Lotus 99T Honda - Ayrton Senna - Monaco GP 1987
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Lotus 99T Honda was the last winning Lotus in F1 history. It was piloted by 3 times world champion Ayrton Senna. This car won Monaco GP and Detroit GP in 1987. This lotus was on its first year of dressing with Camel sponsorship, no more black JPS sponsorship.
I built this Tamiya Lotus 99T back in 1996. It was my second serious try of building detailed F1 model car. My first was Benetton B192.
I took this car to Tamiya/Con 97 and won the 1st place in 1/24 and 1/20 race car category. At that time, Tamiya put the 1/24 race cars and 1/20 formula cars into same category. I was stunned that year.
Looking back for this 6 years old model, a lot of details I put in seem very rough (please bear with me). It was because I didn't know how to polish paint, using PE part and scratching building. Not much proper CF decal was applied. Most of the engine painting was done by dry brushing and washing. (like what I did in military model.)
After all, I still very much enjoyed this Lotus 99T and it brought a lot of good memories in my model building experience. If I would redo the Lotus 99T, I think I would put in a lot of different kind of details that I learned from other modelers on the net and at Tamiya/Con over past 6 years.
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