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UNGLEWD
05-10-2013, 03:36 PM
I'm all wound up and thought this would be a perfect start to F1 weekend...

http://kevinjowett.com/kjs_rcs/lotus_40/lotus_stp_1.jpg

Okay after much struggling to find the right chassis I think I've got it now (think)
I'm pretty confident that Manny's original body design is based on the 67 Lotus Ford-Cosworth 49 I wanted to give it a shot for my second vintage F1 project. I may have to steal a thing from the older 66' 43 here and there, hence the name "40 Sumthin".

I'm trying my best to get it looking the part without totally destroying the bank to do so.
Just snapping some chassis pics and will post them up next.

UNGLEWD
05-10-2013, 03:55 PM
Okay, here's where I'm sitting on this one...

This is a F103GT, Tamiya's modded F1 chassis that was built to accept touring car wheels, front and back.
The tires ans wheels aren't exact but they're the closest thing I can put together for mock up purposes. I'll be cutting plenty of tires and wheels before this is over but it'll be interesting, widen the rears, narrow the fronts and so on.

The wheelbase is slightly shorter so a little adjustment is needed there too.

http://kevinjowett.com/kjs_rcs/lotus_40/lotus_stp_2.jpg

Out back I'll be doing some modeling to get past the lack of detail in the rear around the large spur to help make it look a little closer.

http://kevinjowett.com/kjs_rcs/lotus_40/lotus_stp_3.jpg

All of the battery tray and body mounts will get ripped out next.

http://kevinjowett.com/kjs_rcs/lotus_40/lotus_stp_4.jpg

generis
05-11-2013, 07:02 AM
I love these narrow body racers. Wow. :popcorn:

matt c
05-11-2013, 07:25 AM
Do you need to shorten the chassis, or lengthen it? Looks bang on from the pictures. That's soo cool to see that you can get the same tread pattern. I have all sorts of tubing here, if you need to put something in the back of the wheels to make up for the inside lip. Paint it flat black to look like a tire. Looking at the real car, the wheels are quite large. You could get away with vintage wheels easy. What wheels are those that you're using?

Oh, and is it going to see pavement?:laughing:

Wrencher
05-11-2013, 07:35 AM
another exciting F1 build. these vintage ones are super cool. that would look crazy cool with a custom tube chassis......LOL

UNGLEWD
05-11-2013, 09:52 AM
I love these narrow body racers. Wow.
You guys should try em Chris

Do you need to shorten the chassis, or lengthen it? Looks bang on from the pictures. That's soo cool to see that you can get the same tread pattern. I have all sorts of tubing here, if you need to put something in the back of the wheels to make up for the inside lip. Paint it flat black to look like a tire. Looking at the real car, the wheels are quite large. You could get away with vintage wheels easy. What wheels are those that you're using?
It needs to go a little longer, about 10mm.
The tread pattern on the vintage HPIs is pretty close and definately wanted to go with the treaded tire on this one. I have a bunch of them so I'm going to cut and carefully widen the tires. I figure with 6 sets I should be able to turn at least 2 out balanced enough to run. Depending on clearance I was going to use the outside portion of a vintage wheel and when cutting and glueing the tires I can use second outside portion on the inside to give it the appearance of a full wheel. If that fails I'll happilly take you up on the tubing offer, thanks Matt. I have HPI vintage wheels as my alternates... the ones on it are Speedway Pal drift wheels with the plastic sidewalls. I'll drop the HPIs on for second look, the rims are perfect on them but would rather have these centers.... hmmm

Oh, and is it going to see pavement?:laughing:
:hmmm:Dick! :lol:


another exciting F1 build. these vintage ones are super cool. that would look crazy cool with a custom tube chassis......LOLAgreed on the tube.... I wanted to save that for the Caterham ;)

PeteAttryde
05-15-2013, 06:23 AM
Interesting build, Have always had a soft spot for old F1 cars.

Found this website (http://www.mikehaywardcollection.com/category/29/1/formula-1.htm) the other day and thought of this thread, some very nice atmospheric shots.

Pete.

alan
05-15-2013, 12:26 PM
:popcorn: Is the front of the chassis narrow enough?

UNGLEWD
05-19-2013, 10:05 AM
Interesting build, Have always had a soft spot for old F1 cars.

Found this website (http://www.mikehaywardcollection.com/category/29/1/formula-1.htm) the other day and thought of this thread, some very nice atmospheric shots.

Pete.Handy indeed Pete, thanks!


:popcorn: Is the front of the chassis narrow enough?

Sure is with the bumpers and battery tray off it'll be fine I think.