Improving the Tamiya Ferrari F50 1/12 scale: The yellow dream!
by Mario Covalski © 2010 Modeler Site
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If you’re a Ferrari fan in 1/12 scale and want to add a F40, F50 and Enzo to your collection, you’ll find nothing good to build. There two kits available of the F40: one from Protar/Revell and the other from Monogram but in my opinion, none of them are worth the effort. Thus there’s no other solution than resorting to the diecast Tamiya and Kyosho have been offering. Without entering into details, the Tamiya Enzo and the Kyosho F40 are acceptable but not the Tamiya F50 1997 release.
Finally, I decided I would detail the Tamiya F50 to an acceptable standard so that it looked like a model……and not a simple toy. The aim of this article is to share this experience with others.
It’s incredible that Tamiya have offered such a bad model as the F50, just a toy. The engine comes poorly detailed and bad represented, the wheels and tires are wrong, it lacks of PE parts, grill for bumper and rear grill have been made out of plastic…well, an endless list and this before studying the subject in depth.
The reference book I have is the Ferrari F50 from Automobilia, a good material, anyway I repeat this is a cheap Chinese toy.
I regret to say this since Tamiya is my idol, but here they failed and it’s incredible that they have made a reissue in 2003 (the yellow F50 I got) even worse than the offered in 1997.
Where to start from?
This article is devoted basically to collectors/modelers or less experienced modelers, advanced probably will follow their own way.
Next, it was time for the screw bolts of the lower area. The one in the front doesn’t have to be removed.
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