Sunday, June 10, 2012

Grand Prix du Canada

Just finished watching the Canadian Grand Prix. What a crazy season this year. Lewis Hamilton drove a brilliant race and became the 7th Grand Prix winner this year. Me as a half-ass British National is very happy that a Brit driver and a British team won. Even though the Hamilton's 2 stops are both slowAnd seeing Grosjean and Perez passed Ferrari was just priceless. (With the exception of Gilles Villeneuve, I was never a Ferrari fan).

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a very special track to me. There, it's where I spent my first Grand Prix weekend back in 1996. There I learned a couple of essential things to make a Grand Prix weekend enjoyable:
  1. If you are getting a seat in the grand stand, pick one that is not on a straight. 
  2. Ear plugs! Racecars are loud, very loud. F1 cars are exceptionally loud. 
  3. Get a scanner to listen to the communications, or a radio to listen to the live commentary.
  4. A big cooler full of beverages!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

BAR 006 11

Next week is Canadian Grand Prix. 12 years ago, I saw Jenson Button in his debut season with Williams. As a half-ass British National, and a long time Williams fan (I mentioned Alan Jones and FW07 was one of my all time favorite driver car combo), I immediately started to root for this young gun. (I even bought the BMW Williams Jenson Button cap and I still have it!). Since then Button drove for Beneton, then BAR, which turned into Honda, and then Brawn which he became the Champion. He moved on to McLaren and Brawn GP got picked up by Mercedes.

It's been an interesting 2012 season, 6 races with 6 different winner. I hope McLaren will do well!

Work resumed on the BAR 006. Even though I do not have any proof that decal softener played any part in my recent decal tragedy, I'll try to use the heat gun (hair dryer method) more and minimize the use of chemicals.

Since Tamiya's clear proved to be too hot for decals, as suggested by a number of people from online forums, I am going to try this:

Mr. Super Clear from Mr. Hobby. I will definitely try it on a scrap piece and make sure it is not going to mess up before spraying on the car.

Side note: My uncontrollable shopping urge continues. I bought a couple more kits. This time, McLaren MP4/23. Since I am going to try Alclad II chrome on the MP4/22 I bought earlier, I may as well do another chrome car. Sounds logical?

Also a Ferrari 643.I was building a Meri one and messed up big time. Mainly because the instruction was very poorly written. Hopefully, this Tameo kit will be better.