Tamiya Brabham Martini BT44B – 1/12
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.
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!
Indy Cals BT-44B Carlos Reutemann
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
Helicon Focus (focus stacking)
Enjoy and comments welcome.
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