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Formula 1? I got mine

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Formula 1? I got mine
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, December 26, 2022 10:30 AM

Well The waiting is over:

        Opened a gift from my Adopted son, You know him as Humper! guess what? It was a Type 79 Formula 1 car from Tamiya. One I have wanted since back in the late 70s and could not put into my Budget. Back then the price was ridiculous compared to regular car kits. Where a Jo-Han or AMT/MPC could be had for about 10.00 bucks this one was 45.00 bucks. No way Jose! It is the "John Player" car, with new Decals For "Olympus Cameras!

         Still Molded in Black. Very tightly packed and in a much smaller box but absolutely exquisit moldings and the P.E. to match. Inside the box taped to some parts are the little domed screens that fit over the injectors even! Although Beautiful the Chrome parts will need a coat of Semi-Gloss Tamiya Smoke! They are too bright!
 

        Because so much of our earnings went back into the company's growth, I was put on a very severe Budget concerning hobbies. That's why I scratchbuilt so many ships of the tanker variety. That was alright, Because about every second year She would splurge on a Pocher kit or something like that for me. I in turn would make sure she had more and better painting Supplies(Oil on Canvas) My model time was taken up, But that Formula continued to evade me and tease ma out of the corner of my eye!. Now I have it!.

       All I can say is WOW!! What a box of plastic! I don't think I have even had a plane model with this much detail or little teensy parts. Trains ? Sure, But that is NOT a main function of my model building. Buicks(Rivieras) Chevies (Bel Airs) and all sorts of British and French regular and mini-Cars including Revell's Ubitiqious 'Smart Car" Snapper!

        Ah, But that Formula. I will try to get this photo thing down so's I can show her to you as I build and He also ordered the "John Player" Decal set for it. That's the Car I actually got to touch and smell in real life. See? The Same could've been done with AMT's Miss Budweiser. When all these bans on Cigs and Alcohol happened. Tamiya just changed the Decals to match the "Olympus camera" car! No Fuss, No Bother. And it is just what it was back then, One KickA%% model car!

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    May 2022
Posted by Eugene Rowe on Monday, December 26, 2022 11:40 AM

Sounds like a great kit and it should be easy to assemble.Any pics?

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, December 26, 2022 12:28 PM

Great!  I'm planning another F1 group build in March 2023.

Here's an FSM article from 2011 on the kit

https://finescale.com/product-info/kit-reviews/2011/01/tamiya-120-scale-lotus-type-79-1978

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Monday, December 26, 2022 4:16 PM

Great gift from your son-Looking forward to seeing pics of your build TB-give the F1 GB some thought-I'm hoping to build the Tamiya Lotus 78 for the current GB and pull something out of the stash for the 2023 F1 GB

Indycals.net has the JPS decals if you're interested:

https://www.indycals.net/decals/f1/78lotus79.html

 

 

Bob

 

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    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Monday, December 26, 2022 5:26 PM

Nice!  Where did you see the real car?

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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 9:06 AM

That's awesome, TB! According the John's linked article, it's nicknamed Black Beauty, and I agree. I've had my eye on this kit ever since shortly after I started building Tamiya's 1979 Martini Version of the 79. I think you are going to like the kit a lot.

Glad to hear you excited about a project. It would be great if you could join the GB as John mentioned.

-Greg

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 10:35 AM

bobbaily

Great gift from your son-Looking forward to seeing pics of your build TB-give the F1 GB some thought-I'm hoping to build the Tamiya Lotus 78 for the current GB and pull something out of the stash for the 2023 F1 GB

Indycals.net has the JPS decals if you're interested:

https://www.indycals.net/decals/f1/78lotus79.html

 

 

 

We're all waiting to see more pics from TB.  he posted a couple and now he is back to being shy again.

 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 11:11 AM

missileman2000
We're all waiting to see more pics from TB. he posted a couple and now he is back to being shy again.

Big Smile

-Greg

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, December 30, 2022 8:43 AM

Hello! I saw the car at the German G.P., I think, Near or at Nurbergring!

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 8:13 AM

Not Shy Really!

        I have had to give up the cameras to pay co-pays at the physicians offices. Getting old on a Fixed income is the pits. First you have No Co-Pays and with rising costs and now You Do. What's a person to do?

 I have a smaller point and shoot somewhere, but I am not sure it even has a S.D.Card?

 Yes, I have V.A. Healthcare. but a one way drive is 47 miles. With fuel at the minimum of 3.29 I don't go far. I can only fuel up once monthly. Mileage is not paid under a certain figure! If there was a way to do it I would upload from my phone. But can I do that? You know, Upload to a Photo Storage site and then download here? Does anyone know?

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