Does anyone remember a Grand Prix car from the mid 1970s called the Maki? The team was run by Kenji Mimura with Tony Trimmer as principal driver. A Cosworth-powered effort F-101 was not awfully good, finishing 13th in the Swiss GP at Dijon-Prenois, and its successor, the F-102A had an even less distinguished career.
It's only a guess but I doubt if these cars are in existence today. Has anyone bothered to make a slot version?
Post by Andrew Rowland on Aug 20, 2015 9:33:42 GMT -5
As far as i'm aware no one has ever had a go at these. The Maki 001 looks like no other car but is largely composed of flat panle and single curvature elements so would lend itself to a plastic sheet type construction except int eh area of the airbox perhaps.
The Maki 002 looks like a cobbling together of several of the cars of that era; Mclaren M23 etc. i'm sure careful selection and modification could get close fairly easily.
If you embark on this venture and decide to resin cast i'll take one or two....
Post by Andre Acker on Aug 20, 2015 13:04:19 GMT -5
As far as I know, nobody did a Maki f1 for slot cars, although it seems there is a 1/20th model kit by Wolf Models (see here : www.john-w.de/models/f1/1_20/maki.htm ) The first model was a very wide one, painted in white, and never raced (or even tried to qualify in a GP). Then there was the the second Maki, that looks like a small McLaren m23, driven by Howden Ganley in 1974 (white car). In 1975 the car was blue, driven by Hiroshi Fushida and after by Tony Trimmer. It reappeared in 1976 for the Japanese GP and never raced again.
I saw it at the 1975 Italian GP, where it did not qualify.
The first Maki has been restored in Japan and sometimes appears in revivals etc. The blue Maki was in a museum at Spa Francorchamps, I do not know if it is still there.
There are many photos of the Makis, try it on Google.