Formula one


Building the Tamiya Ferrari 310B first place TamCon 2003 1/20 scale

by Willian Chan © 2003 Modeler Site


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F310B was a 1997 Ferrari F1 contender. It was very close to take away world championship from Jacque Villeneuve that year until the final nasty collision caused by Michael Schumacher. As a result, Schumacher was the one got thrown off the track and Villeneuve went on the win the driver championship. Later Schumacher was disqualified that year too. Very memorable year especially when Schumacher was fighting all points back and it made thing exciting.


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The model I built this time follows the schema in 97 Japan GP. In that race, Irvine and Schumacher completely destroyed the challenge from Williams' Villeneuve (who later disqualified from that race too.) In this model, I used several afterparts including seat belt set, Modeler's and SMS carbon fiber decals.

This is my 2nd attempt to build a Tamiya 1/20 Ferrari F310B. My 1st attempt failed in 1999. This time, I re-use some of my building experience from F1-2000. I decide to build one with removable nose cone.

Building photo by photo

Part of undertray are sawed out to attach to monocoque directly because it is supposed to be part of monocoque in real car. It also helps to make undertray painting easier.

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Filling in monocoque and fuel cap ring area.

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Cut away the nose and scratch build front bulk head with plastic sheet.

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Nose cone with scratch built head. Just use plastic sheet to beef up top and bottom section. Both sides are untouched if you cut it carefully.

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This is the main body with white primer on. Use 1500 grit to sand it smooth. Very headache process as too many irregular shape and corners here and there. Very easy to sand off the white primer and see thru the plastic.

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Some priming on rear wing part. I use gray primer on horizontal plates as they need to be painted white. Gray stuff is good to cover red plastic.

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Paint rear wing part with Tamiya TS49 Bright Red and polish with 3200 grit and 4000 grit polishing cloth.

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