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Tamiya Ford Zakspeed Turbo Capri

Ford Zakspeed
Ford Zakspeed Turbo Capri
Tamiya No. 24329
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $48.00
Pros: Parts fit; decals; plating; minimal mold lines
Cons: No ground-effects tunnel; some painting instructions are incorrect
This is the third version of the Ford Zakspeed Turbo Capri to be offered by Tamiya. The new release is for the Wurth-sponsored car driven by Klaus Ludwig to 10 wins in 13 races in 1981. It is a straight reissue of the original 1979 kit, with different decals.

As with most of the Tamiya kits of that era, it was meant to be motorized, and therefore the chassis is robust but simplified. That said, there is still a fair amount of underside detail.

The lower portion of the engine with exhaust, turbo, and intake detail is molded in place, along with axle detail in the rear. Some careful detail-painting can go a long way in bringing it to life. There is a separate front subframe and front spindles with spring detail. The front wheels are steerable.

Instructions call for pretty much everything to be painted flat black, but my references show pretty clearly that most of the bottom was bare aluminum. Completely missing is the huge ground- effects tunnel, most likely because of the kit’s motorized heritage.

The BBS wheels are molded well and feature excellent chrome plating. The mesh is molded closed, however, so a good black wash and careful painting of the center is needed to bring out the depth. The slick racing tires are soft rubber, with only a minimal mold ridge down the center. The molded sidewall lettering on earlier versions is replaced by dry-transfer-type Goodyear decals.

The interior is a bit on the simple side. The rear bulkhead served as the battery cover in the original motorized version and is meant to snap in place. The rear portion of the roll cage is attached to the bulkhead and as such is all that is included.

Other parts for the interior include the drivers’ seat, steering wheel and column, what looks to be an oil tank, dash, and door panels. Instrument detail is molded crisply but still rather plain.

The body, thankfully molded in white for this release, looks pretty close to perfect in capturing the aggressive shape and proportion. Mold lines are nearly invisible in most spots, and require minimal sanding to remove.

The rear wing supports fit pretty well, needing just a little filler to smooth into the rear deck. Louvers for the rear fenders are separate and molded in black, so extra primer will be necessary to ensure color match to the body.

Taillights are molded in clear, requiring you to tint them, and it appears the instructions have the colors reversed. My reference shows the orange part of the taillight should be to the outside of the body, not inside. Headlights are a bit old-school in that they are chrome-plated, but mostly covered with a decal; it’s not a big deal.

Window glass is molded as a single piece, and is optically pretty good, although mine had some minor scratches on the sides. Fit is perfect, almost snapping into place.

Most notable, perhaps, is the new decal sheet. Although it doesn’t indicate they are printed by Cartograf, they are Cartograflike in quality, which is to say excellent. The striking white, red, and black color scheme is faithfully reproduced, and to do so required some rather large decals. Some of the decals have a white line that corresponds to a panel line or crease to aid in alignment. Fit was perfect, and most settled to the surface without setting solutions.

Despite its simplistic origins, it still builds into a great looking model and is quite an enjoyable kit. Definitely recommended!


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