Peugeot 206 WRC – We Are The Champions! Tamiya 1/24
Back to safe ground, four wheels, and wings for keeping it on the ground. This is Tamiya’s 1/24 kit of the Peugeot 206 World Rally Car which won both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world championships in 2002. Having had much success since the car’s introduction in 1999, Peugeot again wanted to win the dual championship in 2002, this aim was in site by the 12th round in New Zealand, and four cars were entered, with Marcus Gronholm eventually taking the drivers’ crown, and Peugeot again being victors of the manufacturers’ title. One of my favourite drivers, numbeed fourth in the team is Gilles Panizzi, a tarmac surface specialist, and it’s his car I chose to model, although for the NZ rally the car is in “gravel” specification, meaning raised suspension, narrower wheels and tyres and smaller front brake discs. Gilles, co-driven by his brother, was the acknowledged tarmac surface master, and was breathtaking to watch, although he was not quite so successful on the “gravel” events. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when the brothers broke the news to their parents about their chosen careers – Guess what, I’m going to be a full time rally driver, and my brother’s going to be my co-driver!
Tamiya released a number of kits of this car and this one includes two standing figures celebrating their victory. I managed to photograph the brothers in victory pose before the start of the event… The kit is standard Tamiya, with a couple of extra details added inside. The interior is quite busy, but, as usual, hardly visible once the model is completed. I decided to use the moulded plastic antennae on this occasion, but regret it now as I think they look rather “heavy”.
Thanks again for looking. George
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