Review: 75879 Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

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Formula One racing cars have been the subject of LEGO products since the 1970s and their design has evolved according to the changing selection of pieces available. 75879 Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H represents the latest model in the series and has been released alongside 75883 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

All three vehicles are based on the cars designed for the 2016 season and this Ferrari is accordingly distinct from that found in 75913 F14 T & Scuderia Ferrari Truck. The model is decorated with almost thirty stickers which are laden with advertising and the bodywork is accurately represented using a selection of curved slopes and tiles. In fact, I think this might be the best Formula One car released to date!

Minifigure

The driver wears a red racing suit which is decorated with white stripes and a couple of green highlights recalling the Italian flag. This printed design is faithful to the suits worn by drivers during the 2016 season and it includes all of the appropriate branding on the front and back of the torso. The head is adorned with some stubble which resembles that of Sebastian Vettel, although I expect it has simply been chosen as a generic face.

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Black and white crash helmets are included to replicate the differing headgear worn by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in 2016. This is great but I would have liked to see some printing as I think the helmets look fairly plain in relation to the designs on the torso and legs. It is also worth noting that the printing on my figure is slightly fuzzy, although that will not apply to every copy of the set. Nevertheless, this is an excellent minifigure on the whole and I appreciate its accuracy to the real uniforms.

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The Completed Model

Speed Champions sets are often accompanied by some equipment and this pit wall is the largest such model yet included in a set of this size. The base of the wall is lined with a red and white rumble strip while the Ferrari branding is prominent on the panel above. A set of starting lights is suspended over the track and you can rotate the chequered flag to signal the end of the race. This is printed on both sides and the same element appears in 75833 Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

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A 1x2 tile is printed with a keyboard on the other side of the wall and the monitor above includes a sticker which displays a race track. I am not aware that this shape is based on any particular track from the 2016 season but it looks splendid and the pit wall is completed with a couple of clips for storing equipment.

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The Ferrari SF16-H was relatively unsuccessful during the 2016 season but it looks great, as one would expect of a Ferrari. The red, black and white colour scheme is very striking and I think a good balance has been struck between those colours. A total of 27 stickers lend further detail to the model and many of these are quite small so their application presents a challenge. However, they are accurate to the real vehicle and the set would not appear complete without them.

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Formula One cars are designed primarily around aerodynamics and the flowing shape of such vehicles is not particularly suitable for the inevitably cubic nature of LEGO at this scale. However, the side pods are quite realistic and several of the stickers included are designed to give the illusion of curved bodywork. Comparing the model to the actual car reveals a couple of significant inaccuracies as the engine intake and cockpit are mounted too far back but it would be difficult to avoid this given the constrained proportions of the model.

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The front wing is formed using a 2x6 plate with curved corners and includes realistic details such as endplates and flaps which are adorned with the Santander logo. The nose cone is formed using curved slopes of differing widths. This looks a little awkward but is faithful to the design employed during the 2016 season and accurate branding is formed using three separate stickers along the entire length of the nose.

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A single Technic axle holds the front wing in place, allowing it to be removed with ease and swapped at pit stops. This is a nice feature as it does not reduce the sturdiness of the model, although no spare wing is included. However, there is a spare 1x2 tile with a number on it so you can switch the numbers to reflect different drivers if you wish.

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There is room to seat a minifigure in the cockpit and a steering wheel is included but the interior is otherwise very plain. Blue Technic pins are used to attach the side pods. Unfortunately they are visible inside the cockpit and the opportunity to use light bluish grey pins to represent displays or dials has been missed. It is also worth noting that the space for the driver is quite large and I would have liked to see a removable cover included to fit more tightly around the minifigure, as on the real cars and in some past sets.

The engine intake is decorated with stickers on either side and a black camera mount is also included on top. The positioning of the cockpit has shortened the intake but it still looks fairly realistic and I like the colour combination of white, black and red which surrounds it. It would have been nice to see the Pirelli branding on the edges of the tyres, although printing on rubber elements has been liable to rub off in the past so this would excuse its absence.

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The rear wing completes the model. This section simply consists of two 1x2x2 panels and a pair of tiles but it looks fine as any attempt to recreate the relatively subtle shaping of the rear wing would probably not succeed, instead resulting in an unsightly stepped design. Finally, a trans-red 1x1 tile is fitted to the rear of the vehicle, representing the rain light.

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Overall

The smaller Speed Champions sets have consistently offered excellent value in past years and 75879 Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H undoubtedly maintains the established high standard. I am very pleased to see a Formula One car appearing in a set costing just £12.99 or $14.99 as they have previously been restricted to larger sets in recent years.

