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Review - Hobby Design Transkit - Hamann Ferrari California


agamo
07-08-2012, 12:33 PM
Hello everybody:
After a long absence because of house remodeling I’m finally back! And well, to resume my hobby activities I will make a review; this will be about the Hobby Design transkit to make the Hamann version of the Revell Ferrari California.

Later I will post the complete WIP for this kit which I think will be a nice addition to my collection and to pair my black Hamann 599 and this time I will use the HD transkit, so I don’t have to make everything from scratch as with the 599; and well let’s do start…

Note:
I’m posting this review here since this won’t be a WIP, but if you consider this should be in another folder, dear Moderators just let me know and I will move it to the right place or feel free to move it, thanks!

The car
Refining super sports cars is more than just business for the company HAMANN Motorsport. Their passion for detail, for something special and unique is the main incentive for extraordinary modifications and now the performance workshop has turned its attention to one of the latest Italian supercars in production, the Ferrari California.
http://images40.fotki.com/v1303/photos/8/113398/10641529/hamann_ferrari_california_09-vi.jpg

With their modifications, Hamann not only focuses on improving the visual appearance but the handling and agility of the vehicle, the modifications to the body include a two-piece front spoiler with integrated side moldings in carbon-fiber. Hamann also adds custom side vents, new side skirts and a custom rear wing. All the body-kit parts are available in either fiberglass or carbon-fiber. These modifications create room for more performance, so, HAMANN-Motorsport applies their experienced know-how to adjust the motor management, reprogramming the ECU to provide a 20% improvement to the California’s standard 4.3-liter V-8 engine. This boosts the engine output from 460 to 552 horsepower.
http://images42.fotki.com/v1434/photos/8/113398/10641529/hamann_ferrari_california_12-vi.jpg

Another technical highlight in the offered tuning program is the multi-part 21-inch HAMANN aluminum wheels called EDITION RACE ANODIZED, these black anodized rims with high-gloss polished rim flange emphasize the racing character and these wheels produced in forged technology are extremely light, thus reducing the unsprung mass which noticeably improves both the acceleration and the braking response. The wheel-tire combination is perfectly enhanced by the progressive suspension springs that lower the car by more than an inch.
http://images17.fotki.com/v372/photos/8/113398/10641529/hamann_ferrari_california_15-vi.jpg

The Transkit
Last year, HobbyDesign created a transkit to reproduce this special equipment and to complement the Revell Ferrari California, the Revell kit detail is already very good, so the expectations for this transkit are high.

As I mentioned before, I'm a fan of the Hamann transformations, that’s why I choose this kit to pair my black Hamann 599, but first I want to present a detailed review of the transkit, so onto the pics...

Kit: HD03-0072, Boxed in a very attractive package, with a great picture of the real car, the box says “Detail-up set for Revell”, but more than a detail up set this is a transkit…
http://images109.fotki.com/v786/photos/8/113398/10641498/110125CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The kit contains 6 bags; two of them contain the resin parts for the spoilers and side sills, rear spoiler and rear air diffuser, one more bag for the resin wheels with tires, two bags containing the photoetched frets and the last one for the wheels air valves…
http://images58.fotki.com/v448/photos/8/113398/10641498/110125CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

The first photoetched fret (A), with a thickness of 0.10 mm, contains brake disk detail, Ferrari and Hamann badges (several sizes), rear cowling license plate cover, rear diffuser tensors, windshield wipers, mesh for vents, engine details as badges and lines of the induction chamber, hose clamps, and covers for the throttle controls, for the interior, luggage belts and seatbelt guides.
The detail on the badges down to the “Pininfarina” and “California” badges is very good…
http://images61.fotki.com/v390/photos/8/113398/10641498/110125CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

The second photoetched fret (B), with a thickness of 0.18 mm, contains the radiator faces, disk rotor details, front grill (4 parts), Hamann plates, mirrors, pedals and foot rests, steering wheel shift pads, seat belt latches and buckles…
http://images15.fotki.com/v587/photos/8/113398/10641498/110125CaliforniaHamann04-vi.jpg

The resin wheels, including lug detail are a little on the rough side with some flash which will require time to clean up; the tires are extremely soft, but easy to clean, will comment on scale/sizes later…
http://images51.fotki.com/v278/photos/8/113398/10641498/110125CaliforniaHamann05-vi.jpg

The resin parts for spoilers and side sills, they are very well molded; no bubbles, small flash, and the parts on my kit do not present any warping…
http://images53.fotki.com/v666/photos/8/113398/10641498/110125CaliforniaHamann06-vi.jpg

The instruction sheet is very simple; I think some pictures of the actual parts on the model would help, as well as some pictures of the actual car for reference…
http://images109.fotki.com/v786/photos/8/113398/10641498/110125CaliforniaHamann07-vi.jpg

