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Fujimi Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari
Fujimi No. 123141
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: red, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $28.95
Pros: Nice tires and decals; chasssis and suspension done well
Cons: Mesh molded in plastic, with oversize holes; dash tricky to assemble; problems mating body-chassis-interior
Fujimi has been on a roll of releasing Ferrari kits lately. One of its latest newly tooled kits, the Enzo Ferrari, is puzzling to me. Even though there were already two very good plastic kits of the Enzo, Fujimi saw fit to invest in another one.

The kit consists of 144 parts, most of which are red, black, clear, and plated plastic. There are four nicely done rubber Bridgestone Potenza tires, and the ever-present (for a Japanese kit) poly-caps.
There is also a small, but nicely printed, decal sheet and a precut sheet of window masking material to aid in painting the black trim around the windows.
Even though this kit is a curbside, with no opening panels, the body consists of 10 separate pieces. Thankfully, the seams are the body lines on the 1:1 car, so no filling is needed.

All of the vents and scoops are molded open, but instead of using thin mesh to fill them, Fujimi chose to mold the mesh in plastic, with an oversized pattern. If I were to build this kit again, I would find some mesh material and use the kit parts as cutting templates.

The chassis and suspension parts are somewhat simplified, yet still well done. The front wheels are poseable, and the brake rotors are separate from the calipers - meaning that they spin with the wheels when they are moved.

The tires are directional, but the instructions make no mention of this. The builder will need to be careful to make sure that the tires face in the correct direction.

The interior tub is molded as a unit, with the rear subframe and upper engine. The engine parts that can be seen through the rear window are supplied as separate parts, and with some detail-painting, look as good as a full-detail kit. The interior is also nicely done, but I found the three-piece dash to be a bit tricky to assemble.

Final assembly is pretty straight-forward, but I did have a good bit of trouble getting the body, interior and chassis to fit together. After much grinding and fiddling, with poor results, I think that I did not mate the chassis and interior properly.

This is a nice kit, but after building the other two that are available, I would rank this one third.


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