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  1. Hello guys, Time to start a project. About a year ago I decided I enjoyed building F1 cars as they typically show a lot of suspension, and in some cases, plenty of engine too. I went about finding F1 kits that were on sale and buying those that seemed interesting. There are many upsides to this approach including that I built a nice little stash and as I'm not really an F1 fan, don't have any favorite car/team, the kits were generally not too expensive, and the opportunities were relatively abundant. Most of the kits I found (I purchased six kits) were Tamiya and Fujimi, and wh
  2. I enjoy all vehicle and motorsport subjects. I aim not to do the usual. No matter how much I might determine to do a quick and 'out of the box' model every now and again I get involved with research and then find a decal isn't the correct size or is not quite the right typeface or the shaping for a particular race hasn't been taken in to account... a year later and I'm still 'adjusting'. I must be the least prolific model maker, it's not like the end result is perfect by any means but there is considerable satisfaction in having 'struggled' with a tiny element of a model that may not e
  3. hello everyone, this is my first WIP here. I started building this kit weeks ago, i work very slowly only in short time at night. Never built an F1 bebore, and i can say that is a bit difficult, too many pieces that you don't know if paint bebore or after.. Anyway this is the job done till now:
  4. This is the only car i have built, and was made in my first period of modelling about 15 years ago. Recently found the pictures tucked away on an old hard drive. One thing sticks out in my mind about the build and that was that i really enjoyed doing the CF decaling.
  5. While taking a break from my 312T4 (in desperate need of purchase a magnifying lamp, as I'm having real trouble focusing on the wiring and tubing) I thought I would make a start on another of my favourite cars the Lotus 102, it wasn't a good car and had a part in Lotus's final demise but what a livery. I hope you enjoy this thread and apologies already for any rambling and pointless photo's taken to describe this build. Shood23 has already built a fine example of the car last year and I just hope this will be half as good as his. While doing my research I bought a build guide from the
  6. I'm continuing my history of F1 in 1/20th scale but I skipped the 80's and went right to 1992. After the Tyrrell 003, which I don't think is the most beautiful F1 car, to what is my favourite F1 design of all time, the McLaren MP4/7. The overall shape is so pure - no extra winglets or aerodynamic furniture and one of the most iconic liveries of all time. This was built right out of the box with the exception of the tobacco decals which were the "Museum Collection" set that I ordered from Hobby Link Japan. The Marlboro part of the decals were fine, but the orange parts of t
  7. I was going to call this "Second Build in 15 years" but I'll let that one go. This is me carrying on with a history of F1 in 1/20th scale. I built the Tamiya 1965 Honda RA272 and even though this is only 6 years on, the differences from 1965 to 1971 are pretty amazing. This is the Ebbro Tyrrell 003 kit and is the first Ebbro kit I've built. Overall, I was very impressed. I think the level of detail and crispness of molding rival or surpass Tamiya. I'll admit that the reason I chose this one over the Sports nose model was the very finely crafted mirror mounts which I think
  8. Well, I'm back into scale models for the first time in 15 years and I've found it very meditative to sit in a quiet space and slowly work through the pieces and painting - a nice break from a busy work and family life. I had an idea to do a scale model history of Formula 1 in 1:20 scale as there are so many models available to cover the history of engineering and design. I've started with the Tamiya RA272 as I got it for a good price and seemed like it would be a good place to start. Built pretty much out of the box and sprayed with a custom mix for the racing white and then topco
  9. 25th Anniversary "Benetton Ford B194" (05689) 1:24 Revell The Benetton Ford B194 was designed by Rory Byrne for the 1994 F1 season. It was based on the previous B192/3 and was to be powered by a Ford Zetec-R V8 engine produced by Cosworth. The car was very good in the hands of Michael Schumacher who won six of the first races that year. Schumacher commented that the car was hard to drive, and his team mates that season all found it very difficult to drive. Other teams suspected the car was not entirely legal due to its performance. During an investigation by the
  10. Hi All, I'm on a roll at the moment. I have really found my enthusiasm again. This is one that I have had for about 35 years, or there abouts. It's been part built for a seriously long time. I have built a few 1/20th Tamiya F1 cars over the years and have found them a challenging but rewarding build. This one has been a bit more challenging the some of them ... The box top: A truly bizarre but quite beautiful car. This was in the days of classic F1 cars, I think. The modern stuff looks a bit anodyne in comparison. I had b
  11. Hi This is my build of the Mirage F-1C with the Tiger Meet scheme It is the Special Hobby kit. A pleasant kit with no major problem Some other photos at this adress Mirage F-1C "Tiger Meet"
  12. Decided to get back into modelling as find it quite therapeutic and love making things. This is the first model I have made in over 10 years so taking some time!! Found the Tamiya MP4/8 kit and the S27 Carbon decals on eBay. Also purchased the photo etched kit which I'll use some of, a full set of decals and an old Tamiya driver & engineer set I'll try to incorporate Here are some pics of my progress so far: Managed to add some small valves to
