Detailing an old Formula one: the Protar Ferrari 312 B2 from 1971 1/12 scale
by Christian Jung © Modeler Site
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In 1972 Protar produced their first 1/12 F1 scale model, the Ferrari 312 B2 1971. Protar was well known for their fine motorcycles models, but their F1 models weren’t of the same quality. A year before Tamiya released the predecessor of the B2, the Ferrari 312 B from 1970. The kit from Tamiya wasn’t of the same quality as their later 1/12, but it was much better than the Protar one. The first look on the Protar box shows that there are some parts really out of scale. Especially the tires and the rims which look like truck wheels. Fortunately the body seems to be well shaped, so it’s worthwhile trying to improve the kit.
I analyzed the Protar model comparing it with references from my Ferrari motorbooks and photos from internet and found the following parts should be improved:
Rollbar and the oil tank cover
Finally I heavily reshaped and re engineered the Protar kit scratch building many parts.
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