Red Bull Racing Renault RB6 Formula One car, Tamiya, 1/20th
Here's my latest build, and the last one for 2016. The RB6 was introduced for the 2010 season and was an evolution of the RB4 and RB5 that came before it. These cars featured a revolutionary aerodynamic feature known as the "F-Duct" system, where one duct channeled air from the top of the induction pod to the underside of the rear wing while another would channel air to the rear wing flap. The latter duct was fed from an intake in the side pod, but this air would normally pass through a snorkel and into the left side of the cockpit.When the driver blocked this snorkel with his arm, air would be allowed to pass through to the underside of the rear wing flap, effectively reducing downforce and drag thereby increasing maximum speed. As in 2009 the car was powered by a Renault V-8 2,400 cc engine. Lead driver Sebastian Vettel went on to win the drivers' championship in 2010, becoming the youngest world champion ever, and giving Red Bull their first championship. Unlike my previous last couple of postings, this car retired in its first race although it did claim pole position.
The RB6 is Tamiya's latest F1 offering being released in 2012. It is well up to standard and built straight out of the box apart from some slight detailing of the steering wheel which I've placed on top of the bodywork complete with its curly wurly connecting lead. I did have a couple of problems with the build, mainly matching the paint colours with the decals, especially the yellow, so please don't look too hard, and I couldn't get the rear cowling to sit quite right. Tamiya provide the F-Duct in the kit as can be seen in the photographs, but this has to be removed in order to fit the rear cowling...
Anyway, that's it for 2016, thanks for looking, and a Happy New Year to everyone. George.