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  1. Another 1/20 Ebbro off the bench. This is their first attempt at F-1 and for the most part they didn't disappoint. Built mostly box stock with many added details. Color is Tamiya TS8 red, TS-26 white. The gold is out of one of those gold paint markers. I disassembled two markers and dumped the paint out then airbrushed it on.. Out of all the gold paint I have this is the one that suited me best. Clear coat is something called ":Looks Like Glass" It is a water base clear similar to future but heavier bodied. I did this so the solvents wouldn't eat into the gold and spoil it. More comments under the pictures. Thanks for looking. Front suspension was very delicate but if you take you time and follow the instruction order it goes together and works quite well. Inboard disc brakes and torsion bar suspension were Lotus innovations and a first for an F-1 car. Ebbro replicated these quite well. The engine recieved quite a bit of extra detailing in the form of wires, fuel lines and electrical. I changed the way I did the fuel injector lines. It was easier and looked more to scale. Not my first Ford DFV 1/20 engine. Finished car here. The striking red/white and gold livery is most evident here. This required 4 steps and several days watching paint cure. Kit provided decals for the white and gold but I opted to paint which was also an option on the decal sheet. Business end of the car. Rear suspension was also delicate but it all fit. Lotus mounted the oil tank, oil cooler and battery on the transmission of the 49C and carried it over to the 72. This put more weight on the rear wheels. The mid mounted radiators also did the same for the balance of the car. Once developed this car was the top of the field. Jochen Rindt won four straight races with it. Sise veiw and someone didn't quite get that number on straight. Its fixable but the camera never lies. Ebbro proved decals for these fasteners but I went with some very tiny jewelers screws. This wasn't for looks as these are functional and necessary. The cockpit cowling woujld not stay in its lugs without them. Gluing and clamping didn't make it. My only really peeve about this kit was the fit of the cowling. Either the chassis assembled warped or the cowling was. These were a real pain and I had to use the very smallest screwdriver I had. But they do the job.
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