Building the Tamiya FW14B is not as straight forward as you might think for the almighty kit company. The mold lines are quite heavy and the construction of the kit around the monocoque area leaves a lot to be desired as far as trying to build it reasonably close to the real car. Not to mention the use of screws, and missing and/or incorrect detail. With that said, I'm not going to pretend I will build it 100% accurate, I will take the usual artistic approach as an excuse to do some aspects of it as I see fit.
I will be using Thunder Valley, RB Motion, Top Studio and Tuner Model Manufactory parts. To start off it's prep, prep and more prep!
A lot of drilling done around the engine and trans to accept fittings.
Filling all the visible pin marks is a must.
Tamiya didn't make enough marks for enough fasteners as the real car has more than they indicated, so I drilled more in the engine cover and closed up the screw holes to drill to the proper size. Three hours work just in the engine cover drilling, smoothing mold lines and taking care of the pin marks inside the cover.
Placing the body parts together then sanding across the joining areas is a good way to make the body parts look like they are a precision fit. The white cowl part in front of the driver has to be molded into the monocoque, the tricky part is all the suspension attachments are under there and have to be accessed. Stay tuned for my solution.