Newsletter 532: Historical Curiosities

Historical Curiosities

Historical Curiosities
For many of us, scale modeling is something more than just sticking pieces together: it is a magnificent opportunity for learning and knowing more about the world of motor racing, the different characteristics of the real model or their differences with other versions, and even discover curious stories.

Did you know that in 1975 there was a participant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans who was able to complete three laps despite not even qualifying? It was the Porsche 911 Carrera RS of the Ecuador Marlboro team, driven by Fausto Merello, Francisco Madera and Luis Larrea. Taking advantage of the confusion over the whithdrawal of three cars from the grid by one of the teams as a protest against the disqualification of a fourth, Fausto went out on the track, slipped into the back of the starting grid and managed to finish three laps before the marshalls realized that he sneaked in and showed him the black flag... After the incident, he declared that "since they had traveled all the way to Le Mans, it couldn't be that he couldn't race", or as we say in Spain... they can't take it away once you have already danced it! X-D

There are many anecdotes like this, and for this reason we have been trying for some time to include in our products a bit about the history of each car or motorcycle (that you can read at the history tab), because at SpotModel we always have a lot to tell about that model that we like so much, or find that fun fact that motivates us to do it.

As we said at the beginning, not everything is sticking pieces together!

Tamiya: Drill bit - Fine Pivot Drill Bit 0.4mm - Shank Dia. 1.0mm - metal parts - 1 units

Reference: TAM74115

This drill bit is perfect for making high-precision 0.4 mm diameter holes, and has a special finish to prevent breakage. Its 1 mm diameter shank, where the diameter of the drill is marked, makes it durable and very easy to handle. The shank diameter also allows the bit to be used in larger tools such as mini-drills. Recommended for use with the Tamiya Fine Pin Vise D-R reference 74112.
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Tamiya: Drill bit - Fine Pivot Drill Bit 0.5mm - Shank Dia. 1.0mm - metal parts - 1 units

Reference: TAM74116

This drill bit is perfect for making high-precision 0.5 mm diameter holes, and has a special finish to prevent breakage. Its 1 mm diameter shank, where the diameter of the drill is marked, makes it durable and very easy to handle. The shank diameter also allows the bit to be used in larger tools such as mini-drills. Recommended for use with the Tamiya Fine Pin Vise D-R reference 74112.
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Shunko Models: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Porsche Kremer 935 K3 Dick Barbour Racing Team sponsored by Apple Computer #9 - Bob Garretson + Bobby Rahal - IMSA, 5 Hours Riverside 1980 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Nunu references PN24006 and PN24029

Reference: SHK-D465

This decal allows you to reproduce the version with number #9 that competed in the IMSA championship in the 1980 season. One of the main differences with respect to the version used in Le Mans are the stripes on the front hood, with a distribution of colors and a different sizes to those used from the participation in Le Mans in June of the same year. In this decal sheet, corresponding to the race held in April at the Riverside circuit, that first inverted order of colors is used, different from that of Le Mans. In this race the result of the Dick Barbour team could not be better, finishing the one sponsored by Apple in second position behind his teammate, the number #6 sponsored by Sachs.
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Shunko Models: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Nissan Skyline GT-R Group N Nissan Motorsports International Team sponsored by Castrol RB #3 - Hideo Fukuyama + Akira Iida - N1 Endurance Series 1992 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Tamiya reference TAM24111

Reference: SHK-D466

The competitiveness of the Nissan Skyline GT-R was such that apart from the JTCC with the Gr.A versions, it also dominated the N1 Endurance Series, a Japanese endurance championship for Gr.N vehicles almost as standard. One of the versions of that championship was sponsored by Castrol Racing. At the time, Tamiya delivered a decal that mixed serigraphy and offset printing in the mock-up of this model, which required overlapping decals. This new product, ideal to replace the original decals of the kit, is completely screen printed, so it is not necessary to overlap the decals.
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Shunko Models: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Porsche Kremer 935 K3 Dick Barbour Racing Team sponsored by Apple Computer #71 - Bob Garretson + Allan Moffat + Bobby Rahal - 24 Hours Le Mans 1980 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Nunu references PN24006 and PN24029

