Sunday, February 26, 2012

BAR 006 1

This would be my first SLK series build. Honestly, I do not know what to expect. Unlike typical TMK kit, it has reduced number of parts, but more metal cast pieces and fewer PE pieces.

BAR 006 was the most successful BAR car with a 2nd place in 2004's constructor championship, 2 years before it was sold to Honda. I always like the look and the livery of BAR cars (except 001 which has half 555 and half Lucky Strike).

Back to the kit. Even though it is supposed to be a precision cast kit, it does not mean that there is no need to clean the flashing and smooth out the parting lines. This time, I have 2 kits on hand, so I am picking out the better pieces to use from the 2. 

Modern day F1 cars have all these winglets and vents which would be very difficult to cast in 1 piece. It is very cleverly made it into several different pieces. The main body is splitted into at least 8 different pieces.

This time, I am going to use the aftermarket racing harness set from Z-Model instead of the kit's photo-etched pieces. So, I opened up the slots on the seat with the 0.5mm drill and X-Acto knife.

I cannot open up the rest of the holes for the suspension pieces yet, I need to order some 0.4mm drill bits. To add realism, I am going to use carbon fiber decal for the suspension pieces. Not sure why, 1/43 carbon fiber decals are hard to come by. They're totally out of stock at Scale Motorsports. Luckily, they are still in stock at some vendors.

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