Based on standard vehicle chassis, GT3 drivers have almost the same internal structure as the trams according to regulations. Tamiya records these details in the floor pan and adds some electronics and other racing equipment to the main pan.
The roll cage consists of four parts, the positioners of which look more like a T than the typical pin-and-hole variant. The T-connections are easy to align and result in a stronger assembly.
With all the blades and channels in racing cars these days, it is necessary to split the body into several parts – in this case, 10 – in order to shape it precisely. But don’t let that scare you: the fit is perfect. Most body parts can be added before painting. However, the two side main ducts (parts A20 and A21) should be left free until after painting. Fine nylon mesh fills some of the grids and a stencil helps you cut them properly. The instructions provide that you make the lower grid from two mesh parts. However, if you put it on the diagonal, you get everything in one.
The paintwork may look daunting, but it’s really not bad if you study the design and plan accordingly. My biggest concern was the bonnet, where several decals have to be perfectly coordinated. I started with the main marker (No. 9) and then worked my way out. The way the decals are designed makes them easy to fit and align.
I was excited about this new version of the Tamiya LEON CVSTOS AMG and hope Tamiya has plans for more. Several aftermarket decal sets are already available. The kit itself was an absolute dream that lived up to Tamiya’s reputation for quality and precision engineering.