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Tamiya 1/12 Tyrrell P34 (six wheeler) "FINISHED"

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  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Tamiya 1/12 Tyrrell P34 (six wheeler) "FINISHED"
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:01 AM

Well, I finally finished this beast. My review of this model follow the photos.

MY REVIEW

This model has over 370 parts and is one of Tamyia's first 1/12 scale models. Except for the exhaust system, it goes together pretty easily. There are a number of rubber oil lines that are tedious to install. The four wheel front suspension has a large number of moving parts which takes a long time to assemble. When finished, the streeng does not function due to interference from the brake cooling ducts. In fact, I find that the steering on all  1/12 scale models does not function properly. The engine is the real star of this model. When finished, it just looks outstanding. Too bad that the exhaust system is a disaster. The exhaust pipes are not molded very well (I replaced them with aluminum tubes) and the assembly of the exhaust headers is a nightmare. The only thing worst would be the exhaust headers on Tommy Ivo's four engine Showboat.  The decals are really poor. They are very stiff and crack easily. I used a lot of MicroSol. This was the most difficult model that I have ever built.  An incredible amount of patience is required. However, the final result is a very nice and unique model.

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, October 3, 2020 1:16 PM

Sweetness.  Bravo JohnnyK!    YesYes

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, October 3, 2020 1:59 PM

What a great job you did! YesYesYes And it looks really cool sitting next to the Lotus!

I'm glad you pointed out the difficulties, though one would never know from your finished model. This kit has been singing it's siren song to me for several years, and your comments might save me a lot of frustration. I can't even figure out the exhaust on my Revell Police Electraglide model, I'm afraid this one might drive me over the edge.

-Greg

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, October 3, 2020 3:13 PM

Greg

What a great job you did! YesYesYes And it looks really cool sitting next to the Lotus!

I'm glad you pointed out the difficulties, though one would never know from your finished model. This kit has been singing it's siren song to me for several years, and your comments might save me a lot of frustration. I can't even figure out the exhaust on my Revell Police Electraglide model, I'm afraid this one might drive me over the edge.

 

If I was you I would buy the ELF P34. You shouldn't have any problem with the model. Winter's just around the corner and that would be a perfect time to hunker down and dig into the P34.

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, October 3, 2020 3:46 PM

For the front brake cooling hoses, coiled Kynar electronic prototyping board wire might be the answer.  It will not be 100% perfect, as you will be able to see through the coils where they bend, but it will be very soft and flexy, allowing the wheels to steer.

A sneaky hack is to put a black shoelace inside to block the light.

The Kynar wire I have came in 4-packs (white, yellow, red and blue), but a search on-line indicates black is also available.  I’m looking to acquire some, as it has many other uses.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    March 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Saturday, October 3, 2020 5:55 PM

   Great finish to a tricky build, hoping to get the urge to start mine.

we're modelers it's what we do

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Saturday, October 3, 2020 6:07 PM

Toast Toast Toast

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by MikeO'B on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:45 PM

JohnnyK,

Great work, beautiful results. I don't think I could have dealt with that exhaust very well at all. Bravo on a job very well done.

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