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entry 19 Oct 2011, 01:05
So I have several boxes of stuff collected over the years that needs to be used up. The challenge is to incorporate stuff that is left over as much as possible. I started by digging out an ancient clear body shell by Shark. Original price $1.19 circa 1965? This thing was warped, yellowed and ugly, but I just had to have a Maserati 300 S. I Googled a reference picture of a car that Stirling Moss raced in Cuba! The idea was to keep things simple. So the wheels are Monogram taken from other cars and plastic. Tires are original on front and mine on rear. Driver is cobbled together. Decals are what ever was around. Paint is rattle can Tamiya outside the body to cover aging.

Now the under pinnings are one ugly mess but work very well. Had a sidewinder Penelope Pitlane front end and an EJ's inline rear laying around from other botched projects...don't ask. So with solder and silicone and a dremel and drill etc. Frankenchassis was created, powered by a Vanski FF can. I think that is a BWA pinion and an Avant Slot crown. Axles are drill blanks cut to size.

Well its not sophisticated but looks good from a distance, beside cars of the era on the track, and actually runs just great.

I used platsic blocks glued to the chassis and drilled holes through them with a pin drill, then used bent pins through the body to hold it in place. It kind off straightens out the warp of old age. You can see the block peeking out in the wheel well. I also painted the exposed chassis parts yellow for a more integrated look.

Decals are close enough to Moss' car to be evocative of the look.

From the Ultimate car web page I quote...
"Following the Grand Prix / Formula 1 World Championship first held in 1950, the FIA started a World Sportscar Championship in 1953. With legendary races like the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the calendar, the championship was immediately popular. Main contenders for the title in the year were Ferrari, Jaguar and Aston Martin, who all had cars with engines that displaced well over 3 litres. Ferrari took the first title, which convinced Italian rivals Maserati to construct a car capable of competing in the new Championship.

Maserati had very little experience with large displacement engines. Their largest engine at the time was the 250F Formula 1 engine while the largest sportscar engine produced up till then was the 2 litre unit powering the A6 GCS. Throughout the 1954 season Maserati experimented with a hybrid sportscar, which used the A6 GCS chassis and the 250F engine. The engine provided lots of power, but its high compression ratio made it a reliability nightmare on races longer than two or three hours. Work continued on a new larger engine which offered similar performance, but used a much lower compression ratio.

There were two options for the larger engine; bore and stroke the 250F engine to its maximum or design a completely new engine. The first option would yield an engine with a 2.8 litre displacement, which was deemed insufficient, so Maserati went for the second option. The completely new six cylinder engine derived from the 250F design was to displace 3 litres. Two gear driven, overhead camshafts were installed to operate 2 valves per cylinder. Ignition was taken care of by two plugs per cylinder.

A new chassis was designed especially for the 3-litre engine. The biggest changes from the A6 GCS chassis were the incorporation of a DeDion type rear axle and a transverse four speed gearbox. The DeDion axle offered a similar amount of rigidity as a live axle, but the un-sprung weight was decreased considerably. Mounted on the chassis was aluminium roadster bodywork, designed and built by Fantuzzi. Later cars featured longer nosed bodies to increase aerodynamic efficiency.

The 300S, as it was named, made its competition debut in 1955. Although its performance was promising, the 300S was let down by poor reliability and developmental problems in its first year. After the difficult 1955 season, some modifications were carried out, including the aforementioned sleeker nose and an increase in engine output. Some of the sport's finest drivers drove for Maserati in 1956, including Stirling Moss, Jean Behra and Carroll Shelby.

The two years of hard work really paid off in the 1956 season! The 300S' first major victory was scored in the Nürburgring 1000 km race, with Moss, Behra, Schell and Taruffi at the wheel of the winning 300S. More victories followed that year and Maserati finished a commendable second in the World Championship behind the almost unbeatable Ferrari team. Juan Manuel Fangio took another major victory in 1957, but by that time development of the 300S was halted in favour of the even larger engined 450S. Ironically in 1958 a 3-litre displacement limit was imposed, leaving the 450S obsolete, after which Maserati withdrew from sportscar racing.

Today many of the 28 300S Maseratis constructed are still being raced in historic events. Featured above are various chassis, including a rare short nosed version. The cars are pictured at various events, including the 2003 Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix, 2003 Spa Franchorchamps Ferraris days and the 2002 Le Mans Classic."

