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Western Kits 1:43 Tyrrell P/34 Prototype

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Western Kits 1:43 Tyrrell P/34 Prototype

Postby dr_gn » Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:24 am

This is a kit I got from work for my birthday. It dates from about 1975, and represents the version of the car as initially shown to the press:

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I remember a similar picture to this, but in colour, was in the cover of Motoring News:

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Note the flat-topped rectangular side pods.

My Dad built one for me when it was first released:

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I always fancied having another go at it, but I couldn’t bring myself to dis-assemble my dads efforts. So that was that...until Monday, when I got this for my birthday:

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Complete, apart from the wheels, which have been made out of wood! and decals:

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I can cast new wheels from resin using my originals. Indycals do an early P34 decal set, with the correct fluorescent yellow stripes, but without the “PROJECT/34” logos and number backgrounds. I’ll have to think about that one.

I always wondered why my dad painted it a blue that seems way too light. However, reading the instructions, it calls for “Austin Morris Tahiti Blue”, which is exactly what he used.

Plan is to build it in the spirit of the original, but with a few refinements like seatbelts, rear wheel nuts, plug leads and radiator mesh. I noticed that the front wheel viewing windows probably shouldn’t be there, but I’ll leave them in. It makes an interesting comparison with the state-of-the-art, like the Ferrari I also got as a gift:

https://www.f1m.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=31222

Any reference images of this car - especially engine and cockpit (the seat in particular) would be much appreciated.
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