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The number of stickers included will frustrate some and there is room for improvement with regard to accuracy but this is still my favourite Formula One car released to date! It looks great on display and the customisation options are very welcome, as is the large section of pit wall which is included.

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21 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Not much difference from the Ferrari F1 car seen in 75913 but great to have it available as a standalone set. Those stickers though - there's far too many of them and are taking fun of building the set altogether...

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By in United States,

Gotta get it for Banco Santander. :-)

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By in United States,

Got this set about a week and a half ago. Really enjoy it! It's not the most accurate but a great introduction to Speed Champions for me.

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By in United States,

Not a fan of Ferrari so not sure if I'll get this, but I enjoy the front wing design and the ability to remove it so easily.

Ferrari has looked surprisingly good in testing the last 3 days though.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very nice, impressed at how different it really is from the 2015 set, and that pit wall sections is probably the best individual car accessory so far.

P.s. the light is also used when a car is in ERS recovery mode and therefore not going as fast

P.p.s the proportions of the speed champions f1 cars are very similar to those of the 2017 cars. Too bad they all have"sharkfin" engine covers which are borderline impossible to recreate in Lego with current pieces (trust me, I've tried!)

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By in United States,

I think I'm looking forward to the F1 sets in this years Speed Champions line the most. I'm a new fan to F1 and these sets are so much fun to build. This one looks great and I'm stoked to build it, even if I'm not the biggest Ferrari fan, always whining about something or someone. :p

I only wish they would make Red Bull cars... Everyone knows they are the best F1 team.

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By in Ireland,

"Blue Technic pins are used to attach the side pods. Unfortunately they are visible inside the cockpit and the opportunity to use light bluish grey pins to represent displays or dials has been missed."
Displays or dials on the side of the cockpit makes no sense. The missed opportunity is not using 1x1 bricks with a stud on the side.
The numbered tiles, 5 & 7, are the racing numbers of Vettel and Kimi so it would have been nice to have a head with two sides so you can have the face that matches the number.

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By in United States,

I'm loving the Speed Champions theme so far, it's gotten me out of my habit of collecting SW only sets. Just built the GT40's yesterday, funnest build I've had in a long time! And one thing about the stickers, sure they're a pain to apply but if done well you can't argue w/the end result.

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By in Netherlands,

^^ those parts cannot be used, I think.
There is a stud underneath ( under the claro logo) the attachments, and with the lego logo it would be illegal, unless if you use these half-pins which can shift a little bit.

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By in United Kingdom,

As ever when there's a multitude of stickers (or even when there's just a few!) I find myself wishing that the review included photos *without* them applied. Like many people, I have a deep-seated loathing of all things stickery, to the point where it can often make or break the decision whether to buy a set.

But other than the personal preference to have reviews with non-stickered comparison photos, I have to say that the review is ... splendid! ;-)

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By in United States,

I want that computer screen, it would go well in any research lab that I'll make.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not massively into cars but really digging this second wave of speed champions and @48p per sticker this set is great value ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a nice looking car. I don't normally pay attention to Speed Champions, but the new models all look very sleek and attractive. There's nice attention to detail on the driver's suit, too.

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By in Australia,

30 stickers, though? This year, I really feel like they're crossing the line where it's just too many stickers. Even the basic City vehicles have too many stickers for my general liking, and having to apply 30 of the darn things sounds too much like being tortured.

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By in New Zealand,

"The head is adorned with some stubble which resembles that of Sebastian Vettel, although I expect it has simply been chosen as a generic face."

No Capn… it's clearly JANGBRiCKS' face!

P.S. great review

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By in Switzerland,

Well, a set of this scale still doesn't do any justice to a F1 car. The lack of printing on the helmets is also disappointing.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was just thinking how much it would cost if all the pieces were printed :)

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Indeed. So to expect a reproduction of a modern F1 car without a plethora of stickers is flying in the face of reality. Helmet printing may well have required the approval of the drivers and therefore further licensing costs.

The track sticker, as stated, looks unlike any F1 circuit, except that it is a little like Albert Park although rotated through 180 degrees!

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By in United States,

If the track sticker looked like any current (or past) F1 circuit, there might be yet another licensing cost to negotiate and pay!

Sadly, I fear your explanation of the (lack of) helmet printing is probably correct. Oh, well.

I'd rather have stickers than all the printing needed to give the cars their proper sponsorship. This way I can leave the sponsors' stickers off!

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By in United Kingdom,

Does anyone know if there is a reference to this track in the Mercedes f1 set?

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By in United States,

I'm not a big car person, but this looks very recognizable. Thanks for the review. I may have to actually look into the Speed Champions series. Some pretty decent looking builds involved.

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