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Hasegawa 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV
Hasegawa No. 20278
Model Type: Injection-molded
Molded Colors: Green, black, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $42.99
Pros: Parts fit well, with few surprises
Cons: Side windows scratched; some plated parts should be black
The overall quality of this previously-released Miura SV is nice – typical of Hasegawa for this era – and the 77 parts fit quite well for the most part. The majority of the kit is molded in black, plus a clear and a chrome shot.

Although it has an engine that is partially (barely) visible, it is a curbside.  The choice to build it with the headlights up or folded back is an interesting option.

The body is delicate, but not too fragile, and is molded in green. Although the mold lines are mild, extra care should be exercised when you’re cleaning up the A-pillars. Deeper scribing around the window frames will pay off at foiling time.

The soft tires are pleasant-looking, although there is no sidewall lettering.  One side of each tire is cleaner than the other; care should be taken to put the best side out. 

The decals are printed well, with many extras, and they fit as they should.  Mylar transfers are provided for some of the finer chrome items, badges, and mirror faces, and add realism.

The instructions are easy to follow, with plenty of painting information – especially regarding details. I followed the instructions in order for most of the assembly, but the rocker scoops should be attached and those seams filled before painting the body; not during final body assembly as directed. 

I also installed the wheel knockoffs and windshield wipers last, for easier handling in the final stages of construction.

I researched the car on line and saw several shades of green, depending on light and angles. I used Tamiya TS-20 Metallic Green over a base of TS-17 Gloss Aluminum. Then I cleared it with Matrix MSV-21 urethane.

The interior is painted with Tamiya acrylic equivalents of the Gunze colors listed in the instructions. The decals and chrome trim accents bring it to life.

The wheels are plated a bit too brightly for my taste, so I sprayed four light coats of TS-17 to tone them down  (two coats on the knockoffs). A light wash of X-19 Smoke accentuated the wheel center detail.

The front bumper/grille and taillight bezels are also plated, but should be black, and are a tight fit with the chrome finish; I stripped them with oven cleaner. The bezels did not fit well in the body, so all four backside edges were sanded down prior to painting. 

The clear windows on my sample had scratches inside along the lower edges of the side windows. A little sanding and polishing would take care of it.

The Lamborghini and Miura SV scripts for the rear of the car are provided in chrome Mylar, but should be painted black. I liked the idea of the raised detail, so after applying them, I hand-painted them black.

Although the kit fits well and has few surprises, it does not go together quickly. This is mostly because many subassemblies need to be built incrementally and allowed to dry fully before progressing; and it’s partially because of the amount of detail- painting that needs to be done and allowed to dry before assembly. 

Allowing those items to dry completely along the way will make building this kit much more enjoyable and will yield the best results.
This series of Miuras are arguably the best 1/24 scale kits offered at this time. This is a nice model, and a recommended addition to any Miura enthusiast’s collection. 


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