Jaguar XJR-8 LM, Silk Cut Livery, Hasegawa, 1/24
Jaguar has always been one of favourite marques since seeing D-Types winning at Le Mans when I was a kid, spotting E-Types as a school boy, and later owning and driving a few examples, including the beloved Mk II and E-Type. Anyway, Jaguar has always, for me at least, been about sports cars and sports car racing at Le Mans. Following their success with the XJS Coupe in European Touring Car races, Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) turned to Group C Sports Prototypes at the end of 1985, returning to Le Mans in 1986. This model is Hasegawa’s 1/24 kit of the 1987 XJR-8 LM in the beautiful Silk Cut cigarette livery. It’s very much a kerbside model with no engine, transmission or suspension detail at all, just a pair of tail pipes popping out of the rear. Showing the age of the kit even the safety harnesses are moulded as port of the driver’s seat. However, I think it looks the part. The bodywork is sprayed with Tamiya’s white primer (the instructions called for “off-white”) and virtually everything else is decalled, with a finishing coat of clear gloss and a radio aerial from the kitchen broom. Thanks for looking, George
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