Tamiya Ferrari F40
4th October 2009

The F40 is, without a doubt, my favourite Ferrari.

I first built the 1/24 Tamiya Ferrari F40 kit back in 1993. The model went together pretty well, but I didnít get around to painting the body. There were a few issues that crept up during the built too such as having the spigots on the steering uprights snap and the rear cowl losing its hinges. Nevertheless, the model lasted for years.

I got my hands on an identical kit in 1999 it took a further ten years for the build process to begin.

I like to start a build with the engine. Not all Tamiya kits come with an engine, but itís always nice to build a model as if it were a real car. The heart of the F40 is a 2.9L V8.

The lungs- air is force fed into each bank via dedicated turbochargers.

The headers didnít fit as neatly as I thought they should have.

The alignment between the turbos and the exhaust manifold wasnít spot on. The moulding was not accurate. The transaxle components tended to cover up the mismatch on the turbo piping.

Next on the production line was the chassis.

The font subframe featuring Koni shocks and Brembos.

There was some annoying detail painting steps that kept progress slow.

The floor of the tub had reflective material to protect it from the exhaust muffler.

The interior on the F40 was sparse- just the way car interiors should be! Bucket seats, a steering wheel, a gear stick and three pedals.

The tub was made of composites, but the roll cage was made of steel.

Marrying the engine with the chassis.

Rolling chassis

I quite like the way the car looked without the outer skin.

The body was primed a while ago and didnít spend too much time in the paint booth to get it to this stage.

The cowl had to have some reflective bits put on too.

Putting on the rear windscreen and painting the Ferrari logo were difficult.

The fiddly bits.

Everything got packed away once winter set in. It was just too cold for the paints to dry properly.

The bits finally saw the light of day the week prior to Bathurst.

The body required all the rubbers to be painted on.

The cowl was installed onto the body.

The moment that had taken 6 months! The body was finally ready to be mated to the rolling chassis.

The F40 with the F50.

As with the F50, the engine is clearly visible through the rear louvres.

The rear cowl didnít sit as well as I had hoped- a legacy of troubles the engine had fitting into the chassis.

Just missing the wheelspin.

I was impressed with Tamiyaís job on the three piece 17Ē wheels.

The exhaust system might look big, but the two reflective intercoolers command most of the attention.

The original Pirelli P Zeros arenít made any longer and in my opinion look far sexier than todayís Zero Rossos and Zero Neros.

Baby got back!

The kit even came with a rod to prop up the cowl.

My next carís going to be a Porsche. One can say such things with a straight face in the world of the 1/24s... The 911 Speedster has been prepped and primed and is ready to be hit with some metallic light blue.

Pics to follow...


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