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Why are there Formula 1 model kits of recent cars?

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  • Member since
    May 2020
  • From: Melbourne, Australia
Why are there Formula 1 model kits of recent cars?
Posted by Joe3D on Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:38 AM

Just getting back into the hobby after (*cough*) 40 years, and loving building the Formula 1, 1/20 models. 

So, I'm looking at the recent cars in the 1/20 scale. The latest I can see is the Ferrari SF70H by Tamiya (which was my first 'new build', great kit). It is a 2017 car.

Is there a reason that there aren't any kits for new Formula 1 cars? 

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    January 2013
  • From: Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Posted by VintageRPM on Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:11 AM

Simple econimics - how much will licensing cost and how many kits will be sold. Especially in F1, where money talks and everyone else walks. The number just don't add up for model companies.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:22 AM

Welcome back to the hobby, Joe.

It's a matter of IPR and protecting the technology and engineering in the cars. You can't get close to a current F1 car with all of it's secrets exposed. There is no way they will let a model company in with a bunch of recording and measuring equipment, nor will engineering drawings be shared. At least, not until the technology and engineering has been rendered dated. Kits of the current crop of F1 cars may show up then, but by then the technology will have moved on and new cars created, and the new secrets will once again be protected.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


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    November 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Friday, May 29, 2020 8:46 AM

Because it's always been a highly competitive sport, manufacturers were always reluctant to give away secrets. So copyright was always difficult to break through legally.

Plus as previous reports have said, how many would be sold worldwide to justify the tooling and design costs at the model manufacturers, and/or the price of the kits would be prohibitive, super expensive. That would also be regard to scale size and the amount of detailing by the manufacturers.

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Saturday, May 30, 2020 7:11 PM

Bt the way, welcome to the forum... you will like it here.

Good folks and a bunk of knowledge.


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  • From: Melbourne, Australia
Posted by Joe3D on Thursday, June 11, 2020 12:36 AM
Thanks! The hobby is a whole new world from what it was 40 years ago.


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