Building and improving the Alfa Romeo 179 1980
Protar 1/12 scale
by Mario Covalski © 2008
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In May 2001 I wrote a brief preview on the Protar's 1/12 Alfa Romeo 179. This wonderful Formula One was one of the few cars in modern F1 history which chassis and engine were the same brand.
Is this model really difficult?
This is the key question for this model, and the answer is NO. If it were a Tamiya model, that is to say the same mould but injected with Tamiya plastic and having the quality control of this huge Japanese company, I would say that this is one of the most delicious models I have ever built. Unfortunately, it has some flaws, mainly due to its poor quality than to the work of the Protar craftsmen.
Bearing this in mind, I will describe the problems of this kit and how to solve them, as well as the conflicting points and all detailing I have added in order to improve its final aspect. Please note that this is not scratch, it is just the addition of self-made parts, easily produced with ordinary materials like plastic sprue, brass wire and different kinds of wire.
Protar provides an instruction manual for the 179C model, plus two additional sheets related to the 179. This should not be a problem, you just have to keep in mind that from step # 30 on, you will have to check the additional sheets in order to go on with the construction.
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