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If you are of a squeamish nature, look away now...

I bang on a great deal about being true to the subject and history with regard to all the details on my models. This model must be the most botched, inaccurate depiction I have produced since I first started modelling, many years ago. The car number is incorrect to the body/mechanics etc; wrong stripe, wrong windscreen, wrong air inlet trumpets, wrong mirrors etc etc. In my defence Tamiya's description and painting/decal instructions are woefully incorrect and/or misleading.

However I will support my tentative 'showing' here, by my builds redeeming feature...

 

When I first started this model my immediate reaction was what on earth was Tamiya thinking when they modelled the exhaust system. I spent untold hours bending solder and puppet wire to try and improve the 'look' of Tamiya's 'dangling' pipes. A chance conversation with Malc2 on this forum and an introduction to Nick of 'Unobtainium', led to the development and production of a most fabulous 3D printed solution (available from Nick's online shop).

 

Anyway, enough waffle - just look at the photos:

 

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Tamiya's system for holding the front cowl consists of some pretty big obtrusive screws. I experimented for the first time with some micro magnets superglued to the inside and the corresponding superstructure of the chassis - they seem to be holding.

The seat is covered in a lovely thin real leather that I seem to have acquired. I've no idea now, from where, but together with some PVA glue and a dressmakers pin marker to represent the stitching, it has given a reasonable representation. Not sure of the accuracy of the shape of the seat however, absolutely no reference available.

 

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The brake calipers, front and back, are 'borrowed' from 1/12 Italeri Alfa Romeo 179 and a little scratch work; they are not terribly accurate.

 

 

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Nick's 3D exhaust pipes are completely hollow, all the way through.

 

 

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Bodywork: Tamiya TS7 Racing White from the can, no clearcote, and polished with micromesh cloths and Tamiya polishing creams. The crimson stripe and circle are Tamiya TS86 Pure Red with masked outlines, Tamiya TS14 Black. The engine is a variety metallic paints - Alclad, AK interactive Xtreme metals, Tamiya X range. I also used some Bare-Metal foil in places. Tyres had a variety of AK interactive 'dust effects' enamels and even some grains of sand pushed in to the treads. Any number of rivets and bolt heads were used, both metal from Top Studio, and resin from Plus Models (Czech). Compression fittings from Detail Master. Jewellery wire, fuse wire, Model Factory Hiro fuel line, hand coloured optical fibre, Zsus fasteners from replicas of Maryland, self adhesive mirrored sheet  -  and probably more that I cannot now recall.

Nothing fancy with the photography - iPhoneX, daylight ring light on an anglepoise arm, black card, white card disc.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, keefr22 said:

Whatever the inaccuracies, that is a most wonderful model! Absolutely lovely work! That engine looks like it would start and run nicely. And I bet it would sound glorious!

 

Keirh

Thanks Keith - now that really would be something.

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I'm not squeamish, I didn't look away, and frankly I'm of the sort who doesn't care about correct striping and such... This is an outstanding model with gorgeous detailing and it looks very very convincing. That's a "bravo" from me. 

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15 minutes ago, JeroenS said:

I'm not squeamish, I didn't look away, and frankly I'm of the sort who doesn't care about correct striping and such... This is an outstanding model with gorgeous detailing and it looks very very convincing. That's a "bravo" from me. 

Wow! That's very generous Jeroen. Sometimes I get too carried away with getting all the details correct, it can be very frustrating when there just isn't the research material there in photographic evidence.

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9 minutes ago, modelbautony said:

Wow! That's very generous Jeroen. Sometimes I get too carried away with getting all the details correct, it can be very frustrating when there just isn't the research material there in photographic evidence.

Well, you solved that problem beautifully. I do hope you're able to enjoy the end result, it's very much worth it. 

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So I guess now is not the time to post a period picture of the RA273 seat!!!😄 TBH the kit seat not bad and is pretty close to the real thing.

The Motorsport Images photo archive is a great resource for details which is what I rely on quite heavily.

