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Hasegawa's Lancia Delta HF Integrale

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Lancia Delta HF Integrale
Hasegawa No. 20289
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, gray, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $67.99
Pros: Well-engineered kit, detail and part fitment
Cons: Dull decal colors,
difficulty getting decals to conform to body
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HASEGAWA has been on a kick lately, reissuing a string of its Rally and Group C kits from the late ’80s and early ’90s.  It’s a welcome sight for those of us who missed them the first time or would like another crack with our improved (we hope) skills.

This appears to be a straight reissue with no changes from the original. The tooling seems to be holding up and the detail is still nice and crisp. Mold lines and flash are minimal. Clear parts are separately bagged and optically very good. 

Also included is a sheet of photo-etched details for the seat belts and body latches, some material for the belts and a soft vinyl sheet for the mud flaps. Some of the latest reissues are supplied with Cartograf decals and some with Hasegawa “house brand” decals.

Construction starts with the stripped out racing interior. The main tub has good molded detail in the floor section but the sidewalls are a bit plain. Door panels are provided to spruce them up. 

You will need to clean holes in the seats for the seat belts to pass through as there is some flash and the shapes are not uniform. The belts, while not impossible, will take you some time to construct. First, slit the material to the appropriate width, then cut to length. The material is thin, almost like vinyl. It is fairly easy to work with but just doesn’t look all that authentic.

The six-piece roll cage fit together well. I find it easiest to fit everything into place, then glue the joints while holding things together.

Quality molded-in details highlight the dashboard with decals for the gauges, however there is nothing for the rally computer.

All suspension pieces are separate from the chassis pan, making detail painting easy. The lower portion of the engine is molded-in so don’t spend lengthy time detailing it as most will be hidden by a large skid plate.

There are a few holes you will need to open to mount the skid plate and the exhaust.

Six parts make up the front suspension with poseable front wheels and seven parts make up the rear.

Both street and rally versions of this kit share plugs to convert from one to the other. One for the roof air vent and the other on the right-hand C-pillar for the fuel filler.

These leave slight mold lines that will need smoothing. For accuracy’s sake, also fill in the street car’s fuel door on the left C-pillar.

Otherwise this one-piece body is well done. All windows are molded as a single unit and fit perfectly as did the head- and taillight lenses.

As you can see in the photos my model is devoid of all the elaborate rally decals. For multiple reasons, the provided decals were a big letdown. 

For one, the finish is more of a satin sheen instead of glossy and the coors are just not as vivid as they should be.

The main Martini striping is divided into two sections per side: one decal from the A-pillar forward and the other back. 

I contemplated cutting the decals apart and painting the bright red section in the middle but decided to give them a try as supplied. I started with the easier front decal and though it was tricky, had reasonable success. The larger rear decal, which covers most of the rear third of the car, was very problematic.

I tried every tool and trick in my arsenal, trying to coax the decal to conform to the various curves and crevices. It ended up wrinkling where it needed to shrink and tearing where it needed to stretch.

Maybe you'll have better luck than I did, if you do, I'd like to know you did it!

-Mike Klessig

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