This is Tamiya's 1/24th Scale Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI as raced in the
1996 International Touring Car Championship. I built the version piloted
by A. Nannini. I have recently read that this car, as well as Nannini's
Mercedes Benz CLK were modified for Nannini to drive.
After his very bad accident in Formula One he required a dual lever
transmission to compete effectively. I built this kit box stock, except
for the seatbelts, which again came from a Modelers set. The kit does
have a removable hood and engine detail. The kit also comes with a transparent
under tray piece that I left transparent to display the exhaust and rear
end details. I struggled with hand painting the Alfa emblem on the velocity
stack intake cover. In the end though it turned out quite nice.
The only problem I had with this kit was the front tie rod suspension
piece. Once assembled I had too much toe out on the front end (The front
wheels were pointed out too much). I kept fiddling and fiddling until
the tie rod eventually snapped. In the end I kind of scratch built a tie
rod from what was left. Perhaps I just should have forgone the moveable
steering and just glued the front end in place. I also didn't follow through
with making some antennae from heated sprue. I left it as is, however,
as a reminder to myself to finish all the details before declaring it
Overall I was pleased with the final product. Tamiya kits are so well
engineered its almost 'add glue and shake', and out comes a fine build.
The 109G-6 is the one I recently completed for the APMA
'99 AGM. It is the Hobbycraft kit, with a bit of work done to
it, the flaps were dropped and the canopy replaced with a spare
Hasegawa one, amongst other things. It took 1st in the large scale
aircraft division and was the committee's choice for "Model of the
year" (I think they were mistaken this later decision).
The Hurricane is the 1/72 Matchbox IIC kit, and was done last
year as a "canvas" for the SEAC scheme.