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Tamiya Williams FE14B with full Top Studio set


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I've already shown some finished MFH (9), Italeri (3) and Airfix (1) models here, but I haven't made a wip thread yet.

It will be my first ever Tamiya (!) - Williams FW14B with a full set from Top Studio...
In general, modeling is a big challenge for me because I returned to this hobby 4 years ago after ... almost 40 years of break.


Well, let's start again...
The 1/12 FW14B kit is 34 years younger than me and comes from 1992. It is considered a successful, but poor in detail, model. For this purpose, I also bought a newly released full set of Top Studio MD29017 detailing and new decals from Tabu Design and some carbon decals from Scale Motorsport.

 

The Top Studio set looks great. I checked this first:

- more than 500 resin elements

-more than 300 mechanically machined metal elements
- over 50 wires and tubes
- 12 plates with PE elements
- mini decals ...
 
Here are the first photos of the engine with the wiring started and small weathering. >>>>>>>>>>
 
 
 

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I will be following along for sure. It already looks the business and it is not even close to being complete.

These Top Studuo sets are truly a cut above in terms of added details and I would know. I have the 1/20 McLaren MP4/4 from Tamiya with the Top Studio set as well as the Marlboro decals and the carbon decal set. I am planning on starting it in the spring. I will bw replicating Senna's car of of course.

I know the mountain you are about to climb. I will be watching this build closely.

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The detail achieved is truly what makes these Top Studio sets worth every penny.

Of course, you need skills to use them properly. This is what it looks like when the builder has thos skills.

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12 hours ago, Dragline said:

The detail achieved is truly what makes these Top Studio sets worth every penny.

Of course, you need skills to use them properly. This is what it looks like when the builder has thos skills.

For now, I gave up on resin car suspension arms from Top Studio. The steel ones from Tamiya will probably have an easier time carrying it all.

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More photos of the drivetrain coming soon. Meanwhile, the first tests with the body of the car. The use of the Top Studio kit sometimes requires a deep intervention in Tamiya parts...

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I'm considering leaving bare factory carbon on some Tamiya components. It looks good in the photos of the eminent modeler. What do you think?

 

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The beginning of work on the body. I cut off the nose of the car and temporarily installed Top Studio frames. I think the No. 2 gap will be acceptable once the tape is removed. I will try to adjust the elements so that the gap No. 1 is as little visible as possible (there will also be a strip of decals on the edge). Otherwise, you would have to assemble the interior of the cockpit before painting the body. I made an attempt to revive the Tamiya factory structure. I used Ushi powder (upper element). I think I will use these factory structures because they look realistic. In other elements I plan to use Scale Motorsport decals. The carbon visible in the photos of the main body is plastic painted with LP satin and Mr Hobby satin varnish. After masking, the rest of the body will be painted again with ZP primer and paints.

 

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We have 98% of the engine. You can now mount it to the rest of the car. The rest that doesn't exist... 😁

 

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Following this with a lot of interest as I have the same kit with the Top Studio upgrades. 

What's that aluminum vice you have holding the engine? 

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