This transkit is made for the Revell Ferrari California whether open or closed version...
http://images59.fotki.com/v222/photos/8/113398/10641498/110328CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

I will follow the order suggested on the instruction sheet, so the first part is the front grill, made out of 4 parts, one main frame (Part No 44) to hold everything in place and 3 horizontal sections (Parts 45, 46, & 47), the vertical sections in the frame have to be bent at 90° these sections have grooves for assembly with the horizontal sections which are a little bigger than the thickness of the material, giving some room for later adjustments.
Separating the parts from the fret is very easy since the cut points are very thin and very well marked…
http://images109.fotki.com/v786/photos/8/113398/10641498/110522CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

Here the original chromed plastic front grill, the two parts at the top are the kit parts already separated, it is important to bend the PE frame to the plastic frame shape before continuing assembly…
http://images53.fotki.com/v665/photos/8/113398/10641498/110522CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

The PE parts match perfectly the original plastic frame.
I feel the PE grill rests a little too deep into the plastic frame, but it can be solved cutting and sanding a little bit more into this part…
The Prancing Horse will be added in further steps…
http://images60.fotki.com/v361/photos/8/113398/10641498/110523CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

Now it is time to prepare the intake plenum for some PE detail, so the molded hose clamps are removed as well as the machined stripes in the center (some perforations and plastic details are also added for further detail)…
http://images51.fotki.com/v628/photos/8/113398/10641498/110612CaliforniaHamann04-vi.jpg

The hose clamps (Parts No 14) for the air intake plenum are a very nice detail; they look really nice once assembled, the only problem is that the real car has 10 of these, five on each side and the kit only contains 8 pieces!
http://images51.fotki.com/v628/photos/8/113398/10641498/110615CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The hose clamps have some extra material on the adjustment bolt box that makes them look wrong, this extra material can be sanded or filed, but due to the small size of these parts this task is very complicated and requires some very good tweezers…
http://images61.fotki.com/v218/photos/8/113398/10641498/110615CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

The machined surfaces of the intake plenum (Parts No 18) are finely reproduced with thin photoetched strips, which require only a little bent at the rear end to fit the intake plenum…
http://images42.fotki.com/v664/photos/8/113398/10641498/110703CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The intake plenum with all the detail added for the machined surfaces including the Ferrari letters (Parts No 26) and the Ferrari crest (Part No 9) at the front, I normally add these parts before paint and latter some careful sanding provides an accurate machined finish…
http://images53.fotki.com/v666/photos/8/113398/10641498/110820CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The PE hose clamps in their position, once the extra material on the bolts is eliminated, the appearance is very good, too bad the kit requires one extra pair…
http://images51.fotki.com/v278/photos/8/113398/10641498/110820CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

The covers for the throttle servos (Parts No 51) are a very nice addition! This is the first time I see these parts in a detail kit I must say they look awesome!…
http://images59.fotki.com/v255/photos/8/113398/10641529/110820CaliforniaHamann04-vi.jpg

Then the instruction sheet takes us to add some detail to the interior starting with the brake and accelerator pedals (Parts No 37 and 35), these parts have correct shape and engraving and need just to be bent to shape to fit in the plastic pedals which I thinned to improve appearance…
http://images29.fotki.com/v1151/photos/8/113398/10641529/110926CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

Then the foot-rests in the pedal area, (Parts 38 and 39) fit perfectly over the ones molded on the floor…
http://images112.fotki.com/v682/photos/8/113398/10641498/110926CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

The Ferrari badge for the steering wheel (Part 8) it’s a little oversized but anyway it looks well, in these cases I normally perforate the steering wheel to glue it easily from the back…
http://images60.fotki.com/v370/photos/8/113398/10641498/110930CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The center badge installed…
http://images112.fotki.com/v681/photos/8/113398/10641498/110930CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

And talking about badges, the instruction sheet marks the installation of the Ferrari badges for the wheels (Parts No 12), the kit also offers Hamann badges (Parts No 63) but they are not mentioned anywhere in the instruction sheet and for this version these are the parts to use…
http://images60.fotki.com/v370/photos/8/113398/10641498/111001CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The Hamann Badge installed…
http://images16.fotki.com/v377/photos/8/113398/10641498/111001CaliforniaHamann04-vi.jpg

And now that we are talking about the wheels, this lead us to check the resin Hamann UNIQUE FORGED "ANODIZED” wheels, at first sight the shape is good, there is just the rim thickness which is out of scale, but I know that casting this rims with the appropriate scale thickness would make them too fragile so I think they are Ok…
http://images110.fotki.com/v302/photos/8/113398/10641498/110930CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

