We got a fantastic custom model from a reader of ours which we gladly would like to share with you:
I am a big fan of the wedge-shaped concept cars from the late 60s, early 70s coming from Italy. So this time i picked the Ferrari 512S Berlinetta Speciale which was penned by Pininfarina. Originally the chassis for this car came for Ferrari 312P race car.
First a virtual 3D model of the Ferrari body was created consisting of 2 pieces – main body and windshield. Also the original wheels of the car needed to be created in 1/10 scale. Then the 3D data was sent to a 3D printing specialist. The main body with about 2 mm thickness was
printed in a mix of resin and ABS material and the windshield was printed in clear resin. The wheels were also printed from resin/ABS. The special wheel nuts are special production made from aluminium.
In order to make the model look more realistic and close to the real car the rear end of the Tamiya chassis was modified and a setup installed that carries exhaust tips made from aluminium and a gearbox.
The painting of the body was quite time consuming, as when the printed parts come out the surface is not smooth. So putty, several coats of primer and sanding is needed before the body colour can be applied. Several coats of yellow followed and in the final step the surface was polished with 3000 grid sanding paper and then polished to a high shine.
For details like Logos, lights, wiper, intakes I created decals, which were applied in the final step.
This 1/10 model is a prototype from a prototype. But unlike the original car the smaller pendant is running and able to hit the track.
Contributor: Michael Leonhard from Vienna, Austria
The results of the 2020 “Model of the Year” selection, selected by the German scale model magazine “Modell Fan”, were announced at the “Spielwaren Messe” venue. This award will be selected from among the new models announced in Germany in 2019, and the best models of each genre will be selected by reader votes of “Modell Fan” magazine and a selection committee by editorial staff. This time, “1/48 Lockheed P-38F/G Lightning” and “1/12 Honda Monkey 125” were awarded. “Modell-Fahrzeug,” a miniature model magazine specializing in a wide range of scale models, RCs, diecasts, slot cars, etc. of cars and motorcycles, selected for the 2019 model award the “1/10 RC Volkswagen Type 2 (T1)”, “1/14 RC Volvo FH16 Globetrotter 750 6×4 Timber Truck” and “1/10 RC Citroen 2CV Rally”. Furthermore, we won “Premium Brand 2019 (Best Brand of the Year)” as Tamiya.
Awards Roll in for Tamiya!
The results of the 2020 Modell des Jahres (Model of the Year) have been announced by German magazine Modell Fan at Spielwarenmesse! Tamiya is delighted to report that our 1/48 Lockheed® P-38® F/G Lightning® and 1/12 Honda Monkey 125 were both honored with the awards, chosen by the magazine’s staff and readership.This
great news follows German scale and RC auto model magazine Modell-Fahrzeug recognizing no less than three Tamiya models in the 2019 Modell-Fahrzeug des Jahres awards : 1/10 RC Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) (M-06 Chassis), 1/14 RC Volvo FH16 Globetrotter 750 6×4 Timber Truck and 1/10 RC Citroën 2CV Rally (M-05Ra Chassis). Tamiya itself was honored with the Premium Brand award.
47430 1/10 R/C Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R 1995 (TT-01 Type-E)
47431 1/10 R/C Eunos Roadster (M-06)
47433 1/10 R/C Toyota Supra Racing (A80) (TT-02)
47435 1/12 R/C Renault 5 Turbo (M-05Ra)
47441 1/10 R/C Mercedes-Benz G 500 (Bright Gun Metal Painted Body) (CC-02)
47349 1/10 R/C XV-01 Chassis Kit Long Damper Spec
54930 SW-01 G Parts (Gears) (Yellow)
54931 T3-01 Front Fork Spacer Set
54941 Aluminum Transponder Stay for Comical Buggies
54947 TT-02 Carbon Damper Stay II (3.5mm Thick)
47440 TRF420 Long Damper Stays (Front & Rear)
47447 On-Road Tuned Hard Spring Set (White)
47448 Racing Wing Set 2 Hard Type
14136 1/12 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon
24021 1/24 Toyota Celica XX 2800GT
24353 1/24 Mazda MX-5 RF
35373 1/35 French Light Tank R35
19454 Cosmosonic (FM-A)
95531 Wire Spoke Wheels for Low-Profile Tires (Silver Plated)
95547 Mini 4WD Portable Pit (Pink)
95552 Mini 4WD Car Catcher (Mini 4WD Station/Red)
95561 HG 19mm Aluminum Ball-Race Rollers (Ringless/Blue)
◇ 1/24 Mazda MX-5 RF ◇ 1/24 Ford Mustang GT4 ◇ 1/24 Toyota GR Supra ◇ 1/24 Toyota Celica XX 2800GT ◇ 1/24 Toyota Celica Supra Long Beach GP Marshal Car ◇ 1/24 Toyota Supra 3.0GT Turbo ◇ 1/12 Porsche 934 Jägermeister (w/Photo-Etched Parts) ◇ 1/12 Porsche 934 Vaillant (w/Photo-Etched Parts) ◇ 1/12 Kawasaki Ninja H2 CARBON ◇ 1/35 French Light Tank R35 ◇ 1/35 Russian Heavy Tank KV-1 Model 1941 Early Production ◇ 1/35 German Infantry Set (Mid-WWII) ◇ 1/35 German Light Tank Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.E/F ◇ 1/35 U.S. M8 Light Armored Car “Greyhound” Combat Patrol Set ◇ 1/35 West German Tank M47 Patton ◇ 1/35 Russian Tank T34/76 1942 Production Model ◇ 1/35 Russian Medium Tank T34/85 ◇ 1/48 Russian Medium Tank T-55 ◇ 1/32 North American F-51D Mustang Korean War ◇ 1/48 Lockheed® P-38® F/G Lightning® ◇ 1/48 Swiss Messerschmitt Bf109 E-3