Detailing the 1996 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI ITC, late version. Step by step

Tamiya 1/24 scale

by Alessandro Prini © 2005 Modeler Site

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The famous Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo has been one of the principal figures in the 1996 International Touring Car Championship (ITC): ten victories on twenty-six rounds. For that season, their 155 V6 TI was further developed and a total of eight cars were entered in the series. An awesome 450 plus horsepower output was transmitted to all four wheels via a semi-automatic six-speed gearbox and electronically controlled front, rear and central differentials. The four wheel double wishbone suspension was equipped with horizontally mounted shock absorbers activated by pushrods.


Although retaining some of the original appearance, the exterior underwent numerous aerodynamic and weight-saving refinements, while Formula 1-borrowed electronics was massively used on the mechanics and stored in the cockpits.

The Martini sponsored 155 were piloted by the drivers Nicola Larini and Alessandro Nannini.


Alfa Romeo entered the 1996 season with the aerodynamic arrangement from the previous season. After the first two races (two defeats) the Fiat Corse team started developing, step by step, some aerodynamic modifications such as additional front lateral wings, hood louvers and air vents behind the front wheels. I decided to replicate step 1 even if, to do so, I came to a compromise for what concern the livery which is not 100% correct, but I imagined it something like a test car.

 The car subject of the photo-array comes from the 1996 late season with all the modifications above mentioned; the car is displayed at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese (Milano), seat of the remaining Alfa Romeo plant.

The kit

Originally issued in 1998, yet at that time the kit was fairly well engineered. Very well captured the overall shape of the car, precise assembling. Unfortunately the original decals, manufactured by Tamiya in Japan, turned on slightly yellow, softening solution and hairdryer were necessary during their application. Working with old Tamiya decals requires extreme care to avoid irreversible damages.

For this project I also decided to build the engine separate from the car, displaying it just in front of the 155.



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