LEGO Creator Expert Ferrari F40 Kit 10248 review
The Lego 10248 – Ferrari F40 build is only the latest in a line of exclusive car builds for Lego’s Creator series. What makes this build twice as special is the fact that it’s an F40. The Ferrari F40 has often been regarded as one of the best-looking cars ever produced. According to its Wikipedia article, the Ferrari F40 is a two-door coupe sports car that has a rear-wheel drive, and a mid-engine. It was the last Ferrari automobile to be approved by its company founder, Enzo Ferrari. During the time of its release in 1987, the F40 was proven to be the most powerful, the fastest, and the most expensive car that Ferrari has ever made. It costed a whopping $400,000.
There’s not much important info found in both the front and back sides of the box, with the exception of a huge picture of the finished build. Its instruction manual has 136 pages in total, and is loaded with 80 construction steps.
Stickers are also included, but you don’t have to cover up the vehicle in them.
The box itself is completely stylish, thanks to its beautiful shade of dark blue. Much like most Lego Technic builds, there are no background scenarios or clutter. Instead, the blue is contrasted with the Ferrari’s signature red. Other details include the company’s horse logo, along with insets that showcase a couple of the model’s features. In a corner, there’s the newly-modified Lego Expert logo constructed with Erling bricks. This is a stark change from the previous Logo, but it still uses the brick designs that the more experienced builders have grown accustomed to. This is so unique and in-system at the same time, and what makes this more incredible is the fact that the Ferrari F40 was built more than 30+ years ago. It’s just amazing how it still manages to find its place in Lego builds today.
The parts of the build are divided into two portions – In bags labelled 1 and 2. Perhaps the most significant new piece of material in the 10248 has got to be the trapezoidal windshield. It’s got twelve studs located at the bottom, is piled four bricks high, with eight on top. The windshield is printed with red pillars on its side. This piece is a definite game-changer for those who want to construct tinier yet detailed vehicles, since the windshield is the part that’s hardest to build.
The 10248’s wheels also come in a new silver hue, and the alloy insert is a brand new part in the build itself. These look amazing. After the first bag is over, half of the car’s chassis is complete. Certain people have started to use some really unique building techniques to achieve the car’s angles. The car has a hinged windshield, and fits exactly with the red 1 x 2 slopes located at the front side of the roof once you lower them down.
The second part of the construction starts with the engine. Some might notice while building that there are two missing 2 x 2 dishes beginning from the ends of the circular assembly, right down to the front. These are the pistols utilized for the exhaust manifold.
After the engine has been raised, you can now attach the rear bumper. An engine cowling is constructed yet again. The cowling is connected with the aid of a long Lego Technic axle, letting it be raised up and lowered, if you wish. There’s a stick provided with the build in case you want to keep it opened up. The rear spoiler is then thrown in before more attention is paid to the front of the vehicle, for building the bumper.
Lastly, the front wheel arches, along with the bonnet, are thrown in. The vent holes located in the bonnet are wonderfully constructed with the help of rods and clips. The bonnet is connected, the Ferrari badges have been placed on the vehicle, and the model is now finished.
There’s absolutely no doubt that Lego’s own take on the Ferrari F40 is an astounding one. It’s definitely one of the best sports car replicas that Lego has ever created. Despite its limits, the look and feel of the actual vehicle has been captured nicely. There are several portions of the build where the vehicle looks blocky, but this is already expected, since it’s Lego, after all. This is just a replica made from square red bricks. The weakest part of the design are the car’s rear pillars, which have been printed on the back slopes. These might look okay at first glance, until you end up comparing them to the actual vehicle itself, which makes it quite apparent that it doesn’t look the same as its model counterpart. If the slope pieces carry a black color to them, much like what the windshield looked like, then it might look better on the outside.
It’s just really unfortunate that the actual Ferrari F40 contains its signature red leather seat – A bit of contrast would have looked nice, like a tan leather interior. But then again, this model was released in 1987. Not only is the Lego 10248 fun and easy to build, it’s also a highly complex one. There’s not much repetition involved, and the whole process of building it has been punctuated with plenty of nice and interesting techniques that deal with bars and clips. To connect a whole host of sub-assemblies.
The model is a sturdy one, until you pick them up to take a look at its underside. If you don’t take good care of your 10248, the engine cowling, which carries a bit of weight, will end up falling down on the floor. Meanwhile, the bonnet isn’t too bad-looking either.
An advantage here is that the Lego 10248 is a faithful reproduction of a classic luxury car, with plenty of crevices and curves that have been nicely recreated. The build looks interesting too. Another benefit of this build is that it does not come plastered with stickers – And the few that are included in the build are easy to be aligned and applied with pure accuracy. The new windshield element is a pure game-changer when it comes to experienced Lego Technic builders. The display piece is finely made as well.
The pillars and sides found on the back side of the cabin aren’t too convincing, as mentioned earlier. And if you turn the vehicle upside down, the back liable might fall off. There’s not much steering involved, which is unfortunately common in Lego Technic builds. And after you’re done constructing the vehicle, there’s not much activities you can do with it. It’s very clear that the build is meant only for display purposes.
The model itself is just superb, an excellent display model and completely recognizable to those who were able to witness the actual F40 in its glory days, even when you don’t have too much knowledge in the world of luxury cars. The Lego version’s rear end is a tad bit too square as compared to the actual vehicle. Even though it’s not ugly – In fact, this feature brings a nice line to the car itself. And what’s very important here is that its resemblance to the actual model is completely astounding.
The squareness of the vehicle’s back end must be because of the amount of moving parts included. They have broken the model into many segments, and each of them has to give out its own brand of connectivity and robustness. If you take the car’s back end, it would have been quite simple to connect in a bunch of curved slopes to build up a curvier solution to the whole thing. But what’s noticeable here is that the entire end is split into two horizontally. Without these moving parts, the model could still have been realized, in which a single stud has a good reason why it should be placed in that part of the vehicle. There’s plenty of proof that this build contains a decent number of 1 x 1 square plates (seventy-two in total), more than the Mini Cooper build and the T1, along with truckloads of other small parts.
This is still a wonderful set – Lego has completely honored the look of this famous Italian car, and is very much highly recommended to any Lego Technic fans, sports car fans, and Lego car build fanatics.