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Inside the box: 1/24 Tecnomodel Ferrari 250 SWB (1961/62) - Review


Robi J
05-23-2012, 07:15 PM
So Guys, let’s go inside the box of the latest kit release from Tecnomodel: the 1961/62 Ferrari 250 SWB – scale 1/24 – cod. TK-2401A
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb1.jpg

Not a million-pieces kit, but the quality is really high. Resin, plastic, white metal, photoetched parts, turned aluminium parts, decals, tinted taillights, rubber tires, everything properly done
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb2.jpg

Mechanical parts need a little cleaning, there are nearly no imperfection, hood is a separate piece, as well as the front air intake where the photoetched grille shall be located
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb3.jpg
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Headlights are cleared with resin, there are frames for the windows; the steering wheels features two semi-parts made of plastic which have to be connected to the etched element
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb5.jpg

Chromed metal parts, white metal wheel knock-off, aluminium exhaust tips and brass axis
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb6.jpg

The etched parts intended for the cockpit are textured
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Exhaust tips and a small etched nice fret
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Besides the stock version, four racing liveries are available in decals (1961 Le Mans and Tourist Trophy, 1962 Tour de France). Outstanding quality
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Rubber tires and pre-assembled alu rims. The photos are self-explanatory…
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb12.jpg

Bodywork and hood, very minimal cleaning required, perfect surfaces finishing
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb13.jpg
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Engine block, relevant details and gearbox
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb21.jpg

Left and right-hand dashboards
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb22.jpg

Also included a thin, crystal clear acetate for the windows
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb23.jpg

Part list, assembling instructions and decals guide
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb24.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a163/RJ1108/Various/250swb25.jpg

Bye: R :smile:

ale-o
05-23-2012, 07:28 PM
Hmm looks like a nice kit, athough quite expensive probably but still:smile: i am just confused about the clear parts which are obviously not included or you just didn´t show them.. :sly: I see you get a sheet of clear plastic but what for..? Are you supposed to vacuum form the windows by yourself? well that is not a big deal if you have a ¨negative¨ , but i dont see one.. ? :confused:

Robi J
05-23-2012, 07:38 PM
...I am just confused about the clear parts which are obviously not included or you just didn´t show them.. :sly: I see you get a sheet of clear plastic but what for..? Are you supposed to vacuum form the windows by yourself? well that is not a big deal if you have a ¨negative¨ , but i dont see one.. ? :confused:

The kit includes a plain acetate transparent sheet (photo no. 23) for the clear parts. There is a sketch on the instructions, but I think I'll go using the etched window frames as a jig, glueing the acetate onto the frames and then bent/glue them all to the bodywork. I hope... :smile:

F1Tommy
05-23-2012, 10:31 PM
Kit looks very nice. Those window frames/clear sheet windows are tricky but look very nice when finished. I have seen the built up version and it is a very accurate model kit of the late version 250 SWB. Still $100.00 US less than the Hiro. Thank you for the review photos


Tom Tanner/Scale Designs/Ferrari Expo 2013-Chicago March 2013

MidMazar
05-23-2012, 10:48 PM
I get jittery when a new review comes up on here. Love seeing new reviews. Thanks for sharing. The kit looks very promising. Resin looks clean, and decals look crisp. 100 bucks cheaper so are we talking about 200 bucks for it? Good luck with the build.

RonCla
05-24-2012, 01:46 AM
No surprises there. Looks like another nice clean kit from Technomodel and up to their usual standards.

Veyron
05-24-2012, 06:47 AM
I built their 250 Sperimentale kit a few years ago, they build up nice. The window system is fiddly but if you have the patience it can yield a good look. The drivetrain parts are copies of Italeri kit parts.

http://images12.fotki.com/v197/photos/4/1626384/8520470/250s20-vi.jpg

ale-o
05-24-2012, 10:08 AM
The kit includes a plain acetate transparent sheet (photo no. 23) for the clear parts. There is a sketch on the instructions, but I think I'll go using the etched window frames as a jig, glueing the acetate onto the frames and then bent/glue them all to the bodywork. I hope... :smile:
Uhh sounds complicated but good luck! I dont see how thats even posible to bend a flat surface into a more complex form such as a windshield without using heat and a negative to press it on.. Athough, if it needs to be bend only one way that might actualy work :wink:

Robi J
05-24-2012, 05:02 PM
Uhh sounds complicated but good luck! I dont see how thats even posible to bend a flat surface into a more complex form such as a windshield without using heat and a negative to press it on.. Athough, if it needs to be bend only one way that might actualy work :wink:

You're right, it will be complicated. I still have to check how many curves needs the windshield and I guess I'll ask for some suggestion from the Tecnomodel aftersales service...

F1Tommy
05-24-2012, 05:30 PM
Uhh sounds complicated but good luck! I dont see how thats even posible to bend a flat surface into a more complex form such as a windshield without using heat and a negative to press it on.. Athough, if it needs to be bend only one way that might actualy work :wink:

As long as it does not have any compound curves it is possible, and the windows look super clear like glass. A car window with tight compound curves or vents has to be vacuformed(like an F40 rear window). If you have ever seen a BBR or Tecnomodel built up thats how they do it. It requires alot of practice and skill to look perfect.

Tom Tanner/Scale Designs/Ferrari Expo 2013-Chicago March 2013

sjelic
05-25-2012, 10:14 AM
Robi....you make me spend my money again...I wanted to buy 250 for a long time and was looking at MFH one, but I do adore Tecno kits, to bad they don't do more of them...I love them in 43 to, to bad they do most of the cars as built ones...and that 430 in 1/24 that was planed....I will never forgive them for not delivering it to the market :)
Thanks for review, this is best promotion possible.
As for the windows...they shouldn't be big problem, maybe they should have made them pre-cut...it would make life easier :)

Robi J
05-25-2012, 02:49 PM
Robi....you make me spend my money again...

I'm sorry :iceslolan Hi Sasa, nice to hear from you.
I forgot to mention that the clear acetate included in the kit is enough for 2 cars, at least, so there is a little margin for possible error. For sure pre-cut items would have been really appreciated.

Concerning the 1/24 F430 GT, me too, I won't forgive them, especially because the master they prepared was a beauty. I spoke about this topic with them a couple of years ago at a local hobby show, but yet at that time was rather clear the project would have been abandoned. Really a pity...

Robi

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