Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mazda 787B: Chassis

Boy, do these Tamiya kits go together fast, especially compared to the resin world. A couple of evenings and a solid weekend has gotten the 787B chassis essentially complete. The big question will be whether to apply the (ugly) decals of the period car, or to leave it orange. 

The 787B is a critical part of my goal of modeling as many different Le Mans engines as possible. A 4-chamber rotary motor, this engine powered the Le Mans winner in 1991. In spite of a lot of effort by Toyota since then, this remains the only Japanese car to win Le Mans.

Next will be the interior and exterior. A couple of older shots (below) show it next to a 956 (also incomplete) and a Lancia Beta Monte Carlo.

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