Building a 1:64 Kyosho Ferrari 575 GTC

I’d always wondered how easy it was to put together a 1:64 Kyosho Ferrari. My other Kyoshos were all bought ready-assembled but some Ferrari series were put out in kit form – I assume for licensing reasons, but I’ll happily stand corrected. The quality of the pre-built Kyosho models is great and I wasn’t sure whether a kit model would hit the same heights. When a Ferrari 575 GTC from the 2007 Ferrari Racing Minicar Collection came up for sale for a good price, I decided it was time to find out.

The model represents the #11 GPC Giesse Squadra Corse car from 2004. It came from an eBay seller in Croatia who had great service – reasonable shipping charges, a tracking number and ample packaging. Here’s how it arrived (outer box was missing):

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As you can see, all the components are crammed into the familiar Kyosho bubble, sealed with the slide-out card at the bottom. Take it all out and here’s what you get:

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On the back of the usual collector card showing the available decos for the 575 are some handy, diagrammatic instructions. Kyosho also included a mini Phillips (+) screwdriver to help with assembly but I used my own, with a slightly larger head and longer handle to reduce the chance of burring the screwheads.

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The first steps don’t involve tools, however. The rubber tires are a perfect push-fit over the detailed plastic rims. Kyosho helpfully packaged the front and rear axles separately so that you don’t mismatch them. The completed axles drop into slots in the base.

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Next, you push the driver’s seat into the roll cage/interior moulding. It’s a little fiddly but a good fit once it’s in.

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The interior slots onto the base via two locating pins. Mine didn’t quite drop flush but the whole thing was lined up fine once the body went on.

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The body itself (beautifully detailed and finished, as always with Kyosho) drops onto the chassis and is easily fixed in place with a small screw front and rear. A third, larger-diameter screw is supplied so that you can mount the finished 575 to the usual black rectangular display base, but I display my models loose so didn’t bother!

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Assembling the Ferrari was a simple process that required near-zero model-making ability. The resulting car feels as solid as you’d expect from a ready-made Kyosho and rolls perfectly. Apart from the 10 minutes of your time required to make the kit, I’m struggling to see a downside. Many of the models in those later kit series remain affordable – especially at a time when premium Hot Wheels Ferrari prices have gone crazy – so why not jump right in?

(Find 1:64 Kyosho Ferrari on eBay)

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Graham Heeps

2 thoughts on “Building a 1:64 Kyosho Ferrari 575 GTC

  1. If there’s one thing that I’ve always pined for, it’s a Kyosho-made Ferrari. Particularly their F1 cars — some of those models are pretty much Tomb Raider-like treasures worth seeking out great deals for. On the other hand, individual models are far too expensive for my blood, unless I seek out box-set-like packages that have a whole series in them.

    Meanwhile, this is a quality write-up. You’ve effectively turned this piece into something a reader can experience vicariously. I particularly enjoy the close-ups, something I can’t seem to get right sometimes. Admittedly, the lighting doesn’t have as much “pop”, but they do a good job.

    1. You’re very kind, thank you! I recently managed to find a batch of Kyosho F1 Ferraris at a good price. Unfortunately they’re still on the wrong side of the Atlantic, but I’ll get them eventually!

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