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Tamiya Brabham Martini BT44B – 1/12

Kit:
Tamiya 1/12 Brabham BT-44B – 12018-3500

This is an amazing kit, especially considering it was released 45 years ago. The fit is nearly perfect which is saying something given the complexity of the kit. There are in excess of 300 parts which do have a fair amount of seam lines to clean up and a few sink marks. The instructions are fairly clear but there is a lack of color call outs. The kit comes with black and clear tubing for detailing but I replaced them with narrower tubing that look more to scale to me. The kit decals were unusable, disintegrating when I tried to use them. I’ve experienced this with many old Tamiya automotive kits – likely a function of age rather than quality.

This was a four week project for me but I would expect it would have taken perhaps twice as long if it were not for the Covid 19 lockdown.

Album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157714156431943

All my models: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157603606379755

Paint:
Zero Paints 2K Primer
Tamiya Brilliant White
Zero Paints 2K Clear
Various metal shades – Tamiya Acrylics, AK Interactive, Alclad II – Chrome is Spaz Stix – great stuff!

Decals:
Indy Cals BT-44B Carlos Reutemann

Detailing:
MFH Blue Seat Belts
Model Factory Hiro Clear Brown Tubing
Model Factory Hiro Laser Lithography Hollow Connectors and braided wire
Tamiya 0.65 mm black tubing
Zero Designs blue and red wire
Scraps…

Photo Editing:
Adobe Lightroom
Helicon Focus (focus stacking)

Enjoy and comments welcome.

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13 responses to Tamiya Brabham Martini BT44B – 1/12

  1. That is a beautiful car. Well done.

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  3. An astonishing build, Richard. Congratulations on depicting this beautiful racer in such excellence.
    All the best!

  4. That’s amazing mate!
    It’s hard to tell that isn’t a real car.

  5. Beautiful job. I have wanted/desired that kit for many years….Love the simple white livery with Martini trim. Excellent modelling.

  6. Wow I have lived half a life behind one of these kits and just a couple of months ago I saw one in an Andorran store, but I couldn’t wait for it to open.
    I definitely WANT ONE.

    Very good job in all aspects, I just need the pit lane and some figure of a mechanic working.
    But this awesome

  7. Nicely done, extremely realistic.

  8. Your painting know-how seems perfect. Congratulations.

  9. That’s an awesome build Richard, the amount of detail in that kit is amazing. Well done.

  10. I built the Tamiya 1975 kit of the Lauda 312, and as you say considering they had no computers to work with the kit was amazing. Great work on the build!! You can see my build on my page.
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Spectacular. Great work.

  12. I built this same kit years ago, and I remember it being a really good kit. Looks great, nicely done.

  13. Really nice job. I built the same model back around 1980 and displayed it on a bookshelf in my office at work. The decals weren’t an issue (of course, the model was new back then). It was a great kit and you did a fine job with it.

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