Formula one

Superdetailing the Tamiya / Top Studio Ferrari F1-2000 1/20 scale. Bonus: F1-2001 OOB

by Antonio Busciglio © 2016 Modeler Site

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In this article I describe the work to superdetail the Tamiya Ferrari F1-2000, the car that brought back the driver championship in Maranello with Michael Schumacher, after 21 years from the last championship. The Tamiya kit is good, but the aim is to add as much details as possible, by using the Top Studio; super detail set, and antenna set, and other aftermarket details (photo-etched bolts, rivets and so on).


A matching color from Zero paint was used. Since the beginning, I like to plan (and build subsequently) the way in which the model will be displayed. In this case, I am planning to show the model with the nosecone, engine cowling and wheels detached, in order to show all the details made on the car.


The build starts unpacking and sorting the parts. Tamiya instructions have to be studied, but will be hardly used.

One of the most important thing to remember during the build is that each assembly must be dry-fitted before gluing. Basically you have to be sure that the seams will not be visible, and the parts will fit with others free of problems. Take all the time needed to dry-fit the parts during the building, prior to painting, to avoid ruining the paintjob.



The following text will describe the building process as divided into areas, such as bodywork, suspensions, engine, and so on. This classification was made for the sake of clarity, while, in practice, most of the tasks were made in parallel.

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