Reference: SHK-D423-B

Decoration to recreate from Nunu's spectacular Porsche Kremer 935 K3 the version of the Dick Barbour team during its participation in the 1980 Le Mans 24 Hours, where it had to be withdrawn due to engine valve problems halfway through the race, at which time he was in eighth position. The color scheme of the Apple color stripes on the front hood varied from that used previously in the IMSA championship, and remained that way for the rest of the season.
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Profil24: Model car kit 1/24 scale - Toyota GR010 Hybrid Toyota Gazoo Racing Team sponsored by Denso #7, 8 - Kamui Kobayashi + Mike Conway + Jos Mara Lpez, Sbastien Buemi + Kazuki Nakajima + Brendon Hartley - 24 Hours Le Mans 2021 - photo-etched parts, resin parts, rubber parts, vacuum formed parts, water slide decals, other materials, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Reference: P24134K

Change the regulations between the GT's, but for Toyota the new rules of the Hypercar did not mean any change in the result obtained in the 24 hours of Le Mans, getting the victory again with the car number 7, which was then the fourth consecutive for Toyota. Profil24 has reproduced this spectacular model in resin, which includes a pair of cockpit doors for those who want to expose the interior. Nothing like seeing its details to discover the complexity of the asymmetric decoration of the bodywork, with a different distribution of red and black colors on the left and right. Spectacular no matter where you look at it!
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Hasegawa: Model van kit 1/24 scale - Volkswagen Transporter T2 Pick-Up Truck 1967 - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Reference: 20556

Belonging to the series "Scale Plastic Model Kit Historic Car Series", in this reference the classic Hasegawa scale model of the Volkswagen Type 2 van is transformed to give rise to the "pick up" version, in a limited edition of the bicolor version in red and white. The back box side panels mount in either the closed or open position, but for sure that with a bit of skill you can make them movable. Do you dare to try?
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Hasegawa: Model car kit 1/24 scale - Porsche 962C Brun Motorsport Team sponsored by Jagermeister #3 - Oscar Larrauri + Jochen Mass - FIA World Sports-Prototype Championship (WSPC), 200 Miles Norisring 1987 - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals and assembly instructions

Reference: 20557

Limited series of the Hasegawa Porsche 962C model kit, this time with the precious Jagermeister decoration used by the Brun team in the 200 miles of Norisring, sixth round of the 1987 Sport Prototype World Championship. The model does not have parts new compared to other Hasegawa versions of the 962C kit, except for the aforementioned decals.
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Hasegawa: Model car kit 1/24 scale - Mitsubishi Lancer GSR Evolution III Mitsubishi Ralliart Team sponsored by Shell #1 - Tommi Mkinen + Seppo Harjanne - 1000 Lakes Finland Rally 1995 - paint masks, photo-etched parts, plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals, other materials, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Reference: 20560

In 1995, the 1000 Lakes Rally did not score points for the World Rally Championship, but that did not prevent drivers like Mkinen from getting lost in their home rally, especially when the previous year he had already won it at the wheel of a Ford Escort Cosworth Gr.A. For the occasion, Ralliart prepared a beautiful Lancer Evo III in the colors of Shell, which is the livery chosen by Hasegawa for this new reference of his classic Lancer Evo III kit.
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Hasegawa: Model car kit 1/24 scale - Lancia Stratos HF sponsored by Rothmans #6 - Jorge de Bagration + Vctor Sabater - SOL-RACE Rally 1981 - plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals, other materials, assembly instructions, painting instructions and does NOT include tobacco sponsor decals

Reference: 20561

New reference of the classic Hasegawa kit of the Lancia Stratos HF that participated in numerous rallies throughout the world. In this case, the decoration chosen is that of the Spanish driver Jorge de Bagration sponsored by Rothmans, with which he finished second in the Rally Sol-Race in 1981, achieving his second title of Spanish Rally Champion that same year. Look out!, the decals with the tobacco logos are not included in the model.
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Hasegawa: Model car kit 1/24 scale - Porsche 944 Turbo Max Moritz Racing Team sponsored by Plochinger #11 - Roland Asch - Porsche Turbo Cup Series 1987 - photo-etched parts, plastic parts, rubber parts, water slide decals, other materials, assembly instructions and painting instructions

Reference: 20563

The Porsche 944 Turbo kit from the Porsche One-Make Cup is an old acquaintance of Hasegawa, but in this reference the decoration selected is that of the winning unit of the 1987 edition of the German Cup, with Roland Asch at the wheel, which it would also win the championship in 1988 and 1989. The model allows the 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine to be reproduced in great detail, in addition to its detailed interior with all the accessories of the competition vehicle, and the retractable front headlights are mobile. A renewed classic!
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Nunu: Detail up set 1/24 scale - Peugeot 306 Maxi Evo 2 - metal parts, photo-etched parts, seatbelt fabric, turned metal parts, water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Beemax Model Kits reference BX24026

