Honda F-1 RA272 Formula Racecar Open Wheel F1 GP

The 1965 Mexican Grand Prix was not just the last race of the season, but also the last Formula-One race using normally aspirated 1.5 liter displacement engines. The car that won this memorable even was Honda's highly competitive RA272 racing machine, driven by the skilled driver Richie Ginther. Honda was the first Japanese car manufacturer to participate in F-1 Grand Prix racing, and this was their first F-1 victory since entering the 1964 German Grand Prix. Honda competed in the 1964 season using their RA271 machine, piloted by the young American driver Ronnie Bucknum. Although the RA271 occassionally showed a glimpse of its hidden potential, it failed to record any remarkable results. A discouraging season lead Honda to develop a much more integrated F-1 racing machine. Following the 1964 season, Honda thoroughly improved the machine and redesignated it the RA272. Its high tech and powerful, transversely mounted V-12 cylinder engine was said to yield an amazing 220 plus horsepower. Richie Ginther joined the team beginning the season, and his racing experience helped the team in further refining the RA272. He gained 6th place in the Belgian and Dutch GP's, and finally won the Mexican victory on October 24th 1965. Taking the lead just after the start, Ginther's RA272 recorded a perfect win, without yielding the top position throughout the race. Partner Bucknum also earned 5th place, adding to Honda's racing laurels.

Tamiya Honda F-1 RA272 Formula Racecar Open Wheel F1 GP Plastic Model Car Kit 1/20 Scale #20043
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Scale: 1/20

  • Tamiya Product Number: 20043
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"Early Honda Dynasty"
I remember these early Formula One open wheel racecars from Matchbox collectibles. Before cable television it was next to impossible to watch formula one racing except for the Indianapolis 500, of course. This kit let me have a closer look at the mechanics of these ground breaking machines. The engine, disc brakes, and suspension details on this kit are outstanding. There are ten pages of instructions that make assembly easy. I recommend acquiring aluminium and gold leaf colors to make the product authentic. I was very happy with this kit, and it is an important component of my model automobile collection.

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1/20 Honda F-1 RA272


Scale: 1/20

  • Tamiya Product Number: 20043


  • Removable rear cowling and front nose cone.
  • Complete V-12 cylinder engine detail.
  • Synthetic rubber Good Year racing tires.
  • Waterslide decals including the #11 and #12.

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"One of the best kits i ever built"
Kit has amazing detail, great directions, and is even more fun to build. i completed this build in one day, which was my fastest build. everything fit perfectly, no issues at all. tires and decals were beautiful and looked amazing. just as a warning though, make sure you have plenty of building room because there are some very small parts that are easy to loose, and you will need a eyeglass screwdriver or something very small for the end to install the parts that require screws, though i think it is optional.

"Excellent Kit!!"
This is an excellent kit to build and a very good value. The parts' detail and fitment were excellent. Instructions and paint coding were also very good. Due to the number and fitment of parts, this is for the experienced modelers.

"Challenging well made model"
Excellent model value. Engine and suspension details standout. Front steering linkage very smooth operating. I kept the rear cowling clear to show off engine.


  • Keep small parts and sharp edges away from children ages 3 and under.
  • Care should always be taken when using tools and modeling knives.

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