Post by Mark Huber on Oct 12, 2013 16:06:29 GMT -5
My build pictures will follow shortly. In the meantime, these clips from 1961 will set the stage. I'm not quite sure what the background music in Part One is all about, but if you can ignore it, both videos are entertaining.
Post by Mark Huber on Oct 12, 2013 19:05:03 GMT -5
I'm off to a fairly quick start as yesterday this Lotus 21 shell was in it's original plastic bag from Dave Jones, and all the other pieces were in various bins and buckets waiting to be discovered and assembled.
I must thank David Lawson for the inspiration for this car; it was David who had brought it to my attention that the Lotus 21s raced at Reims that hot summer day were minus the lower body panels. Thanks to the video I now realize that Innes Ireland's Lotus only had the right hand side panel removed. But even if Jim Clark's car was set up the same way, this car is sans both lower body panels. I think it makes for an interesting appearance and adds a bit more challenge to the model making.
There is still lots to do as I have to add the triangulated space frame pieces. The bulkheads will be plastic card and the tubes will be piano wire. After that I'll start on the fuel tanks and as many of the exposed bits that I can identify and fashion. Does anybody have a suggestion for what works best as bungee cord in 1/32? Yes, that is how the pannier tanks were attached to the tubular frame! And I have to fashion a small air scoop/vent for the nose cowling.
Oh yes, I am aware that my current driver is the right fellow but not the right year. Jim will have the correct older helmet with smaller goggles as soon as the package from Immense Miniature arrives.
For bungee cord, use braided silk surgical sutures. Because they are braided, as opposed to simply wound like thread, sutures look more realistic, and it is more resistant to unraveling. Sutures come in many different sizes, but try 6-0 or 7-0 for bungee cord.
Post by Phil Kalbfell on Oct 15, 2013 16:03:10 GMT -5
When I built my Moss Lotus 18 open sided car I fitted thin styrene sheet just in side the body and added the chassis tubes,very thin drivers legs etc to the styrene that way it was still easy to fit the " workings " into the body.
She's looking beautiful Mark, the paint finish excellent. I've yet to master the painting (Well everything scratch build related to be honest)and the detail on your driver is looking good. Cannot wait to see her finished.