clear. I found virtually no flash on any of the parts; however, the mold lines on the body in my kit were sizable. The chrome in the kit is nice, but some of the parts are small, so be careful not to lose them while cutting them from the tree.

The body captures the look of the real car quite well. The body has separately molded hood, trunk, and door panels, which is curious because this kit is a curbside, and no provision for hinging them is provided.

The panels fit relatively well, but I did have some trouble with the passenger-side door. Almost all of the chrome for the body is separate, and it fits well; however, I would have liked to have had the windshield frame molded separately from the windshield.

Chassis detail is OK. The rear end is a separate piece and has real metal coil springs. Front suspension detail is nonexistent; the wheels are held on by a thick plastic axle. The wheels look good and have separate hubcaps. The tires are rubber, and have good tread detail on them. Engine detail is taken care of by a nicely engraved insert and single exhaust pipe.

The interior is simple, yet well done. The door panels have some nice engraving on them that looks accurate. The dash has separate chromed instrument bezels that have decaled faces. The seats have no backs, and they would benefit from having some added, because they're visible on the finished model.

All in all, this kit was a good build. It has some minor issues, like getting the windshield frame to match the side windows, but nothing that an average modeler can't work through. The superdetailer can use the separate body panels as a basis for a killer replica-stock model. Ciao!


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