In terms of quality, a close up shows some flash that is easily removed, but this would take long time to do it since there are 9 double arms per wheel, so, some patience is required here…
http://images112.fotki.com/v682/photos/8/113398/10641498/110930CaliforniaHamann04-vi.jpg

In terms of accuracy the wheels have an average diameter of 23.70 +- 0.15mm, so they fully comply with the measures of a 21” Inch wheel (23.66 mm in 1/24 scale), so, considering they are cast resins, I think they’re great.
The width of the wheels averages 14.8 mm equivalent to real 355 mm, this allows adjustments to 245 and 345 mm according to the real car specs, this vehicle runs on 9.0 J X 21 at the front and 12.5 J X 21 at the rear with tires: Front 245/30 ZR 21 and Rear 345/25 ZR 21
http://images16.fotki.com/v387/photos/8/113398/10641529/110930CaliforniaHamann06-vi.jpg

Then the tires…
The tires included in the transkit are completely wrong, according to their scale dimensions, they are 272/18 Fronts and 300/18 Rears; too far from what they should be (245/30 and 345/25 respectively), in fact these specs do not exist and they look way too thin, these tires have to be replaced or modified.
http://images43.fotki.com/v1389/photos/8/113398/10641529/110930CaliforniaHamann07-vi.jpg

The tires have a big protuberance all along the thread width product of the molding process (left tire) but since the rubber on these tires is very soft, it is easily removed (right tire), some patience is required if you want to restore the thread pattern…
http://images15.fotki.com/v587/photos/8/113398/10641529/110930CaliforniaHamann08-vi.jpg

Then the instruction sheet take us back to the interior parts, this time is the turn of the seat belt guides (Parts 48), these parts have a nice stitch engraving and require careful bending to make them fit on the side of the seat to give them a natural leather shape…
http://images109.fotki.com/v786/photos/8/113398/10641529/111002CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The belt guide in the seat…
http://images51.fotki.com/v102/photos/8/113398/10641498/111002CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

The Prancing Horses… The PE fret (A) includes three pair of Horses in different sizes, parts: 22 (4.56 mm), 20 (2.87 mm) and 13 (2.0 mm)…
http://images110.fotki.com/v302/photos/8/113398/10641498/111003CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The instructions indicate Parts 13 and 22 to go on the seat headrest, but none of them fit in here, parts 13 are too small and parts 22 are too big, so the parts that go to replace the headrest engraved prancing horse are parts 20…
http://images112.fotki.com/v682/photos/8/113398/10641498/111003CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

The headrest prancing horse in place, the engraved one was removed…
http://images109.fotki.com/v786/photos/8/113398/10641498/111003CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

Next, the rear speaker’s grilles, these parts have the right shape to fit in the rear interior panels; some bending is required to make them perfectly fit…
http://images109.fotki.com/v786/photos/8/113398/10641498/111003CaliforniaHamann05-vi.jpg

The rear speaker’s grille in place…
http://images15.fotki.com/v587/photos/8/113398/10641529/111003CaliforniaHamann06-vi.jpg

Then the instruction sheet takes us to the steering wheel parts, here the assembly of the original plastic parts, the shift paddles are chromed plastic parts too thick for the scale, so PE parts are more than welcome…
http://images60.fotki.com/v224/photos/8/113398/10641498/111009CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The plastic paddles are removed and the PE parts are bent to shape and installed…
http://images61.fotki.com/v380/photos/8/113398/10641498/111009CaliforniaHamann04-vi.jpg

The chromed section of the plastic shift paddles was dechromed and glued to the steering column so we can take a better look at the PE shift paddles…
http://images112.fotki.com/v682/photos/8/113398/10641498/111012CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

Another view…
http://images15.fotki.com/v792/photos/8/113398/10641498/111012CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

The base of the photoetched shift paddles protrudes between the steering wheel and the steering column, so it is advisable to cut it removing the upper half…
http://images16.fotki.com/v368/photos/8/113398/10641498/111012CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

The transkit includes a cover for the rear fascia (Part 19); I clearly do not understand what the purpose of this part is other than correcting the sink marks on the body, I think would be more problematic to use this part than discarding it, because forming it to the shape of the body is not that easy…
http://images53.fotki.com/v665/photos/8/113398/10641498/111014CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The PE part in place, no modification to the body is required…
http://images60.fotki.com/v361/photos/8/113398/10641498/111014CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

Another view…
http://images53.fotki.com/v665/photos/8/113398/10641498/111014CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

The rear exhaust grilles (Parts 6 & 7) are cut and bent to shape, this is an easy task that becomes easier if you remove the plastic grill entirely; the shape of the PE parts is perfect and the parts fit smoothly into the rear fascia…
http://images60.fotki.com/v778/photos/8/113398/10641498/111014CaliforniaHamann06-vi.jpg

The rear exhausts grilles in place...
http://images16.fotki.com/v369/photos/8/113398/10641498/111014CaliforniaHamann07-vi.jpg

The instruction sheet takes us again to the interior detail with the seat belt buckles (Parts 41) that assembly very easy resulting in nice detail parts…
http://images110.fotki.com/v302/photos/8/113398/10641498/111014CaliforniaHamann08-vi.jpg

The assembled seat belt buckles...
http://images15.fotki.com/v587/photos/8/113398/10641498/111014CaliforniaHamann09-vi.jpg

The seat belt latches… the belt guide is very accurate, but the hole in the latch is too long, anyway the resulting part will be very good looking…
http://images60.fotki.com/v224/photos/8/113398/10641529/111014CaliforniaHamann10-vi.jpg

Then the belt guides for the rear panel, some bending is required to make them sit flush with the rear panel…
http://images60.fotki.com/v778/photos/8/113398/10641498/111015CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

To obtain a better appearance of the belt guides it is advisable to perforate the panels to the guides shape…
http://images53.fotki.com/v665/photos/8/113398/10641498/111015CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

The next parts are the side and rear mirrors, (parts 33, 34 and 36) they fit perfectly into the mirror housings so they are almost ready to go, just some polishing is required to make them reflective, this polishing is advisable to make it while the parts are still in the fret to avoid rounding the edges of the mirrors…
http://images53.fotki.com/v666/photos/8/113398/10641498/111018CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

Once the polishing job is done, they’re ready to be removed from the fret…
http://images109.fotki.com/v786/photos/8/113398/10641498/111018CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

The resulting reflective mirrors…
http://images53.fotki.com/v666/photos/8/113398/10641498/111018CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

And well that’s it for now; let me go to take more pics…

To be continued...

Hemi Killer
07-08-2012, 01:48 PM
awesome review. thank you

BVC500
07-08-2012, 07:26 PM
Nice review. Problem with the wheels besides flash is all the grooving around the inside of the wheel rim.

auw12
07-08-2012, 07:51 PM
Ramon product, which means all these science serious and inch perfect treatment ends up in a work of art. I'm a bit surprised that the fitness of this TK is this good, because I have their ordinary California PE set and the fitness made me think it was designed from pure imagination. I'm glad they have improved it. Great review and looking forward to a even greater model. Thanks for sharing my friend.

da_ashman
07-08-2012, 08:13 PM
Great Review & Pics!
If you dont like the wheels you could always upgrade to the Cast Metal ones they produced... for 6x the cost of course!

360spider
07-08-2012, 11:22 PM
Aaaaa! Ramon is BACK! Awesome review bud, good to have you back.

RonCla
07-08-2012, 11:37 PM
Thank you for a very informative review and its nice to see you have received a H/D resin trans kit that has the resin pointing in all the right directions.

sportracer02
07-09-2012, 01:23 AM
Nice review !!!

Any idea, why the resin wheels are red?
Nowadays the "injection" marks on the tire patterns should /could be avoided.

I´m looking forward to see the fit of the body parts, f.e. if their length is ok

nugundam93
07-09-2012, 02:18 PM
amazing review. the detailed info really makes it a great read.

Motometalix
07-11-2012, 05:51 AM
Could you recommend a tire to replace the tires from this transkit?

agamo
07-12-2012, 03:29 PM
Thank you Hemmi Killer, BVC500, Tang, Alex, RonCla, Micha, nugundam93 for your nice comments, I'm glad to be back!

Problem with the wheels besides flash is all the grooving around the inside of the wheel rim.You right, I forgot to comment on that, even when most of that grooving can be removed some of it will remain, tryin to remove it completely would be very complicated.

I'm a bit surprised that the fitness of this TK is this good, because I have their ordinary California PE set and the fitness made me think it was designed from pure imagination. I'm glad they have improved it. Great review and looking forward to a even greater model.Well, so far the fitness is very good, I don't know the other detail set, but as you can see, the parts I have tested so far are Ok.

If you dont like the wheels you could always upgrade to the Cast Metal ones they produced... for 6x the cost of course!Way to expensive, I'll stick to the resin ones, LOL.

Any idea, why the resin wheels are red?Not a clue, just the wheels are like this.
Nowadays the "injection" marks on the tire patterns should /could be avoided. Agree, they're very bad
I´m looking forward to see the fit of the body parts, f.e. if their length is okSo far I have checked the length of the side skirts and it seems it is not correct but we will see...

Could you recommend a tire to replace the tires from this transkit?I'm working on this, but still I have not found any, if someone can help here will be much appreciated, the problem is that the actual car uses 21" and unfortunately there are not many in scale for this size.

Thank you again to everybody!

F1Tommy
07-12-2012, 06:54 PM
Good to see you back Ramon. This looks like another one of your great and amazing builds!! Can't wait to see that Ferrari 64 GTO kit built :)




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

andybmw7272
07-14-2012, 05:21 AM
Awesome Ramon!

Good to see you back!

Reference I have collected in case you (or anyone else) wants it.
http://public.fotki.com/andybmw7272/ferrari-california/inspiration/

Some of it is off the internet, some I got from the local Ferrari dealership who hosted my son and I to go shoot some reference photos which was super nice of them.

Excellent work so far, another masterpiece in the making!
Keep it up!
Andy

MidMazar
07-14-2012, 10:12 AM
Nice to see you back and great review. Looks like it could have passed in the WIP section.

BTW Did you use a compound for the pe parts to shine them up or just the sanding sticks?

agamo
09-02-2012, 11:17 PM
Thank you Tom, Andy and Mark for your nice comments, great collection of pics Andy thousand thanks!

Did you use a compound for the pe parts to shine them up or just the sanding sticks?I used both, after the sanding sticks I used the Finish Tamiya polishing compound.

Ok, now that I’m back, let’s get onto the pics...

The polished mirror faces fitting perfectly into the side mirror housings, they go better mounted on the chromed plastic reflectors, you just need to remove the chrome...
http://images15.fotki.com/v1626/photos/8/113398/10641529/120801CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The interior mirror, it also fits perfectly into the mirror housing...
http://images12.fotki.com/v216/photos/8/113398/10641529/120801CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

Then the instruction sheet takes us to the radiator faces (part 29) which come together in the same part, so it requires some bending that is easily done...
http://images108.fotki.com/v1629/photos/8/113398/10641529/120801CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

The dimensions are exact to the plastic part to be replaced so it fits in the fan shroud with no problem...
http://images20.fotki.com/v681/photos/8/113398/10641529/120801CaliforniaHamann04-vi.jpg
http://images14.fotki.com/v373/photos/8/113398/10641529/120801CaliforniaHamann05-vi.jpg

Then the perforated brake discs (parts 23 and 24), they just don’t fit into the plastic parts! The diameter of the center of the rotors has to be carefully reduced to accept the photoetched part...
http://images16.fotki.com/v388/photos/8/113398/10641529/120801CaliforniaHamann06-vi.jpg

And once this is done, the fitting against the caliper is ok; the diameter of the disc is also ok…
http://images49.fotki.com/v615/photos/8/113398/10641529/120801CaliforniaHamann07-vi.jpg

To add more detail to the whole assembly, this set includes the center of the rotors (parts 31) which fit against the plastic parts perfectly…
http://images61.fotki.com/v666/photos/8/113398/10641529/120801CaliforniaHamann08-vi.jpg
http://images51.fotki.com/v102/photos/8/113398/10641529/120801CaliforniaHamann09-vi.jpg

The next part in the instruction sheet is the front Ferrari badge which from starts is way too big, the actual one measures 59 X 30 mm, this in 1/24 scale is: 2.46 X 1.25 mm against 4.06 X 2.37 mm from the HD part, I think this PE badge was designed based upon the decal included in the kit which is also huge and out of scale, below the pictures of the PE part and the actual one, you’ll see that the actual badge fits like 3 times in the space in front of the hood...
http://images108.fotki.com/v1623/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg
http://images58.fotki.com/v85/photos/8/113398/10641529/iaHamann02aRosso20099016683101-vi.jpg

Then the screen for the hood (Part 21), this one appears to be a little bit bigger than needed...
http://images61.fotki.com/v546/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

And it is bigger, at first glance, it doesn't fit into the inside recess of the hood, if you try to apply it just as it is, it will result very deep into the air intake and it wont be visible from the outside...
http://images56.fotki.com/v371/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann04-vi.jpg
http://images16.fotki.com/v363/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann05-vi.jpg
http://images108.fotki.com/v1629/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann06-vi.jpg

So, to make it fit, the PE part requires having the upper border removed whether with file or mototool (easier)...
http://images51.fotki.com/v1561/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann07-vi.jpg

And the inner area of the hood requires also some very careful carving so you don’t break through the outer side of the hood...
http://images20.fotki.com/v386/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann08-vi.jpg

Until the part fits...
http://images15.fotki.com/v1626/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann09-vi.jpg

Resulting now close to the real thing, the size of the mess pattern in the PE part is a little too big but even so it stills looks Ok...
http://images14.fotki.com/v218/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann10-vi.jpg
http://images20.fotki.com/v355/photos/8/113398/10641529/iaHamann10aRosso20099016683142-vi.jpg

Next, the grille for what I think is the AC air intake (Part 53), this grille comes molded in the body; (I forgot to take a picture before) so I perforated and removed the plastic closed grille...
http://images55.fotki.com/v1603/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann11-vi.jpg
http://images17.fotki.com/v297/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann12-vi.jpg

The PE part has the exact shape for this cover so the fitting is not a problem...
http://images49.fotki.com/v559/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann13-vi.jpg

Then the windshield wipers (Parts 54-59 for style A and 2, 3, 10, 11, 27, 28 for Style B)...
I'm not a fan of the photoetched windshield wipers, the lack of volume of the regular PE wiper blades most of the times makes them look unreal, very 2 dimensional; but in this case, the wipers are comprised of three parts each, one part for the arm and two for the blade, plus, the kit contains two different kinds of wipers A and B.
After checking the reference pictures, the set to be used is the pair shown at the bottom style A, the upper pair will be kept for another project...
http://images61.fotki.com/v138/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann14-vi.jpg

The wiper blade requires some careful bending, first you need to curve it a little to conform to the curved upper part of the rubber blade and then bend the body of the blade where it fixes to the arm…
http://images16.fotki.com/v363/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann15-vi.jpg

3 bends to 90°…
http://images51.fotki.com/v628/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann16-vi.jpg
http://images108.fotki.com/v1629/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann17-vi.jpg

The resulting blade…
http://images20.fotki.com/v1588/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann18-vi.jpg
http://images20.fotki.com/v681/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann19-vi.jpg

Then is time to bend the wiper arm, 2 bends to 90° and some soft bending along the arm…
http://images20.fotki.com/v685/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann20-vi.jpg

The resulting wiper…
Now the problem is the size! It is too short!
http://images60.fotki.com/v370/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann21-vi.jpg

Let’s build the other one to check the pair…
http://images60.fotki.com/v370/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann22-vi.jpg
http://images51.fotki.com/v102/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann23-vi.jpg

And again! It is too short!
http://images51.fotki.com/v102/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann24-vi.jpg

Comparing both PE wipers against the plastic ones…
http://images50.fotki.com/v392/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann25-vi.jpg

The left blade is shorter by 2.8 mm and the right by 1.2 mm, for the arms the difference is bigger…
http://images60.fotki.com/v370/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann26-vi.jpg

When installed in the vehicle the difference is very noticeable…
The level of detail of these wipers is awesome, it is a shame that the size of the parts is wrong, I mean, you can still use them, but if you want an exact replica, you will need to modify these PE wipers, may be using the plastic arms and the PE blades you can get something closer to the real thing…
http://images12.fotki.com/v236/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann29-vi.jpg
http://images49.fotki.com/v559/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann30-vi.jpg

The other style of wipers included in the kit (Parts 2, 3, 10, 11, 27, 28) looks nice…
http://images49.fotki.com/v1510/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann33-vi.jpg

They look nice, but the curvature of the blades does not match the curvature of the windshield…
http://images108.fotki.com/v1629/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann35-vi.jpg
http://images20.fotki.com/v681/photos/8/113398/10641529/120818CaliforniaHamann36-vi.jpg

And then moving forward into the instruction sheet, the next part to check is the Prancing Horse for the front grille (Part 22), again, a little bit oversized, but fortunately not too much, less than 1 mm bigger, it still looks right…
http://images50.fotki.com/v1513/photos/8/113398/10641529/120819CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The license plates (Parts 42) have very nice PE engraving and the size is perfect against the rear license plate holder (the Revell kit includes only the rear plate holder)…
http://images14.fotki.com/v373/photos/8/113398/10641529/120819CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg
http://images15.fotki.com/v792/photos/8/113398/10641529/120819CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg
http://images60.fotki.com/v370/photos/8/113398/10641529/120819CaliforniaHamann04-vi.jpg

Then I step into 4 frustrating parts, the rear diffuser tensioners (Parts 62), I just can’t find the way they should be bent…
http://images15.fotki.com/v1626/photos/8/113398/10641529/120819CaliforniaHamann05-vi.jpg

The instruction sheet indicates bending 180° along the vertical axle so I gave it a try this way…
http://images108.fotki.com/v1629/photos/8/113398/10641529/120819CaliforniaHamann06-vi.jpg
http://images16.fotki.com/v368/photos/8/113398/10641529/120819CaliforniaHamann07-vi.jpg

The resulting parts are not convincing, maybe they should be bent in a different way, I just can’t figure it out I wouldn’t use them…
http://images108.fotki.com/v1623/photos/8/113398/10641529/120819CaliforniaHamann08-vi.jpg

Then, some very interesting parts, the AC vents for the dashboard (Parts 1)…
http://images61.fotki.com/v665/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

The size is perfect, but using them and obtaining a good result is kind of tricky, you can remove the detail from the dashboard air vents and add the PE parts, but the result would be a flat AC vent which won’t be really an improvement to the plastic molded part…
http://images14.fotki.com/v219/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

