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Two Lotus 49's, 67 Clark, 69 Hill


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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.

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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.

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Finished Clarks 49.  It took a lot of extra work to get that nose right.

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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. 

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Hills car finished. The wing strut supports were not included in the kit but were easy to replicate. 

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Another veiw. Note that Ebbro did not include the "Gold Leaf" tobacco in the Team Lotus section. This will be corrected as well. DSC08024.JPG.be29f5efc317458c83daa52c9513f05b.JPG

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. 

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The number 4 and 12 cars are Exoto 1/18 diecast. Makes and interesting collection now. 

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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. 

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24 minutes ago, Phildaupho said:

Two gorgeous F1 cars from favourite era

Thank you Phil...it was a fun project and some of my favorites yoo.

 

14 minutes ago, Dave B said:

They look great Rich, I appreciate the extra work that has gone into the 49.  You obviously have too much spare time on your hands, time to start the 2H!!

Dave B

Thank you Dave.  I have way too much time on my hands...I'm retired. But I also have some 250+ projects...many of them started.   I have started work on both the 2H and the Shadow.  Although...sometimes I go with any which way the wind blows.  This Lotus project was one of these. I promise you will see both those kits completed. I have not forgotten your generosity. 

 

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When a man is not afraid to park his creations next to Exoto die casts it means he knows they can stack up...and they definitely do.

I always enjoy your beautiful builds and the rich details you put into them. Simply gorgeous.

It seems like everything you build is something I want to build but there's no way I'll ever get there. Every time I finish one there's 3 of your's popping up on the forum. Damn good and fast work sir! I blame you for my wish list growing to an unmanageable level. 😉

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Very nice Rich - these are some of the best-looking F1 cars ever and you did them justice ! I would like to see your whole race car collection...

I have the original Clark 49 (and Rindt's 49 C/ Monaco 1970 winner) in my stash, so at least I do not have to backdate a later version  - I wonder when I will find time to get to them. Moreover, the original 49 should urgently be reissued by Ebbro!

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2 hours ago, Pierre Rivard said:

When a man is not afraid to park his creations next to Exoto die casts it means he knows they can stack up...and they definitely do.

I always enjoy your beautiful builds and the rich details you put into them. Simply gorgeous.

It seems like everything you build is something I want to build but there's no way I'll ever get there. Every time I finish one there's 3 of your's popping up on the forum. Damn good and fast work sir! I blame you for my wish list growing to an unmanageable level. 😉

Thank you Pierre.  I have about 30 Exoto pieces and often use them for reference. I noticed Exoto used an original chassis for Andrettis 49C and got some details wrong so they are not infallable. Having a dedicated and organized work area plus a spray booth is one the keys to building so quickly.  You do great work and will get therre I am sure. 

 

1 hour ago, Gramps46 said:

Super builds on the 49s.  To have seen them race at the Glen makes them extra special.

Thank you Gary. Remember the glen well. It was a sunny but cold day. We used a lot of Southern Comfort to keep warm so some of my memory is a little blurry. 

 

1 hour ago, 1959scudetto said:

Very nice Rich - these are some of the best-looking F1 cars ever and you did them justice ! I would like to see your whole race car collection...

I have the original Clark 49 (and Rindt's 49 C/ Monaco 1970 winner) in my stash, so at least I do not have to backdate a later version  - I wondeer when I will find time to get to them. Moreover, the original 49 should urgently be reissued by Ebbro! 

Thank you very much Helmut.  I know you do as i have seen your stash.  I can arrange your request in a PM..no problem.  Now that I have done a conversion of the 49  Ebbro probably will re-release it. Always happens.

 

1 hour ago, Gluebomber said:

Really nice work, Rich.  Hill's 49B has been on my to-build list for a while now.  Seeing yours may be what I need to get going on it.  I hope it tuns out as well as yours! 

Thanks Larry...glad to be of inspiration. 

 

35 minutes ago, ChrisR said:

They all look great!!

Thank you Chris

 

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6 hours ago, Justin Porter said:

The broad tires on the 49b really are something that's always stood out the most to me. As if that's the biggest sign of the changing times, more so than the strut wings or even the DFV tucked behind the roll bar. Really nice finished build from the Ebbro kit!

Justin....the tires were one of my concerns since I used both sets from the later 49C kit.  But it looked OK.  Between 1965 and 1970 the tires got v--e-r-y wide. The Can-am was a good example.,  Thanks for the compliment.

 

6 hours ago, Rattlecan Dan said:

Those are gorgeous! You did an excellent job on them. Just plain great to look at! Thanks for posting.

Kind words indeed...you're welcome. 

 

5 hours ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

Just beautiful...
 

Thank you

 

5 hours ago, Jim B said:

Fantastic job.

Thanks

 

 

4 hours ago, 1959scudetto said:

After carefully watching the pictures, a certain detail tops it off: those beautiful mesh screens on top of the intake trumpets - for me the icing on the cake!

Those mesh screens were easier to make than you might imagine. I used one of the plastic inserts as the mold. Inserted it onto a piece of acrylic and then used a hole punch the correct size.  A piece of sharpened tubing also works.  I forced the punch down over the screen    and insert. The hole punch cut into the screen in several places then I finished it by using some scissors made for PE.  Microscale  Liquitape  (which dries clear) was used as the adhesive.

 

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Oooh….a gaggle of Lotus 49’s…be still my beating heart! These Ebbro kits take some skill and finesse to pull off with all four wheels touching ground and aligned and body panels and nose fully installed, all of which you’ve mastered. Paint, decals, engine detail, velocity stack screens, everything really well done. Converting the 49(C) kit to a 49 is a brilliant way to avoid the current $$$ kit cost. Looking forward to more pics after you receive and apply the Team Lotus and Gold Leaf decals. Bravo!

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11 hours ago, papajohn97 said:

Oooh….a gaggle of Lotus 49’s…be still my beating heart! These Ebbro kits take some skill and finesse to pull off with all four wheels touching ground and aligned and body panels and nose fully installed, all of which you’ve mastered. Paint, decals, engine detail, velocity stack screens, everything really well done. Converting the 49(C) kit to a 49 is a brilliant way to avoid the current $$$ kit cost. Looking forward to more pics after you receive and apply the Team Lotus and Gold Leaf decals. Bravo!

John...thank you for the compliments.  Getting all four wheels to touch is a real problem with 1/20 F-1 kits.  Several factors contribute to this. The front suspension attachments, Chassis warp, engine to chassis alignment and rear suspension attachments. Get any of these just slightly wrong and you have a 3 wheeler.  Often times you are just plain lucky.  Both of these builds had this problem  but it doesn't show in the photos.  I have noticed that the longer they sit on their wheels they start to settle down  as glue cures. 

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Really great work Rich. I searched on this topic because I'm building the same Ebbro kit, the Gold Leaf version with the high wing. I have encountered a lot of fitment problems and working through them. Front suspension, engine mount, etc. Looking forward to getting this one out of my system. 

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6 hours ago, dougwintz said:

Really great work Rich. I searched on this topic because I'm building the same Ebbro kit, the Gold Leaf version with the high wing. I have encountered a lot of fitment problems and working through them. Front suspension, engine mount, etc. Looking forward to getting this one out of my system. 

6 hours ago, dougwintz said:

 

Doug..those  Ebbro kits make great models when finished...so keep at it. The only fit problem I really had was with the nose cone on the 49. Bear in mind I modified the 49B nose to fit .  You should have no problem if all the radiators and braces are installed properly. Good luck and thanks for reviving this post. 

 

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