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Tamiya Lamborghini Countach LP400

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Lamborghini Countach LP400
Tamiya No. 24305
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Blue, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $41.00
Pros: Excellent tires
Cons: Does not compare to current Tamiya kits in terms of quality; sparse decal sheet
I've built many Tamiya kits since the early 1980s, and for the most part they've been great models. Upon opening the reissued Countach box this time around, I realized that this kit would yield little more than a decent shelf model. Because I've wanted to build this car for nearly 25 years, I decided to build the new review sample and my older reissue together.

The body looks reasonably accurate, but the mold quality doesn't compare with Tamiya's more-modern kits. A good deal of block-sanding of the mold lines is necessary to get the Countach ready for paint.

The separate side intakes behind the quarter glass are molded in two pieces, and must be glued together and the visible seam filled.

The 10-piece interior is a simple tub design, but builds into a reasonable fac-
simile. There are several prominent ejector pin marks in areas difficult to reach to fill/sand smooth.

The chassis was designed to be motorized, so detail is sparse; much of the space is for a battery box. The steering and suspension is anything but prototypical, but the wheels do steer.

Tamiya tooled beautiful new Campagnolo wheels and Michelin XWX tires, but the wheels scale out to 13 inches in diameter instead of 14. The new tires look fantastic - much better than the undersized Pirelli P7s - and they will stretch over the older issue's Campagnolos.

The engine compartment yields some semblance of realism, even though it is very simple. There's a separate chrome piece with six integral carburetors and the intake, which accept careful paint
detail and look pretty good finished.

The decal sheet is pretty sparse; considering the kit's cost, I'm surprised Tamiya scrimped on putting a few more factory-stock detail decals in the kit.

Although I ended up with a pair of decent shelf models, the nostalgia factor of this kit reminded me how far other kits have progressed, and how far Tamiya has come since this Countach was originally produced. If you like the style of this early Countach and can live with its lack of finer details underneath, I would recommend it.

See Bob's full review in Online Exclusives.

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