Post by Philip P on Nov 18, 2015 7:37:43 GMT -5
On my last thread aurora (Matt) asked about one of the Tyrrells I have made. Here is the story behind it...
As a fan of anything Tyrrell I wanted to create the 1983 version of the 011 (I have already "made" the side pod 1982 version). It was also the final win by a car powered by the wonderful Cosworth DFV engine. Perfect, a double nod to a classic era; Tyrrell and DFV.
Here is a quick description and a few photos of the project. Hope you enjoy but I will not be offended if you get bored and move onto another post!
The primary donor was a Scalextric BT49. Other required bits (most from my spares box):
- Williams FW07 top section of body
- Ferrari F1/87 front wing
- McLaren M23 engine cover
- Mclaren M23 exhaust pipes
- March 761 radiators
- Ferrari 321T crown cover
- Slimline motor
- Metal rod (roll hoop and suspension arms)
- Decals (Pattos)
- Patience and a sense of humour!
To create the right body shape I removed the Brabham roll hoop and fitted the top from the Williams.
Reshaped the nose to provide the more pointed look and created rear view “mirrors” from plasticard.
Removed the side pods and filled gap with plasticard.
Cut the rear body to the new shape and fitted the bar between where the air inlets will go.
Filled the holes in the Ferrari wing and cut body to allow wing to fit.
Cut the chassis to the required shape.
Following priming and painting I set about fitting the motor (had to replace the Johnson as it was too fat for the slim-down body) and the covers for the now exposed motor, pinion, crown. I know that a Ferrari section is hardly accurate for a Cosworth powered car, but I felt it looked the part and was a better fit than the Mclaren M23 option. The axle bearings are (partly) hidden using parts of the Brabham “engine” assembly. The rear wing and mount is also from the Brabham. I had to replace the rear suspension arms from the Ferrari block as they were too short.
It was quite fiddly getting all the various engine bits and pieces to fit and cover the cars “workings” and I have to admit that if ever the pinion needs changing, then a few glued bits will have to be forced apart!!
The finished result achieves all that I had hoped for and now sits nicely alongside the earlier version of the 011.
This is the previous generation of 011. The model is based on a Brabham with modified bodywork (nose, behind driver and over the engine).
And with a 010...
Anyhow, hoped you like my little trip down Tyrrell memory lane.
All the best,