Honda’s upside down racer
Hi folks, this is the kit that imodeller kindly supplied as my prize from July. It’s a model of Honda’s 1984 World Championship challenger
, as ridden by American Freddie Spencer. For 1984 Honda decided to investigate the improved handling qualities of lowering the centre of gravity by swapping the positions of the fuel tank and exhaust expansion boxes
. This innovative approach brought immediate results with Freddie setting pole position at the first race, and going on to win three pole-to-finish wins that season.
I built the kit pretty much out of the box, the main modification I made was to drill out the holes in the front brake disc. The kit went together very well except for the decals which gave me quite a lot of trouble. Most of the kits in this series have decals supplied by Carfograf, this one is an exception, having decals made in house, which kept splitting and disintegrating, despite the generous application of softener. This picture
shows the turn metal exhaust ends quite well, these are part of the detail up kit.
Thanks again to imodeler for the kit.
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