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The 312T2 Monaco ’76 is Hasegawa’s the first 1/20 Formula 1 kit so I was very curious about the quality. After inspecting all parts the summary from my point of view is that Hasegawa did a magnificent job. All parts are very detailed and will result in a nice model without any modification. On the other hand the level of detail provided gives the opportunity to add more detail and thus realism and this is the path that I am going to follow.
After a quick check of all parts and the instruction manual I decided to start with the monocoque. The first thing I didn’t like were the moulded in water pipes at the monocoque rear side that I decided to remove and later replace with metal rod. They are also used as fixation pins for the sidepods. If you decide to remove them you will have to be careful when fixing the sidepods at a later stage of the built as the references / alignment pins are missing. After a first attempt to keep the end sections as fixation points I decided to remove them completely.
The monocoque rear wall was then glued in place and the remaining fixation holes of the original part design filled with putty and sanded
After a brief inspection of the kit parts next detail to be improved was the fixation of the front wall, so the designed in reference elements at the front wall inside and the extension of the monocoque bottom were both removed. The part was the glued to the chassis using part F19 as a fixture. The gap was filled with a piece of 1mm plastic card and covered with a piece of 0.3mm plastic card on the top side extending towards the pedal base. A similar cover again made of 0.3mm plastic card was glued to the inside extending from the pedal base towards approximately 1mm behind the front suspension rear fixation gap.
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