Su­per-De­tailed Su­per Seven: Tamiya Mas­ter’s Coach­work Cater­ham Su­per Seven BDR

Die Cast X - - KIT CAR GARAGE -

1:12 | $526

Tamiya’s open-air road­ster is rare air for builders, with the size and real­ism to ri­val any other pro­duc­tion kit out there. It is pat­terned af­ter one of the purest ex­am­ples of the sports car ever to race road or track: the Lotus Seven, the man­u­fac­ture of which was taken up by Cater­ham when Lotus pro­duc­tion ceased in 1973. Cater­ham con­tin­ued to de­velop the ul­tra-light road­ster, adding a suc­ces­sion of in­creas­ingly pow­er­ful en­gines to go along with its highly re­fined sus­pen­sion. The model rep­re­sents the mid-1980s’ Su­per Seven “BDR,” so named for its 150hp Cos­worth BDR 1701cc in­line-4 en­gine. Tamiya’s kit is ac­tu­ally an up­date of a pre­vi­ously re­leased model, but it adds de­tail and fea­tures to make it even more ap­peal­ing to builders and col­lec­tors. In ad­di­tion to the tra­di­tional plas­tic parts, Tamiya in­cludes sev­eral other ma­te­ri­als. Diecast metal parts are sup­plied for the sus­pen­sion, al­low­ing it to move on func­tional metal coil springs. The en­gine ben­e­fits from metal parts too: chrome hats for the air clean­ers, which stick out of the right side of the real-alu­minum body­work, and a chromemetal ex­haust sys­tem on the left. There’s a rub­ber tim­ing belt, braided-metal oil lines, vinyl wa­ter lines and ig­ni­tion wires, and fab­ric rac­ing belts—an im­pres­sive ar­ray of ma­te­ri­als to max­i­mize au­then­tic­ity. This reis­sue also adds a dis­play base with a metal ID plaque and cob­ble­stone-paver dio­rama sheet.

WEL­COME TO OUR SEC­OND IN­STALL­MENT of Kit Car Garage, the place where we take a look at the best and the lat­est from the DIY mod­el­ing world. This month, we are show­ing you a bit of ev­ery­thing, from a high­end ul­tra-de­tailed 1:12 kit and a clas­sic 1:25 scale of­froader to a cut­ting-edge snap-to­gether and the new­est trend we’re ex­cited about: 3D-printed cus­tom kits and parts. Let’s take a look.

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