Lotus 79 Ford

Available kits of Lotus 79

  • Tamiya plastic kit (both 1978 JPS and 1979 Martini versions)
  • Hasegawa plastic kit (1978 version)
  • Studio 27 early curbside kits (also 1979 variants) 16800 yen
  • Studio 27 full detailed kits 25800 yen
  • Factory T'z (curbside) 14800 yen
  • MFH 1979 (Martini) transkit 16000 yen

Lotus 79 / JPS Mk.IV by Factory T'z

Hauptkategorie: Reviews Kategorie: Lotus 79 Ford (1978/79)
Veröffentlicht: Dienstag, 27. Oktober 2009

This is an out of production resin kit made by Factory T'z/Japan.

This kit builds into a curbside version of the World Championship winning Lotus 79 including only the intake trumpets of the Cosworth engine.
It has the usual amount of metal parts (suspension...) and some resin parts.

I must admit I was a bit surprised about the quality of this kit. It is dated back from 1995 and for that age the resin is very crisp and sharp. I see absolute no air bubbles in the resin body. Also the white metal parts are well detailed, though there's no PE sheet...

But the best is: The decals are designed by UMi, which is clearly a plus. And they are in excellent condition, without any yellowing!Decals are provided for Mario Andretti and Ronnie Peterson and also for J.P.Jarier, who replaced Ronnie after the sad Monza weekend for the last couple of races in 1978. All decals are in both "creamy" and "gold" colors, the first probably the historic correct ones...

The weak side of the kit are in my opinion the resin cast tires, which seem to be a copy of a 70's Tamiya kit tires, probably from the Lotus 78.

Kit data
Media: Resin, white metal, resin tires, several decal sheet
Scale: 1/20
Origin: Japan
Issue Price: 14800 yen