FERRARI F189 Early Version 1989
Kit Used: Tamiya
Jan 1 2000
Most of the parts of the kit. The body has the nose cut off already and the exhaust pipe have been scratch built. You can also see one of the radiator pipes on the monocoque.
Here is the engine with the scratch built rear suspension out of copper. The air intake box also has been scratch built.
Here is most of the model completed before painting of the body. The side air intakes have been modified as seen by the white styrene. You can barely see the modified brake detail. The front hubs have just been tied on that is why there is so much toe out.
Close up of the brake area. Picture not very clear
Rear view with a pencil tip for scale. It is hard to see the black engine detail but you get an idea of the detail included.
A higher view of the finished engine. Wires everywhere. Body hasn't been painted yet. Several of the mounting points for suspension or engine were PE parts from a generic detail set.
Close up of the cockpit. Notice seatbelt detail. Belt material is printer ribbon. Toggle switches are fine wire.
Top view of the finished model.
Close up rear of the finished model. Barely seen but the inside body panel is covered in foil textured with a file.
Engine shot. Fuel filler mechanism at top was scratched from brass and aluminum tubing turned on my Dremel tool. Radiator hoses all scratchbuilt. The overflow tank was a turned aluminum item done on my Dremel tool again. Not easy but it can be done.
Top view. Monocoque (and other body parts) has the carbon fiber pattern brushed into it. This was before carbon fiber decals were widely available. Here is a good view of the scratch built exhaust pipes. A big difference from the kit item.
Front suspension detail. The air ducts has been thinned. Brake discs are modified kit and PE items. Calipers were cut from the kit part and detailed.
Model with nose on
Rear view with body on. Mirrors were made from actual Plexiglas mirrors cut chopped and thinned to scale. Not easy but results looked good
Another view of the read brake detail. Little brass rods add detail
The finished model with the body on. The rear portion of the body doesn't fit easily due to the amount of detail added to the engine.
Top view of the finished model. Lot of time spent getting a gloss finish but worth it.
Tires/ Wheels/ Brakes
Paint - Body: Automotive lacquer, Other: Tamiya acrylics, Gunze Metal Color, Testors Metal Master, Humbrol Metal Cote
Glue - Zap-A-Gap 70%, Testors 30%
Aftermarket - Millennium 2000 Polishing Kit, Microscale - Micro Sol, Squadron White Putty, Fotocut - Nut & Bolt, Dzus Fasteners, MSC Model Products Braided Line, AN Fittings, Replica & Miniatures Tire Stencils, Replicas & Miniatures Dzus Fasteners. S&S Specialties - Linkage Arms, Fastener Detail Set
References - Ferrari Annual 1990, various Autosport issues
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