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Hi everyone, this is what I am working on next. My plan for this model is to make it a fairly detailed model. I will be scratch building some items, enhancing kit parts and adding some aftermarket items. To the best of my knowledge there are no kit specific detail up sets for this. There is a basic PE sheet in the kit. This will not be a typical Tamiya shake-and-bake model kit. It is a '60s tooling that was originally designed to be motorized. I will try to keep this thread updated as much as possible. I am normally way ahead, building wise, compared to what I post in my updates. This time I will try to keep it closer to real time that way if anyone has ideas and/or suggestions I can incorporate them. There is not a whole lot of photographic evidence about these cars. I have several websites that I bookmarked, I have one crazy over the top builder who pretty much scratch built his kit that I reference and I purchased a PDF from Modeler Site that has a lot of good ideas. Please, if you know anything about this car of where I can find good reference pictures of it, let me know. I will greatly appreciate it.
An interesting collaboration between Tamiya and Ebbro ...the Lotus 33 in 1/20 scale. This is the car that took Jimmy Clark to the 1965 World Championship. Kit was very good quality but was a little bit fussy at the end. Color is Tamiya TS-9 British Racing Green. Built mostly stock with some wiring and plumbing added. See picture captions for additional comments on this build. Thanks for looking and comments welcome. Engine detail without the covers on. Lots of fussy intricate details here. I sprayed most of the chrome semi-gloss clear. Kit chrome was too shiny for my taste. Turned exhaust pipes in carb inlets came in the kit. A very nice touch. Interior was sparse but what was there was well detailed. 1965 F-1 cars were that way...note the absence of seat belts. Common in those days. Finished model. Body fit could have been better but the overall look came out OK Another rear end shot. Pipes do not exit straight out the back. Might have been my fault when assembling the exhaust. It was easy to get wrong. I have see formula cars with exhasut pipes this way so maybe its OK. Two trouble areas for me were the fit of the engine cover and the windscreen. I originally tried to glue the screen in place but it looked horrible. Much cleaning and touch=up later I decided to pin it in place. There are 8 tiny pins much like on the real car. Aaaahh..much better. Interesting comparison between the Lotus 33 and the car that preceded it...the Lotus 25. The two cars have much in common but the 33 was much modified to accept a different engine (Coventry Climax FWMV) and the wider tires. The 33 was much faster and Jimmy Clark proved it by winning 6 times out of 10 races.