The best way to go with these parts is to perforate the AC vents in the dashboard removing only the diffusers not the outer bezels (drill #42 / 2.37 mm)…
http://images52.fotki.com/v1568/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann04-vi.jpg
http://images15.fotki.com/v587/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann05-vi.jpg

Then carefully, with a thin saw cut the bezels and separate them from the AC vents…
http://images60.fotki.com/v370/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann06-vi.jpg

The bezel removed and the PE part, it would be a very nice addition to this transkit the metallic bezels like those included in the HD detail set for the Mercedes SLS…
http://images55.fotki.com/v586/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann07-vi.jpg

The resulting AC vent, you just need to add a little knob in the center to bring it to life!
http://images108.fotki.com/v1629/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann08-vi.jpg

And the last photoetched parts to add are the dashboard badges (Parts 50 and 59), first the “California” badge and then the “2008 F1 World Champion” commemorative badge, both have the right size and shape…
http://images51.fotki.com/v282/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann09-vi.jpg

The transkit also includes the luggage belts (Parts 4) which aren’t mentioned in the instruction sheet, but to use these parts, the rear seats in the Revell kit have to be heavily modified, anyway these are a nice addition, and these are also the last photoetched parts in the kit…
http://images108.fotki.com/v1623/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann10-vi.jpg

And then the last metallic parts in the transkit are the valve stems for the wheels that are aluminum turned parts; I must say these little pieces are great!
http://images55.fotki.com/v586/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann11-vi.jpg

The valve stem installed in the wheel, a small perforation (with drill #79) is required, you’ll require also a lot of care and patience, due to the small size of these parts (1.4 mm long and 0.6 mm diam) losing them or sending one into orbit with the tweezers would be very easy…
http://images15.fotki.com/v792/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann12-vi.jpg

And the last parts to review are the 5 resin parts including all the Hamann aerodynamic elements, these parts will be reviewed in the next and last installment…
http://images52.fotki.com/v1553/photos/8/113398/10641529/120826CaliforniaHamann13-vi.jpg

Thank you very much for your patience and see you next time…

360spider
09-05-2012, 09:17 PM
Ramon, your work is always so inspiring. I know its mostly prep stuff so far, but your attention to detail makes is a must-read. Looks super so far!

lovegt40
09-06-2012, 02:46 AM
a real pleasure to read and look. thank u Ramon

tonioseven
09-09-2012, 02:32 AM
Simply fantastic! I don't really care for the California but seeing your review of the transkit makes me want to get it.

MidMazar
09-09-2012, 10:20 AM
Simply fantastic! I don't really care for the California but seeing your review of the transkit makes me want to get it.

:iagree:

But the 599 gto will be first.

BTW This is WIP worthy!

agamo
09-19-2012, 10:33 PM
Ok, I'm back with the last installment...

Thank you Alex, Paolo, Antonio and Mark for your nice comments, I really appreciate them!

And well, it is time for the resin parts of the kit, the wheels were reviewed already so it is turn for the aerodynamic kit and I'll start with the front of the vehicle, the front spoiler, at first sight the molding looks right, the top side present no sink holes or mold marks, it is symmetrical, the center section should be a little smaller as in the actual car, but anyway it looks right...
http://images109.fotki.com/v786/photos/8/113398/10641529/120916CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

The underside shows some molding marks that can be easily removed with some 500 grit sanding, the mold filling part is easily removed too and no deformation is present...
http://images108.fotki.com/v613/photos/8/113398/10641529/120916CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

When trying to fix it to the underbody of the vehicle it just doesn't fix, it requires some modifications...
http://images16.fotki.com/v377/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann01-vi.jpg

Also the part is not long enough to reach the border of the wheel housing, so it will require adding some plastic to the ends; this problem is present in both sides...
http://images57.fotki.com/v300/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann02-vi.jpg

When looking at the part from the underside, the interference against the chassis is evident...
http://images60.fotki.com/v778/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann03-vi.jpg

Removing this interference in the resin part is very easy, this will help the part to sit better against the body and chassis...
http://images54.fotki.com/v461/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann04-vi.jpg

And now the fitting is very good, the two center reinforcements require some sanding too, but this is easily done...
http://images51.fotki.com/v91/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann05-vi.jpg

The final look is very good! Some carbon decal will bring this part to life...
http://images51.fotki.com/v424/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann06-vi.jpg

To help fitting this part to the chassis it is recommended to add four dowels distributed as follows, so they are not visible from the front of the vehicle, the dowels are made with 0.91 mm diam Evergreen plastic rod...
http://images14.fotki.com/v384/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann07-vi.jpg

Then is turn for the side sills, the shape of this parts is very good, they really got the look of these parts, the problem, as you can see, is that the parts are almost 2 mm shorter than the body, so they will require some plastic extensions...
http://images50.fotki.com/v1557/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann08-vi.jpg

