Tamiya’s most recent entry in its 1/24 scale car series is the Ferrari LaFerrari. Ferrari unveiled the limited edition car at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The car is actually a hybrid, with batteries under the passenger cabin that are charged in several unique ways, such as excess torque from the 6,262cc 800 hp V12 engine and under-braking. When combined with the power from the electric motor, the car has a whopping 963 hp.
Tamiya’s rendition of the car is impressive. The kit comprises multiple sprues - two black, 1 grey, 1 clear, 1 translucent red, 1 red, and 1 front fascia in red. The kit also contains a decal sheet, metal transfers, nylon mesh for various grills and vents, rubber tires, and masks for the front and rear glass.
The next few steps see the addition of the suspension, brakes and rotors, and the full body monocoque. Note that I painted the rotors yellow here, as I chose a yellow body color for my assembly. The LaFerrari is available in red, yellow, or black. I chose yellow as I recently built the Ferrari Enzo in red, so I wanted a contrast.
The under-body is completed next. As you see, I chose to paint the clear panel over the batteries. The two silver sections are actually molded separately, so they can be painted and then glued onto the under-body. This made painting much simpler.
The interior comes next. I again replaced any red with yellow, and chose to get creative with the seats. This is not how the instructions illustrate the seats, but I liked the look.