Italeri 1/24 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole Kit First Look
|Date of Review||September 2016||Manufacturer||Italeri|
|Subject||Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole||Scale||1/24|
|Kit Number||3683||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Straightforward build, nice details||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$34.95|
The Lamborghini Countach was a 1980s super car that is sought by car collectors worldwide. During the 1985-88 production years, Lamborghini released an updated engine that featured four valves per cylinder and its displacement increased to 5167cc which gave it the designation Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole or 5000QV. This new engine was fed by six Weber carburetors and generated 414 bhp. Of course if you have to ask how much such a car costs, you can't afford one (and neither can I).
Thanks to Italeri, you can own the Countach 5000QV though it is a scaled down version with a very scaled down price. This kit, released in 1/24 scale, is beautifully tooled and offers some nice details without being a complex build. The kit is molded in injection-molded styrene and presented on one tree of white parts plus body shell, one tree of black parts, one tree of chrome-plated parts, one tree of frosted chrome parts, and one tree of clear parts. According to the specifications, this kit consists of 145 parts.
Among the features and options in this kit:
- Detailed cockpit (you'll need to add seatbelts/harness if you want those details)
- Very detailed engine compartment
- Hood is hinged so allow viewing of that engine compartment
- Detailed front and rear suspension
- Rubber (vinyl) tires with nice tread pattern
The kit could be built as-is without painting and it would look nice, but gearheads will want to choose their favorite color combinations for the exterior and interior. The white exterior/black interior is one of those combinations produced by Lamborghini, but you'll want to use some painting and washes to bring out those nice details in that cockpit and engine bay. Of course a red 5000QV would also look awesome. There is a wealth of information available online to help you to select your colors as well as identify those small details that need painting as well.
This is a beautiful kit and since this is likely as close as I'll ever be to a 5000QV, I may have to build this one up and also try out some new products to see how they bring this beast to life.
My sincere thanks to Italeri USA for this review sample!