Fujimi 1/20 Ferrari 126 C2 (Long Beach)
KIT #: 090337
PRICE: $
DECALS: Two options
REVIEWER: Greg Hansel
NOTES: New mold kit

HISTORY & THE KIT

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CONSTRUCTION

This is not going to be your normal construction review.  Iím in the Air Force and Scott was kind enough to indulge me with this build while I was on temporary duty for 10 months in Washington DC.  While I was there I did not have my normal set of tools and airbrushes.  I had a very basic set of tools and paint.  This kit was built old school over a three month period. Fujimi really did a good job on this kit.  First off, the level of detail and overall fit of the parts was on par with Tamiya.  The kit features a complete engine and appropriately complex suspension.  Unlike the early Tamiya kits, which came with a durable ABS type of plastic for the suspension, the plastic used for the parts in the Fujimi kit is the same as the rest of the kit.  This means the suspension is a little weaker then a similar Tamiya model, but once itís all together it holds up just fine and seems sturdy enough.  After I built up the engine and suspension I sprayed them with aluminum and flat black respectively.  The monocoque was also painted aluminum at this time. 

     The engine and monocoque fit neatly into the lower tray and almost didnít need cement.  The top of the engine is well detailed with the exhaust and turbos and everything fit neatly with no drama.  The body shell is designed to be removable, but it did not fit very well when it was put in position without cement.  I adjusted the body as much as I could while trying to adjust the fit, but no matter what I tried, there was always at least a 2mm gap on one side or the other.  I feel that with my full range of tools and more patience I may have been able to get a better fit, but I decided to cement the body shell on instead.  There was a bit of tension on the body shell when it was fully in place so I felt standard model cement would not have been strong enough.  I used 5 minute epoxy for the body to guarantee strength in the bond and because it would not fog the clear coat like CA glues tend to do.  The rear wing looked like it would be difficult to assemble, but in reality went together with ease; I used CA cement to ensure strength.  I was happy to find out that the wing could be fitted to the car without cement so that I could dismount it for transport. 

COLORS & MARKINGS

 I got lucky for this portion of the build!  I had to return home for 12 days to burn off some ďuse or loseĒ leave.  When I flew home I packed up the body parts and side skirts so I could paint them properly.  The side skirts required a mix of aluminum and gold which I mixed with Alclad colors.  The body was prepared and painted House of Kolor Euro Red with PPG urethane clear to top it off.  The body has a few imperfections and four sink marks. I filled the imperfections with putty before priming.  I wish I had not been rushed for this part because I ended up having the sink marks reappear under the paint.  I actually discovered a new method of using CA glue with accelerator for filling small areas and that probably would have worked better for me.  Once I had the paint and clear done for the body parts, I bundled everything back up and went back to DC for my last four months.  I spent 4 evenings laying the decals, and they went on extremely well!   I was a bit concerned that the white striping would be difficult, but the decals were the correct length and there was no need to worry. 

     My luck ran out on the tires.  This kit, like Tamiya F1 kits, uses a transfer for the Good Year markings instead of decals.  I used the transfers as the instructions indicated only to have them curl up a couple of days later. I ended up stripping the remainder of the tire markings off.  I would have preferred decals that I could have applied and shot a matt clear over.   

CONCLUSIONS

  Other then the faulty tire markings, I encountered no difficulties with this kit.  My issue with the body fit could have been corrected with some of the more advanced tools that I usually have like a Dremal tool or even hand files.  This kit is on par with the F1 kits from Tamiya and I can recommend it with no reservations.

REFERENCES

To be honest, the only references I really used were googled images due to my temporary living conditions.  When I was home for two weeks I did reference the book Grand Prix; Fascination Formula 1, Konemann publishing 1993, for some photo references. 

Greg Hansel

April 2009

Thanks to www.dragonmodelsusa.com for the review kit. Get this and many other fine Fujimi kits at your local hobby shop.

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