Reference: EX24026

This is the perfect photo-etched parts set for the Peugeot 306 Maxi Evo 2, manufactured by Beemax. Includes radiator grilles, brake discs, windshield wipers, hood latches, harness seatbelt bucles, etc. recreated in photo-etched parts. And if those weren't enough, it also includes a decal sheet with various logos, and carbon fibre and Kevlar patterns for the bucket seats. To finish, you also have the fabric to simulate the harnesses, the base of the antenna in turned metal, and the roof antenna in metal.
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Tamiya: Hobby tool - Modeler's Punch - 2mm and 3mm - metal parts and other materials

Reference: TAM74122

You can use this handy tool to make circular pieces from plastic sheets up to 0.5mm thick or from masking tape. It has a rotating handle for easy use. Includes interchangeable punches to make 2mm and 3mm circles. Its sharp cutting edge ensures that the tool makes holes with great precision.
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Number Five: Paint for airbrush - Brembo Brake Red - 1 x 30ml

Reference: N5-X049

Red tone specifically formulated to match the color used on Brembo brake calipers. A color that for many drivers is synonymous with sportiness, performance and distinction... and it was in the mid-1980s when Brembo designed and manufactured the first painted calipers for cars. A true icon!
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Number Five: Paint for airbrush - 320i E46 White - 1 x 30ml - for Nunu references PN24033 and NU-24033

Reference: N5-C172

We agree that white tones look alike, but also that they are not all the same. So if you are one of those who prefer to use the exact color, you are in luck. Number Five has prepared the same formulation used by BMW to paint the 320i E46 white.
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Number Five: Paint for airbrush - Z4 M40i Red - 1 x 30ml - for Meng Model reference CS-005

Reference: N5-C173

How well that red color called San Francisco suits the BMW Z4 M40i! To make your model look just as good, Number Five has formulated the perfect shade of red for your build of Meng's kit... or any other.
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Blue Stuff: Marking / livery 1/12 scale - Honda NSR500 Seed Racing Team #40 - Shinichi Itoh - Motorcycle World Championship 1989 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Hasegawa references 21504 and BK-4

Reference: 12-006

Decoration of Shinichi Itoh's Honda NSR500 that raced in 1989 Motorcycle World Championship, specifically designed to fit on the Hasegawa scale model.
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Reji Model: Marking / livery 1/24 scale - Lancia 037 Rally Duriforte Rallye Team #4 - Carlos Bica + Candido Junior - Rallye Vihno da Madeira 1986 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Hasegawa references 20264, 20277, 20299, 20399, 20414, 20447, 20485, 20523, 20566, 25030, CR-30, 25030.OUTLET, 52305, SP505, HACR30, 25030 and CR-30

Reference: REJI-189

New decoration for the Lancia 037 Gr.B, present for several years in countless races of all kinds of championships. In this case, the version chosen to apply to the Hasegawa model is the one used by Carlos Bica, four times Portuguese rally champion between 1988 and 1991, during his participation in the Vinho de Madeira Rally in 1986, also scored for the European rally, where he finished in fifth position.
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Reji Model: Detail up set 1/24 scale - Audi Sport Quattro S1 - photo-etched parts and assembly instructions - for Nunu reference PN24023

Reference: REJI-1027

Set of photo-etched parts to detail and improve Nunu's Audi Sport Quattro S1, with details with the different ventilation grilles, harness buckles, windshield wipers or hood latches. In addition, it includes a piece to use as a base for the metal plate of the Monte Carlo Rally participants, as well as some of the license plates used by the Audi Quattro Sport S1 in its participation in the World Championship: IN-NM57 for rallies Monte Carlo and Sweden with Blomqvist; IN-ND 63 for Portugal with Rorhl and Costa Esmeralda with Mouton; IN-NE 11 for Portugal with Blomqvist; IN-NL 8 for Montecarlo and Sweden with Rorhl, all corresponding to the 1985 season ; and finally the IN-NT 2 license plate used in the 1000 Lagos, San Remo and RAC rallies in 1984.
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Reji Model: Marking / livery 1/12 scale - Lancia Delta Integrale sponsored by Camel Clarion #4 - Per Eklund + Dave Whitlock - The International Swedish Rally 1989 - resin parts, water slide decals manufactured with digital technology, assembly instructions and tobacco sponsor decals - for Italeri reference 4709

