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Ferrari F50 Barchetta Build review
AussieReg
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Posted: Monday, March 02, 2020 - 02:21 PM UTC
Oh dear! I can't wait to see your build review on this beast, that is providing it doesn't end up in the recycling bin

Cheers, D
Szmann
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Posted: Monday, March 02, 2020 - 01:49 PM UTC
First update - amazing find!

Well well! I eventually found it! It took me to put together 4 pieces to realize I found the worst kit to ever work on. Actually the kit found me, since it was sent for build review Just look inside these parts: ejector pins interfering with the locator pins, flash all over, unrecognizable alignment pins and all. This kit has it all


The first parts glued together. Letting alone the butt end fit, the warping and the cavernous gaps, the worst is the quality of the plastic, reminiscent of Revell's '70s silver plastic, just worse. Much worse. It takes forever to activate with Tamiya Extra Thin which, initially, seems to have no effect. And when, finally, it does activate, it takes forever to dry:


There is more bad coming: because the instructions drawings are represented in a very flat perspective, it is really difficult to estimate the assembly angle of the pieces in the absence of reliable alignment pins. So I found myself forced to keep assembling just to use next part as a template for guessing the angle. I had no intention to add the exhaust pipes and the mufflers to the engine before painting, but I had to, otherwise I would never know in what angle the exhaust manifolds are joining the engine block. Dear me, I just finished a Moebius! I'm using the brushes here as supports for the pieces, waiting for the glue to dry forever like. Oh, my!


I'm really curious how I'm going to pull this one out: There is no skip forward, since the engine it is all too visible thru the glass cover of F50!

Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, March 02, 2020 - 10:16 AM UTC

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I will be following this build Gabriel, a cool looking sports car from a manufacturer that we don't often see.

From the SCALEMATES page it seems that this kit was released later than 2000.

Cheers, D



The year is marked 200x, so the author of the entry is guessing as well - as I said, there is nowhere on the box, sprues, decals or instructions manual any reference. However, I found out during my reference collection raid, that the model F50 was released in the year before Ferrari's 50th anniversary - hence the name. The anniversary was in October 23rd, 2014. Unless the CC Lee have employed any time travelers, that late '14 date places the kit at the beginning of 2015, so the release year on Scalemates should be changed to 201x instead of 200x.
Now, for sure CC Lee have time travelers, because the molding technology, the instructions manual layout and the content of the kits are typically for '80s .
It resembles very much as layout the Porsche 959 I built a while ago...

Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, March 02, 2020 - 10:05 AM UTC

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Now I got a Rush song stuck in my head.

The tube is model cement, seen it in everything from armor, planes and warships ship kits from Japan in the 70's. I've always found the tube damaged in some way and the glue dried out.

I'll be watching this build. Have fun!



Thank you for your interest, Patrick. I not even dare and open the tube

Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, March 02, 2020 - 09:39 AM UTC
I will be following this build Gabriel, a cool looking sports car from a manufacturer that we don't often see.

From the SCALEMATES page it seems that this kit was released later than 2000.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, March 02, 2020 - 09:01 AM UTC
Now I got a Rush song stuck in my head.

The tube is model cement, seen it in everything from armor, planes and warships ship kits from Japan in the 70's. I've always found the tube damaged in some way and the glue dried out.

I'll be watching this build. Have fun!
Szmann
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Posted: Monday, March 02, 2020 - 04:31 AM UTC
C C Lee 1/24 Ferrari F50 Barchetta build review

With too many kits for review and commissions, with another GB on AutoModeller ready to start and the next TCC contest in the making, I have no choice but to plunge head first into a new build.

C C Lee? Never heard of them!

The kit comprises:
- one red sprue and the body shell molded in red as well
- 2 grey plastic sprues with engine and frame parts
- 2 black plastic sprues with interior and underside parts
- 1 sprue clear plastic with glazed surfaces
- 4 vinyl tires
- 1 small decal sheet
- 1 instructions manual in Japanese only (it may be as well Korean, Vietnamese or Cantonese for what I can read)
- 1 electric motor
- 2 electric contact blades
- 1 geared axle
- 1 rubber band
- 1 tube with something inside - I cannot read the ideograms

Some gray parts, the clear parts and the red ones look very nicely molded, while the black plastic ones look rather "meh" and devoid of detail.

I couldn't find any copyright year stamped anywhere, but I guess the kit originates in '70s or '80s, by the molding technology and the presence of the electric motor (which I'm not going to use)


On the cover there is a picture of the completed model


Plastic contents of the kit and the instructions manual


Decal sheet in bad registry


Useless (for me) extras, safe for the tires.

Now, my ambition is to finish this build before April 1st so I can join the AM GB with my NASCAR from the start, but, again, my March schedule is going to be devastating with regard to available free time.

Gabriel