Post by Mark Huber on Aug 11, 2014 22:07:58 GMT -5
The Ferrari 312 is in Newcastle, the BRM P61 is about to depart for Canada, and I haven't found the motivation to build a wing for the B3, so I might as well start a new project.
I have a couple of Prewing kits, and it is about time to try my hand at another small car so I've decided to build a 1962 Lotus 25. I haven't decided which car, but I'd welcome suggestions from the following list:
In any case, I did a quick carve out and initial fit on a chassis that I am recycling..the wheelbase is about right, but I need to remove a bit more resin to get the body to sit lower. This is a small car
A Pioneer full driver figure fits in the cockpit very nicely (in front of the SB 030 motor). I'll put a proper Immense Miniatures Jim Clark head at a later date.
Jim's in the car now, but circa 1965, the younger Jim Clark is on order!
Last Edit: Aug 15, 2014 8:09:07 GMT -5 by Mark Huber
Post by Mark Huber on Aug 13, 2014 19:39:05 GMT -5
I'm going to go with Jim Clark's R2 at the 1962 German Grand Prix Nurburgring August 5, 1962 15 laps of a 22.81km circuit.
It was an unusual race for Clark, perhaps the only time he was absent minded while on the race course.
On race day the start was delayed when a torrential rainstorm swept the Eifel hills. When the race eventually began, Clark, who was third on the grid in his Lotus 25, failed to get away as he had forgotten to switch on the fuel pumps.
Dan Gurney took the lead in his Porsche 804 with Graham Hill following in his BRM P578. On the third lap, Graham was able to take the lead from Gurney. The American then began to drop back with a battery problem.
Clark drove up through the field and took fourth place on lap eight. At the same time Gurney was able to fix his battery problem and moved up again to attack John Surtees in second place in a Ferrari 156. The showdown never really developed further; Graham Hill won the race by 2.5 seconds while Gurney was third less than two seconds behind Surtees. Clark had to settle for fourth although he had driven a magnificent race to make up for his delayed start.
I have been advised that Clark was wearing dark blue overalls in this race, which seems to be borne out in the picture above. Indycals makes lovely decals for all of Clark's Lotus 25 cars from 1962-5, so I am set on that score. I'm wondering.. were the wobbly webs yellow on the rear as well as the front?
I see that I'll have to drop my driver a few more mm to get the right height.
Last Edit: Aug 13, 2014 20:29:15 GMT -5 by Mark Huber
Post by Mark Huber on Aug 14, 2014 16:11:25 GMT -5
That's a good picture of the jacket. Thank you for that David.
Now, do I,
a) Paint the upper body of my driver dark blue (the simple approach)? or b) Search through my Military figures and see if I can find a torso with a jacket that can modified suitably? (slightly more complicated, but it's worth the effort) or c) Cut and stitch a very tiny Dunlop jacket? (the Matt Ryder solution)
I took the simple approach...
Last Edit: Aug 17, 2014 14:00:44 GMT -5 by Mark Huber: added picture
Fascinating discussion of obscure historical trivia. It's great to find out about, and replicate, this stuff 50 years after the event. The knowledge and resources out there amongst the members of this forum is limitless. I love this forum!
Post by Mark Huber on Aug 22, 2014 23:03:27 GMT -5
Regarding the helmet style: I'm waiting for the "early Jim" set from Immense Miniatures which includes a helmet without a peak. In the meantime, "later Jim" is standing in... or rather sitting in... Clark wore a helmet with a peak on occasion 1961 and 1962, but it was not the more modern helmet. My Clark figure in the Lotus 21 that I built a while back has the early helmet with a peak held on with a strap.
It is nice to see this build taking shape. I am also interested in why the rear areas were cut out. When casting these shells I am never sure if they should be thicker or thinner....cast for a crash or cast for a race.