Williams Ford FW08C

Ayrton Senna Private Test

by Warren Monks


Manufacturer: Tameo

Reference: TMK297

Williams Ford FW08C

Ayrton Senna Private Test

As we have come to expect from Tameo this kit is of the usual standard, excellent. Based on the Rosberg FW08C kit, this kit consists of a total of 123 parts made from the usual array of media, cast, turned, photo etch and rubber.

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The kit and building

The decals are also what we have come to expect from Tameo with two sets of the main decals plus an additional smaller set for the slight changes between the Rosberg and Senna car.


The build sequence is very well laid out in the computer-generated instructions, which also benefit from being in colour. Having prepared all the castings for painting, very little cleaning up is required and all holes are located easily from the instructions that also show the hole size, they were given a coat of either white or grey primer depending on the final colour. The photo etch was prepared next, however I removed the wheel centres and rear suspension mounts as these I felt looked the right colour without painting. Painting of the parts is quite simple from the instructions and proved no problem.


As the cars of the early eighties had not developed the now compulsory coke bottle rear end the gearbox and rear suspension are visible. The rear end assembly on this kit is wonderful consisting of some 28 parts including turned dampers and universal joints on the gearbox.

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 The floor plate is the next area to work on and this is where I experienced my only problem with the kit. The gearbox casting and the floor casting would not mate, the gearbox was too wide for the locating hole in the floor. This was soon remedied with a bit of filing. With the gearbox located the exhausts are fitted followed by the photo etch radiator fronts.

The bodywork is next with mirrors and floor plates attached before painting Appliance Gloss White. Once cured the bodywork was worked on adding the green decals for the side pods and silver ones for the visible front chassis areas. I must admit that this was the bit I was dreading but the decals went down well with a little help from some decal solvent. The rest of the decals were applied to the bodywork and it was put to one side.

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I jumped around the instructions a bit from here on and built up the front suspension and then the rear wing, again another brilliant assembly, particularly the turner lower support. The cockpit and seat were next. I have to admit that I am not keen on the photo etched belts that Tameo supply, I much prefer the self adhesive belts and photo etched furniture that come with the BBR kits. The seat was completed by adding the photo etch chassis section. The front bulkhead was added to the bodywork and the seat assembly inserted. Next was the gear change, formed from 3 parts, and the steering wheel and dash.

The front suspension was then added along with other ancillaries such as roll bar, side pod grills, front wing elements and the rear wing assembly.

The wheels I felt needed no painting as the turned and photo etch parts had a more realistic finish than painting would have given them. With the Goodyear decals applied and sealed with matt varnish the tyre and wheel assemblies were added to the car using the very small locating pins provided. Please Tameo we get two sets of decals but only 4 wheel pins which when dropped on any carpet are lost forever, a couple of spare would be helpful. The car was complete.



I have very few built cars of my own as most that I build seem to be commissions or end up in the local Motor Racing Memorabilia shop so I decided to make a small diorama from the built Williams kit. I wanted to keep it simple so I opted to add just a couple of figures to it. I decided on a Williams engineer and a figure of Senna. I have been using the Denizen range of figures for some time and frankly there are no others to touch them. The range is excellent, covering every decade of Grand Prix racing with many different driver poses and a set of mechanics both in overall or shirts. I had a driver figure in my box posed climbing into the car and from my library of GP books it was painted to depict Senna in his F3 Pool Jeans overalls. The engineer was painted to suit the Williams team of the time and the diorama was assembled on a base that I had simply painted with tarmac textured paint from our railway friends.

I am pleased with the overall result of the build, the kit is nothing short of what we expect these days from Tameo.

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