...and so whilst reading the forum I find out that George Turner creates a beautiful resin casting with chassis of this car...sigh...oh well mine will do for now! Enjoy!

P.S. Stew got me searching...found a blog in Spanish with beautiful pictures!....translated the story via Google...
"CUBAN CONOGRAFIA VI: Colors of the Grand Prix cars of Cuba, Havana, 1957.
A little history

The first official race car which was organized in the Cuban capital took place in 1903 between the bridge of La Lisa and Guanajay, west of Havana. The distance traveled on a dirt road and irregular, was 40 km and involved only five cars with their drivers and the uniqueness of each driver as co-pilot was his wife. First place in the competition went to Damaso Lian, owner of the first gas station in the country, who with her French Darracq car covered the distance in 57 minutes. From this first event is set to the Automobile Club of Havana who organize other races hereinafter. The success brought by the race of 1903, caused them to organize the first international race on February 12, 1905 with the presence and blessing of the new U.S. President Republic: Tomas Estrada Palma. On this occasion, attended by pilots of Cuba, France, Italy and the United States, Ernesto Carricaburo national pilot at the wheel of a Mercedes Benz owned by the wealthy Henry Conill, won the victory and set a new world record speed for the time. This route, also on the dusty road, between Arroyo Arenas (Havana) and San Cristobal (Pinar del Rio), Carriburo was made in one hour, fifty minutes and fifty-two seconds ("1.50.52").

The Grand Prix of Cuba, 1957.

In Cuba, organizes sports car competition, and Fangio are invited to compete. The Maserati 300S made on one that pays the Brazilian team "Madunina." The Maserati had been involved with this same team in Buenos Aires thousand miles of runs on 20 January that year. The circuit of the competition was diagrammed in a street layout in the coastal area of ​​the city of Havana called El Malecon circuit. In the qualifying, Fangio took pole with a time of 2'04 .6 "to an average of 161.537 km / h. At the start there are some drawbacks that Fangio relegated to seventh place. This situation forces him to start a new attack that ended on lap 68, when being in second place behind the Marquis De Portago, it must stop at the Box. The competition was suffered by the most seasoned pilots and gradually began leaving Eugenio Castellotti, Harry Schell, Phil Hill and Stirling Moss. Fangio then passes to lead the competition, a position that will not leave until the checkered flag. Next year's edition of 1958, the Argentine pilot would be kidnapped by a group of "revolutionary" tarnishing the prestige of the race.

Circuit "El Malecon"
Laps: 90
Perimeter: 5 591 meters
Distance: 503, 190 km

Race Results
1. Juan Manuel Fangio (Argentina)
2. Carroll Shelby (USA)
3. Alfonso de Portago (Spain)
4. Peter Collins (Great Britain)
5. Olivier Gendebien (Belgium)
6. Alfonso Gomez Mena (Cuba)

The link is here...

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post 19 Oct 2011, 01:58
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i think you have done a brilliant job there marek
love it!!

thanks for posting and hope all is well

cheers, Ron
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post 20 Oct 2011, 15:36
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Scrumptious as a plate of Belgian patate frites! Moss driving in Cuba, you say? Wonder why it was yellow?

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post 26 Oct 2011, 03:25
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Actually from the photo in the link, the Maserati is red and Moss' Ferrari was yellow. Nice job on the car though. wink.gif
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post 30 Oct 2011, 14:37
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You got me wondering Belkris. The car is based on the photo behind it of a 1/43 resin model listed at modelwerks.com and identified as

"by MVM (1/43 scale)
Maserati 300S Ch.3062 GP Cuba 1957 Harry Schell/Stirling Moss. Limited edition 30 pieces. Mike Craig's last piece.".
..so who got it wrong the master model builder whom I used as a reference or the blog?...was it typo...controversy rages on tongue.gif

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I've been racing slot cars since I was 12. Started with Eldon, routed my own track, raced H.O. and since 1999 back to 1/32. Had built a road course and oval at my school in H.O. four lanes for the kids to race. Now I'm retired since 2007 after 34 years of teaching and administration. Enjoy a variety of 1/32 makes and scratch builts. Tinker with the cars constantly. Have expanded to a 65' three lane routed MDF layout and its great fun adding to the scenery and racing.A bit of a collector (425+ and growing) , club racer and proxy racer. Add stuff costantly! Building and tweaking is as much fun as racing. Enjoy writing my blog. Good day, eh! thumbsup.gif