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Tamiya Ferrari Enzo

Tamiya Enzo Ferrari
Ferrari Enzo
Tamiya No. 12047
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Red, black, clear
Scale: 1/12
MSRP: $610
Pros: Added photoetched parts and decals; parts fit; mold quality
Cons: Foil is thicker and more difficult to work with than typical
This is Tamiya’s fourth version of the Enzo. New in this version is a small fret of photoetched details for the intake screens, seat belts, and the windshield wiper. Also new are templated sheets of carbon-fiber decal and self-adhesive metal foil for the heat shielding. Self-adhesive printed seat belts in your choice of red, black, or yellow complete the new extras.

The basic block and transaxle is six pieces, so the intricate castings could be faithfully reproduced, and the designers at Tamiya did a spectacular job.  Fit is perfect and the detail is plentiful and crisply molded.  

Each bank of exhaust headers is comprised of four parts, and although they look complex, the assembly is trouble-free. Ferrari scripts are provided as metal transfers for the cam covers, and they really dress up the engine nicely. The completed engine is dropped into a subframe and the rest of the rear suspension is attached. The huge carbon ceramic brake discs are beautifully molded with calipers attached.
The monocoque is molded as a single piece, incorporating the front and upper rear subframes and cockpit roof structure. This is where most of the adhesive foil heat shielding is used. The Tamiya foil is substantially thicker than the foil most of us are familiar with, and in some ways a little more difficult to work with. I noticed that it will dent and won’t rub out when applied. I decided to use this to my advantage and rolled the knurled handle of my knife over it to give it a quilted pattern in the areas I thought appropriate.  

The dashboard consists of an upper and lower half with separate instrument cluster, steering column, paddle shifters, and steering wheel. Decals are provided for the gauges and steering wheel. The carbon-fiber decals for the dash fit well, but will need some softener to get them to conform to all the curves. I cut the decals for the seat backs into three sections: sides and back.  

The remainder of the chassis assembly is focused at the back and includes the lower rear quarter panels and all the coolers and ducting associated with them. You have a choice of rear diffuser, black or clear, if you want to show off all the detail underneath.

The body features opening doors and rear deck and a removable front clip.  All panels are molded in red and need virtually no cleanup.  Panel fit is incredibly precise. The door hinges are a little finicky and require caution when opening and closing.

Masks are provided for painting the black trim on the windshield and rear glass. Be careful when installing the screws in the rear deck; I turned them in a little too far and left a mark on the rear glass. Metal transfers for the Ferrari logo and Cavallino at the rear and decals for the Scuderia badges on the sides finish off the body.

The specially made Bridgestone tires are reproduced perfectly and feature excellent tread and sidewall detail.  Wheels are nicely chrome plated and have separate wheel nuts.

As complex and detailed as this kit is, the entire process was incredibly painless. Parts fit and mold quality is as close to perfect as I’ve ever seen in a model kit. It might be a little much for a novice builder, but I think most would find this model a joy to build. It may very well be the nicest kit I’ve ever built!             


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