Post by David Lawson on Jan 20, 2016 9:01:07 GMT -5
Seeing David Mitcham's recently posted Alfa Romeo 308 powered by vintage slot car mechanicals reminded me of a car I buiit about eight or nine years ago for the pin guide vintage meeting at Pendles.
This is Jean Behra's V12 Maserati 250F as raced at Monza in the Italian Grand Prix.
I used a Charlie Fitzpatrick fibreglass bodyshell which I modified by adding the two small air ducts at the front of the bonnet, I also added the elliptical bulges on top of the bonnet to clear the cam covers. The exhausts were made up from round plastic stock gently heated and bent to shape.
I filled and smoothed the original body openings which you can see as slightly darker patches on the surface.
The original Atlas motor, I fabricated the brass sheet front axle and guide mount, the car also has original vintage wheels gears and axles as specified in the race meeting regulations. I drilled the front frame and a Perspex sheet to insulate and mount the pin guide, the pin was a nylon screw sanded to shape and size.
The driver was made up by modifying an Airfix soldier figure, the gloves are milliputted and carved and the head is a modified vintage SCX item. Behra's chequered design on the helmet was done by cutting out and applying small oblongs of black decal sheet.
I have no memory now of where I finished up in the race but it was a great meeting with loads of great model-makers in attendance and it was the first time I had the pleasure of meeting Dave Jones.