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1/20 RevivalFerrari D50

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
1/20 RevivalFerrari D50
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:46 PM

Here is a kit I got done just a little while back. It hasn't been posted here because I failed to get any good WIP photos. In retrospect, I did not want to neglect her either. NOTE: This thread was also shared on the Fine Scale Modeler site (for those of you who are multiple forum users).

HISTORY: Also known as the Lancia D50. It was a Formula One racing car designed by Vittorio Jano. It was innovative in its day as it used the engine as a stressed chassis member. The off-center position of the engine is to allow a lower overall height. The pannier fuel cells were used for better weight distribution and aerodynamics. Six of the cars were built, two of them are displayed in Italian museums. The car was originally driven by the legend Alberto Ascari. Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1956 World Championship of Drivers with this car. In the 14 races of its lifespan it had 8 poles and five wins.

THE KIT: Revival is a manufacturer in Italy and many of thier kits are still in production. Revival makes two types of model kits, one basic kit with a plastic body, wheels, and such, and the other is thier upgraded kit with a painted metal body real metal wire wheels, and nearly all of the kit in cast metal (chassis, engine, suspension, etc.). This is the upgraded kit. Like all Revival kits, there is the normal metal flashing and mold lines to remove or fill; bring your files. Much of the kit is assembled with very, very small (wristwatch size) screws. Some Revival kits go together much better than others, this one is a good kit and it fell together with little hassle. Likewise, some of the pre-painted metal bodies arrive looking great while other kits have grit and blemishes. This kits base coat was fine but the gloss had various shaded of gloss and satin (inconsistent). I rubbed it out and clearcoated the kit after the decals were added. Another concern with some of the Revival kits are the assembly of the rubber tires over the wheels with thier large inner-liners. This kits tires were pliable and went of the wheels easily. This was a box stock build with the following exceptions:

- numerous nuts abd bolts added to the engine and suspension

- full brake lines added out to the wheels

- rims painted silver like real car (not polished or chrome)

- rebuilt ignition lines added to the engine

- brass fuel lines and glass bowl added to top of engine

- decals were used from my spares and not the kit ones

- created and added the screens above the injectors

- scratch built windshield (missing from the kit)

Your feedback or remarks are encouraged...... Happy Modeling

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Friday, July 20, 2018 4:11 AM

Wow.  She's beautiful, drums01.  Cheers


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Posted by jchrisf on Friday, July 20, 2018 7:16 AM

Very nice!

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Posted by litespeedsae on Friday, July 20, 2018 7:59 AM
Very nice! Revival kits really do require attention as you pointed out.

Little Rock, Arkansas

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, July 20, 2018 9:37 AM

Very nice build of a historically significant race car. The overall look is dead on. A gorgeous example of the cutting edge of a simpler time. I quite like this build and am glad you chose to show it to us.

Thanks for the history lesson (I had no idea these cars would have used the engine as a stressed chassis component) and especially for the general info on Revival kits. I have never seen one in person, but they show up on the forum from time to time and I have been curious about them.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury


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  • From: Roswell, GA USA
Posted by Ergo Proxy on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 2:51 PM

I remember those kits. Very nice build.

Too many models to build in a lifetime.


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