Kit / Model
Caterham Cycle fender
The first Catherham from Tamiya coming to my hands at the end of 1994, was the “Cycle Fender Special” (10202), since the “Super Seven BDR was out of stock, and it was impossible for me to get it from the stores I used to buy kits. From that moment on, my affair with which, I think is the best scale car kit ever produced, began. And here my comment: probably, you have seen better detailed kits, or even superb models limited editions. It's true that it's not a cheap kit, but you do get what you pay for: complexity without nightmare fit problems, fantastic detail, near perfect instructions and a level of professional presentation unmatched by any other manufacturer.
To date three versions have been released by Tamiya: the 10201 Super Seven BDR, the 10202, similar to the prior but comprising cycle fenders, and the 10203 JPE, a special edition from Catherham. I'm not going to weary readers with reviews of these kits, since somehow, they're very well-known and many articles have been devoted to them in other publications.
Nevertheless, the experience I heaped up constructing eight Catherhams, encourages me to write an article which aims at guiding novices to the construction, detailing and customizing of this superb kit, which, undoubtedly, is the dream of those who are fond of scale model cars.
Customizing a Caterham?
Most of the real Caterhams sold during the 80’s and 90’s in the UK, were kits; this means that you could get a basic kit which comprised a tubular chassis with an aluminium and glass or carbon fibre body. Then, it was possible to add suspensions and engine also offered either by Caterham Motors, by other manufacturers or of own manufacturing. Only completed cars were sold outside the UK, so a full range of customized cars came to light during nearly 20 years, with different engines, paint schemes, interiors…etc.
Then, why can't we modelers customize the car model which, par excellence, is based on customized models, each one to the owner's taste?
Although nowadays, Caterham Motors offer completed models, customers still go on buying kits, adding such a variety of engines as motorcycle 4 cylinders engines, Chevrolet or Ford V8 engines, yes, I'm right, V8 engines.
This is what I have been doing since several years ago, and every time I feel like meeting this terrific kit, I think about a customized model, maybe the one I wish I could get if I acceded to a real Caterham.
Although this note's target is to provide a guide for modelers, offering many pictures, It will be based on several models, some of them built since 1994 and the two last ones from which I took pictures along the construction. They are two customized models, using parts from both Tamiya kits (10201 and 10203), and also aftermarket.
A full article can be found here
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Mario Covalski (marioc)
2010-08-28 - 09:50
El Caterham del artículo es un modelo customizado, mezcla de varios kits, y piezas de resina y metal. Las ruedas son copias de resina.
2010-08-28 - 01:00
el parabrisas y las puertas vienen en el 10202?
2010-08-28 - 00:58
el kit de las fotos del caterham negro es un 10203?
y esas llantas son originales del 10203 o se las intercambiaste?