Tamiya 1:24 Ferrai F50
12th April 2009

I got bored on the 12th of March and when window shopping at Hobbyone down the road from the house, I managed to return with a 1:24 plastic kit of a Ferrari F50 made by Tamiya. I had not built a kit since 1995 and I was determined to ensure that #14 was going to be the best one yet!

Long way to go.

Tamiya make the best model tyres out there on the 1:24 market. The F50’s tyres were no exception. The 18” Goodyear Eagle Fioranos were beautiful.

The exhaust system came chrome plated, but was a pain the butt to assembly. The parts didn’t key in very well and there were repercussions later on in the build once suspension arms had to clear the mufflers.

The brake discs may look detailed, but there are conversion kits available that have about 7 pieces per disc assembly.

We have steering!

I wasn’t happy with my efforts on the seat. I should have used masking tape to better delineate the red and the two different types of black called out for in the instructions.

I was hell bent on doing the job properly on this car. All outer panels were primed prior to getting several coats of red paint.

Doesn’t the body look beautiful once with the primer alone? And next to the F50 is the next project- the F40.

Ferrari chose to use a naturally aspirated 4.7 litre V12 for the F50 and it put out 520 horsepower, about 40 more than the F40 could. Of course, this was the garden variety V12 as modified versions seen on the F50 GT produced closer to 750 horsepower.

The engine was a fully stressed member and follows standard F1 practice. It bolts right up against the front tub.

Work progressed on the chassis a little too quickly. I hadn’t completed enough work on the body for final assembly to proceed without delay. The instructions fail to mention that the first thing that should be done is the painting and clear coating of the body prior to the commencement of any other work.

The body panels were back from the spray booth after being hit with Tamiya’s Italian Red (TS-8).

The underside of the body was painted black to simulate carbon fibre.

In the spray booth for one last time. The body panels were clear coated to protect the paintwork and decals. One sore point was that the some of the back body lines wound up getting smeared but I think I will have this problem solved when it is time to spray the F40.

The windscreen, dashboard, engine and gearbox assemblies were fitted to the body.

The wheels were slapped on to complete that front end of the chassis.

Together at last! I mated the body onto the chassis late on Saturday arvo.

In fourteen attempts, this is about as close I have gotten to the picture on the instruction sheet.

Show off- the F50’s cowl has a see through section similar to the F40.

Even though the engine bay turned out a little scruffier than I would like and failure of all the carbon fibre decals, I like fact that the rear cowl is hinged and the engine, partially hidden under the massive air box, can still be seen.

I took the final shots today (12th of April). It’s been a month of painting and gluing up this Ferrari into the wee hours of the morning and I will be looking forward to a few normal nights before getting onto the next car.

So overall, the build was a satisfying process. I hated Tamiya’s decals and I can see why the professional builders prefer to use aftermarket suppliers for these. Some of the body panels had to be worked smooth and they didn’t seem to fit as cohesively as previous Tamiya kits I have dealt with. Minor quibbles aside, this is still the best 1:24 kit of the F50 on the the market at present and I am happy enough with the outcome that I will be buying a display cabinet to park it in.

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