Lotus Renault 97T, Ayrton Senna’s first win -1985 Portuguese Grand Prix.
Kit: Fujimi 1/20 (GP03)
Studio27 Carbon decals (ST27-CD20032)
Tabu Sponsor decals (TBD230)
Zero Paint 2K Primer (ZP-3014)
Zero Paint Lotus F1 JPS Black (ZP-1121)
Zero Paint Diamond 2K Clear (ZP-3006)
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Helicon Focus (focus stacking)
I didn’t have this kit in my stash until recently when I decided it would be nice to have Senna’s first winning car (and first pole) from the 1985 Portuguese GP. Senna overcame torrential rain to win by over a minute – the legend was born. Only 9 cars finished the race with 20 retirements (one car was not classified).
This is a very good kit. It’s a bit fiddly but I find all F1 kits that way. I ruined the rear suspension and had to order another kit to replace what I had ruined. At least I have a spare set of rain tyres for another kit – I love the look of F1 rain tyres. Unfortunately the tyres had the appearance of being under inflated – ie. they bowed inward in the centre. I contemplated how to fix this for a while then it suddenly dawned on me – wrap the rims with a thin strip of duct tape to raise the middle of the tyre. It was really hard to get the tyres on the rims after applying the tape but when I finally wrestled them into submission, they looked great. Is there anything duct tape can’t do?
Enjoy and comments welcome.
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