  13. Hi All, Here's my entry for this GB. I need to complete my 'Russia GB' entry first so this may be a little late off the grid. I have some aftermarket parts to go with it and depending on how the build progresses, I may hunt for some more Cheers
  14. Hi! Kelvin here from Portland, Oregon, USA. Like a lot of the folks here was into modeling as a kid and teenager (ultimate builds for me were the Tamiya large scale Tiger with internal detailing, and the Tamiya 1969 Matra). My 11 year old son just discovered the joys of building but not into it as much as I was, but what his discovery did was to inspire me to get back into the hobby. We just built our house here and I've been doing woodwork and casework building out the interior of the house but I'm hankering to change scale and work on something different. Been holding on to a Tam
  15. Yet another one started, the wife bought me this for my birthday a few months back, to be honest I only took any notice of the Lotus 88b after the Essex liveried kit was released and knew I had to have the more traditional Lotus JPS liveried kit when launched. Lotus 88b (1) I also went the whole hog and purchased the Studio 27 Carbon Fibre decals & PE parts along with JPS decals, costly but easier when the price of the kit has been offset. Lotus 88b (7) This is the first Ebbro kit and I must say I have been really impressed with the
  16. Hi everyone, Here's a build I finished a while back but neglected to upload photos of. I built Tamiya's wonderful 1/20 Lotus Coventry-Climax 25. I finished it in the livery Jim Clark (in my opinion the greatest racer of all time) won the 1963 South African Grand Prix with. Clark led every single lap, won by over a minute, and lapped every car except Dan Gurney. It was his seventh win of the season - out of nine races. I used Tamiya Racing Green for the body and a combination of Alclad and Vallejo acrylics for everything else. The kit was a joy to build. The only problem is the engine cove
  17. Such is my appetite for modelling at the minute, I don't think the GB's I've entered are going to be enough for me. I've therefore decided to start a WIP for the F2007 which has been calling to me for quite some time now. Just to set expectations, I plan to dip in and out of the build over the coming months and it may even turn out to be a KUTA subject. Anyhow, the kit came with some aftermarket decals and I originally wanted to use the 'Marlboro' wording. However, I've decided to build the Kimi / Brazil configuration which, as many of you will be aware, was the 2007 winning combi
  18. Here's the Ferrari F2007 that Kimi raced back in 2007 at the British GP. Not a bad build and went together well considering it's a Revell model.
  19. Here's the completed Benetton 188 which i bought of ebay that was part done and had a few bits missing from it. I got the green and yellow markings slightly wrong - where the camel logo is, the green should have been a thinner line. Not bad to say i had to dismantle most of it to rebuild it and give it some paint. And there's a slight discolouring on the blue just under the sisley sign.
  20. Hi all, Here are some pictures of my latest finished project, Ebbro's MP4/30 midseason version. I was hoping it would be a quick build, but I had quite a few issues. Almost all were fault of the modeller. I added a harness and an aluminum tube for the exhaust. I also cut some brass rod for the driveshafts and did some carbon decalling on the suspension arms. I used TS-40 Metallic Black for the paintwork. As always, comments are welcome, Jake
  21. I've started this new kit of a fascinating but short-lived car from my favourite F1 team. It's the first Ebbro kit I've tried and so far it looks good. I went for the Essex livery as I like the blue, although I may end up with the Courage black and chrome 88B too if this build goes well. The kit comes with both plain blue plastic for the chrome side panels and chrome decals, plus a chromed plastic set, giving several options on these parts. Following a thread on the F1M website I'm going for the blue panels and adding chrome decals. I'm hoping that someone will come out with a carbon decal s
  22. Please find below, images of my completed 1/20 Fujimi Ferrari 126C2, started Boxing Day. It started out a simple OOB but then I decided on leads & fuel pipes and continued with electrical wiring, trunking, paneling, hose, bends and driver. I can safely say I have thoroughly enjoyed building this kit. Hope you enjoy, for anybody interested my WIP is still reasonably current (I tried linking tread with no luck). Thanks for Looking. I would like to give my thanks to all the encouraging comments on the WIP and a special thanks to Phil B and Malc2 for sharing th
  23. Here's the Tamiya Benetton B192 that Martin Brundle drove. It's hand painted barring the decals and took an age to do, i wish i had an airbrush when i did this, i think it took about 2 months all in all. The yellow is a mix of 2 humbrol paints, i cant remember the colours i used, but i made the mistake of laying down grey primer as a base, i should've used white, it wouldn't have needed 4 layers of paint. I couldn't work with the tamiya spray as suggested in the instructions. The Green is tamiya's park green from a jar rather than the spray. The decals had d
  24. Here's the Revell Jordan EJ10 in 1:24 scale by Revell that Jarno Trulli drove back n 2000. It's not the best model to put together. Some of the parts didn't fit and the plastic was really soft. The tyres are of poor quality too - the decals don't fit and i managed to snap out the middles of the wheels due to the plastic been so soft and the tight fitting onto the axels. I used Halford's Primer on this model for the Yellow bits and im not too happy with it. It's not got that smooth look which i got with the simoniz primer but the simoniz plastic printer does adhere to th
  25. Another F1 car completed back in May but only just had chance to upload it. First time with microset and microsol on this model and since then, not looked back.
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