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FROM THE February 2010 ISSUE

Hasegawa Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0714TR

Hasegawa Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0714TR
Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0714R
Hasegawa No. 20246
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $44.95
Pros: Tires, chassis, suspension, decals, crisp body molding
Cons: Tricky final assembly; seat belt decals are not realistic
Hasegawa’s latest version of the 250 Testa Rossa is Chassis No. 0714. The kit contains more than 130 parts.

This is one beautiful kit. Hasegawa did its homework designing this one!

The tires are excellent reproductions molded in soft rubber. Cartograf decals are provided for the black-and-red #124 car, and three others that ran at various times from 1958-1962.

The V-12 engine is faithfully reproduced, and fits together well. I wish that the valve covers could have been molded with the rough casting surface of the 1:1 car, but this was easily accomplished by shooting some primer at a good distance from the parts to achieve the rough-cast look. Additional detailing –  such as plug wires, fuel and coolant lines – would really make the engine a showstopper.
The interior is accurately reproduced  and detailed. I was puzzled that the seats were molded in black plastic instead of white; they are red on the 1:1 car, so I had to prime them in white to ensure the red paint was nice and bright.

The 1:1 seats also have white piping in the stitching, which is present on the kit’s seats but is impossible to paint cleanly. I used some fine white-coated wire carefully glued in place to achieve this detail.

The kit provides lap belts on the decal sheet. I applied them, but I wish I hadn’t; they don’t look realistic.     

The body is crisply molded, with minimal mold lines. The inner front fender panels glue in place very well. I overlooked the seam where the ends of the fenders mold into the side of the car; it must be filled prior to primer and paint. Because it’s a black car, it’s not too noticeable, but it needs to be addressed for the body to be accurate.

Final assembly is tricky. The body has to be spread apart quite a bit to accept the interior and chassis assembly. The inner fender and lower sills are glued to the body, and could snap off, ruining the paint job. The wheels and tires also go on fairly hard and can easily snap the suspension components.   

The chassis and suspension are fully detailed and assembled flawlessly.  Everything on the suspension fit so well that the stance of the car is not compromised at all during final assembly. The kit is designed to have poseable front wheels.     

The wheels are chrome plated, and a little bit on the thick side, though they are nicely molded. When I reviewed reference photos of the 1:1 car, I noticed that the wheels were painted silver, instead of being chrome-plated. I stripped the wheels with oven cleaner, primed them, and painted them silver. Only the knockoffs were left plated.
The windshield has the window frame molded to it in clear plastic. I added Bare-Metal foil to simulate the chrome frame on the 1:1 car. And because Hasegawa molded a channel in the body, locating and gluing the windshield assembly is easy.

The hood and trunk handles are chrome-plated pieces that are a bit thick and out of scale. Hood straps are molded in white plastic that must be painted brown to simulate leather.

The decals live up to their superb quality. They went on the model flawlessly, with no bleeding over the black paint. Even the red nose is a decal that was applied prior to clearcoat.

With additional details under the hood, a set of upgraded wire wheels, and better seat belts, the model would be a museum-quality replica. It is that good!


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