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Revell-Monogram Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

August 2006
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2896
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $16.95
Pros: Full-detail kit; interesting subject
Cons: Some ejector-pin marks; clear parts tricky to install
This full-detail kit includes more than 110 carefully bagged parts. Most are molded in soft white plastic; the clear parts are sharply molded and the chrome-plated tree is scratch-free. A nicely printed decal sheet includes gauge faces, engine-compartment labels, emblems, and international license plates.

The kit has little flash, but a few ejector-pin marks required filling. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, but the painting directions are a little general. I painted my model using Tamiya's spray-can Mica Red (TS-39). The separate rear bumper can be glued in place before painting; my kit's bumper had a couple of prominent sink marks.

The front-mounted V-12 engine looks great, especially after a little detail-painting. Don't glue the exhaust manifolds and front exhaust pipes to the engine block until the engine's seated in the chassis.; they'll be easier to align with the chassis exhaust pipes that way.

The chassis has separate bottom pans at the front and rear. They're scale, but they hide most of the model's nicely detailed engine, transaxle, and suspension components.

The model has nice two-piece chrome-plated wheels that wear generic (albeit great-looking) black-vinyl tires. Separate brake discs trap inside each wheel and allow them to rotate, but they're a little wobbly. The front wheels are poseable, but suffer from a little toe-in after they're connected by the front tie rod. All four wheels on my kit touched the ground without any adjustment.

The long, one-piece side windows install from inside the body shell. I had trouble aligning them, and there are visible gaps along the top edge on each side. The front and rear windows drop in from the outside. Narrow frames that include the window trim are molded into the body at the front and rear. The windshield and rear window fit the body nicely, but they install from the outside, so the join line is clearly visible and looks unrealistic. Masking the edge and airbrushing a thin "bead" of flat-black paint will help hide the seam. The sculpted headlight covers are realistically thin and fit perfectly. I used thinned white glue to install the clear parts and sideview mirrors.

Pay extra attention to the final-assembly instructions; some of the kit's subassemblies don't go together the way you might expect. For example, the large dash attaches to a large crossmember in the body, and the rest of the interior slides up around it. I almost glued the dash in place in the interior, and if I had, nothing would have fit inside the body.

With its high parts count and minor fit challenges, this isn't a "box shaker" and I wouldn't recommend it for beginners. It does offer opportunities for experienced builders, and it's nice to see a Ferrari kit that's something other than a top-of-the-line supercar or a Formula 1 single-seater.


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