By Antonio Malara
Contrary to most of my posts, this one relating to the Lego 1970 Ferrari 512 M doesn't have a history behind it. I didn’t know anything about this car, so much so that I had to document it on the internet. There I found that the M version was a modified variant of the previous S version. This type of car was destined to participate in the sport prototype world championship, and was equipped with a 500 horsepower V12 engine. However, I have always known the style of this type of car and I remember exactly where I first saw it. There is a film that I particularly love and is "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo", in that film there is one of the characters who plays the "bad guy" who drives a red car, with black and yellow stripes. That car was a Porsche 917 and it was also designed to participate in the sport prototype category. This type of car stands out for its design, with the front fenders much higher than the bonnet and the rear that continues but upwards, as if it were a slide. To tell the truth when I saw the lego model I thought that the Ferrari was the one in the film but then I discovered that it wasn't like that. We can therefore say that this lego also has a story behind it, another story to remember something always connected to my childhood. “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo“ is in fact a movie that I have always loved and when I was little it was shown on TV all the time. After I think two decades, this winter I bought the DVD and watched again without however taking informations about the red car. Another reason that prompted me to buy this lego model that is part of the "Speed Champions" series was the enthusiasm I had after assembling the Lamborghini Countach. Although these models are very small, they are rich in detail and I was very motivated to assemble these mudguards that look like slides. In the end, indirectly, also thanks to the Ferrari 512 M, I told a little story because nothing happens by chance.
Inside the small box, in addition to the instructions, there are two large envelopes. Also in this case, as with other large and small legos, inside each large envelope there are two other smaller ones. This too, like the Lamborghini Countach, is assembled in two steps and given the experience I had with the previous lego of the same type, I expected to assemble it in just one day. Unfortunately that morning I started late and I divided the assembly following the classic outline of the instructions. Envelope number 1 includes 50 steps, however I stopped at 49 because the last step involved mounting the stickers on the back. This process always makes me anxious especially in smaller legos because I can never do it correctly. As for the first day, the noteworthy things were the very beautiful and scenic red bricks and the assembly of the engine with the cylinders which then tilt upwards after fixing. The first day it took me only 30 minutes to complete the process.
On the second day, assembling the contents of the second envelope, I did well where I was afraid. In fact, I was able to fit all the stickers correctly and quickly, both those of the passage 49 and those of the sides in the steps 59 and 69. Unfortunately I was not rational enough to understand why I was so capable when fixing the stickers, I hope to figure it out in the next lego. The other interesting thing about the second day of assembly was that I noticed how this car was assembled in its entirety, first the sides and then the rest. In other words, the car was completed on one side in full and then continued with the other side. The only mistake I made was forgetting to fix a sticker provided for in step 47, fortunately I was able to do it without problems even when the car was completed. The second day it took me 40 minutes, a little longer, but that still confirms my idea that this type of lego can be assembled in a single session. In general, the second pack was more technical and took a little longer but without hitches.
The final design of the car once completed is very beautiful, perhaps it has fewer details than the Lamborghini Countach but the red and the reproduction of aerodynamic solutions such as the curvature of the front fenders, are very striking. The sort of cockpit fuselage in a central position is also very nice. The design of this lego recalls that of the Batmobile that I assembled two years ago (in reality, however, this Ferrari was born before the 1989 Batmobile) however I would be curious to mount a model of this kind but of a larger size. Surely this type of car is unique and different from the others and deserves a lego with more pieces and a final product of considerable size.
Pictures: Antonio Malara