Current Projects

Some of the projects I’m currently working on appear below. More photos will be added as each progresses. Completed  projects get moved off this page and into the BUILT KITS, the CODE 3s and/or ENHANCEMENTSs pages.

  • updated 20 July  2017


1965 Honda RA272 (Tamiya, 1:20)

Back to a Tamiya 1:20 F1 kit, the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix winning car of Richie Ginther. This car had a V12 engine, but it was mounted transversely (crossways) in the back of the car.

The unboxing, all the parts in their bags. My kit has box art of a frontal view painting of the car whereas photos on the web show an alternative box exists that has a rear view photo of the model with the engine cover off.


Very few decals in this kit, which is moulded in ‘ivory white’ body colour, grey/sliver, black and clear plastic. The tyres feature a really nice tread and already have Goodyear identification printed on the sidewall.


1991 Ferrari 643 (Rosso 1:43)

Time to do a non-Tamiya kit. I’m led to believe this is a fairly rare item from the Japanese manufacturer, Rosso Corporation – the Ferrari 643 V12 Formula One car from the 1991 season. This will be built as the #27 Alain Prost version (Jean Alesi decals are also included for a #28 version).

Contents of the Ferrari 643 kit by Rosso, 1:43 scale.

Contents of the Ferrari 643 kit by Rosso, 1:43 scale.

Parts un-bagged. This one is going to be fiddly...

Parts un-bagged. The kit is mostly injection-molded plastic but has a number of metal parts, including the monocoque (bottom of pic) and suspension arms. This one is going to be fiddly…

Test fitting parts. There are some serious gaps.

Test fitting the engine/gearbox/suspension assembly. Something is wrong…

Rear view of the same issue. While there is some good engineering related to the design and build of this model, it has lots of fitment issues that require filing and sanding to get parts to seat and fit properly.

The nosecone has two little red bits on the lower edge that don’t really match the real car, so they’re going to be filed off. There is a carbon weave molded into the front (and rear) wing surfaces.

First shots of Tamiya TS-8 Red over Tamiya grey primer. Looks a bit dull and grainy, and missed a bit in the radiator outlet.

Rear-end assembly ready to fit to the floor of the car.

Rear assembly flipped. There is no glue needed here, this screw holding it all together.

Monocoque and floor were sprayed semi-gloss black. This is initial assembly. In hindsight, maybe I should have sprayed the chrome silver in the engine bay (the brush strokes look far worse in this photo than in real life).

Wheels and tyres were straight forward (paint the rims, sand the tyres, pop the tyres on the rims then add decals). Getting the hubs to fit the suspension was a real pain in the arse – the photo-etch metal lower rear wishbones required lots of filing (which I forgot to photograph). If you ever build this kit, here’s the Big Tip: Check the fit of everything before progressing to any paint or assembly!

Seat belts are a sticker. Shocks, springs and anti-rollbar linkages are all hand painted. Bare metal foil is used as the heat shield around the lower edges of the fuel tank.  Just needs decals, mirrors and the wings attached to finish this one off!


To be continued…

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