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It's finished! And I learned loads, like never build 60s tooled tamiya kits! Seriously for its time it must have appeared light years ahead of anything out there, but now it's time it was replaced. Anyway here's what I did to it, 

Reprofiled top front wishbones to remove the wing strut mounts that wouldn't have been on the car in 1967, removed the AA battery box in the floor, plumbed and wired the dashboard, put the correct offset on the steering wheel.  scratch built the pedal box, scratch built the elbow pit on the left hand side of the tub, starter motor cable was added 

Stripped back the chrome which resisted bleach, coke, fairy power spray and brake fluid, it needed caustic soda in the end. Metal sections were replaintdd in various shades of alclad lacquers, tamiya supplied a PE fret but I only ended up.using the brake discs as the dials were junk! 

Painted with Zero Paints British Racing green with Zero 2K laquer polished aluminium, steel, stainless steel and chrome. Tamiya decals were awful and split in all places. 

Tamiya designed this to have the suspension working as well as being motorised, I have locked everything up.as its just too fragile. 

Representing Graham Hills Dutch gp car from 1967 20220417_115608.thumb.jpg.6200f69b1999a1f2e9d31a0e0952315e.jpg20220417_115548.thumb.jpg.b7a0396ecbe596604da2a11492d7e847.jpg20220417_115521.thumb.jpg.9574c7bca858e06166acc3cbc590fbe6.jpg20220417_115532.thumb.jpg.3a14aee7f72f19e3db59fc5316f59188.jpg

 

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6 minutes ago, Huntsman’s Close said:

Super stuff and thank you for blazing the trail. It looks superb.

Thumbs up for the 49B while the pitfalls and solutions are still fresh in the memory.

Absolutely concur that great as this was in 1969, I don’t know how they justified the price of the re-release.

They could have justified it by getting Cartograf to do the decals. Old toolings are one thing but the decals when redone in 2014 should have been far better 

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Thanks everyone as a rejoinder I tried driving the bloody thing round the 1967 silverstone circuit. And handfull springs to mind you have to brake in a straight-line accelerate in a straight-line I got a 1.36 and was happy with that till I saw Clarks pole time 

1.27 dead 

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2 hours ago, Grunhertz said:

Thanks everyone as a rejoinder I tried driving the bloody thing round the 1967 silverstone circuit. And handfull springs to mind you have to brake in a straight-line accelerate in a straight-line I got a 1.36 and was happy with that till I saw Clarks pole time 

1.27 dead 

Not so bad, it was Jim Clark, we’re not talking mere ordinary human, not even ordinary top-level racing driver.

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On 17/04/2022 at 12:30, Grunhertz said:

its just too fragile. 

Typical Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious then.

Nice one mate,that DFV looks superb(the rest of the car is pretty good too).

As to that time on track,I'd say pretty good too,1.36 seconds off the pace,as Alan says,JC was a pretty fair driver.

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 Lovely build! Very accomplished, I've always had a thing for Lotus F1 cars, their innovation in things like monocoque chassis ground effect floor and active suspension, the last one I built was the last of the proper Lotus, the beautiful 107! 

Miko (Lotus eater) 

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Greetings JG54, that's orsum. Bit disturbed by the decal comments as I have a 312B of similar vintage in The Stash. Where did you get the replacement decals and do you know if they have the 312 in their range?

cheers,

dave

 

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