Tamiya Caterham: The return 1/12 scale
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It’s not my intention to repeat all the introduction you can find in the note published in 2004, I invite you to read it > Here
Now, after three years, I decided I would finish some projects I had started, and in this note, I will share with you all about them with the help of good pictures.
Though this is not a high technical content article as the one written in 2004, where I explain how every detail was accomplished, I hope it helps to encourage scale car modelers to build some of these beautiful kits.
In 2005, I still had five Caterhams in my collection, and two in boxes to be built, except for the cycle fender 10202 kit which had unluckily been sold to a local collector. So, my first project was to disassemble one of the customized, a white 10202 whose paint was yellowing.
Obviously, it’s quite easy to remove paint from aluminum panels, jut submerging them in thinner which will be highly effective.
As I had other two Caterhams to build, a 10201 and a 10203, I used some of their parts which should need to be painted, others I knew I would reject plus all the spare parts I had gathered during years (having purchased from HobbyLlink Japan, parts from the 10203 kit), and this is how I managed to get all the necessary parts to build a model as if the kit would have been new in box.
The idea was to build it as original as possible, however; I changed the engine colors, so as not to repeat so many times the same scheme, leaving the exterior, original.
The 10202 supplies simulated carbon fiber fenders and nose, I had the original fenders but the nose had been painted many years ago.
The building project included three models, so, to make things easier, I decided to paint the nose cowl, without no other detail, but I could have tried any painting trick to match Tamiya’s paint.
As the original wheels are not still available, I had to use resin copies which were painted gloss aluminum.
The “Seven Up” and the “Lotus”
As I said above, I had two other kits to build (10201 and 10203), due to the replacement of some parts with others to build a model from the 10202, they already were not mint kits, so I decided to build the three kits at the same time, though in fact this means a save of time if we consider to build each one separately.
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