Tamiya 1/24 Ferrari 360 Modena

21 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Tamiya 1/24 Ferrari 360 Modena

The 360 Modena is the fifth incarnation of the successful V8 Berlinetta (coupe) debuted at the 1975 Paris de l’Automobile. It was released in March of at the International Geneva Motor of that year. Sergio who has collaborated with Ferrari for the fifty years, designed the and it is the 163 rd Ferrari to be designed by Sergio. At glance the car looks like a salon configuration with the compartment being roughly located between the two axles, the most striking part of design is the glass-installed hatch places the engine in full

The design allowed the passenger to be quite roomy with a behind the seats for a couple of or other smaller paraphernalia. The position was designed for taller and the access was made easier for of the lanky persuasion. The interior is with a mix of traditional and technological, leather upholstery combined sporty aluminium trim, the sporty accelerator throttle and pedal, plus the inclusion of a for the passenger who wants to outbrake the This also reflects the chassis construction, which was by Ferrari in collaboration with The use of variable-section aluminium extrusions are together via 12 cast aluminium that provide an extra 40% rigidity and gives a 28% weight when compared to the previous This is in spite of an increase in dimensions. The chassis is assembled the same technique as was used in the of the F50. With all of this the 360 exceeds all the passive safety imposed by the world regulatory and still provides excellent It is after all a Ferrari!

The handling and come about as a result of the all double wishbone suspension and combines to provide driving Suspension geometry controls roll and yaw (wait a minute we are aircraft after all!) and is up by electronic damping. This is enhanced by Bosch integrated along with EBD (braking correction), which is something on BMW cars and the latest BMW K1200RS In the latter case this shifting the effect from the brakes to also include the when only the front is applied. If the rear is applied is no correction to the front brakes. In the 360 the use of torque return control wheel lock up when – remember we are talking a very sports car here and shifting top (6 th gear) down to third and out the clutch would normally in big black tyre marks on the To help in slowing the beast it is fitted with 330mm and cross-drilled brake discs to resistance to fade without cooling. I want some of on my Celica please.

The power plant of this is located in a central position the passenger compartment, or mid-engine, as it is known. The unit is a 5-valve per V8 and has a power output of 400 bhp @ 8,500 rpm and is as the most naturally aspirated V8 ever built. It has a variable intake manifold, valve with titanium con-rods and aluminium pistons, a Bosch ME 7.3 engine management system and throttle. You know this is sounding like a modern jet it? It comes with a choice of or F1-style 6 speed gearbox; the is where the change down and up is on the steering wheel, allowing for fast gear changes. The F1 is electro-hydraulically operated with the management integrated with the and traction control resulting in stability even under the driving. The overall result of fire-breather is that it has a top speed in of 295 kph (183 mph) and can accelerate 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and does the quarter (400 metres) in seconds. Now please compare with my K1200RS BMW motorcycle weighs 285 Kilograms and accelerates 0 to 100 kph in 3.6 seconds. The performance of this car is to say the least!

The body underwent and protracted testing in the wind some 5,400 hours to be and resulted in excellent Coefficient of figures without compromising the of the car. The down-force increases as the increases and at 180 mph there is enough force, evenly distributed the two axles, to do away with the for aerodynamic aids. This helps with safety by increasing the natural load on the as the car’s speed is increased.

it’s a Ferrari and it is one very piece of machinery with all the tech gadgetry hidden in all the places – out of the way just doing its


This kit is the special version and yellow, grey, black, and clear sprues along the decal sheet and rubber and polycaps. Tamiya have a set of masks to be used during the of the windscreen, side windows and hatch. The decal set includes two one contains normal slide and the other contains the metal This second set also the mirror surfaces for both and interior mirrors. The kit also with a mesh sheet is used to cover both intakes leading into the bay. The clear sprue not only the lenses, screens and covers but also includes a under pan for the engine, this is to be sprayed with Tamiya spray TS29, Semi Black.

The instruction sheet is quite and in standard Tamiya fashion has directions when decals are to be during the construction phase.

are some ejector pin marks most are easily removed. especially those on the rods and units, are quite large and a fair degree of attention to remove them completely or discreet enough to be not visible the part is installed. The ones on the units are very painful to as they also remove a of the spring unit contained

The kit is well presented in a sturdy box a few close up shots of the real This is very useful the references for this particular car are scarce.


The Engine

As in vehicle kits, bikes or that is, the first unit to be is usually the engine. This was true of this kit and it is a relatively procedure to assemble the block, and gearbox/final drive as one unit. The colour is Tamiya XF16, Aluminium, with the spark injection cooling system and end plate painted Tamiya Semi Gloss Black. For the time you don’t have to mix and silver in differing ratios to the correct colour tones, have supplied new colours Titanium Silver (X32) and Gold (X31). This is for me especially as I tend to build bikes where these two abound. The engine has both of colours at strategic points.

construction continues to a point it is installed in the sub frame, at a much stage. The one concession was to attach the injectors, and the rocker covers, the painted in Tamiya XF7, Red. The two metal decals also attached at this and the whole assembly put aside to the construction of the sub frame.

Once the engine is attached to the sub the exhaust pipes and mufflers attached along with the engine frame. This unit was painted with X11, Chrome Silver On the outside of the kit box is included a nice of the engine of the Modena, this was to confirm colours and positioning of and pieces. It is a nice touch on the of the manufacturer.

