Dear friends, I hope, that you all had a good start into the new year!
I would like to begin the new year with a new project: The ERA of Bob Gerard, that he drove in the first international post-war race at the Jersey island in 1947. It’s a pre-war-car, of course, but because Bob Gerard drove it for several years after the war, I´ve put it into the 1945-1960-section.
What I have, are some screenshots from a film showing that race (on “Motorfilms quarterly,Vol 18”):
… and I had: a small PP-chassis (SK1s) and a MacPinches-body (maybe a copy?), that I bought on a swap meet several years ago:
…and a set of Peter Seager-Thomas´ fabulous ERA-wheels:
The tyres are Ortmann´s for the Märklin Sprint formula cars.
The position of the front axle is a bit to much rear, but it was the only position to allow a good movement of the guide flag (it’s a pushed one), that I have placed with its holder behind the front axle. I didn´t want to have an independent suspension of the front wheels, because this car will be part of a “cloverleaf” of 4 early post-war- racecars, that should have comparable driving characteristics.
I recently bought the GTM version, together with Peter's magnificent Wheels for a future project.
The only thing I want to change to the GTM version, is from a steady front axle to guide steering wheels. This is perfectly possible with the GTM version.
I want to turn it into a pre war Prince Bira of Siam(Thailand) version. I only was looking yesterday, to find out more, and to fixate on a curtain version, but this seems to be easy-er sad than done. If possible I want to make it with the yellow wheels and chassis beams. But up until now I didn't find any pre war proof of this version. I found it only in the 1946 Ulster TT version.
The only Good and usable pre-war Bira version, was this 1936 Monaco version:
So if anybody could point out a pre war yellow wheel and chassis beamed version, I'm all ears and eyes?
Last Edit: Jan 1, 2013 16:29:00 GMT -5 by nuvolari
Well, the paintjob is done. Yesterday, I had a GTM-ERA-kit in my hands – unfortunately not mine. I decided, to do my best to get as many details, as possible, so that my car might look -may be- as good as a car built using a Turner kit.
It begins with the suspension details. Building of the shock absorbers: