Tamiya 1/20 Jordan 191
A different sort of challenge for a guy that builds airplanes, Jordan Grand Prix’s first entry into the Formula One wars. Powered by a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated 670 bhp Ford V8 linked to a 6-speed Hewland/Jordan manual gearbox, the car was fast but somewhat unreliable. Built primarily of carbon fibre, it was awarded the Autosport Racing Car of the Year Award in 1991. Not sure what the parameters were, but I’ll go with it
Driver of 33 was Andrea DeCesaris, who by this time had earned the nickname “DeCrasheris” due to his habit of running off the road or into other cars. He holds the dubious honor of having started 208 Grands Prix without a win, and retired from nearly 75% of races started for one reason or another.
The kit is sort of a low-end creature-lots of opportunities to scratch build, particularly wiring and hoses. Kit decals extensive, but I painted most of the car. What decals I used set well, but were extremely fragile. I managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at the last moment-and could have corrected it-but broke out the Future and fired up the compressor…
Three more in the stash from this Tamiya category.
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