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Williams-Honda FW11

The Story:
After a long and successfull spell with Brabham, Nelson Piquet switched to Williams for the 1986 F1 season. He was under the assumption that he would be the no. 1 driver within the team. But after some good results at the end of 1985 from Nigel Mansell, teamboss Frank Williams would have none of it.
And so the two Williams drivers kept snatching points from eachother, while Alain Prost picked up the crumbs and in the end walked away with the title, after Mansell had a spectacular tire blow in the final race of the season in Australia.
And so it happened that the (almost) unbeatable Williams team was bested by Alain Prost in his McLaren. Although the constructors title was still Williams'.
The fact that neither Williams driver was able to clinch the World Championship Crown didn't do much good for the relationship between Piquet and Mansell for the following year.

The Kit:
This kit was the fourth F1 kit I built and at first I thought about making Nigel Mansell's version. Not because I'm a big fan of him (quite the opposite in fact), but because I feared that the (then for me) quite difficult paint and decal scheme would be too big a challenge.
But as the build went along, there weren't any problems, so I decided to build Nelson Piquet's car instead.
And a nice car it has become.
It has been mainly painted with Tamiya TS and acrylic colours.
I built this model somewhere around 1991 and at that time I hadn't heard yet of sanding down the seams on the tires or clearcoating the body and super-detailing.
Nevertheless, even now I'm still very pleased with this build.

The Pictures:

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