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Nataan92

Sauber-Mercedes C9 # 61 1989 Le Mans

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Hi All,

 

2 weeks ago, I was at a local Hobby swap meet. I came across this little beauty and swooped on it. The kit was 30AUD which is about the asking price for a basic Brand new tamiya kit. I was stoked to get such a rare, complete kit for such a price. This, and the Mazda 787B, are my all time favorite race cars. There is something about the boxy late 80's - 90's styling that i really love.

 

When i got home i went online and bought the Hobby Design PE kit too.

 

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The kit is complete, with all parts still inside their plastic bags. Looking at the instructions, you can tell the age of this kit, as the white paper has gone yellow, as have the decals unfortunately. I am hoping that they can still be used. The carrier film has a slight yellow tone to it too. I havent had much luck in finding this livery online, the only one i have found is 50USD. I have some Microscale Liquid decal film, which is meant to restore old decals, so ill give that a shot first, before i go and buy some new decals.

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I am planning on detailing this kit as much as possible, and will be building it to the #61 car which finished 2nd in the 1989 race (I prefer the bright orange accents, over the yellow which was on the winning #63 car).

 

Thanks for looking, I'll hopefully have some build updates soon

 

Nathan

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I almost won this kit a couple of weeks ago in an eBay auction but there was someone bidding against me and I wasn't sure how high they would go but they got it for $30 dollars.  This is very detailed kit as I understand it.  

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1 hour ago, jchrisf said:

I almost won this kit a couple of weeks ago in an eBay auction but there was someone bidding against me and I wasn't sure how high they would go but they got it for $30 dollars.  This is very detailed kit as I understand it.  

yes, certainly the engine bay and interior are very detailed. 

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Looks like an interesting find. I just finished a model of the BRE Racing Datsun 510 that was produced in 1978. I had very similar problems with the decals as you have mentioned. I suggest you check with the Model Building Q & A section here on the Forum. I remember seeing a discussion on how to restore older kit decals. I would try and find that discussion and see what everyone else has tried before you put what seems like irreplaceable  decals in jeopardy.   

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Yes I've just started...

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What does annoy me about the majority of race/rally car kits is that they don't include seat belts on their decal sheets, you always have to source those somewhere else and they are expensive to get one A5 sheet of them! So I now print my own! 

Just imagine driving one of these with no belts on, crazy!

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I have this kit with the same detail kit. I will be looking forward to this

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Just ordered this kit yesterday. I'll be following this one intently. 

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Placing the yellowed decal sheet in bright sun light should remove the yellowing. Might take a while, keep checking.

Walt O'Brien

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