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1955 Monaco F1 Grand Prix

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I have always loved the look of early Formula One racing cars and recently came across a Protar kit of the 1955 Mercedes W196 as driven by Fangio at several Grands Prix that year including Monaco:


I did some online research looking for inspiration for a diorama of the car on the Monaco street circuit and came up with some great period photos like these:



Some time ago I had downloaded the files for a 3D printable gothic building (coincidentally the Sydney General Post Office building) for some future product. It looked perfect for the period:


The file is broken into a left and right hand side for each level so I was able to omit the ground floor and print just one of the upper floors and the roof components. I scaled it down from a true 1:25 as it would have been too large. The plan is to sit it on a retaining wall with a steep uphill section of track and maybe some signage and spectators.

Printing was successful, and here is an early mockup:




Edited by Davoski

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Oops, somehow I can't add any more pics at present, will try later.

Meantime the full build progress is here

Let me know what you think so far. :-)



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A bit more progress this week:

Test fit of the finished print:


I do love it when a plan comes together. I wanted a cobblestone effect for the road surface and came up with the idea of pressing a texture into very thin Depron foam sheet. I used the offcut from the new egg-crate bed for my laser cutter and rolled it firmly with a glass jar:


I started the paint for the base but I am not happy with the colours. More work required, I think:


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Nice work so far David, and you will find the right road surface at some point. I agree that the racing cars of the 1950's period are fascinating, as are the street racing scenarios. This period is right up my street ( excuse the pun ) but I have gone down the route of building Rolls-Royce scale model cars in 1:24 scale. One of the kits that I have recently purchased is an SMER Talbot-Lago GP car, so I might try to display this racing car in one of the showrooms of my Hooper & Co building, as a kind of exhibit.

I like your Protar kit of the 1955 Mercedes W196 as driven by Fangio.


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