The Ferrari Mythos was a mid-engine, rear wheel drive concept car designed by Pininfarina and produced by Ferrari in 1989. The radical design was implemented on the platform of the Ferrari Testarossa, which dictated the car’s wedge shape and large air intakes ahead of the rear wheels. This prototype was created to overcome the design problems which arise when engines and radiators are mounted at the rear as it calls for a rear track which is much wider than the front track. Neither a hard roof nor side windows were included in the design. At the rear, the wing-spoiler which is the continuation of the side surfaces rests on a central telescopic support which can raise it according to the speed, to accentuate the down lift effect, positioning it in an area where the air flow is not disturbed. The front spoiler works in the same effect by lowering to deflect wind from lifting the car. All the panels of the bodywork are built entirely in carbon fiber. The instrument panel, dashboard, door panel and seats are shells covered in leather. Although not intended to be sold to members of the public, the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is known to own two. The prototype is stored in Pininfarina Style Center at Cambiano (Italy).
For the modeler: This review is based on the Tamiya Ferrari Mythos in 1/24 scale, Kit #24104. The box is dated 1991 and this is the original release version but it is still available and can be found quite easily at online auction sites and web stores. The kit consists of about 115 parts molded in Red, Black, Steel, Chrome and Clear with Vinyl tires. The decals are actually a chrome Rub-on and consist of 4 badges and the shift pattern. This is a Japanese Model Kit so with that said the directions are in Japanese with multiple language translations on the instructions, it can be confusing. The build is straight forward and well detailed so if you take your time it should go together nicely. Tamiya is a quality product and the parts show few if any blemishes. The build is more traditional and starts with the motor then chassis then interior with the final assembly installed in the body. The motor is detailed and the cowl will open to show the motor. Overall the finished size is: Length: 6-3/4”, Width: 3-3/4”, Height: 2”.
Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; detailing the engine bay; dashboard detailing; paint mixing specs for authentic colors; realistic seat belts; authentic interior color scheme; detailing with photo etched parts; painting the shocks for realism; where NOT to use glue; correctly orienting directional tires; replacement gauges; wiper options are discussed; window surround detailing; making realistic tires; engine construction and detailing; suspension construction and detailing; are all fully examined in this 14 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.
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