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Superdetailing the Tamiya Jordan 191 – 1/20 scale

by Joachim Kutt © Modeler Site

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This build report is about superdetailing the 1/20 Tamiya kit and turning the Jordan 191 into Schumacher’s ride. The kit, a typical Tamiya product of the time, represents the Silverstone race version most closely, so some modifications were necessary besides adding the correct decals from Studio27. The front wing flaps had to be smaller, the rear wing needed some gurneyflaps and other bits, in the rear wing support there was an extra cooler for gearbox oil, the rear brakes needed additional “periscope” air ducts and there was a small extra tank at the front of the left cylinder bank. For reference I used the well known “Perfect File” book, the F1Modeling “Schumacher Special” and additional pictures I found online or received from other modelers.


About the car

In 1991 Eddie Jordan’s racing team graduated from Formula 3000 to F1. Their first F1 car, the Jordan 191, designed by Gary Anderson, is considered by many to be one of the all-time great looking F1 cars, but most notably it was also the first ever F1 car that Michael Schumacher drove in a race. In the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps Schumacher’s 191 lasted only for a few hundred meters until its clutch failed, but it was the start to an era in F1.


My plan from the beginning was to do all these modifications and various corrections of the kit pieces and add many details along the way. In the end no piece was left untouched or replaced and the project took a lot longer than planned.


I started the build for a change not by cutting up the kit pieces into even smaller bits but by actually putting some together with pieces of tape.

On previous projects I had learned the hard way, that it can be quite tricky to assemble the suspension and set the model up right, once the “Tamiya-path” has been left and the suspension bits cut up. So for this project I built a jig from MDF board and metal pins, using the semi assembled chassis as reference.

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