Reference: REJI-12006

Decoration to convert the 1/12 scale Italieri kit into the version used by Per Eklund to finish second in the 1989 Swedish rally. In addition to the decal sheet, this set includes the "flat" front hood of the 8V version to replace the one included in the model, which has the characteristic hump due to the incorporation of the 16V stock.
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Model Factory Hiro: Seatbelts 1/12 scale - Seat belt set color Red for F1 - Sparco, Arexons, Britax, Boss, Willans, Sabelt - photo-etched parts, seatbelt fabric, water slide decals, white metal parts, other materials and assembly instructions

Reference: MFH-P1037

Competition red safety harness with 6 anchoring points and quick release, with highly realistic fabric strips imitating the braiding of the fabric and a yellow strip to, for example, simulate the complete extraction straps of the seat with the pilot. Ideal for all your Formula 1 at 1/12 scale.
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Model Factory Hiro: Seatbelts 1/12 scale - Seat belt set color Blue for F1 - Sparco, Arexons, Britax, Boss, Willans, Sabelt - photo-etched parts, seatbelt fabric, water slide decals, white metal parts, other materials and assembly instructions

Reference: MFH-P1038

Competition blue safety harness with 6 anchoring points and quick release, with highly realistic fabric strips imitating the braiding of the fabric and a yellow strip to, for example, simulate the complete extraction straps of the seat with the pilot. Ideal for all your Formula 1 at 1/12 scale.
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Model Factory Hiro: Seatbelts 1/12 scale - Seat belt set color Black for F1 - Sparco, Arexons, Britax, Boss, Willans, Sabelt - photo-etched parts, seatbelt fabric, water slide decals, white metal parts and assembly instructions

Reference: MFH-P1039

Competition black safety harness with 6 anchoring points and quick release, with highly realistic fabric strips imitating the braiding of the fabric and a yellow strip to, for example, simulate the complete extraction straps of the seat with the pilot. Ideal for all your Formula 1 at 1/12 scale.
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Studio27: Detail up set 1/20 scale - Lotus Ford Type 78 - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1977 - photo-etched parts and assembly instructions - for Tamiya references TAM20004 and TAM20065

Reference: ST27-FP2060

The Lotus 78 was used by Lotus in the 1977 and 1978 seasons, so it logically underwent various evolutions. That is why we liked this new photo-etched plate by Studio27 for the Tamiya kit so much, because apart from the radiator grilles, the closures or the rear wing supports, it has different configurations of the side skirts and the side plans of the front and rear wings so that regardless of the race and season chosen, the Lotus model has the detail it deserves.
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Studio27: Detail up set 1/20 scale - Tyrrell Yamaha 023 sponsored by Nokia - FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1995 - photo-etched parts and assembly instructions - for Tamiya reference TAM20042

Reference: ST27-FP2044

Photo-etched plate to detail the Tamiya model of the Tyrrell 023 with Yamaha engine. Elements such as grilles and radiators, lateral planes of the front and rear wings, harnesses, steering wheel paddles or some support straps gain in realism due to their greater detail and less thickness compared to the parts included in the kit.
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Tabu Design: Marking / livery 1/20 scale - Ferrari F310B Scuderia Ferrari Team sponsored by Marlboro #5, 6 - Michael Schumacher, Eddie Irvine - Formula 1 World Championship 1997 - water slide decals - for Tamiya reference TAM20045

Reference: TABU20005

The Tamiya model of the Ferrari 310B is wonderful, but it lacks a small detail to be totally "complete", the Marlboro tobacco decals. For those who do not want to do without this important detail when assembling their model, this sheet by Tabu Design is the solution.
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Studio27: Marking / livery 1/20 scale - Tyrrell Honda 020 Tyrrell Racing Team sponsored by Braun Epson #3, 4 - Stefano Modena, Satoru Nakajima - Test version, FIA Formula 1 World Championship 1991 - water slide decals and assembly instructions - for Tamiya reference TAM20029

Reference: ST27-DC639R

Re-edition of this fantastic decal with the Tyrrell Honda 020 decoration. It replaces the reference ST27-DC639C. It includes the test livery and the different liveries used throughout the 1991 season, divided into three blocks: the beginning of the season with the Brazilian and US GPs, the mid-season with the GPs from Monaco to Spain, and the end of the season, with the Japanese and Australian GPs.
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Studio27: Detail up set 1/20 scale - Lotus Type 107 and 107B - Formula 1 World Championship 1992 and 1993 - photo-etched parts and assembly instructions - for Tamiya references TAM20037 and TAM20038

Reference: ST27-FP2048

Complete your model with this set of photoetched parts. Gain realism with its front wing side panels, car bottom leading edges, wing mount, engine cover latches, and much more. And since the Goodyear logos are actually painted onto the rubber, why not do the same to scale with the stencil? Another touch of realism!
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