Post by David Mitcham on Nov 30, 2016 14:46:46 GMT -5
Here's where I've got to with my build of the Pre-Wing BRM V16 Mk1 as raced by Fangio at Albi in 1953. The race was in a two heat (one for F1 cars and one for F2) and a final format. Fangio won his heat comfortably and was in the lead in the final until a rear tyre threw its tread on the second lap. There were three V16s entered - Fangio, Gonzalez and Wharton - and for once all three performed relatively well although Wharton crashed heavily in the final and Gonzalez had a similar tyre problem to Fangio, but was able to continue and finished second to Louis Rossier's blue Ferrari 375.
I've made a few modifications to the Pre-Wing shell - nothing drastic - and it is now in glorious grey primer. The chassis is a conventional brass and wire construction and I've included some basic suspension detail. The wheels are Pendle 19" but the finished car will have a set of Peter's wheels specifically for the BRM.
Hopefully more to follow sometime before Christmas!
Post by David Mitcham on Dec 18, 2016 12:40:09 GMT -5
This is going to be my last build post, probably until April, as we have family arriving on Tuesday for the whole of the holiday period and then in early January we're off to New Zealand for nearly three months to visit our daughter, husband and grandchildren. I might get some carving done whilst we're out there but I'm not banking on it!
Enough of that. The V16 has been top coated and all the detail parts are waiting to be attached after some further painting (those shown in the photos below are not permanently fixed). In fact I might need to re-spray the body as the paint around the nose is a little tacky for some reason, despite it being left to cure for a week. I've also had a bit of trouble with fitting Fangio in the cockpit; the only way I could get him to adopt the correct position (and have something like the right stance for the car) was to remove everything below the waist (Fangio's that is) and shorten his forearms. In hindsight I probably should have built it as front motored car. I also need to reduce the length of the right hand exhaust a little as it only just clears the rear tyres. Peter Seager-Thomas' wheels have been built and fitted and splendid they look too. Oh and the stone-guards need painting!
Post by David Mitcham on Dec 18, 2016 14:16:21 GMT -5
Being an idiot I remade the exhausts out of aluminium so there is nothing wrong with your re-made exhausts; I miscalculated the length of the right hand one or, more likely, put the mounting point in the body in the wrong place.
this is one of my favourite cars! It looks very fine in its dark green livery! And I could dream of the chassis!
You might rememmber my own BRM V16 fitted with one of the last of Peter´s fine spoke wheels, too. Crazy enough I added "BRM"-engravings to the wheel hubs and added tyre valves, too. Well, I was a bit younger then....
I wish you all the best for Christmas and a pretty good journey!