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Hasegawa Lancia Stratos HF

Lancia Stratos HF
Hasegawa No. 20282
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: White, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $33.95
Pros: The best Stratos kit; nice Cartograf decal sheet
Cons: Tight fit of body/chassis; curbside hides detail
This reissue has 147 styrene parts (plus a few extras for alternate versions) molded in white, black, and clear. There is no chrome tree.

The tires are soft rubberlike Pirelli P7s, and they are nicely rendered, but the sidewalls have only the tiny tire-size letters. Mudflaps are provided in the form of thin, black, soft material that must be cut to shape following the provided templates, and a piece of piano wire is included for the antenna.

It is a curbside, but it has some engine, suspension, and underbonnet detailing – most of which cannot be seen when the kit is assembled. The interior is detailed to a greater degree, and is a little more viewable.

The decal sheet is printed by Cartograf, and is exceptionally nice. In addition to the exterior decals, a full set of gauges and seat belts are included.  The gauges really make the dash pop. 

All of the parts fit well, and required only a minimal amount of prep before painting and assembly.

The hood louvers had a little flash, and were cleaned out mostly from the inside with a knife, needle file, and PE saw. It was a little time-consuming, but it makes a big difference and is well worth the effort.

I used Tamiya TS-40 Red for the “Super Italian Red” specified in the instructions.

I had concerns about the body fitting over the chassis, so I built it up to get an idea of what that fit would be like before painting the body. Seeing how tight that fit was, I decided to deviate from the instructions somewhat regarding the assembly order of the body parts. 

I installed the rear fender flares after the body was mated to the chassis, because of the amount of flex it appeared would be needed to get the body over the chassis.

I feared the flares might limit the flex of the body, and possibly come off. It made sense to put most of the exterior parts on afterward too, rather than risk them being broken off finagling the chassis into the body.

Most of the decals were applied before installing the body, but some had to be done after the flares were put on.

I used a thin, steel rule as a shoehorn to get the body over the chassis (the front bulkhead on the chassis is the main hurdle). This kept spreading of the body to a minimum, but I was still glad I left off the rear flares.

The final few decals were applied after the flares were attached. The two Lancia Chardonnet decals that traverse the rear fenders and flares cracked in a few places, even after dousing them with generous amounts of Mr. Mark Softer decal solvent. I touched the cracks up with Tamiya X-2 White. The other decals worked just fine, and responded well to the solvent.

Leaving the wheels off until the end provided useful places to hold the nearly-finished model without worry of rubbing paint off anything. I used white glue to attach the antenna, as I know it will need to be removed occasionally for travel or cleaning, and it looks prone to being knocked off unintentionally. I drilled out the antenna base for a more positive fit too.

I used chrome Mylar for the outside rearview mirror face, instead of painting it silver.

Aside from the tight fit of the body/chassis, it goes together well and relatively easily. It is a nice model and accurate representation of one of my favorite cars. I have built other manufacturers’ kits of the Stratos; this is the best one.


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