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1/12 Scratch Built LMP1

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Where do I start?

About 6 weeks ago I started planning out an Le Mans Prototype. These cars have always interested me. I carefully studied the engineering and the ACO Rules for these cars so it would be built to spec. It will be powered by a BMW 6.0 V10, when I get around to building it at somepoint.

Now Im sure somebody is asking what about the other scratch build, the street rod. It's on hold for awhile. Sometimes we just need a change of pace. I'll work on that one when I'm frustrated or bored with this one, and so on.

Lets get to it shall we!

First thing I built was a rear bulkhead for the engine to mount to. Since its key structural component I built it out of brass.

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Then I started off carefully designing the front suspension, and since it relies on the strength of the monocoque I built the front section out of brass. First I made a template.

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After carefully bending the piece, like you would photoetch, I soldered a square tube frame on the inside for more strength.

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And heres the monocoque thus far. As you can see the roll hoops were built out of brass. I have seperate pics of that somewhere around here.

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Enjoy!

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Very nice! Im a huge fan of the Le Mans styled cars, glad to see someone trying to build one in a bigger scale! I know theres a huge diecast of the #5 PCM C5R somewhere, like 1/12 scale...but its like $500! So which LMP is this going to be, im guessing the BMW V12? Would love to see the Audi R8, as thats the best Le Mans prototype ever! Hope your still working on this, would love to see more progress pics!

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WOW! Beautiful work! Look forward to your progress.

Chris

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Very nice! Im a huge fan of the Le Mans styled cars, glad to see someone trying to build one in a bigger scale! I know theres a huge diecast of the #5 PCM C5R somewhere, like 1/12 scale...but its like $500! So which LMP is this going to be, im guessing the BMW V12? Would love to see the Audi R8, as thats the best Le Mans prototype ever! Hope your still working on this, would love to see more progress pics!

Thanks, its actually a design of my own. Being a BMW enthusiast, a BMW powerplant will probably be the source to spin the wheels. I unfortunately have not had any time what so ever to work any further on this build as much I would like. Thanks for the interest.

Maybe the race this weekend will kick up some inspiration for the project!

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