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PostSubject: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 02 Mar 2013, 8:09 pm

A while back, I showed Al sprue shots of the (then) new Ebbro Lotus 72. He was so impressed after seeing them, that he went and bought one. Since we both were excited about getting to build them, we decided to do a dual build. The kit gives the option of doing two different versions of the car. I've decided to do the Britsh GP version.

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 02 Mar 2013, 9:26 pm

The question is, will you be finished before Al finds his key.

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 02 Mar 2013, 11:03 pm

This will be interesting to watch. Have fun boys!
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 02 Mar 2013, 11:05 pm

Sam wrote:
The question is, will you be finished before Al finds his key.

:D

BOG OFF!!
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sun 03 Mar 2013, 12:42 am

I'll be watching this one
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sun 03 Mar 2013, 3:08 am

Good start.

Maybe we should have tie the key to a string and hung it around his neck. be harder to lose that way.
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sun 03 Mar 2013, 2:38 pm

Very excellent idea and rare kits! They were important steps in the evolution of F-1 and help us see how technology evolves. They looked much like the Indy cars then and they shared ideas. I'll be following the work, thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sun 17 Mar 2013, 7:07 pm

Well with all the hard work on the site set up, behind us, I have eventually got back to the bench!!!
This is where I am at. There is a choice of low or high airboxes with British and german GP decals. The cars in those races used the low version but I am sore tempted to use the high one. It just looks so much cooler. (Yeah!! I get the pun!)
Body bits in base red only. Clear coat to follow.

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sun 17 Mar 2013, 7:17 pm

I agree, go with the high one !!
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sun 17 Mar 2013, 7:35 pm

This is the original kit instrument panel. Not bad at all but let's see if I can improve it!

This is the original kit instrument panel. Not bad at all but let's see if I can improve it!

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sun 17 Mar 2013, 7:49 pm

I am sure you can. lol
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Mon 18 Mar 2013, 2:56 am

Can't wait to see what you do Al. Paul where are you with your's? LoL
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Mon 18 Mar 2013, 3:00 am

Is there an echo in here?
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 12:49 am

Time to get back to this one.

Tonight I drove myself bonkers and did the P/E seat belts. I normaly use masking tape for the belts but this time I decided to use ribbon.

Not overly happy with them but they are what they are.








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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 2:23 am

Threading that ribbon through those little clips is not an easy task. You did an excellent job Al.
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 2:50 am

Nice! Interesting kit.
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 2:50 am

Looks good Al! You sure knocked this out of the park! Great job! 8)
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 12:07 pm

It's doing my head in just thinking about threading that ribbon through the buckles, etc.

Quality work all the way, Al.

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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 12:12 pm

Looks great, Skid !!
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 2:14 pm

Thanks guys.

I finished up and installed the dashboard this morning. I tried to give it a bit of a raced look.

I sanded off the kits molded in instrument bezels and replaced them with some anglers 'rig rings' over the decals. Then filled with two part clear epoxy.

I also replaced the molded in switches and buttons with aftermarket parts.



Finally, since the rear of the dash is very visible, I wired the instruments and switches.


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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 3:46 pm

That wiring is a nice touch Al.
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 5:49 pm

Nice detail on the wiring Al! Great job. Looks very convincing. 8)
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 6:19 pm

Cracking on now. Should be finished in a few days.

I've read elsewhere that this kit is up to modern Tamiya standard..... well IMO they still have someway to go.

Got the front suspension built and mounted to the monocoque. Plumbed the brake and clutch cylinders. Next will be to route the wires etc to the engine.






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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 6:24 pm

Stunning Al! Really comin' together now! I like the added details as it brings the build to life. Keep'em comin'! I like it. 8)
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PostSubject: Re: Lotus 72C dual build   Sat 18 May 2013, 7:32 pm

Thanks Jason.

Tidied up the cables.


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