Formula one/Review

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Ferrari D50 1955 kit 63101

Revival  1/20 scale

by Stéphane Simard



I ordered this kit at the same time I ordered some 500 F2s from Icaro. At first I thought that Revival had just the 500s but, Icaro had the full Revival line available and it was with enthusiasm that I submitted an order for this model and four others from the same line. At this point in time, it is quite difficult to find historic F1 in larger scales like 1:20th and 1:12th. However, Revival has created a kit which worthy of a build and review.


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This car is of interest to F1 fans, as this car was sold to Ferrari by Lancia after the tragic death of Ascari. This car had some famous drivers at the wheel such as Fangio and Musso. The version made by revival has the external lateral fuel tanks and in 1956, these tanks were incorporated into the bodywork.

To begin the parts of the kit come in a shrink-wrapped plastic protection. All the parts are therefore stored safely. One thing which is great about the kit, is the wire wheels. They are just perfect and look great.

I contemplated ordering two of these kits to build an open version, as I had done for the 500 F2s, but the cost was not worth it.

Before anything could be done to the kit, all the parts were examined carefully. On first impressions the kit parts were good. The body, which is pre-painted is very well done. The rest of the kit frame, suspension parts, engine blocks, etc, are made of white metal and need some serious cleaning and de-burring prior to painting. I took more time to do this than the rest of the painting and assembly process, but it a must if the final result was worthwhile.

The only reserve I have with the body work, is certain parts has some minor clear coat scratches, these can be buffed out or the body can be re-coated with clear coat.

Once the parts were cleaned, they all received two coats of Tamiya grey primer and final color as shown by my research pictures.


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Assembly was straight forward, with no real surprises. As with the 500 F2s, the only thing I would recommend, is to proceed with a dry assembly of the engine block. If this is not done, there will be a large gap between the engine parts making the model look cheap. Even if this is not done, the gap can be filled with epoxy and repainted. From my 500 F2 experience I knew this and began by assembling the engine with epoxy.

The other thing I added to the body is leather straps to match how the hood was attached to the bodywork. Other than that the model was built straight from the box.


I would recommend all modelers to have one of these to their collection. I only build Ferraris, and this addition to my collection, along with the other Revival kits have added some depth to it. The D50 with the two 500 F2 look great on display.


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