Tamiya Caterham: The return 1/12 scale

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In December 2004, I published an article about the 1/12 Tamiya Caterhams, based on two customized models I had built during 2004. By then and since 1993 that this kit was released, I had eight custom built Caterhams and with variants on the original subject manufactured by Tamiya.

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.


The original

The Tamiya kit is pricey, even for those who are accustomed to the 1/12 scale and, though you get what you pay for, it means a considerable sum of money. An interesting point of this kit is how easily it can be disassembled, comprising a lot of metal parts, lots of tiny bolts... etc.

So, considering these two facts, it’s not strange to think that during a period of nearly ten years, some of my first Caterhams were disassembled with their paint removed to be assembled again with modifications, even painting the aluminum body panels.

10201 10202 10203

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.


I disassembled the model very carefully, removing glue and paint where possible, and sanding where paint couldn’t be removed.

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 seat belts were improved with metal buckles, the interior was painted semi matt grey and a rear view mirror at the driver’ s side, of the style of 1994, was also added.


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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