Lotus 72

1/20 Lotus 72, 1970 German GP
Ebbro Kit  
by Paul Edwards

Here is my Lotus 72 by Ebbro. This is Ebbro’s first kit, and it is a good one. The subject and their planned future subjects are bang on for me, as I have always been fascinated in the older style of racing cars and the evolution of the era.

As with this model, I often build for one my country’s kit importers, with part of the deal being that I get the finished model back for my personal collection once it has done its tour of duty. Because of this, I try as best as I can to showcase the kit as well as making a model I will one day like for myself. This normally means I have a model which may be fairly box stock to the first glance, but also has whatever improvements I deem as necessary to keep myself happy. It’s a good formula for me as I can turn out a model every 2 or 3 months and everybody is happy.

I chose to build the 1970 German GP car in which Jochen Rindt (the only posthumous World Champion) won. The car which interested me most was the Monza car, which had no wings and relied on the 72’s wedge shape to keep it down. I couldn’t build that as it was a bit of a tragic day. So the German GP it was, which was raced at the Hockenheimring for safety reasons.

The kit comes with wings and windscreens to suit both the German and British GPs. Building the kit is fairly similar to a Tamiya kit, but with Ebbro’s own signature. One of these things was the screw holding the DFV V8 together, and also the screw holding the engine solidly to the monocoque.

All of the parts are very nicely molded, they fit well, and the finished result captures the subject very well.  Due to the nature of the beast, it is also very time consuming. Nothing is hidden, and everything is on show. The kit is also designed to have removable nose and windscreen for display purposes. I don’t like to build my models like this, as you can always see gaps when assembled, so I glued these parts down to keep a flush fit.

I also added an array of rivets including to the screen and used rivets to hold the rear wing assembly together. I just don’t trust myself with glue in these areas! I airbrushed with decanted Tamiya lacquers for the white and red and Alclad II Pale Gold for the gold. I used Zero 2 Pack Clear from Hiro Boy to seal everything in.

The number roundel for the nose was done with Hasegawa white vinyl, which gives a nice clean finish. My big gripe with the kit was the red styrene. Mine seemed to have a lot of red dye and took many coats of light primer and white to get rid of it. I can’t see why such a nice kit would have such a handicap as this. Another small gripe for me was the decals. I just didn’t feel they had the crispness and quality of what we have been spoilt with these days. In saying that, the extra sponsor decals by Ebbro were obviously sourced by a different supplier and were lovely. So maybe future kits will be better in this area.

I also stripped the chrome and recoated with AlcladII and used AlcladII polished Aluminum for the wheels. The kit chrome was very nice, but there are always the seam lines so I had to strip it. Easy Off oven cleaner worked fine for me, and it also stripped the undercoat, which was a nice surprise.

I added an aftermarket racing harness hardware and used my own belt webbing I make from paper. I also added a photo-etch dash bezel and turned toggle switches, Hiro fuel lines and ignition leads, and a few other odds and ends. The rear exhaust brackets were also replaced with electric guitar strings to give the spring effect.

All in all it is a very good kit, and I am excited about the future of Ebbro kits. It would have been an excellent kit, but the red styrene did mess with me a little I must say. I can’t wait for their Lotus49, in green! I kept a build diary here for anyone who is interested:



Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

1/12 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
and 250 TR Engine
by David Sorensen

This is probably the best MG Models kit I have built.  Hope the pontoon body car goes together just as nicely.

I picked this kit up from Motoi several years ago.  It is a 1/12 scale MG Models, Mythos Mania Ferrari 250TR 1959 engine.  I am sure it must be long out of production.  Thought it would look great displayed with my other 1/12 scale 250TR builds.

Ferrari 643 F1

1/12 Ferrari 643 F1
by David Sorensen

Tamiya base kit with Model Factory Hiro trans-kit.

For this project, David used the Model Factory Hiro trans-kit to convert a 1/12 Tamiya Ferrari 641/2 (F-190). He was fortunate to find a completed Tamiya Ferrari donor kit, so that he can still use his kit to build that version later.

The trans-kit contained many parts, and they went together well. The result is a very clean large-scale replica of an important F1 Ferrari. Thanks for sharing this with us, David!

Porsche 917 LH

1/12 Porsche 917 Langheck
Martini “Hippy” Car, Le Mans 1970
by Dale King

This is the 1/12 scale Porsche 917 LH hippie car. It’s based on the ABC resin kit, although with many modifications. Some extensive work was done on the body to get the main pieces to fit properly.

One of the most obvious changes is the Dayglo green swirls with the white outline. The kit decals were not only the wrong color (forest green), but they were apparently made for a 1973 Volvo! For the new green portions, I hand cut the shapes from Microscale decal sheets.

The white outline was created in Adobe Illustrator in sections and printed up on an Alps printer. The paint is “burple” by MCW Automotive lacquer with a clear coat over the paint and decals. The interior was modified and heavily detailed.

The model has new head & tail lights, rims, center lock wheel nuts, rear body latches, oil cap, rear wing & support device, front fender louvers, windshield wiper, window glass, right side marker light plus many other scratch built pieces and parts. I had built a completely new frame in brass (rear of the main bulkhead), but the engine and engine bay pieces were so poor I decided to make it a curbside.

Member Models – December 2011

Scratchbuilt 1/24 Lotus 49 and Maserati 8CM
by Andrew Sapiro

Here are recent projects by our friend Andy Sapiro. The first is a scratchbuilt Lotus 49 in 1/24 scale. Made using Renshape and sheet styrene, this is a major project.

This Maserati 8CM is another Sapiro project. To see more of this and other impressive work from Andy, see his Gallery

1/8 Scale Scratchbuilt Bentley
by Jack Renyolds

Here is my recently completed 1/8 scale scratchbuilt Bentley. The reason I began this large scale work was because of the availability of parts. Unlike a kit, these require some imagination and searching for pieces that resemble the real part. The search puts a new meaning on shopping.

I have a web site that shows some of my scratch work as well as a few 1/18 die cast models that have been modified. The 1958 Ferrari 246 Dino model (#26)  was given a full page in the recent book on Mike Hawthorne titled “Golden Boy.” Some of my cars are fairly accurate, and some are my version of  racers in certain eras.

Please take a look at jackreynoldsmodels.com, and if you would like to discuss my methods (wire wheels, louvers, etc. write me at prova_jr@yahoo.com.

1/24 Nissan Skyline
by John Cully

This model is based on a Tamiya Skyline 2000 GT-R with parts from a Fujimi ‘Rubber Soul’ kit. And no, I don’t understand the ‘Rubber Soul’ reference either. It does represent an actual car, driven in the second half of 1972 by Motoharu Kurosawa. It can be seen in race footage on YouTube.

1/25 Porsche 911 IROC
by Andy Kellock

I really liked the IROC’s at Rennsport, so I was inspired to build one. I used the Revell 911 kit, my own cast wheels, and Speedline decals to create this version of Mark Donohue’s car.