The Interior

There are two options to choose from in the one is a beige-like colour made up of and matt flesh (X6: 1 + 10) and the other is Tamiya X18, Gloss Black. There wasn’t a choice as there is no way I even consider painting the in some pucey pink-orange It is therefore a simple process to the entire interior pieces as as suspension and body pan in one hit. included the clear floor pan covers the engine bay. All were trimmed of the injection lines using very sandpaper and then attached to an of blue tack covered sticks and the immensely useful hand unit. Instead of the trusty air brush, which a melt down during the of this model, it was easier to the pieces with Tamiya Semi Gloss Black.

it was necessary to use Tamiya X32, Silver to highlight the instrument and then attach the instruments, are represented as decals and then with Testors Clear Cement. The radio and climate console is also painted in Silver and the radio dial was Gunze Sangyo Clear A metal decal is attached to the side of the dashboard.

The steering is painted with Tamiya Semi Gloss Black and has a decal on the steering wheel The passenger side has a foot that is painted in X11, Silver and the console is painted in Silver with Semi Black areas. The accelerator and pedals are also painted in Silver, with the accelerator drilled for weight reduction. and the fact that most want the pedals to look and this is definitely a sports

Both seats are painted in Gloss Black, as are the door The speaker installed in the front part of the doors is painted Black. At the rear of the interior is a storage compartment represented by a – it’s supposed to be a fabric holder. The decal went on and came off just as fine to into the great decal in the sky, no amount of looking find the little sucker as it is so dark in the interior (no puns I elected to forget about it.


Curiously there are no seat or places for them to be fitted. I to leave them off being to locate my aftermarket seat kit at the time. Sports car it may be but obviously the aren’t that safety Only kidding Enzo!


Early in the construction the body was using the colours recommended by enamel spray, TS16, and this was done for all relevant parts, including such as the mirror pods, rear front light pods and the side body pieces. The was sprayed allowed to dry and then a polish to bring up the sheen. The glass pieces were off and sprayed with Tamiya spray TS29, Semi Black and were also to dry before being attached to the It was also necessary to paint the window surrounds on the body but was done by freehand brushing Tamiya X18, Semi Black. The two front grill were painted in Semi Black and attached from the body and the mesh vent on the rear of the car were also The kit supplies a template to aid in the cutting of vents, which is straightforward.

The pods for the front lights had the lenses attached and the rear of was painted with Chrome X11, although the instructions for painting the front of the lens, the was painted to give a better of the real lights. Once the had dried the lens pods attached to the body and then with the appropriate clear The taillight lenses were with Clear Orange and Red with the area under the being covered with Metal Foil prior to the lights. The final effect is convincing.

The rear hatch is allowed to open and close and is under the rear of the roof. was attached prior to painting the roof with Tamiya Sky Grey. The decals were which included the metal as well as some slide the latter being the braking on the rear of the hatch. Once was completed the panel lines then treated to watercolour to highlight these zones. The were also treated to a wash, especially around the nuts.

The body pan was painted with enamel spray TS29, Gloss Black, including the sump guard (presented as a part). The completed sub assembly of the cockpit was attached to the body pan and the suspension and rear engine/suspension also attached. Each absorber was painted semi black with the piston with Chrome Silver. The were painted with X18, Semi Gloss The discs were drilled and with Tamiya X11, Silver with the callipers semi gloss black. The also has a Ferrari decal

Before joining the sub frame and sub assemblies it was necessary to attach the side panels to the inside of the area. Once dry the two sub assemblies joined and the remaining task of the tyres and number plates was and the exhaust pipes connected the rear bodywork onto the system.


This is an easy kit to build straight out of the a rare thing for me given my towards hairy plane The instructions were very to follow and the whole thing together quite quickly. The problems I experienced were such as too much pressure the Tamiya enamel spray something of which I am always but it still seems to catch me out now and again. I get too used to setting the on my airbrush compressor (sounds I am blaming the tools don’ Remember to always hold the to be sprayed a decent distance from the nozzle of the can, as the sure does come out in a

I do have a couple of gripes to air regards the car and motorcycle kits The main problem is that the pin marks are always highly in these kits, usually on things as the suspension or body Now I am well aware that as we should take the effort to those marks and blemishes are visible, but there are an unusual of them when compared to the manufacturer’s aircraft kits. Is my imagination or is it real? If so, how come the who build cars and/or regularly don’t go banging on the of Mr. Tamiya, or have they doing that and just ignored? I am not fazed about it as it is an observation, annoying yes, but a that is generally resolved work. My other major is with colours that are called out in the manufacturers coding. kits such as cars and it is not so important, or is it? Again, I feel we as modellers should be given the and not have to mix colours to get the correct This is my usual complaint so if read it before then you how strongly I feel about issue. Tamiya are starting to amends by releasing new colours to range, but I would still to use my manufacturer of choice from to time!

Another bone of contention Tamiya in respect to its car kits is quite a few newer models as “curb-side” kits. In other the engine is a very simple from the underside only. is not the case with this kit, and would not want to be for the I may add, however it does to some of the more desirable It is a shame as there is so much that can be achieved on the engine the proper references. Fujimi just re-released a number of portraying the delicious and most GT40, but not one of these kits has an as a separate sub assembly. The engine and are all represented as a simple sump/gearbox It is a crying shame, especially for the of myself who drools over the sight of one of these fabulous Perhaps Fujimi will this car as one of the company’s Enthusiast of kits, which usually everything except the kitchen is included, with the price tag to

Now everything aside, it is a very kit that builds into a model and one that certainly as if it came out of the stables of Ferrari. It power and sensuality as cars this famous manufacturer do so It is a very nice looking and one that I would be proud to Now where’s my ski mask?

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