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Ladies and gentlemen: The Talbot Lago T26C winner of the 1949 Belgian Grand Prix

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 Finally, my first completion of 2022 and the first one in a long time!


Car: Talbot Lago T26C
Engine: Naturally Aspirated 4.5 liters straight six
Gearbox: Four speed Wilson preselector
Chassis number: 110-001
Driver: Louis Rosier
Race: 1949 Belgian Grand Prix
Track: Spa-Francorchamps
Sanctioning body: Formula A (eventually Formula 1)
Date: June 19, 1949
Qualified: 7th
Time: 3:15:17.7
Average speed: 96.82 MPH

This race was won on fuel management and strategy as Louis Rosier did not have to stop for fuel or tires. While faster, other cars like the Ferraris and Maseratis were thirsty and relentless on tires, requiring pit stops.  Ferrari finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

















Out in the sun in my own private track







I started with the Smer/Merit kit reissued by Atlantis. This humble kit dates back to the 1950's.  At the end, pretty much everything was modified. Only part of the rear suspension and the steering wheel are basically unmodified kit's parts.
There are 105 louvers in this car. how do I know? I had 105 battles with them.  I wanted to represent a nice preserved car but not a show car. This is a race car. Very subtle weathering.
Herb Deeks PE wheels on modified kit's tires
Indycals decals
Replaced molded grille with mesh unit
Drilled exhaust tips
Modified seat
Modified front suspension
Scratchbuilt gas cap, windshield, Pre-selector shifter, dash, gauges, transmission hump, pedals, windshield, front linkages, hood hold down straps, brake lines, radiator cap, valve stems, etc.

Many other modifications to mention.  Here is a link to the progress thread:  http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/160824-1949-talbot-lago-t26c-belgium-gp-winner/
Hope you like it!

Your comments are always appreciated.



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On 6/22/2022 at 9:39 PM, iBorg said:

I opened the topic and scrolled straight through the photos of the car in the museum to get to the model pics. Had to scroll back.....VERY nice.



An outstanding example of the craft of model building. As I read the post, I expected to see this was a MFH or some other high-end multi-media kit, and stunned to read it is just the old Merit kit. You have rendered a beautiful old race car from this very basic kit. Simply Excellent!

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