August 7, 2012

Build Day – My fingers hurt – Tamiya F104v2

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Written by: Derek Buono

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really built a kit in a long time. So when I sat down today to start the build of the Tamiya F104v2, I got pretty excited. Tamiya F1 bodies are insanely detailed and I started with the body FIRST, since it will take much longer to do than the actual kit. I broke out my trusty old Lexan Scissors and started getting all “Edward Scissor” on that thing. OUCH! I’m not sure if you’ve done this before but this body is a pain to cut out. I felt like I was given 1000 feet of Lexan and had to cut it down to a small little 2″ pattern. I took a picture of the shrapnel that was left over. I am going to get some paint on it shortly and then break out the Dremel to smooth it out. I wonder if real F1 team spend this much time on the body?

I’ll update with some pictures as I get going!


Body is cut out, and I realized I hate stickers. Tamiya it’s time to include die-cut because all those tiny stickers are great if you were a 1/10-scale body man.

I’ve also got the electronics in…well mostly. I have to stick in the receiver. It was a little confusing where to put the battery, but I figured I’d start with it pushed all the way back and the electronics in the nose. Pictures of the final install will be coming…now I just need to get the right tires, or is it tyres?

About the Author

Derek Buono
Derek Buono– Started in the industry as an assistant editor at RC Car Action where he spent 2 years before being recruited by Xtreme RC Cars Magazine. For the past 10 years Derek lead Xtreme RC Cars and helped double the circulation, improved editorial quality and helped lead the market in design and creativity.



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