Honda RA272 Formula One Racer
This is another Tamiya kit, this time their 1/20 scale Honda RA272 F1 racing car from 1965. If you'd like to see something of the build please have a look at this link to the Automotive Group - http://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-automotive/forum/topic/honda-ra272-f1-from-1965/. The jeading picture shows the model in front of a video of the Honda engineers starting the car so that the audience can hear the exhaust note of the V-12 engine.
The 1965 Mexican GP was not just the last race of the season, but was also the last F1 race using normally aspirated 1.5 litre engines. The car that won this important event was Honda's competitive RA272, driven by American Richie Ginther. Honda was the first Japanese manufacturer to oompete in F1 and this was their first victory since the 1964 German gP. Honda competed in 1964 with their RA271 car, driven by young American Ronnie Bucknum. Only occasionally showing its potential, Honda deeeloped a more integrated car. Following the 1964 season, Honda thoroughly improved the machine and redesignated it the RA272. Its high tech and powerful, transversely mounted V-12 engine was said to develop an amazing 220 plug horsepower, although it was a little heavier than most of its competitors. Richie Ginther joined the team in further refining the car. He gained 6th place in the Belgian and Dutch races, and finally won the Mexican victory on 24th October 1965, taking the lead just after the start, Ginther's RA272 recorded a perfect win, without yielding the top position throughout the race. Team mate Bucknum also earned 5th place, adding to Honda's racing laurels.
This is quite an old Tamiya kit, and has been re-issued a couple of times. I sprayed it with Tamiya's racing white, a sort of ivory colour. The only real modification I made was to drill out the ends of the exhaust pipes, just visible in a couple of the pictures. Thanks for looking, George.
7 additional images. Click to enlarge.