Current Projects

Projects I’m currently working on appear below. More photos are added as each progresses. Completed projects get moved off this page and into the Build Diaries.

  • updated 3 October 2018


1988 Coloni CF188 (Tameo, 1/43 scale)

I bought this Tameo kit from a shop in Adelaide in the late 1990s. The previous owner had made a start, painting the body and floor, plus assembling the front and rear wings.

They’ve done a decent job of the body, but there are numerous other parts that should be the same colour. I’m going to have to try and find the right yellow to match, or perhaps strip the existing work and re-spray to get a uniform look.

Tameo kit #75 has been started by someone else. Will be finished by me.

Gearbox drilled to accept the drive shafts which have been cut to length for fitting the wheels

Each rim is two pieces and then requires photo-etched spokes and wheel nut to be glued in place. Wheels nuts are about 2mm wide… Tyres have had the edges lightly sanded.

Fitting the spokes inside the rims, which have had some black paint added. Each wheel will be sprayed semi-gloss black.


1977 Tyrrell P34, Monaco GP (Tamiya, 1:20)

I was very tempted to do a “modern day” F1 kit next, such as Tamiya’s Red Bull, but decided to do this Tyrrell instead. Many (many!) years ago I already built Tamiya’s first issue of this 1:20 scale 6-wheeler, the navy blue P34 from 1976.

For 1977, Team Tyrrell used the P34/2, a modified version of the original P34 that featured a wider front track and very different bodywork. However, for the Monaco and Belgian Grands Prix the team reverted to the 1976-spec bodywork. And that’s what this kit depicts.

No 53 in the 1/20 Grand Prix Collection, this later version appears to have all the same components as the original, plus several extra parts specific for this race.

Box content. Quite a few extra parts in this compared to the original.

The cockpit surround is molded in two white pieces. Rather than use the part supplied by Tamiya (the blue bar in the pic) to set the spacing, I just used the chassis and seat insert as it’s those parts the cockpit has to fit against.

Box of parts – all components cut, trimmed and (where needed) filled with putty, ready for paint.

Aluminium colour for the tub and engine bock. Looks very bland straight out of the airbrush.

Test fitting. Body parts are in Tamiya white and grey primer

For some reason the cockpit surround now does not want to seat properly against the chassis…

Things have been moved around in my office/study/studio resulting in the model work area being relocated. Very messy until I get some time to be more organised.

While most Aussies spent the day watching the AFL Grand Final, I got these components done!

Ford Cosworth DFV block, awaiting exhaust and injection trumpets. There’s still some work to be done on the rocker covers before the plug wires get inserted.

Hewland transaxle/gearbox with inboard brakes and most of the suspension attached

To be continued…

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