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Tamiya Ferrari F60 (Felipe Massa)


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Good afternoon gents, 

Here's my first model in a year or so, the Tamiya Ferrari F60. It's my first F1 model and I learned a lot about the construction of these guys. Several parts fought me and I had extreme issues on the front suspension. The paint went well, I'm very happy at the paint I messed several things up during the build. 

 

The rear wing was an absolute nightmare. It fell apart several times as I attempted to build it. Then in the process of attempting to attach it to the car it again fell apart. It truly was the most frustrating experience. However, I learned a lot about the use of the carbon fiber decals and have prepared a jig using balsa wood for my in progress Ferrari F310B build. It was a fun first F1 build although I don't believe I did the kit justice. Thanks for looking! 

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Dave, it came so close to the wall it's not even funny. The rear wing was miserable to assemble. It didn't quite line up correctly. 

Tony, thank you. I really love using decanted Tamiya spray cans. I did use polish and wax that I haven't used on a model before and I loved the results. 

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Yeah, Tamiya kits are great but even they can be difficult. I use a small vise I got from Harbor Freight to hold things like wings while assembling.

http://www.harborfreight.com/2-3-4-quarter-inch-articulated-vacuum-vise-3311.html

I removed the vacuum part of the base and mounted it to a short 2 x 6.

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I went to hobby lobby and bought a flat base of balsa wood and two 2x2 in pieces, glued them to the base to create an L shape and with the excess length of the shorter piece, I have fashioned a jig. I can place the end wing on flat against the balsa wood, and then using toothpicks placed into holes on the long end of the "L", I can ensure the wing is level. Then when set, I can place the second end wing and then secure the entire wing with the third piece of balsa wood. 

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Justin, that is a great looking Ferrari!  Those rear wings can be a real pain.  Some of them can have 3 or 4 elements, I believe.  Hard to square everything up, but it looks like you've got it figured out.  A question about the paint, what did you use?  Tamiya came out with a specific paint for this car.  Not the easiest to find though.

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I used Italian Red. I believe I was supposed to use Bright Mica Red, TS-85, although I believe I could not find it, therefore I used Italian Red. So if it looks a little brighter than it should, that is the reason why. I have an F138 on the shelf that I believe I will be using Mica Red on, however I am not sure. I think Italian Red is a suitable stand in for post-2005 Ferrari paint colors. Prior to that, hands down Bright Red is the way to go for the Marlboro era. On this particular model the rear wing is all messed up. I didn't get close up for a reason and you are correct. The F60 has the main plane, a separate upper plane for the DRS, a lower wing and two separate pieces that model the double diffuser. I was unprepared for the chaos that was about to ensue trying to assemble the rear wing. However, for my F310B I am fully prepared and ready to take on the rear wing. I also have an F2000 and F2001 on the shelf and I'm just waiting to click "buy" on Fujimi's F10 and 150 Italia. I also have my fingers crossed that Fujimi or Tamiya, if they are even producing F1 cars anymore, release the SF-15T. Really, hoping it gets released. 

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I look forward to seeing more of your F1s, Justin.  I think this one looks very good.  To be honest, I think she probably looks better in this red than the one they call for.  I have the correct color and is just doesn't seem right for Ferrari red.....lol.  Regarding the rear wing, you are probably the only one who will notice anything wrong with it. B)  It sure looks good to me.

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John B, I haven't seen the Bright Mice Red, but the sample online doesn't seem to look right. Red is always a tricky color to photograph, especially in sunlight where it can often look orange. I just finished a base coat on the F310B and using Bright Red, it almost looks orange in direct light. 

John R, thanks for looking in! Hopefully I can continue to do the Scuderia justice in my upcoming builds. 

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Dann, much appreciated sir. I have to say it was the careful use of photography. I did what I could to hide the damage from the rear wing collapse and a chaotic assembly on the front suspension. Ultimately, I learned a lot for my upcoming F310B. Thanks for stopping in! 

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