I think the 1/12 scale Blue "Superb" Seven was the 7th Seven if I count the 1/24 and 1/12 scales (Caterham and Lotus) I had done up to that time.
This one is the 7th 1/12 scale Seven, but it may not be a true Caterham or a Lotus although it will be based on Super Seven principles to a certain degree.
The short answer to your question Pete is no, it will not have a theme as an "Eight" or a "Seven" or even a "Ten or Eleven"...
OK, so next I figured I’d make a wheel for it.
I have a hood, and a leftover tire to fit a rim to. All I need to do is make a wheel and then just fill in the stuff between them, right?
I started off with a chunk of 6061 aluminum rod stock, (actually two like this):
Using the lathe, I turned out two parts like this. The basic shape of the face of the spokes/spider is cut in at this point.
I made sure they nested together with a positive fit:
Next I cut out everything that wasn’t the spider part of the wheel on the mill and added lug holes:
Here is the dry assembled rim:
I used a 195/50R15 tire. The standard Tamiya kit provided a 15X6 rim. I wanted more. So my rim is 15X8. Any wider (in my mockups) and the tread bowed in like it was underinflated. 8 inches wide is pushing it for this tire, but I like the way the sidewall looks now.
A stock Tamiya (a spare tire from a previous build) is on the right for comparison:
The almost finished wheel; it needs a little surface fine tuning before making a mold: