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Well, several weeks ago I watched Grand Prix for the umpteenth time since it came out. I got the idea to build a 1966/67 F1 from my parts box . The car was to be loosely based on the McLaren M2B. This was McLaren's first F1 car and used a de-stroked Indy Ford engine.  Teams had two years' notice of the move from 1.5 to 3.0 engines but everyone was still scrambling to find power.

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I had several MPC and AMY Indy Lotus kits from years past that had been made into lots of other projects. I started with an AMT Indy 4-cam with intake and exhaust from other sources so it wouldn't look so much like a Ford.

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The basic chassis is an MPC unit from at least two kits.  I lengthened the nose and eliminated the step-in at the front.  Suspension bits are from AMT and MPC kits as well as some scratch-built parts. The windscreen is a bit ratty, but it is from a kit bought in 1964. Clear plastic gets even more brittle as it ages. The engine cover is scratch built.  Good old Evergreen. 

But at least it came out mostly like what I had in mind. Thanks for looking.

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My favorite racing film of all time. Got to see it at the Brainerd Cinerama in Chattanooga on the HUGE screen. It was cool.

Your kit bash F1 car is cool.

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Very nice build and I wouldn't have known that engine cover was scratch built. And yes, Grand Prix is my favorite movie. Try to watch it once a year.

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Very nice job,  I recognize a lot of those parts. You did a great job combining them into a new and different model.  I was at Watkins Glen when they filmed Gran Prix. They filmed all day and then used just 17sec of the film. James Garner could really drive a race car....it showed. He did all his own driving. 

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Great craftsmanship!  Really outstanding.

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