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1/12 Big Scale Racing Car Series no.33
Renault RE-20 Turbo (w/Photo-Etched Parts)
Item No: 12033

Length: 389mm. Image shows painted and assembled kit.

Here Comes a Turbo
Three wins in 1980 for the Renault RE-20 Turbo were a great reward for the French company's work on the turbocharged engine, and proved to the world that turbo technology had the potential to win races. Renault was the first manufacturer to enter a turbo engine car in the top class of racing, in 1977: the RS-01, and by 1979 they had developed it further into a twin turbo design, employed in the ground effect RS-10, which scored the first ever turbo engine car victory. The following year, it was the turn of the RE-20, which weighed in 30kg lighter than the RS-10 and employed a 1.5-liter twin turbo V6 DOHC engine; limited by regulations to half of the capacity of naturally aspirated rivals, it nonetheless provided around 520hp. The car featured a ground effect design with a slimline central monocoque flanked by side pontoons, and its success arguably paved the way for the turbo era of top class racing.

About the Model
This is a 1/12 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 389mm, width: 184mm. Front and rear suspension setups feature internal coil springs and mirror the mechanism of the full size car. A highly detailed recreation of the V6 turbo engine features renderings of turbocharger and intercooler details, and even has cables and tubing depicted. Body and nose cowlings are removable, and internal features such as frame and side pontoon cooling systems can be admired after completion. Front wheels are steered via the wheel in the cockpit. Side pontoons can be moved up and down. Realistic synthetic rubber tires also feature sidewall detailing. Cockpit details such as seatbelt, shifter and pedals add an extra layer of authenticity. Photo-etched parts are included to recreate radiators, intercoolers, oil coolers, and brake discs.


The refined form of the car is depicted in style, including the rear wing with its distinctive end plates.

A highly authentic depiction of the 1.5-liter V6 turbo engine will delight, and features plenty of detail.

There is lots to enjoy in the cockpit, with depictions of pedals and more. The wheel steers the front wheels.

Side pontoon undersides feature the flicked up ends which contributed to the RE-20's ground effect.

Photo-etched parts are used in the depiction of brake discs. Moving suspension features coil springs.

Semi-pneumatic tires feature recreations of not only tread but also sidewall logos.

Left: Side skirts move up and down.

Right: Updated Cartograf decals are used to recreate sponsor logos and the like. A photo-etched car name plate is also included.

Tamiya Color paints for painting the 1/12 Renault RE-20 Turbo (w/Photo-Etched Parts)

Tamiya Color Spray Paint Tamiya Color Spray Paint Tamiya Color Spray Paint
TS-16 Yellow TS-26 Pure white TS-17 Gloss aluminum
TS-29 Semi gloss black TS-38 Gun metal ---

Tamiya Color Lacquer Paint Tamiya Color Lacquer Paint Tamiya Color Lacquer Paint
LP-1 Black LP-2 White LP-5 Semi gloss black
LP-7 Pure red LP-8 Pure yellow LP-19 Gun metal
LP-38 Flat aluminum LP-48 Sparkling silver LP-51 Pure orange
LP-52 Clear red LP-55 Dark yellow 2 LP-61 Metallic gray
LP-62 Titanium gold --- ---

Tamiya Color Tamiya Color Tamiya Color
X-1 Black X-3 Royal blue X-9 Brown
X-11 Chrome silver X-18 Semi gloss black XF-1 Flat black
XF-56 Metallic grey --- ---

Useful tools and materials in the construction of your model
Item 74066 Diamond File (for Photo-Etched Parts)
Item 74067 Bending Pliers (for Photo-Etched Parts)
Item 74068 Modeling Scissors (for Photo-Etched Parts)

Item 74091 Plastic Scriber II

Precision cementing
Item 87188 Tamiya Multipurpose Cement (Clear)

Present your model as it deserves to be displayed
Item 73009 Display Case G

Information is current as of May 7, 2022. Specifications are subject to change without notice.