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WIP: Tamiya 1/20 Honda RA272 1965 Mexican GP

Postby seamus » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:30 am

Morning guys :wink:

No carbon fibre, no aero, no chunky white metal parts... aaahhhh, feels like a comfy pair of slippers!!! :)

So this will be a full detail build of the 1965 Mexican GP winning car driven by Richie Ginther. Having read a little about this car recently I didn't quite appreciate how much of a significant car this was for Honda - and how quick it was in comparison to it's rivals at the time - and was held back due to Honda's unreliability probably down to the fact that it was only their second season in F1. I always thought it was a classic, maybe not as aesthetically beautiful as the Lotus 25 nevertheless still a lovely looking car.

So, I started with the engine as per the kit instructions...

After assembling the main engine block I added a couple of plates that are missing on the kit which surround the drive shafts, made from plasticard and I also added a small bracket to the top cover to allow a throttle control assembly missing in the kit...

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I drilled the base for the Air Trumpets and the fuel injection assembly to allow for the fuel lines to be added...

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I also drilled the engine block to take some plug leads.

I used Scaleproduction.de Air Trumpets which needed adapting and lowering in height as they were too long...

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With the prep done I sprayed all the engine parts using Alclad 2 matt silver and pale gold...

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I then added washes using Tamiya's panel line colours, brown for the gold parts and dark grey and black for the silver areas, once this was dry I reset the base colour before picking out the raised areas with some drybrushed highlighting ...

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I then looked at replacing all the moulded bolt heads with aftermarket ones from Taurus Models...

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The cam covers will be up next, firstly I added some Honda badges courtesy of a Crazy Modeller 'Honda' logo set...

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Finally for this update, I painted the Injection assembly as per reference photos, a lot more detail to be added to this part to come...

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Re: WIP: Tamiya 1/20 Honda RA272 1965 Mexican GP

Postby Jonalfre » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:02 am

Nice start and great attention to details.
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Re: WIP: Tamiya 1/20 Honda RA272 1965 Mexican GP

Postby Indy1977TX » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:22 am

Jonalfre wrote:Nice start and great attention to details.

I agree, I love the mid-60's F1. Looking forward to seeing how you improve this one.

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Re: WIP: Tamiya 1/20 Honda RA272 1965 Mexican GP

Postby Grypham » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:54 pm

Very nice! I have this one on the shelf, so I'll watch your build with great interest.

Coincidentally, I just finished reading "Conquest of Formula 1" re: The history of Honda in F1.
Not a lot of detail photos, but a very interesting read.
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Re: WIP: Tamiya 1/20 Honda RA272 1965 Mexican GP

Postby aracefan » Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:07 pm

Loving this so far. Thanks for sharing so much detail on what you're doing and how.
I'm looking to learn, and posts like yours help us new guys.
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Re: WIP: Tamiya 1/20 Honda RA272 1965 Mexican GP

Postby seamus » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:53 pm

Just a quick update...

Engine has been 'bolted'... along with the Cam Covers. I added some scratched p/e to the fuel injection assembly to allow the throttle linkage to be attached, and the first of 15 fuel lines is now in place...

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thanks for your kind comments guys :-)
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Re: WIP: Tamiya 1/20 Honda RA272 1965 Mexican GP

Postby PJE » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:49 pm

Got my kit on the bench right now. As I’m waiting for some glue to dry on the body work, I decided to do a little search on other builds. I’m trying to find some info on ignition wiring. With all the excellent working your doing I’m hoping that I see that done here.

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Re: WIP: Tamiya 1/20 Honda RA272 1965 Mexican GP

Postby Belugawrx » Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:56 am

Engine work is looking good..those bolt heads are on my wish list...along with the skill and patience to use them....lol
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Re: WIP: Tamiya 1/20 Honda RA272 1965 Mexican GP

Postby seamus » Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:38 pm

Update:

Further engine work, I detailed the rear and side engine frame removing the moulded bolt heads and replacing with after market ones as before. I also extended the rear anti-roll bar with metal rod to replicate the real car more...

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This was then all attached to the engine block...

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and so began the 12x wiring and tubing, starting with the ignition leads first...

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I used MFH's tubing and wiring...

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and with the first bank of ignition leads in place, I used some thicker hollow pieces of tubing as cable holders...

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and with the fuel lines completed and the injection plate added along with heat protector from the exhausts, these needed to be scratch built as the kit version is far too thick...

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Finally I replaced the exhaust end section with copper tubing for better realism...

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Thank as always for following along :-)
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Re: WIP: Tamiya 1/20 Honda RA272 1965 Mexican GP

Postby -Felix- » Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:07 am

Hey Seamus,

have you checked the engine cover fitment with the new intake trumpets? They look way taller than they actually were on the real car, so you might need to shorten them to fit the cover.
On a sidenote, interestingely they were not all the same size on all races! For some races, the inner 4 were the tallest, getting shorter to the outside.

But engine looks lovely so far!
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