You have done a great job, the white oil cooler lines particularly look just like the real thing and I can see that you have done a lot more than you have mentioned. The subtle riveting you have added on the body also looks great.

This was Tamiya's first 1/12 F1 and according to Mr Tamiya the first release had completely wrong wheels which were retooled for subsequent releases!

Somewhere I have the English instructions from the first release which is just one page of typed notes.......

 

Malc.

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11 hours ago, Malc2 said:

So I guess now is not the time to post a period picture of the RA273 seat!!!😄 TBH the kit seat not bad and is pretty close to the real thing.

The Motorsport Images photo archive is a great resource for details which is what I rely on quite heavily.

You have done a great job, the white oil cooler lines particularly look just like the real thing and I can see that you have done a lot more than you have mentioned. The subtle riveting you have added on the body also looks great.

This was Tamiya's first 1/12 F1 and according to Mr Tamiya the first release had completely wrong wheels which were retooled for subsequent releases!

Somewhere I have the English instructions from the first release which is just one page of typed notes.......

 

Malc.

Ha! Well that's typical, after the horse has bolted springs to mind. Actually Malc, I would like to see that seat. I did reshape the top to what I could vaguely see in one photo. Do you have a link or address for the Motorsport Images photo archive? 

It's great too that you notice some things that I didn't list, on some photos the riveted panels on the body were visible but on others it looks like there were none, consequently i thought it perhaps wiser not to mention it.

Love your insights about the Tamiya process too - where on earth do you get this information from?

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Here you go:-

1966 Monza

https://www.motorsportimages.com/photo/1017946138-italian-gp/1017946138/?race_type_id=&search=honda ra273&p=1

https://www.motorsportimages.com/photo/1017946150-italian-gp/1017946150/?race_type_id=&search=honda ra273&p=1

https://www.motorsportimages.com/photo/1017946378-italian-gp/1017946378/?race_type_id=&search=honda ra273&p=2

1967 Dutch GP

https://www.motorsportimages.com/photo/1017621826-dutch-gp/1017621826/?race_type_id=&search=honda ra273&p=13

 

The search terms were 'Honda RA273' and I usually order the search by Date Taken = oldest first (panel on the left of the window).

Their search engine is OK but not brilliant, so also worth searching by driver name or year/race, also look out for mislabeled pics!

Use a PC as the expand pic function will give you a full screen version with no watermark 😉

 

I think the story of the Honda wheels came from Tamiyas San's history of the company:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Master-Modeler-Creating-Tamiya-Style/dp/4770028512

 

Malc.

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54 minutes ago, Malc2 said:

Here you go:-

1966 Monza

https://www.motorsportimages.com/photo/1017946138-italian-gp/1017946138/?race_type_id=&search=honda ra273&p=1

https://www.motorsportimages.com/photo/1017946150-italian-gp/1017946150/?race_type_id=&search=honda ra273&p=1

https://www.motorsportimages.com/photo/1017946378-italian-gp/1017946378/?race_type_id=&search=honda ra273&p=2

1967 Dutch GP

https://www.motorsportimages.com/photo/1017621826-dutch-gp/1017621826/?race_type_id=&search=honda ra273&p=13

 

The search terms were 'Honda RA273' and I usually order the search by Date Taken = oldest first (panel on the left of the window).

Their search engine is OK but not brilliant, so also worth searching by driver name or year/race, also look out for mislabeled pics!

Use a PC as the expand pic function will give you a full screen version with no watermark 😉

 

I think the story of the Honda wheels came from Tamiyas San's history of the company:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Master-Modeler-Creating-Tamiya-Style/dp/4770028512

 

Malc.

Brilliant. Thanks Malc.

Now, I wasn't expecting the seat to look like that! Humph! Square across the top. Oh well, it goes along with all the other inaccuracies.

Further senility is also proved - I did know about the 'Motorsport Images archive', even got it bookmarked but forgot I had until you mentioned it.

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