F1-2000 from Museum collection 1/12 metal kit
by Akiyoshi Kishino
This small Japanese garage kit maker released an incredible kit of the Ferrari F1-2000. The kit is made out of white metal, but it is not a 1/43 kit, it is a big 1/12 kit! There is a long time since Tamiya released their last 1/12 scale F1 kit (which I consider the ultimate category in F1 modeling).
Needless to say the F1-2000 which brought Ferrari the drivers championship after a drought of 21 years, I really think that this model deserved a 1/12 scale rendition of it. Its design was clearly different from other McLaren resembling machines, and one of the best-looking among the current F1 racing cars.
Fortunately, we have the Tamiya kit in 1/20 (nice kit in 1/20, the major scale of F1 model, but a lot of modeler must be longing for that memorial machine in 1/12.) Japanese garage kit maker Museum Collection, previously released the Ferrari 412T2 and Mercedes 300SL transporter, with good quality, has just released the F1 2000.
As far as I know, this is the first 1/12 F1 kit made in white metal. Though, the metal is clearly better than resin in respect of deformation, it is easily imagined that there were a lot of difficulties for a
As described above, most of the parts are cast in white metal. The monocoque, floor pan, diffuser, wings, front wing endplates, flaps, wheels, steering wheel and suspension arms, etc. are metal. The engine, exhaust pipes and seat are resin parts; plus, photo etched parts for the rear wing endplates etc, rubber tires, satin ribbon for seat belts, vacuum formed parts as well as screws and nuts for wheels.
The kit also includes the Hi-tech decal that doesn't leave any varnish layer The decal sheets include complete Marlboro logos. First of all, I want to say that I was overwhelmed by the sight of all those BIG metal parts; this is my first experience with a kit of such size in metal. The casting of those parts was very sharp and accurate, compared with other resin kits.
Thanks to the metallic nature of the materials, the edges of flaps and diffuser etc. can be finished very thin. The engine cowling is removable, as well as the fuel cover. Furthermore, Museum Collection plans to release a set of extra parts for the Malaysian and Italian GP, which includes an engine cowling, a nose section, and the front. We can change those parts after we finish building. But to enjoy these gimmicks, a great deal of effort will be needed as I describe later. Some of those metal parts should be "glued" with solder and some skill of soldering will be needed.
Unexpectedly, the engine and exhaust pipes are made out of resin. I think these are the very parts that should have been made out of metal. The maker said that the parts like exhaust pipe shape, are very difficult to make with metal. The builder should make an effort to represent the burning metal when using these parts.
The oil cooler is metal but you must shorten its height because it interferes with the cowl, as described in the instruction sheet. The pipes and other mechanical parts around the engine and radiator are omitted; the builder must make these parts out from scratch materials, if he wants the full-detail.
The seat and its surroundings are cast in a single resin part. The kit includes the ribbons for the seat belts and good metal parts for the buckles. The steering wheel is metal and well detailed. If you are careful with the materials for the seat, the inner parts of the monocoque and the protectors, you will get a wonderful cockpit.
When building this kit, the builders may be a little bit amazed in some steps, because
this kind of big metal kit is really unfamiliar.
But, compared with other 1/12-resin kit, this kit is not very hard to build.
As described above, you must pay attention whenever you lift the cowl section, so you will not peel off the paint on the edges; believe me, it is an almost impossible task. My recommendation is to fix the cowl and leave it in place, which fully represents the beautiful lines of the real car, or put it aside and add the detailing around the engine section and the rear suspension.
Anyway, for the modeler with some level of skill, this kit will provide the greatest F1-2000 miniature. The basic form of the kit is good, so the more work the builder puts on, the better the model will become, it is worth the hard work.