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Lotus 25, Jim Clark's championship winning 1963 R-4


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#1 beardogracing

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 04:46 PM

A work in progress, my personal Holy Grail of F1 cars.

 

Mel Ault's, pre-wing creation, at long last, the one and only, pretty close to looking like the real thing, let me introduce  to you:

 

JIM CLARK'S CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING LOTUS 25 R-4

 

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 05:09 PM

Nice! I'll be enjoying this build :popcorm1:  :)


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Posted 13 June 2015 - 05:25 PM

Progress, got a great coat of paint on the Lotus waiting for it to gas off...then decals.

The two works in progress are coming along nicely, the BRM P-578 nearly finished, and the P-261 waiting for detailing.

 

 

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 06:00 PM

Beautiful Chris.

 

2 questions if I may. Do you use Tamiya "rattle can" spray paint and do you finish with a coat of clear of some type over the decals?


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Posted 13 June 2015 - 06:12 PM

Hi Rick,

 

Yes I use Tamiya rattle can paint, but warm the can (yes even today, it's 92 out there), any way warm the can in warm (so you can put you hand in it) water.

 

Two mist coats, and three wet coats. It's going on very thin at this stage.

 

I use Tamiya clear gloss to protect the decals, but you have to test first. (Indycals work great)

 

Spray the clear, same deal as the color. Heat, 2 mist coats, three wet wet coats. 15-30 mins between each.


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Posted 13 June 2015 - 06:44 PM

Thanks Chris. I book marked the Indycals website and I'm ordering paint for my Cunningham project.


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Posted 13 June 2015 - 07:18 PM

Rick, the Patto's decals may work, but you have to test them first,

 

IMPORTANT

 

When applying the decals use Micro Set: MI-1.jpg

 

Allow at least 24 hours before you use any clear coat. This goes with any make of decal. But test first on a scrap of plastic, with the paint you are going to use first. Do the test as if it was on the car, 2 light mist coats, 3 heavy, and 30 mins between each coat.

 

Do a final polish with Tamiya fine polishing compound.


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Posted 14 June 2015 - 02:20 PM

Decals on!!! Jim's 1963 British GP contender.

There was a huge crowd assembled to watch the British G.P. race at Silverstone. Rather than seeing Clark take the lead as usual, Brabham and Gurney go into the lead in the two Brabhams with McLaren and Hill also ahead of Clark. It did not last long, on lap four Jim was in the lead. As he pulled away from the pack, McLaren went out with engine trouble. Gurney assumed second place but a few laps later Brabham's engine blew. This left Hill to third and he soon came under attack from Surtees. On lap 59 Gurney was out with engine failure, so Jim was left with a lead nearly a minute over Hill and Surtees. On the last lap Hill ran out of fuel which allowed Surtees to pass him and grab second place.

R-4 was in a transition, this is the first time a Lotus 25 was seen with the now famous yellow stripe.

 

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 03:51 PM

Next step, clear coat, exhausts, windscreen and inlets complete, needs some suspension detailing, one of Marc's Jim Clark's without helmet peak and a dummy transmission....Oh and transistor box....and dashboard, shocks, spark plug wires etc etc.

 

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 10:01 PM

excellent work Sir !


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Posted 23 June 2015 - 01:46 AM

Be'autiful job!

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 01:14 PM

A few small corrections to the Lotus, massive reconstruction of the windscreen, (compare to previous photo's) now it looks like a Lotus 25, Mr. Clark....you ride is ready.

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 01:59 PM

Both those windscreens are like magic to me......beautifully done sir!

 

That reminds me of my build of one of your McLaren M16 Indy cars. I ruined both of the provided windscreens trying to trim and fit them. :dash2:

The clear vac bodies I'm used to have the windscreens already attached. :crazy:  Anyway, you kindly sent me another one an mercifully, for this troubled modeler, trimmed it out too! :good:


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