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  1. Doing two models at once has its advantages in terms of time saved. In this case I used two Ebbro Lotus 49C kits. Managed to get an extra one at and estate sale for cheap. Originally I was going to do one as a hi wing and the other as a low wing. But I don't have an original; Lotus 49 in 1/20. Ebbro makes one but the aftermarket price was prohibitive. Converting one of these back to 67 specs seemed to be the more reasonable solution.. Indycals had the decal set so I did all the the mods. Well...I can't say all. There were many changes made to the 49 between seasons and i decided to fix the most obvious. New roll bar, filling the nose scoops and remove the wings, new exhaust retainer and ignition tray on the transmission. Both cars recieved many extra lines and hoses. Paint on Clarks car was Tamiya TS9 British green. Hill's 49 got Tamiya TS8 Red, TS26 white and the gold came from a pen marker. When they dry up you can dump them out and spray them. I found it interesting that of all the golds I have this one suited me the best. More details in the picture captions. Thanks for looking. This will be the only time you see the detail under the noses. The fit on the original kit was OK but the modified nose required some exera surgery to fit. Finished Clarks 49. It took a lot of extra work to get that nose right. Another veiw of the original Lotus 49. This was how it ran at Watkins Glen in 1967. I was there and got to watch both Jim Clark and Graham Hill dominate the race and come in 1-2. Clark won. Note the "Team Lotus" yellow script is missing. It was not on my decal sheet but Michael at Indycals assures me they are on thier way. Always good service from him. Will post a new pic when they arrive. Hills car finished. The wing strut supports were not included in the kit but were easy to replicate. Another veiw. Note that Ebbro did not include the "Gold Leaf" tobacco in the Team Lotus section. This will be corrected as well. Note all the differences in the rear of these cars. Lotus moved the oil tank, fire bottle and cooler to the back of the car for better weight distribution. Making that exhaust bracket was challenging. The number 4 and 12 cars are Exoto 1/18 diecast. Makes and interesting collection now. Some of the extra detail on the engine. Those brass screens were formed over the plastic clear yellow thingies that were supposed to represent them. Much better.
  2. My latest build off the workbench. A very nice kit with few fit problems and a joy to build. But not with out its pain. Body was sprayed with Tamiya TS-14 gloss black then the decals applied. TS13 clear was used over the decals and even after waiting and very carefully applying thin coats the decals discolored and wrinkled. This required more wait time for the clear to cure and the clear was sanded down and more clear applied. the wrinkles still showed although not as bad this time. Further waiting and polishing finally achieved acceptable results. Extras in the kit were aftermarked JPS decals by MSM Creations and wires and hoses. More description in the captions of the pictures. Completed chassis awaiting final bodywork fitment Engine detail, ignition wires, fuel lines oil and water were all extras Front suspension detail showing inboard disc brakes which were unique to this design. Completed car with body work in place. This has always been one of my favorite liveries. rear veiw with oil cooler radiator mounted under the rear wing. The wing itself was worrisome but the extra coats of clear made it all better. The wing itself attached very nicle and required no adjustments to make it look right. Usually a problem with F-1 cars. Side view of this car show the iconic wedge shape that made tis one of the best looking F-1 cars. Couldn't resist taking alll the JPS cars in my collection out for a group shot. The two Lotus 79's are actually different kits, a Hasegawa and a Tamiya. They were also done with different drivers...#5 Andretti, #6 Peterson. Other makes in this picture are Fujimi, Ebbro. 1/64 diecast are Kyosho , Tomica and Polystil.
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