The parts conform perfectly to the body shape; no modifications are required at all to make these parts fit...
http://images107.fotki.com/v71/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann09-vi.jpg
http://images16.fotki.com/v383/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann10-vi.jpg

Three dowels are added to ensure and ease fitting to the body/chassis...
http://images20.fotki.com/v233/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann11-vi.jpg

To fix the length problem, small plastic sections are added to both ends...
http://images49.fotki.com/v566/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann12-vi.jpg

The resulting parts... (This same procedure was applied to the front spoiler)
http://images43.fotki.com/v1505/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann13-vi.jpg

Some cutting and sanding to blend the extensions into the side sills...
http://images12.fotki.com/v216/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann14-vi.jpg

Now the rear diffuser, in the actual car this part is divided in three sections, two rear/side sills and one center diffuser that is adjustable through two tensors (PE parts previously reviewed) at first sight this part doesn't present any fitting problem, but, the shape is not entirely correct since the center section should be bigger and extended to the rear, I mean, to the border of the side sections, but this is easily fixed separating the resin part in the three actual sections, which will make it look much better also...
http://images109.fotki.com/v146/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann15-vi.jpg

Some minimal corrections are required to the shape of the side sections, which by the way don't have the problem of the front spoiler; this part reaches the wheel arches perfectly, so no extensions will be required here...
http://images54.fotki.com/v625/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann16-vi.jpg

Before separating the resin part as mentioned before, some dowels are also added to ensure the position and to ease latter assembly, the separation of the parts will be made in the future WIP of the car not now...
http://images59.fotki.com/v111/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann17-vi.jpg

And the last resin part to review is the rear spoiler, the general shape does not entirely convince me, it conforms to the rear border shape of the car but even so I don't feel it entirely correct, but this may be only my perception, and well, to be honest, I don't really like this part in the real car...
http://images49.fotki.com/v1508/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann18-vi.jpg

Viewed from the rear, the spoiler looks flat, in the actual car this spoiler should be curved conforming to the trunk shape, so it will require some careful bending or curving to make it look right...
http://images50.fotki.com/v1558/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann19-vi.jpg

I soaked the resin part in hot water for a few seconds, this softens the resin a little and avoids breaking while bending it, doing it slowly and carefully you get the spoiler matching the trunk shape, now it looks a little better, but still not convincing...
http://images49.fotki.com/v572/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann20-vi.jpg

The spoiler supports are completely straight at their bases and do not fit correctly in the trunk, so they require some sanding to make them fit...
http://images46.fotki.com/v1621/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann21-vi.jpg

After some careful sanding, the part fits perfectly, some dowels will be added latter to fit this part to the trunk, I won't add the dowels now since I have not decided if I will use this part, I have seen the car without this spoiler and from my point of view it looks much better...
http://images109.fotki.com/v83/photos/8/113398/10641529/120917CaliforniaHamann22-vi.jpg

Well this is all for this review, and now into the final comments...

Generally speaking I consider this transkit a great kit to work with; the PE parts mostly all of them fit perfectly into the designed areas with minimal adjustment, as in every kit there are some parts that won't be used and it also contains some optional extra parts and badges that may be used in future projects.

I really had fun working with this transkit, at the beginning I had some doubts about the resin parts, but I must say that at the end it was really easy to work with them, no big problem at all to make them fit; the only downside of this transkit are the tires, they have to be discarded and replaced if you want a correct replica, other than that, it is a very good kit.

Thank you for your attention and until the next one...

360spider
09-20-2012, 01:15 AM
Just goes to show that nothing is impossible when you know what you are doing, and also that that transkit is FAR from being a good one... :-) Great stuff Ramon.

andybmw7272
09-20-2012, 07:55 AM
Okay, so now when are you going to post your actual build for the WIP on this sucker?

I have read your 599 build WIP countless times and am ready for this one!
Andy

robrex
09-20-2012, 04:47 PM
Great review! I agree we need a full WIP for this one :)

MidMazar
09-21-2012, 10:40 PM
It seems like getting a t-kit from hobby design that fits is hard to find. They really need to change their resin. But even with all the flaws you overcame it with no problems! I like the dowel technique, might have to borrow it sometime. :thumbsup:

andybmw7272
09-25-2012, 08:20 PM
Maybe a little more reference help.
There are some great pics in here, but I cant save them.

http://www.drivingemotions.com/INVENTORY/VehicleDetails/tabid/356/company/DRIVINGEMOTIONS/vin/ZFF65LJA2A0174465/Default.aspx

Cant wait to see this WIP Ramon!

r33nz
09-25-2012, 09:03 PM
Nice review, transkit looks well worth the money

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