Modern F1 cars are the pinnacle of automotive technology. Today's cars feature computers, advance hybrid systems, and complex aerodynamics. As cool as they are, there is something very appealing about the raw simplicity of older F1 cars compared to today's technological marvels.
The Honda RA272 kit produced by Tamiya features the car as it was in the 1965 Mexico Grand Prix, where it lead the race and won its only victory. To me, one of the most interesting things about this car is its tiny, yet powerful V12 engine. The engine in my little Toyota sports car has a larger displacement of the Honda's engine(1.8L vs 1.5L), yet the Honda produces around twice the horsepower (138bhp vs 230bhp).
We start the build with that little V12 engine. Tamiya has packed a lot of detail into this kit. I constructed the engine block, then painted it using MRP Steel. After the paint dried I masked off the sides of the engine block and painted them using Mr Metal Gold. Tamiya call out a blend of their paints, but after looking at some references I decided that the Mr Metal Gold would work.
A few more pieces were painted gold and glued onto the engine. The gold parts on the transmission were hand painted. That is one of my favorite things about Mr Metal paints - many of them are easily hand painted.
The suspension and engine mounting parts were painted Tamiya X-18 semi-gloss black. The silver parts were hand painted Mr Metal Chrome Silver. I had no fit issues so far, adn being a Tamiya kit, I don't really expect any in the future.
A few more parts, including the fuel injection assembly and a few cooling pipes, were painted and glued on. The exhaust pipes were painted with MRP Exhaust Metal then glued on.
And that concludes the engine assembly. The next post will finish the build. This model isn't too complicated, but as you can see in the engine above, it does manage to pack in the detail.