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Brabham BT34
Scale 1/20
Kit Manufacturer
Detail Sets None
Year 1977
Driver Kunimitsu Takahashi (Jap)
Event Australian GP
Paint Halfords Gloss Appliance White &
Gloss Black

Date Completed July 2012
Additions Extra details added to engine, cockpit and front inner nosecone
Box Art boxart

The 1977 Formula season saw the now established Tyrrell team needing two new drivers and also a replacement for the aging 005 and 006 cars. Negotiations concluded the team announced that their new pilots were to be Frenchman Patrick Depailler and South African Jody Scheckter. However the new car would take a little longer to make an apperance with the team running the previous season's cars in the first three Grand Prixs.

Finally, at the seaon's fourth round, the Spanish Grand prix the 007 was introduced. Jody Scheckter debuted the 007, with Depailler still starting in the previous seaon's 006. The 007 looked a much narrower car to its predecessors and resembled the dominating McLaren and Ferrari more than any previous Tyrrell design. A sleek nose with small wings replaced the previous season's large, bulky front wing. Tyrrell's trademark round airbox was abandoned with the new evolution airbox being high and slim. Technically the 007 was very much an evolution of the previous models.

The 007 would be Tyrrell's entrant for the next two seasons and although titles were now out of the reach for the team, Jody Scheckter managed to score three victories. At the Japanese Grand Prix Kunimitsu Takahashi made his one and only F1 appearance at the race driving for the Meiritsu Racing team who used a 007 chassis but in a striking white, red and black liveried car and finished a creditable 9th.

This project will depict the Japan GP version of the car. It is another resin kit however it has full engine detail with the power plant being made up of numerous white metal parts. Finding refences for the car have proved almost impossible and therefore the details will be matched to the other 007s to appear that season.

Tyrrell 007 Gallery
Click above for build and completed pictures

Kunimitsu Takahashi - 1977 Japanese GP
Kunimitsu Takahashi - 1977 Ja[anese GP
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