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Hasegawa Lancia Delta HF integrale “evoluzione”

Hasegawa No. 24009
Molded Colors: Red, gray
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $39.99
Pros: Accurate presentation, crisp detail, generally straightforward assembly
Cons: No chrome, tricky front suspension fit
If we’re talking car model releases, it’s Hasegawa’s turn at bat. In addition to a pretty steady stream of new tooling, our friends in Shizuoka have been on an aggressive program of reissues, including this slick little Lancia from 1994. Lest you write it off as merely the street version of the rally Delta reviewed a few months back, there’s quite a bit of distinct content in this kit.

The body shell carries the evoluzione’s extended wheel flares, and optional front grilles rather than a single piece molded to the body. The street interior has sport seats without roll bars, and the rolling stock are sharp renditions of the evo’s alloy wheels and vintage rubber Pirelli P7s still razor-sharp to this day.

The basic chassis plate and suspension carry over from previous versions, and the exhaust system requires you to cut off the passenger-side tailpipe.

The kit spends its 74 pieces pretty well on overall detail. As with recent new tools from Hasegawa, you get a basic simplified interior tub, but this 24-year-old mold at least avails you of some separate armrests – all four easily installed, though the location points for the dash are a little less positive. They’re there and they work, but it might take you a couple tries to nail them down.

The suspension incorporates a fair amount of intricacy with crisply molded struts and disc brake washer retainers in the typical Japanese fashion, also featuring a differential cradle and locating links for the independent rear end.

Because this is a curbside kit, there’s only an engine and transaxle lower molded to the chassis plate. There is enough open space however around it to make it look separate from the bottom. The tooling is sharp and it gets about the best possible mileage out of its limited parts count.

The design shows its age in certain aspects. After dealing with the sink marks in the rear bumper from the chassis slot boss molded inside, you appreciate how much more strategic 21st century tooling is about these details.

The wheels carry their conical rim shapes right through the Pirellis, where more recent tires are molded to compensate. There’s no plating in the kit, so you’ll need DIY chroming for  the grille surround, mirror faces, and lens reflector.

Hasegawa kits are known for their occasional fussiness and while there are no real deal-breakers in this one, it does have its moments. The front struts and tie rod are designed to snap in place, and you might find the fit very tight against the suspension arms. Either hog out the bosses in the lower arms a bit or risk snapping the pivots off the struts. The tie rod is a bit less cantankerous, but it ultimately poses the front wheels with too much toe-in.

The chassis plate is not difficult to get into the body, but does require you lead the rear in first and then feed the front corners in one at a time, eventually finessing the front pins home to their bosses. Cut off the raising struts from the rooftop wing and the interface becomes quite vague – and the photo model’s was installed in the reverse of the instructions’ mandate because it just seemed to fit better that way.

But once you’ve worked your way through these hurdles it’s hard to argue with the result. The bulldog stance and overall look of this iconic hot hatch are captured with great finesse and accuracy; and if you’re looking for something a little different and not too taxing to build, this Lancia is more than worth a look.  


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