Stunning work, Cato - I have really enjoyed your build and learned a lot. My kit is still in the box pending finishing a lot of other stuff, but I certainly appreciate your "heads up" on a number of issues. Looking forward to seeing your final display pics.
Do you mean the white Sid Taylor car with the green stripes? A clean look which I quite like. I hadn't thought much about those colours, but, having been driven by Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme there is a strong Australian connection with that car (although Denny was born in NZ - we always claim their famous as our own).
I hadn't paid much attention to the wheels before - I always liked the aggressive deep look of the Tamiya wheels, but hadn't compared with the real cars. I totally agree with your grrr! re the tyres, of course.
I'd forgotten I had Bamsey tucked away in a box somewhere too - time to start digging out some research material...
I wonder how much has changed with the reissued kit, other than the canards and some photo-etched parts?
http://www.imca-slotracing.com/Lola%20T70%20Mk3B.htm shows SL73/101 as blue with Team Surtees decals at Le Mans in 1967, and says it was later painted BRG by Max Wilson (my Starkey books are in storage, so I can't confirm from that source).
The car in the lolacars link is SL73/121 which was also a 1967 Team Surtees car. This one changed from Aston to Chevy during '67 before going to Jackie Epstein in '68. She painted it deep purple after a crash that year...
I guess both Team Surtees cars would have been blue at some stage while they had the Aston engine for SL73/121 to have been restored to that colour.
I actually like the blue better than BRG, and will paint my (merely contemplated at this stage) quarter scale version in blue.
I built my first Tamiya 1/12 T70Mk III at about 12, when my father bought the kit for my birthday - must have been the first issue. I fell in love with the car as soon as I saw the box artwork, and it's been my dream car ever since. I don't know what happened to that first model. I bought another on the re-release, and it is in serious need of restoration now.
And I have another NIB. You're setting the standard very high, and I hope that when I come to build it, I can do a worthy job.
What are you using for reference photos? I am assuming Starkey's books and general internet searching, but it sure is hard to find good detail photos of the MkIII on the net...
I can't wait to see more pictures as you progress. Keep up the great work.