SilverLine recently released a kit of the 1983 Williams FW09 as it appeared at the South African GP. This was a significant event as it marked the debut of the famous Williams-Honda combination. This kit has been designed to Tameo’s ‘easy kit’ philosophy and promises to be a enjoyable project for builders.
So, let’s take a look inside…..
The contents of the kit arrive neatly bagged and securely packed in a sturdy cardboard box.
Step-by-step instructions are provided to guide the modeler through all steps of assembly. Colour codes for the widely available Tamiya range are provided, as are a collection of historic photographs of the real car as reference, and to assist with decal placement.
The decals themselves are beautifully printed with even colours and excellent resolution and register.
Opening the bags and laying out the parts, the design features of the kit are clear. A large, single-casting of the upper body parts dominates the kit.
This part firmly attaches to a floor via a central screw, sandwiching cockpit, radiator and transmission parts.
Suspension and wings are then added from a combination of photo etched and cast metal parts.
A close up of the wheels demonstrates the flawless casting. After a polish these parts will look wonderful.
A test fit of some key components illustrate the easy assembly. Here the four main subassemblies (transmission, radiators, seat and cockpit / dashboard) have been placed in their locations. The fit is excellent.
Sitting the body part on top shows the visible sections of the radiator and cockpit through corresponding openings.
Another angle of the parts – a great base for a straight-forward and enjoyable assembly project for builders.