These two professionally built, but damaged, kits arrived and needed some TLC to return them to displayable condition.
The models are Alan Jones Williams FW07B Monaco GP 1980 (Tameo kit SLK 022 – the kit is for the winner Carlos Reutemann, however this one was built as the Jones version) and Michael Schumacher Ferrari F2002 San Marino GP 2002 (Tameo kit TMK 308). These are both cast white metal kits with rubber tyres, machined rims and lots of photo-etch.
First step was to analyse the damage. Both models were complete and arrived with the original box (with instructions still inside), but both had damaged front wings. They also had a bit of dust to clean off and several of the tyre decals on the Ferrari had lifted.
Before fixing anything, I decided to fit each model to a display plinth. These are delicate models with small fragile parts and it’s quite easy to inflict further damage just by holding them. If they’re on a plinth, it’s far easier to handle the model.
Both models had dust and debris on them. I used a cotton bud dampened with a mix of water and dish washing detergent to carefully clean the bodywork.
While the Ferrari front wing was simply glued back on, I gently bent the Williams’ wings back into place as much as I could by hand without breaking them off. They’re not perfect, but pretty close.