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Readers’ Gallery: John’s Tamiya 1/20th Renault RE-30B F1 racer

Agape forum member John (DHKollektr) shared these images of his gorgeous F1 racer. Great work, John!

This F1 racer is one that I bought while in Japan on a business trip over 20 years ago, and is one of the few kits that I bought and built within a few months.  I think from memory that it was my first ever Tamiya kit, and it certainly whet my appetite for more offerings from Tamiya.

I don’t recall there being any issues with the way it went together, and overall I remember it as being a very easy build and therefore gave me a lot of pleasure at the time.  At the time I didn’t have access to any photos so I just took a punt as to how the spark-plug leads were routed; the way I have them may be totally wrong.

I remember that I used a rattle-can for the aluminum radiators, chassis base topside and body rear section, the rest was all hand-painted – including the raised ribs on the rocker covers.  I cheated a bit with the painting – as the body & shell were already yellow I just masked and painted the white areas without primer.  In retrospect (how come hindsight is always 20/20?) I should have primed it all and painted both colours.  Also I think that the interior of the body shell probably should have been all black.  But despite these couple of minor blemishes I think it has come up quite well.

The decals weren’t any trouble but did take me at least 2 evenings to finish.  After I finished the decals, I put on a clear gloss coat.  From memory it was Tamiya acrylic, and I think I’m extremely lucky that it didn’t react with the enamel paint, particularly as it was brush-painted.  I found that the clear dried very quickly and you can easily see brush marks on the rear spoiler, and a few other places which aren’t quite so noticeable.

Cheers, and keep walking with God.

John

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