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gt6mkiii

Ebbro Tyrrell 003 1/20th Scale

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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. 

 

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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 look great on the finished model. I don't think this is the most attractive F1 car ever, but I do appreciate the function over form aesthetic of the nose in particular.

 

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I built this pretty much out of the box with the only additions being some Model Factory Hiro brown hose for the fuel lines and black wire for the spark plug leads, As well as a Tamiya seat belt kit to replace the inadequate decal that came with the kit. I would say however, that the Tamiya seat belt kit has nice photoetched hardware, but the adhesive vinyl belt materials leave something to be desired. 

 

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My only complaints about the Ebbro kit would be that compared to Tamiya, it was a bit more fiddly to assemble. I think Tamiya does a good job of making the parts fit together in a very solid way. With this kit, the pieces fit, but there was a lot of glueing and clamping or holding in place because the pins were so small that they didn't align the parts very firmly. I recognize that this is probably the nature of trying to keep everything in scale and as separate pieces. These separate pieces include the headers which are molded as four separate pipes per side - again, a bit fiddly to assemble, but can't be beat for accurate appearance. That's usually my biggest gripe with Tamiya is that pieces are often molded together to make for easier assembly but this often results in a lot of masking if you're trying to airbrush separate colours onto the same part.

 

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My complaints must be pretty minor though as I've already bought the Ebbro Lotus 72C and the Lotus 72E. Must finish the MP4/7 first though.

 

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A few details on finishes, the blue is just straight Tamiya blue acrylic. I applied the decals and then clearcoated with Mr Color GX100 thinned with their levelling thinner. This is the best clear I've ever used. I tried the Tamiya X22 clear on the Honda and it was okay, but the GX100 was shiny right out of the airbrush, dry to the touch in 10 minutes and polished up very nicely. It did get under one of the decals, I'm guessing that my mist coats weren't heavy enough to actually protect the decals before I did the wet coat but I think this is going to be my clearcoat system moving forward. I've just clearcoated the MP4/7 and it came out better than this one and with no adverse effects on the decals after going a bit heavier with the mist coats.

 

Anyway, thanks for looking, and I've added a few more shots below.

 

Martin.

 

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That's a real stunner, love the paintjob!

 

51 minutes ago, gt6mkiii said:

the GX100 was shiny right out of the airbrush, dry to the touch in 10 minutes and polished up very nicely.

 

Wierdly I've found just about the exact opposite with it on the Escort Cossie I'm slowly (very slowly) getting to the end of. I used to use Mr Super Clear out of a rattle can and was always happy with the results apart from the inherent thickness of coats you get out of a spray can. So I tried the GX100 instead but found it came out pretty rough and orange peely, and Ihaven't been able to polish out the fine scratch marks left after micromeshing down to 12000 grit. I've been considering blasting a couple of coats of Mr Clear from the can over it!

 

Anyway, you've obviously shown a great finish can be got from it, so I guess I need to practice a bit more!

 

Cracking Tyrell!

 

Keith

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1 hour ago, gt6mkiii said:

I do appreciate the function over form aesthetic of the nose in particular.

The same could apply to Ken's nose 😆

A superb build - it has a very real look.

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I'm not very much into F1 cars at all but... You've made a beauty here. It looks just perfect.

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Great work and an inspiration - I’ve been toying with the idea of getting this kit next and you’ve just convinced me to go to the local model shop tomorrow and pick one up!

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Looks absolutely fabulous. I love it. And great inspiration, if more was needed, for me to drag one of my Ebbro kits out of the stash... we obviously have similar taste in F1 cars...

best,

M.

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Thanks for the comments! 

 

Keith, I'm not sure what would account for the difference in our experience with the GX100, but I did find it difficult to get a wet finish when I had it thinned 1 part clear to 1 part thinner and did get some orange peel on some test pieces. I used 1:2 for the mist coats and then 1:3 for the wet coat and it flowed very nicely without running. I watched a youtube video by plamo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxDp3EyrBtc) where he thins it to 1:4 and gets very nice results. I am using the Mr. Color Levelling Thinner which makes a huge difference in how the clear flows and I have my airbrush set to about 18psi.

 

 

 

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On 11/19/2019 at 7:02 AM, gt6mkiii said:

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 look great on the finished model.

 

An absolute beaut - very nicely done.

Those far out mirrors were a feature of Jackie's car,  Francois Cevert having closer in mirrors. 

About the only way to tell them apart at the time - until the driver got in.

Looking at the quality of Ebbro, and having just bought the Haynes manual for the Lotus 72 - I'm going to have to add one to my list.

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3 hours ago, gt6mkiii said:

I am using the Mr. Color Levelling Thinner which makes a huge difference in how the clear flows and I have my airbrush set to about 18psi.

 

Thanks for the info, I also use MLT and generally stick to about 20psi. I'd actually watched that video and hadn't taken in his thinner/paint ratio, and tbh don't really know what I used - I'd guess around 50-50. I'll pay more attention to that in the future!

 

Cheers 

 

Keith

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Fantastic job! I saw these in the flesh when I first started marshalling at the Silverstone circuit in the day! And later in my marshalling days then on the Airfield at Silverstone we had regular meetings with Sir Jackie regarding the various safety aspects around the circuit. 

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I do too, whenever I get it! It never showed today, and according to the tracking it is "Delivered". Well, it is not to me it isn't! Keeping fingers crossed that it will show up still, and that there's just a minor hickup.

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Nice job Martin on your 003! I recently completed Ebbro’s 002 and agree with you that these kits are significantly “more fiddly” than Tamiya. I had a bear of a time on the front steering/ suspension assembly, fracturing pins on one of the wheel spindles which required reconstructive surgery using brass pins... another modeling challenge learning experience! Here are a few images of my completed Jackie Stewart 002 Tyrrell with the “sports car” front end.

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Ha! I broke the exact same part - only on one side as well. Your 002 looks great - I do prefer the look of the sports nose. Did your 002 come with the wire mirror supports?

 

Martin.

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Hi Martin,

Yes, the 002 kit included Jackie Stewart’s wire form mirror supports as well as the Cevert’s molded plastic supports.
 

I believe the pins on these wheel spindles fracture easily because of sharp fillets at the base of both pins (“stress concentrations”). Tamiya is good at incorporating microscopic fillets in areas like this to prevent these types of failures. Ebbro could easily fix this problem by stoning or EDM burning off these sharp transitions in the mold cavities (current mold cavity is “metal safe” and fix requires removing metal from the mold which is an easy fix).  A .002” - .005” radius would probably fix the problem.

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Love F1, love Tyrrell, and love that blue.  The aluminium and gloss silver are spot on.  Very nice work!  Have you posted anything on the MP4/7?  I'm currently working the 4/6.

 

JCH

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Awesome job!  Beautifully photographed too.

I remember making a card model of this car, as a kid (and you can imagine how that turned out).

Your Tyrell is a true inspiration!

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